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What could lead to my acne to get better then worse?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
It does that: Acne is a serious, chronic, relapsing-and-remitting disease. Don't try to explain each outbreak. Your physician can treat you effectively and maintain you on a regimen between outbreaks that will make them fewer & milder.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

Can acne get worse before getting better?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Often: Benzoyl peroxide, retinoic acid derivatives, and Accutane may all cause acne to appear to flare for a few days before they work their magic.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Do some medications make your acne worse before it will get better?

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Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 37 years experience
Retinoids: The vitamin a derivatives such as Retin-A ( tretinoin) do sometimes make acne a bit worse worse before it improves. Usually after two weeks of routine use things turn around and then they help acne dramatically. Other acne med don't cause flares, but the results from retinoids usually pay off.

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