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A 38-year-old member asked:

how can i stop acne breakouts?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Scientific Rx: If you generally have good control, your physician may choose a low dose of systemic tetracyline plus perhaps a topical preparation. Herbal / supplement / mystical treatments will probably disappoint you though they may help with other aspects of your life.
Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 43 years experience
Acne: Accutane is the best therapy. You should see your dermatologist.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

How well does the homeopathic "calcarea sulphurica" work on acne?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Anecdotal: The magic of homeopathic remedies -- if they actually are what they are packed as -- comes from the interaction with the homeopathic physician and the caring, unhurried and detailed approach. This is the 21st century, and you'll get more reliable results with a scientific remedy. I start with Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid derivative. Good luck.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
There is no magic in homeopathy -- just a compassionately rigorous process of discerning what the individual patient is suffering, and pairing that with what we know of homeopathic medicines (some 4000+ so far). Then there's the ongoing follow-up and management of the case to make sure things are moving ahead positively (like the rest of medicine). Here's a small (n=60) study of homeopathy used for chronic skin diseases: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17544862
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Los Angeles, CA
A 54-year-old male asked:

When I stay home for a while my acne gets worse but when I go out my acne improves why is that?

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Sun: Acne is caused by inflammatory reaction to oils in your skin. Sun raises and activates your vitamin d level and this improves the acne. Get out side more.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How can I make my acne less noticeable?

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Dr. Ellen Turner
Dermatology 20 years experience
Green camoflauge: Redness with acne lesions is a common complaint because it is hard to cover with normal concealers. I recommend using a green camoflauge first to neutralize the red color, followed by normal concealer and powder. Physicians' formula makes a good product that can be found in drugstores.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Do you know any permanent acne cures?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Isotretinoin: Isotretinoin. For deep cysts, antibiotics may not be enough. Isotretinoin (amnesteem, claravis, sotret) is a powerful medication available for scarring cystic acne or acne that doesn't respond to other treatments. This medicine is reserved for the most severe forms of acne. It's very effective, but people who take it need close monitoring by a dermatologist because of the side effects.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What can be done to stop my acne breakouts before they happen?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Prophylaxis: A low maintenance dose of tetracycline may be sufficient.

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