Acne Q&A

My routine says that I️ should only apply a benzoyl peroxide creams at night...but I️ have been instructed by my dermatologist to use epiduo and clindamycin. what should I do?

The main ingredient in Epiduo is Benzoyl Peroxide. In addition to Benzoyl Peroxide, Epiduo contains Adapalene (differin) which is very irritating and most probably doe...
Asked by Cayden

Can toners and moisturizers be bad for acne prone combination skin in teens?

Hi. There is a big difference between toners and moisturizers. Alcohol-based toners remove the skin natural protective sebum layer. There are too drying for people wit...
Asked by Stevens

I have a bunch of small pimples on my skin, how can I get rid of them?

To jump start your treatment, take a selfie in the MDacne app and let us assess your skin. Once you start to use your products, track your skin with the app every day ...
Asked by Mua

What is my skin type? Oily, dry or combination?

It’s easy to know your skin type. If you have dry skin, you may feel a tightness in your skin. Those with dry skin generally have almost invisible pores and they may f...
Asked by Marcela

How to get rid of dark spots ?

HI. Treatment for brown post acne spots is usually quite easy and will include over the counter whitening creams or stronger prescription based whitening creams that c...
Asked by Hannah

How can I prevent breakouts which occur before my period?

Hi. To control acne that occur before the period you need to combine a few treatments. First step, a good anti acne treatment that will take care of your skin, unclog ...
Asked by Georgia

I want to get some of my blackheads removed by the dermatologist. Will I get scars?

Comedo extraction by a Dermatologist is usually safe and will not leave scars. The dermatologists use a metal tool called comedo extractor that puts gentle pressure ar...
Asked by Shelly

I have used 10% BP for spot treatment. When I tried 2.5% all over the face, it wasn't working, and may have caused MORE breakouts just within a day (It was Neutrogena's on the spot treatment). What's the best/most recommended BP treatment?

The best way to reduce new acne breakouts is to apply Benzoyl Peroxide all over the face. This is the only way to prevent new breakouts. To see results you need to use...
Asked by Rebecca

I have very very mild acne. BP is good at clearing a spot, but how can I prevent my acne?

If you can't use salicylic acid Benzoyl peroxide 2.5% applied all over the face is the best option. To see results you need to commit to daily application for at least...
Asked by Rebecca

A Dermatologist gave me antibiotics (Trimethoprim) for my scarring and the only thing they are doing is making me get big, swollen cysts?

To see an effect, you need you these antibiotics for at least 2 months. If you did not see any improvement in 2 months, you need to switch to another treatment. Having...
Asked by Karolina

Is popping your spots bad? Does it do more harm than good?

This is a very important question. The damage caused by popping a pimple depends on the technique. Never squeeze a pimple. Squeezing will push the pus and bacteria dee...
Asked by Connor

Does the Caveman Regimen (Paleo diet) work for acne-prone skin?

Caveman Regimen (Paleo diet) can work for acne-prone skin. It actually matches most of the current recommendations of acne prone skin diet. Eliminating sugar, white fl...
Asked by Hanafi

What do I do if I have small acne pimples?

Treatment of pimples should always start with prevention. It the pimples are on the forehead there many specific things you can do to prevent them. Same for pimples ar...
Asked by Anon

A spot on my chin keeps coming back. It is pus filled. What should I do?

The most important part of acne treatment is prevention of new pimples. If you are using an effective anti-acne cream such as benzoyl peroxide, you need to stick to it...
Asked by Jayna

Is there anything I can do to clear up my post-acne marks faster? Does benzoyl peroxide work?

Benzoyl peroxide (BP) is the best single topical ingredient to prevent and treat red active acne pimples. Unfortunately, BP does not help with existing post acne brown...
Asked by Hanafi

I have school in 2 weeks. What can I do to get rid of my acne scars and acne?

Even the most powerful anti-acne drugs, like accuatne, will need 3-5 months to control active acne. To get rid of your acne you need some patience and commitment. If y...
Asked by Thalor

Does a lemon juice, organic cinnamon and raw honey mask work for acne?

This can be a fun mask. Nevertheless, do not expect it to help with your acne in any significant way. In some cases, these home made masks, can even cause skin burns a...
Asked by Keta

I have some red spots (But there actually isn't anything there, like underneath the skin, they're just red) — how do I get rid of them?

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 Kirsty

Hello. I am currently taking Accutane 50mg. This is my 4th month and I'm wondering if I can take Norethindrone to delay my period. Can I combine the two?

In general, oral contraceptives can be combined with accutane without any problem. All you need is to mention to your OB/GYN that you are on accutane.
Asked by Jodi

I am using Tretinoin 0.025% cream. It's been a month and 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? And 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+ 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 the 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 makeup 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

I can't eat fruit because of the natural sugars. Should I eat Vitamin C supplements?

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 to reduce 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 you 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, the Himalayan anti-acne cream, effective?

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's 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 dark spots?

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

What are your 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