How many acne products is too many? As I've gotten out of my teens, my acne has sprouted up again and I wanted to know how to treat it without frying my skin. Nowadays there is acne medication like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide in everything from washes to spot treatments and lotions, even makeup. What products are safe to layer and how much layering is too much? Also, what about all-natural treatments?

The best way to treat acne depends upon your skin type. Treatments for acne could include a retinoid, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and in some cases an antibiotic. Many people are irritated by benzoyl peroxide. If you have sensitive skin, a topical antibiotic and a mild retinoid are best. At this time, there are not very many naturals that help acne. Tea tree oil may help, but we have not had great success with it. As far as layering goes, here's what we recommend: In the am, use a salicylic-acid cleanser, then apply a benzoyl peroxide lotion to the entire face. Then, apply a moisturiser with sunscreen. In the pm, wash with a salicylic-acid cleanser, then apply a prescription retinoid. However, this regimen will irritate sensitive skin types. Alternatives include blue light treatments and topical antibiotics from your dermatologist.

I have had many cortisone shots for some cysts on my face. With a great acne regimen (retinoids), my skin is now clear, but I experienced atrophy in one of the spots where I had an injection. Now I had a huge dent that looks like a dimple. Will it go away on its own? I have heard saline injections could fill it up. Please, I am desperate!

The indentation will go away, but it could take six to nine months. Are you using a retinoid such as Atralin or the Retin-A Micro Pump? You should be! It will prevent these cysts.

Whenever I wear my hair down, I break out around my chin/cheeks. Is there anything I can put on my face or hair to stop this? I don't use products in my hair, and I'm so tired of ponytails!

Ingredients in hair conditioners can cause acne. Avoid any with isopropyl myristate or coconut oil. And in the shower, always wash your face after removing hair conditioner, ideally use a salicylic acid-containing product.