Acne Q&A

How should I take care of acne while I'm working in a fast food ?

Hi, Diane. Working in a fast food restaurant with heat and humidity can make your acne worse. If this is the case, you need to try to ask for a job in a cooler area of...
Asked by Diana

Using 10% benzoyl peroxide but think I started way too high. face is extremely flaky and dry! should I stop altogether or use 2.5 or 5% instead?

Hi. 10% benzoyl peroxide is definitely too high for the face. The best way is to start low with 2.5%. In the first week start with a small quantity and use an oil-free...
Asked by Samantha

Will the sun trigger my acne ?? even if I wear moisturizer?

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 Diana

I have chin blackheads and I'm would like to know if there are any products to remove them(besides bióre strips)?

The best creams to treat and prevent blackheads contain retinoid derivatives (Differin gel is one that can be bought over the counter in the US) or salicylic acid that...
Asked by Karissa

I have a few acne on my face how can I get rid of it

To jump start your treatment, assess your skin with the app, buy the products you need and start following your personal plan. Once you start to use your products, tra...
Asked by Samantha

Underskin pimples?? they show up so bad under makeup, how should I stop this??

Covering acne is a short term remedy. Acne should be treated! Hi. To jump start your treatment, assess your skin with the app, buy the products you need and start foll...
Asked by Danielle

I have sensitive combination skin. What is a good mild cleanser that actually works? Cetaphil doesn't work well for me.

Here are some more suggestions for extra mild cleansers: Toleriane Foaming Cream Cleanser for Sensitive Skin http://amzn.to/2lTxFyP and Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Cleanse...
Asked by Ciara

Why are all of my acne on my forehead?

​ Pimples on the forehead are a common and annoying problem. As a first step, you need to use, every evening, an effective anti-acne treatment. The best are gels with ...
Asked by Elise

I'm fed up of spots I've got blackheads all in my nose dry and oily skin and I don't know what to do.

Regarding the blackheads on your nose. You can remove them with "pore removing strips". Wet your skin and apply these strips for 10-15 minutes till they dry. Removing ...
Asked by Elle

I have had a couple of spots for over 6 months now - they were large and reg but are now flat but still red. Are they still sport or scars? and what can I do to get rid of them?

If the spots are flat - they probably post acne marks. These will fade by themselves 2-3 months after active acne is controlled. In some cases it may take up to 6 mont...
Asked by Scarlett

Does everyone have acne?

80% of the people have acne - sometimes in their lives. The acne-prone period lasts on the average 8 years. Acne is more common in teens, but the prevalence of acne is...
Asked by Scarlett

How do I get rid of breakouts?

To jump start your treatment, assess your skin with the MDacne app, buy the products you need and start following your personal plan. Check out the academy section of ...
Asked by Antbert@stanford.edu

I have acne and eczema. I have tried everything from masks to anti acne creams but my eczema gets worst!!

Hi, Heidi. You are absolutely right. People with eczema have dry and sensitive skin that make acne treatment more complex. A few suggestions. Please redo analysis on y...
Asked by Heidi

What are some makeup brands that don't irritate acne?

Hi, Katie. This is a great question. Please check the "Tips" section in your MDacne personal routine. You will find there some specific makeup product suggestions, spe...
Asked by Katie

Allergic to salicylic and benzoyl peroxide. What are some alternatives for treatment of acne in people with sensitive skin?

Allergy and irritation are two different things. Allergy to benzoyl peroxide is possible but is very rare. In these cases, the skin is extremely red, swollen and itchi...
Asked by Skylar

For how long can I use benzoyl peroxide and it is it harmful to use it to long?

Hi, Gunnar. Benzoyl peroxide (BP) is the best single topical anti-acne ingredient. It is on the top recommended treatment list of Dermatologists and part of the acne t...
Asked by Gunnar

How do I get rid of dark marks on my skin and back acne ?

Hi. To fade your post acne brown spots there is a need for 3 things. 1. Control your active acne.2. Avoid sun exposure/use sunscreens. 3. Use a good whitening cream at...
Asked by Brie

I have a lot of white heads around my nose how do I get rid of them?

Hi, Bella. One nice trick is to use are pore removing strips. Wet your skin and apply these strips for 10-15 minutes till they dry. Removing the strips will also remov...
Asked by Bella

I have acne. Can I use sunscreen and moisturizer at the same time ?

Hi. There is no need to use sunscreen and moisturizer at the same time. If you buy an oil free moisturizer it will both protect you from the sun and moisturize your sk...
Asked by Diana

I only breakout on my chin and it has been staying there for a long time. I do not break out anywhere else on my face.

Hi. Pimples on the chin are more common in women. First steps should include using a mild cleanser and an effective anti-acne cream. Look in your personal plan for a s...
Asked by Elizabeth

How do you get rid of a big whitehead that looks like there is something in it and I can't pop it because it's next to my lip?

If you MUST pop up a big whitehead of a big pimple- here are some tips: Things you need to know before you pop up an acne pimple: 1. The only kind of pimples that can ...
Asked by Mariana

How to get rid of hyper pigmentation pimple scars?

Hi, Sonia. The best 2 brown spots treatment ingredients available over the counter are Arbutin and Kojic Acid. Arbutin is a natural derivative of hydroquinone derived ...
Asked by Sonia

Why doesn't my acne go away I follow all procedures ??

Hi, Diana. Acne is always treatable. Unfortunately, this will take some time and effort from your part. If you follow the advice in the app, use the suggested products...
Asked by Diana

Lots of little acne pimples underneath the skin or my forehead? what is causing these!?

Pimples on the forehead are very common. You need to start with washing your hair every day. In addition, you need to use, every evening, an effective anti-acne treatm...
Asked by Rhiannon

I have more pimples on my right cheek than my left cheek. Why is that?

Hi. The cause for pimplesed marks on one side of the face is usually something that rubs/touches one cheek skin more than the other cheek. Examples for that are sleepi...
Asked by Laila

What's a good anti acne cream ? what is it ?

For each skin type and acne severity, there is another "good" anti-acne cream. To jump start your treatment, assess your skin with the app, and see what is the suggest...
Asked by Diana

Should I clean my face 3x a day ? I clean my face in the morning/ after a sport / and at night ? what should I do differently ?

Washing the face twice a day is usually enough. Nevertheless, if you engage in intensive sports or sweat a lot during the day you need to wash your face once more.
Asked by Diana

What is the recommended diet for people on accutane?

People who take Accutane (isotretinoin) need to stick regular anti-acne diet advice = trying to avoid cow's milk, dairy, sugar, and refined white flour. You do need to...
Asked by Raafat

What is good for dry skin? I've always had very oily skin but about 2 months ago i got started on acutane. My skin is now very dry and my makeup always looks cakey. what should i do?

Hi. Accutane is a definitely a cause for a dry and flaky skin. The MDacne app can help you. Go to settings and redo skin analysis. When asked about your skin type - be...
Asked by Jess

Why is my acne concentrated on my cheeks/chin area and what is the best treatment to moderate/severe acne?

Hi. The Cheeks and chin areas are the most common areas to have acne. The “best” treatment for moderate and severe acne depend on your acne type, gender, and age. The ...
Asked by Dana

How well does the Curology system work?

Hi. The main problem I see with curology is the low efficacy ingredients they use. According to their website they are using a mix of the following ingredients: Tretin...
Asked by Alayne

​What can I use to get rid of acne marks I just finished an accutane treatment

Hi. There are 3 main types of post acne signs. Brown spots, pink spots and “real acne scars”. The first two are only color can over the counter whitening cream. These ...
Asked by Celina

Please help my acne ! my GP won't help! how can I self refer to a dermatologist ? UK GPS don't seem to do anything!

Acne is ALWAYS treatable. To jump start your treatment, assess your skin with the MDacne app, buy the products you need and start following your personal plan. Once yo...
Asked by Rhiannon

if I workout will my acne go away ?

Workouts will not make acne go away but may help. Sport is a good thing for people with acne. It reduces stress which in turn will help improve your acne. The only thi...
Asked by Diana

How do I get rid of my severe back and chest acne?

Hi. Before you start to treat your back and chest acne you need to understand the causes for this specific type of acne. Although having body acne is related to your g...
Asked by Nina.alexandra22@gmail.com

Does certain foods affect acne on the upper cheeks?

I am not aware of foods that specifically cause acne on the upper cheeks. Take a look at the list bellow for foods that were linked to acne breakouts: 🙂 1. Cow’s milk ...
Asked by Susan

Stress and hormonal acne is the worst whenever I get acne I can't help but pick at it? is it ok to pick or is it bad? and products recommended for my skin?

Hi, Alyssa. The best way to reduce picking - is treating the acne. Use you personal plan on the app to get suggestions for specific products. Keep in mind that dry irr...
Asked by Alyssa

Is it usual for acne to leave a spot on your face even after it's gone? is that scarring? can I get rid of it ?

Acne pimples can be followed by pink spots or brown spots. Pink spots will usually fade without treatment in a few weeks. Brown post acne spots can be treated with ove...
Asked by Brooke

I have a lot of big pimples on my forehead and I can't get rid of them I don't use any helmets or anything and I wash my hair nearly everyday

Hi, Karolina. Washing the hair every day is very good. In addition to the tips below, you need to use, every evening, an effective anti-acne treatment. The best are ge...
Asked by Karolina

Does the micro needle hurt and what does it do for scaring?

Hi, Logan. The only microneedle treatment that helps with scarring is called microneedle radiofrequency = microneedle RF. This treatment uses very thin needles that ar...
Asked by Logan