An excellent option for this problem exfoliating washes or polish such as Specific Beauty Dark Spot Corrector Polish. Then apply the Dark Spot Corrector Pads by Specific Beauty, because they even the skin tone and treat large areas like the knees and thighs. Finally, apply lotion that contains lactic acid such as

Amlactin 12% lotion.

 What about acne on my scalp? What can I do for that?

Acne on the scalp may be due to an infection of the hair follicle.  See a dermatologist for a topical antibiotic like Clindamycin lotion that can help with this problem.

What is the best over the counter or home remedy for eczema? For all ages?

Aquaphor ointment every night  and hydrocortisone 1% ointment twice daily.

Do you think a diet high in protein and less carbs will clear up acne since some carbs are a source of sugar?

Yes, a low-glycemic diet that is low in carbs that spike insulin may help with acne.

What’s the best cleansing product for teenage boys?

Try Panoxyl 4% creamy wash.

Does estrogen cause acne in post- menopausal woman? I’ve found that when I take hormone supplements with estrogen, I break out more.

Yes, definitely.

What can I do for dry skin?

Try Aquaphor ointment for the body or Specific Beauty Specific Beauty Professional Moisture Complex for the face.

My daughter is 19 and in college. She has a large bumps on her cheeks, forehead and around her jaw. It is very embarrassing for her. She uses cleansers and takes antibiotics and it’s not doing any good. 

Hormonal therapy with birth control pills or spironolactone can often help young women with resistant acne. In the most severe cases, a medication called Accutane can be used but it has many side effects, so you need to discuss this with your dermatologist.

I’m a dark- skinned lady in my 40’s. What can I do about black spots on my

face? Will fade creams help? I’m reluctant because I don’t want to break out. 

An excellent option for the dark spots is Dark Spot Corrector Pads by Specific Beauty because they can help even skin tone and smooth the texture. These pads are excellent for people with oily skin and dark spots from acne. They are also helpful for sensitive skin because they do not contain a lot of preservatives.

What about skin tag removal?

See a dermatologist. These can easily be removed in the office. Unfortunately, this is not covered by insurance.

I’m 45, female, and have had acne since I was 10, mostly in my jaw/chin area.

but also on my back. I do not wear tight clothing, as the doctor said this may be a

cause (mostly walk around the house half-naked when home). What else can cause

back acne?

Back acne can be challenging and sometimes we cannot identify a cause.  Avoid supplements with creatine or DHEA as muscle-building supplements can also cause back acne. For treatment, start with a medicated wash that contains benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid like Specific Beauty Acne Wash. An excellent option for the dark spots on the body are Dark Spot Corrector Pads by Specific Beauty, because they can treat large areas like the back and shoulders. If no improvement, see a dermatologist for a topical antibiotic like Clindamycin lotion that can help with this problem.

Does a lack of sex result in pimples or hot bumps in teens? Fact or myth?


What effect does raw black soap have on the skin?

It is an excellent cleanser and some people report it can help with breakouts.

I have a red discoloration between my thighs since I started menopause.

Every cream my doctor has given me helps but does not get rid of it. Any


Try CeraVe lotion.  It can soothe irritated skin in this sensitive area.


A few fast facts about acne: 

Acne is the most common dermatologic diagnosis in people of color. 

A survey of nearly 700 million physician visits between 1993 and 2009 found that, among visits to dermatologists, acne was the most common dermatologic diagnosis in skin of color patients (22% in African Americans, 19% in Asians or Pacific Islanders, 22% in Hispanics) and the second most common diagnosis in Caucasians.

It is a myth that acne only affects teenagers.  In fact, most people who seek treatment for acne are adult women. 

In an analysis of health claims data for approximately 9.6 million unique patients captured from over 80 public and private healthcare plans in the US in 2004, 62% of those seeking treatment were over the age of 18 and 65% were women. Hormones can exacerbate acne because androgens increase oil production and clog pores. Severe acne and facial hair may be a sign of polycystic ovarian syndrome, a common hormonal disorder that is associated with insulin resistance and diabetes.

Diet plays a role in acne. A high glycemic diet is associated with acne. A high glycemic diet includes foods that cause insulin to spike like sugar and simple carbohydrates. A low glycemic diet may help acne (vegetables, fish, whole grains).

Don’t be afraid to use a moisturizer if you have acne. Recent studies show that moisturizers that contain ceramides often help improve results when patients are being treated for acne.

(Example of moisturizers with ceramides: Specific Beauty Professional Moisture Complex or CeraVe lotion).

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