A 21-year-old member asked:
What drugs are used to treat acne, and are they safe for teens?
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Pediatrics 33 years experience
Several drug options: For treatment of acne, over-the-counter Benzoyl Peroxide Gel or cream is helpful. If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel or cream. If more help is needed, prescription retinoids such as Retin-A or differin (adapalene) gel can be used instead of benzoyl peroxide. Oral contraceptives (for older girls) and oral antibiotics are options also. These medications are all safe for teenagers.
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Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Start with Topicals.: Topical drugs benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and glycolic acids are the most common medications. These are found in most over the counter preparations and are safe as the concentrations have been tested thoroughly. Sometimes higher strength formulations with antibiotics need to be prescribed by a dermatologist.
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016
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