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Q & A Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I treat acne scars?
A: Acne pimples can sometimes leave temporary “scars” or “marks” that often take weeks or months to go away. Use Dr. Lin’s Acne Spot Corrector at the first sign of a pimple to treat and shrink it. This powerful spot treatment also helps to fade the red and dark marks left behind on acne damaged skin.
Q: How do I treat cystic, comedonal and popular acne?
A: For severe acne, Dr. Lin recommends topical prescriptions and in some cases an oral antibiotic*. My 2-step Acne Clarifying System is infused with botanical extracts that help calm and soothe the skin. The system is non-irritating and is effective when used alone, or in conjunction with a prescription.**
*Use caution when taking birth control pills as oral antibiotics can cause birth control to become less effective.
** Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are using other topical acne medications at the same time or immediately following use of this product. This may increase dryness or irritation of the skin. If this occurs, only one medication should be used unless directed by a doctor.
Q: Is it safe to squeeze my pimples?
A: Acne extractions should be performed by professionals to prevent scarring and other damage. Picking at your own skin can be dangerous because you can potentially deliver bacteria into the deep venous sinuses and cause infection.
Q: Why are your products Hydroquinone-free?
A: Although, hydroquinone has been used as a skin-lightening agent, recent studies have shown that the ingredient may contain carcinogenic properties. Because of this, Dr. Lin Skincare is formulated with a proprietary blend of natural active botanicals to reduce acne, and fade the marks left behind.
Q: Will benzoyl peroxide over-dry my skin?
A: Benzoyl peroxide is an organic compound used to kill acne-causing bacteria and increase healthy skin turnover. It is common for Benzoyl peroxide to cause some dryness and irritation. If you are worried you are allergic to benzoyl peroxide, consult a doctor prior to using products containing the ingredient. While some Dr. Lin Skincare products contain benzoyl peroxide, others contain salicylic acid, another powerful acne-fighting agent that helps unclog pores and prevent new breakouts from occurring.
Q: Is Dr. Lin Skincare safe to use if you are pregnant?
A: Both salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are pregnancy category C. This means that these medications have not been tested on humans and animals. Most dermatologists would agree that small amounts of salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are safe to use during pregnancy, especially at the levels found in over-the-counter (OTC) medications. However, if you have specific concerns about salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, you should seek the advice of a dermatologist to assess your individual situation, as everyone's medical condition is unique.