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What Acne Remedies Should You Avoid & What Is Acne Surgery?

Learn what acne remedies to avoid, and what is involved in acne surgery, from dermatologist Cybele Fishman, MD in this Howcast skin care video.



A lot of times people think that if a little bit is good, a lot is better. So I have patients coming in washing their face like 10 times a day, exfoliating. And they're just making a mess of things. So take a step back, work with your dermatologist to devise a regimen that makes sense for you.

An example of that is I often recommend zinc supplements to my patients. But if you take too much zinc it can be toxic. Finally if it sounds weird or gross to you, don't do it. I once had a patient come to me who was literally putting her on pee on her face for her acne. Again, if it sounds weird, or gross, or dangerous, just don't do it. Take what you read on the internet with a grain of salt. It may have worked for some people. It may not be right for you.

Let me explain what acne surgery is. It's actually not surgery at all. Basically this can be done by an esthetician during a facial or by a dermatologist in the office. We use this little instrument here called a comedone extractor which kind of looks like a little doughnut. We put the black head or whitehead, because that's what a comedone is, in the middle of the donut and then we basically put some pressure and then the black head or white head is expressed or extracted through the little hole. This can be very helpful in unclogging very deeply clogged pores. When a dermatologist does it in his or her office usually we take a little blade and nick the top of the white head so that we can express the contents inside. This may be done as part of your acne regimen.

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