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Is it possible to treat mild cystic acne without accutane

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Yes: On the face laser can be helpful .In a series of 3-4 sessions the cysts can be reduced or flattened. Topical medications may still be necessary after ... Read More
Dr. Frank Pinto
Dermatology 36 years experience
Yes: Other options include oral antibiotics such as Doxycycline and minocycline. You coule also use Retin-A (tretinoin) which is the topical version of Ac... Read More

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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antoanella Calame
Pathology 19 years experience
Try it: Since your doctor knows your medical and personal history i believe he/she knows what it best. Accutane is a good solution, i would give it a try and ... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 47 years experience
Accutane: Accutane rarely fails for cystic acne. Normally 50% of people are cured taking 1mg/kg for 20 weeks. 50% of people need a second course at double the d... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Hartman
Dermatology 39 years experience
Mild soaps: Dirt does not cause acne. Use a mild gentle bar soap such as dove or cetaphil bar.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes: Isotretinoin in various forms is by far your best remedy. Adjuncts for disease this severe may include spironolactone and sometimes other supportive m... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Maybe: Let the prescribing physician determine the appropriate dose. If you are self-medicating, be aware that what you're going is very dangerous -- someone... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Shenenberger
Dermatology 25 years experience
Accutane: About 80% of people who take Accutane (isotretinoin) for severe (cystic) acne will never need to have it again. However, your skin will still make oil... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Accutane: Since you are on Accutane you are under the care of a dermatologist. As such, he would be the one to consult on whether addition of an antibiotic can ... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
I believe you are ok: These are working on different systems. The best anti-allergy medicines for you may be those that are relatively non-drying to the mucosal surfaces. S... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brad Goldenberg
Neonatology 36 years experience
Accutane: the treatment only reduces the appearance of acne over time, and requires regular skin washing with non-abrasive soaps, benzoyl peroxide as directed t... Read More