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What can cure acne?

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Dr. Christianne Strickland
Pediatrics 15 years experience
Different for all: There are a lot of different acne medications and treatments available depending on your age and the severity of your acne. You should see your regular doctor to discuss the options in more detail. Usually, finding the right combination of treatments is what is needed to improve acne. Unfortunately it's a difficult thing to cure, but with patience and persistence it can happen!
Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
"Manage" not "cure": Acne is something which, if treated properly, can be managed to minimize its impact. Most people grow out of the problem, rather than "get cured." start with a gentle cleanser (i.e. Neutrogena w/ salicylic acid) and an OTC benzoyl peroxide product. Follow the instructions. If that doesn't work, check with your doctor or dermatologist to step up the treatment.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik commented
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Acne is a complex disease with no single cure
Mar 9, 2012
Dr. Dennis Hurwitz
Plastic Surgery 51 years experience
No cure: Acne can be reduced with proper treatments.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Treat not cure: Wr still don't completely understand the causes of acne but a fairly clear picture of the outcome. Treatments are targeted to reduce sebaceous (oil gland) activity and associated or secondary bacterial growth.
Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 years experience
Acne rx: To control inflammatory acne with comedones antibiotics are needed such as tetracyclines. Topical rx are Cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) t lotion , perzagel 10 percent , retina a or erythrocin. Not helping? See a dermatologist.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
No cure: There is no "cure." it is a long battle. Good hygeine is a must as is a good skin care regimen. It is important to moisturize your skin which may sound funny, but it is true. With acne a lot of the oil is on the surface but the deeper layers are screaming for moisture. A lot of things can help with acne like benzoyl peroxide, retinols, sometime topical or oral antibiotics, facials, peels, light.
Dr. Dina Strachan
Dermatology 27 years experience
What can cure acne?: Acne, particularly in adulthood, is often a chronic condition. Acne may go through periods of flare and remission. There are many options to manage it. The only medication that can potentially cure acne is isotretinoin, aka accutane, but even this effective medication does not cure everyone. Accutane can only be administred by a physician certified by the ipledge program.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Usually no cure: Acne can come at almost any age. When it does there are treatments but really no.
Dr. Jane Chung
Plastic Surgery 32 years experience
Medications: Mild acne can go away without any treatment. But more than moderate acne must be treated to prevent scar. They can be an topical medicated cream, oral antiboitics, or even lasers.
Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine 38 years experience
It is difficult: If the acne is severe, then Accutane can be a miraculous treatment, but Accutane is not easy to use. It takes careful monitoring and it has lots of side effects including some very serious side effects. Cure is not a reasonable goal, but control is possible. Avoiding sugar helps. As a woman, if your testosterone level is too high, then have that treated. Ask your family doc for help.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Manage, no cure: No one today should have to suffer with acne -- life's hard enough without. Today, topical Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid derivative is a good way to start; since i'm a man, i got pretty good control for 25 years on oral tetracycline. Dermatologists have the big guns (accutane, lasers). Good luck, and stay proactive.
Dr. John Stephens
Dermatology 18 years experience
See a dermatologist: There are a number of treatments out there from over the counter products to prescription topical and oral medications. Discuss these with a dermatologist and they will hopefully steer you in the right direction.
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'.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Hygeine: Acne is best helped by good hygiene. Stare with a 5% benzoyl peroxide wash at night and something gentle like cetaphil in the morning. Don't forget to moisturize . If after about a month you are not seeing a difference then you should probably visit your doctor. Addition of something like retin a (tretinoin) or Azelex would be an appropriate next step. Good luck!
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Scientific Rx: Home / folk remedies are only adjuncts. See your physician now if speed's important (prom coming up, etc.) if benzoyl peroxide fails, start a topical antibiotic such as Clindamycin and/or a retinoic acid derivative and/or a systemic antibiotic. Severe acne needs to be evaluated for isotretinoin. It's a non-lifestyle-related serious chronic disease that needs to be managed long-term.
Dr. Kathleen Gilmore
Urgent Care 26 years experience
Benzoyl peroxide: This depends on the severity. You can start with over the counter benzoyl peroxide 2.5%, higher strengths are also available. If this is not helpful, you can move up to using benzoyl peroxide and another agent such as salicylic acid. Beyond these, you may want to see a doctor who specializes in the care of acne. There are many excellent prescription options available.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Scientific Rx: If two weeks on over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide doesn't clear you, get with your physician. You may be a rx for a topical retinoic acid derivative, the oral contraceptive pill (if you're female), topical clindamycin, a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline, or a dermatology referral for possible isotretinoin. All acne is manageable today; it's not a hygiene or lifestyle problem. We can help.

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