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Which acne treatments work the best?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Gels/creams for acne: For treatment of acne, over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide gel/cream is helpful. If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel/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 women) and oral antibiotics are options also. If acne is quite severe, a dermatologist may prescribe oral accutane.
Dr. Jayson Dupre
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Topicals or laser : Laser acne treatments are extremely effective and work well in combination with medical grade topicals.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

I was wondering what are some of the best acne treatments out there?

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Dr. Donald Shenenberger
Dermatology 25 years experience
Depends: It really depends on what kinds of acne lesions you have. Benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, topical retinoids, oral and topical antibiotics and, ultimately, Accutane are some of the things in increasing complexity that are used depending on your specific acne. See a dermatologist to help determine what may be best for you.
A 49-year-old member asked:

What are acne treatments that truly work!?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Scientific ones: Folk remedies (lemons, tea tree oil, etc) are likely to disappoint. Benzoyl peroxide for two weeks, if not clear get with your physician. The right mix of antibiotics (topical or systemic) and vitamin a derivatives can clear pretty much everybody.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What are some of the best acne treatments out there for me?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Scientific Rx: Forget "pop" and "supplement" offers. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician. He/she may be able to add a topical antibiotic such as clindamycin, a retinoic acid derivative, a systemic antibiotic, topical sprionolactone or some other rx. All acne is manageable nowadays. Take advantage of what the 21st century offers.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Which homemade acne treatments are considered the best?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Try them all: Painting your face with vinegar, sleeping with your body plastered with honey, and smearing with enough tea tree oil to make a man grow breasts are all options. I can't vouch for any of them, and if you want something that really works (and especially if you're caring for a young person who has acne) get with a scientific physician like you would if you had any other serious illness.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Do blue light acne treatments work?

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Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
Dermatology 50 years experience
Yes: But it's expensive. I doubt insurance would cover it.

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