Acne Q&A

I am using Tretinoin 0.025% cream. It's been a month I'm noticing breakouts again what should I do? also does this cream get rid of pimples or just clear up post acne marks?

Tretinoin 0.025% is usually used for reduction and prevention of blackheads and whiteheads. It can have also some effect on post acne brown spots. Similar to other ret...
Asked by Brittney

How do i get rid of an inflamed cyst?

Do not try to squeeze this big cyst. This may spread the infection deeper into your skin, delay healing and increase the risk for scarring. What to do? 1. Do not squee...
Asked by Shaina

Can salt cause acne? What about iodides? Kelp tablets?

Some of the salts are enriched with iodides. As iodides cna cause acne breakous. Stay away from salt, foods, vitamin supplements and sports drinks/bars that contain io...
Asked by F

Is proactiv + plus formula better than the original proactiv formula?

No. Proactiv tried to decrease the irritation caused by the original formula by adding sweet almond oil. This oil keeps the benzoyl peroxide on the surface of the skin...
Asked by Beth

Can morning after pill cause acne breakouts?  

The morning-after pills contain progesterone like hormones in higher doses that the regular birth control pills. These hormones have androgenic (testosterone like effe...
Asked by Mia

I have acne and I don't pop my pimples or blackheads why are there spots

The post acne brown and red spots caused by the pimples themselves. Touching the skin is not good but, even if you are not touching your skin, the inflammation in the ...
Asked by Mckenna

If dimethicone is bad for acne but is in most of the primers, should I keep using the primer?

Dimethicone is usually OK for acne prone skin. Dimethicone is one of the “Silicones”. These ingredients are used in skin care products to deliver a smoother and softer...
Asked by Karolina

Should I take vitamin C supplements because I can't eat fruit because of the natural sugars?

Vitamin C is supposed to help keep our immune systems intact. There also some claims that it strengths the blood capillaries and reduces skin redness. There is however...
Asked by Gunnar

Which supplements help reducing acne?

If you are healthy and have a good diet vitamins will not cure your acne. Nevertheless, some vitamins may help with skin health and supplement your basic anti acne tre...
Asked by Gunnar

Can u cure acne with natural oils like jojoba oil?

Jojoba oil can be used as a moisturizer in acne prone skin but it is definitely not a "cure for acne". Although, there is some proof for its effect to wound healing th...
Asked by Michelle

Is Clarina, Himalayan anti acne cream effective for Acne?

Based on the producer of this cream, Clarina contains Ayurvedic Indian medicine, plant ingrediends. Ghrita kumari [Aloe barbadensis] 200mg, Vatada [Prunus amygdalus] –...
Asked by Morgan

How often should I re-apply my moisturizing sunscreen?

The best acne routine will include an effective medical grade anti-cream in the evening and moisturizer/sunscreen in the morning. This is enough if you are most of you...
Asked by Naomi

What is the difference between Salicylic acid and Benzoyl Peroxide?

Both benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are cleared by the FDA for acne treatment. Benzoyl peroxide is the most effective (prescription and OTC) anti-acne ingredient ...
Asked by Naomi

I have body acne and dark spots. I want to get rid of it. Is there a cream or soap I can use?

Body acne is frequently caused of over sweating and skin friction. If you are sitting many hours per day, the heat, sweat, and friction in the lower back will cause pi...
Asked by Priscilla

Is there anyway to stop foundation creasing around depressed scars on the forehead?

Here some tips for reducing foundation creasing around depressed acne scars: 1. Use less foundation: the more you use, the more there will be available to migrate into...
Asked by Karolina

What is the best anti-acne prescription medicine? Is it benzoyl peroxide?

Absolutely. Benzoyl Peroxide (BPO) is the number one anti-acne prescription and OTC medicine out there. It is by far the most effective single agent anti acne cream, s...
Asked by Joan

I've noticed that my skin clears up a lot when i am in the sun. Is this a bad thing for my skin in the future? Will the spots that were cleared up turn into a dark spot?

Sun exposure (and not sun tan) can have some benefit for Acne. The blue light part of solar spectrum targets the Acne bacteria and reduce some of the Acne inflammation...
Asked by Sydnie

Thoughts on the muddy buddy detox mask? I have it and it supposedly says it stops breakouts, but my pores are still clogged :-(

Hey. Some of the acne masks are quite good and can help to reduce oiliness and unclog pores. The mineral powders in the clay are absorbing the skin oils and reduce inf...
Asked by Lilah

Is face mapping reliable when trying to figure out the cause of my acne ?

There is some truth in that. Acne on the forehead and temples is frequently caused by over use of greasy hair gel. Acne around the mouth by fluoride toothpaste or wron...
Asked by Michelle

What are the best products I can use for treating my acne and blackheads?

There is NO one best Acne treatment. The best treatment for your depends on your Acne type and severity. An excellent way to know what is the type of Acne is the free ...
Asked by Caroline

How can I remove dark acne spots ??

The best 3 acne brown spots treatment ingredients available over the counter are Arbutin, Kojic Acid, and Licorice. Arbutin is a natural derivative of hydroquinone der...
Asked by Kristin

Why do I wake up with Greasy face ??

Many people with acne have oily skin. The only way to decrease skin oil is to use a special oily skin acne cleanser in the morning and evening. There is also need to a...
Asked by Diana

Why are my acne scars red ? what products or what can I use to not make it red and disappear???

Acne scars are red due to of enlarged capillaries in the newly formed scar tissue. Fortunately, this redness will decrease by itself with time, even without any specia...
Asked by Diana

How should I be using benzoyl peroxide vs salicylic acid?

Great question. Both benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are cleared by the FDA for acne treatment. Benzoyl peroxide is the most effective (prescription and OTC) anti-...
Asked by Laura

Can cucumber slices reduce eye puffiness?

The act of placing slightly chilled cucumber slices over the eye may help reduce puffiness, but that’s not because the cucumber has de-puffing properties. Rather, it’s...
Asked by Hannah

How do you get rid of clogged pores or prevent clogged pores?

The best idea is to start with blackheads removal strips and continue with the blackheads prevention creams or gels. Examples of such products are creams that contain ...
Asked by Lilah

Hi ! how do u get rid of spots what make your face red ? please help

The treatments for red/pink spots are different than the ones for brown spots. The flat pink reddish spots that remain on your skin after the pimples heal, are actuall...
Asked by Ruby

What are some foods that can help prevent acne?

Here is a list of types of food that can help you with your acne: Green tea: Green tea is filled the antioxidants that can protect from environmental stress. Drinking ...
Asked by Olivia

I'm 16 and it's close to being a year with acne, my acne mostly hang around the area around my cheeks. Btw I'm a sucker for junk food :(

Did you use any medical grade products till now? To jump start your treatment, assess your skin with the MDacne app, buy the products you need and start following your...
Asked by Lilah

My skin is mostly clear but I carry lots of redness, especially around my checks. how can I treat this?

Hi. Redness of the whole face can be related to many reasons. You may try to stop the products you use now and switch to a gentler acne cleanser and a mild oil-free su...
Asked by Laura

Will mask help my acne ?

Regarding facial masks. There are so many types. Some will give you a good feeling, some will do nothing and some will irritate your skin and cause breakouts. Thus, if...
Asked by Diana

How long does it take to get rid of post acne hyper-pigmentation?

It all depends on the type of hyperpigmentation and the type of your treatment. If the hyperpigmentation is due to old acne pimples, one should avoid sun exposure (use...
Asked by Alexpeace10@yahoo.com

What is difference between BHA and AHA? Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids ?

Both AHA and BHA are ingredients of active skin care products. The most popular alpha hydroxy acids are exfoliants that are glycolic acid, which is produced from sugar...
Asked by Evelyn

Does benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid work better for clearing blackheads?

Both benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid can clear black heads. Both have a Keratholytic effect = unclog pores. Having said that, benzoyl peroxide in more effective th...
Asked by Laura

How to get rid of my forehead acne?

To get rid of forehead acne you need to combine treatment and prevention. Start with an effective anti-acne treatment. The best are gels with benzoyl peroxide or salic...
Asked by Sasha

Should I start using Toner ? Why does it make me break out?

Most of the toners are based on alcohol or contai glycolic acid. These Alcohol-based toners remove the skin natural protective sebum layer. Thus, if you use the right ...
Asked by Diana

Is it true that blackhead removal strips make my pores bigger ?

This is not true. The blackheads removal stripes extract the blackheads and do not influence pore size. Having said that, it’s a good idea to use in addition to the st...
Asked by Michelle

How to know if you have acne or acne scars ??

Active pimples are red, and swollen (raised above the skin level). Some active acne lesions may also have the yellow (pus) collection in the middle or be painful to th...
Asked by Diana

I have lots of blemishes that won't go away in my cheeks. Will benzoyl peroxide help this?

Benzoyl peroxide is the best single anti-acne cream. There are different benzoyl peroxide products on the market with different percentages. Having said that, the best...
Asked by Laura

How do you control the sebum production of your skin and limit it so it is not causing so much acne?

Unfortunately, we can not yet control the amount of sebum produced by our skin. The only way to fight oily skin is to remove the oily. This should be done gently witho...
Asked by Emma