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A 17-year-old male asked:

i have small red spots caused by acne... havent enough money to go to dermatologist... any tips or home remedies to go through..?

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Dr. David Haacke
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Sugar and Acne: Acne is an inflammatory response to bacteria "propionibacterium acnes". Sugar inhibits your immune system, and gives bacteria easy substrates for energy. If you decrease the sugar in your diet. (decrease sugar, processed grains, processed rice, and fried potatoes). For individual lesions oregano oil or melaleauca oil can help. However seeing a physician may be needed if this is not helpful.
Dr. Antoanella Calame
Dermatology 19 years experience
A few options: For over the counter methods try using products that have benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, alcohol, and acetone. For prescription treatments you may be prescribed antibiotics, retinoids or vitamin a derivatives, azelaic acid, oral contraceptives, or spironolactone. Always ask a dermatologist about the possible affects and the risks vs benefits of each treatment. Make sure it's best for you.

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