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A 19-year-old female asked:

How do i remove acne?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Acne: Acne treatments work by reducing oil production, speeding up skin cell turnover, fighting bacterial infection, reducing the inflammation or doing all four. With most prescription acne treatments, you may not see results for four to eight weeks, and your skin may get worse before it gets better.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Scientific Rx: This is the 21st century. The only over-the-counter remedy that's much good is benzoyl peroxide and it's generally inadequate. I add topical clindamycin, plus a retinoic acid derivative if there are blackheads. If results are not good in two weeks, i add a systemic antibiotic as appropriate, and dermatologists have big guns for tough cases. You deserve to be acne-free if you wish. Good luck.
Dr. Glynis Ablon
Dermatology 29 years experience
Absolutely see derm: depending on the kind of acne will determine the kind of acne treatment you need
Dr. Daniel Saurborn
Diagnostic Radiology 23 years experience
Acne Troubles: You can usually keep acne under control with gentle facial cleanser, 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, and light facial moisturizer. If these fail, a dermatologist could prescribe antibiotics, topical retinoids, or Accutane as a last resort. If you would like more personalized advice, click the Send Message button at healthtap.com/saurbornmd
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Mild acne: Treatment for mild acne (whiteheads, blackheads, or pimples) may include: Gentle cleansing with warm water and a mild soap, such as Dove or Cetaphil. Applying benzoyl peroxide (such as Brevoxyl or Triaz). Applying salicylic acid (such as Propa pH or Stridex). If these treatments do not work, you may want to see your doctor. Your doctor can give you a prescription for stronger lotions or creams.

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I have Acne. How can remove it??

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Quite a few options: For treatment of acne, over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide gel/cream is quite helpful. If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel/cream such as Cleocin (clindamycin) gel. If more help is needed, prescription retinoids such as Retin-A or Differin gel can be used instead of benzoyl peroxide. Oral antibiotics such as tetracycline can be used also. If acne is quite severe, a dermatologist can help.
A 18-year-old male asked:

Acne remove cream?

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Dr. Bob Ourian
Dermatology 26 years experience
There are many: There are several retinoids, all by prescription: tretinion, tazarotene, adapalene. Antibiotics can also come in cream form but those also require a prescription. There are also benzoyl peroxide creams that generally do not require a prescription. You should consult a dermatologist for proper evaluation and treatment.
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A 20-year-old male asked:

How to quickly remove acne?

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Dr. Roman Bronfenbrener
Dermatology 9 years experience
Meds: Many patients do well with over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid preparations. Some patients require topical or oral antibiotics or retinoids as well. If the over the counter meds alone don't control your acne after a month of daily use, see a doctor for additional treatment options. It is important to be persistent, and some patients 'get worse before they get better'.
A 49-year-old member asked:

How to remove bad acne?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Scientific Rx: Benzoyl peroxide for starters. If not sufficient, topical Clindamycin and/or a topical retinoic acid derivative the latter especially if there are a lot of blackheads. Next step for a lady is the oral contraceptive pill if it is right for her. Then a systemic antibiotic right for the person. The big guns is accutane, not pleasant cheap or without risks but hugely effective and very much worth it.
A 18-year-old male asked:

How can I remove acne from my chest?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Physician visit: When acne's on your trunk, it usually will not respond well to a topical agent, though it may help. You may be in for a course of a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline 500 2x/day or if it's severe, a referral to for isotretinoin. Home remedies are adjuncts at best. It will be good to get this taken care of now.

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