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Can you suggest any alternative acne treatment for people who cannot use benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid?

Can you suggest any alternative acne treatment for people who cannot use benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid?

Retin A, (tretinoin)ANTIBIOTICS;: Those patients who can not use benzyl peroxide or salicylic acid, can be treated with retin a (tretinoin) cream and topical antibiotics like Erythromycin or clindamycine. Other alternative therapies which may be effective are manuka honey te tree oil brewers yeast bittersweet night shade some of these have been approved in europe.But discuss with your doctor or dermatologist what is best for you. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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Can I use adapalene and benzoyl peroxide gel alternatively for acne treatment? Like adapalene before bed time and benzoyl peroxide in morning?

YES: This is a good combination treatment. The two medications work in different ways and therefore help each other out. The Adapalene can make you more sensitive to the sun. Be careful in the sun. The benzoyl peroxide can be drying especially in the winter, so a mild moisturizer such as aveeno (oatmeal). You are on minocycline. It can cause grayish pigmentation of the skin/ gums. Not reversible. Rare. ...Read more

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What is a good treatment for acne?

What is a good treatment for acne?

Real science: Start with benzoyl peroxide otc if you can tolerate it. Rx topical Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid derivative is next. Your physician may move to the oral contraceptive pill if you are a woman and can take it, or the right oral antibiotic (macrolide, tetracycline). Dermatologists have the big guns. Good luck. ...Read more

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Which acne treatments work the best?

Which acne treatments work the best?

Topicals or laser : Laser acne treatments are extremely effective and work well in combination with medical grade topicals. ...Read more

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What are some natural acne treatments?

What are some natural acne treatments?

Very weak: Vinegar and tea-tree oil may help some; tea-tree oil has enough estrogen to grow breasts in some teenaged guys, who isn't making the situation easier. Benzoyl peroxide is your best home remedy, and any troublesome case requires a physician's help -- the vitamin a and antibiotic preparations are from nature's own bounty. ...Read more

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What are some effective acne treatments?

Rx: You deserve treatment. I start with topical clindamycin, plus benzoyl peroxide if there aren't a lot of blackheads or a retinoic acid derivative if there are. A woman is often cleared by the oral contraceptive pill. If it's harder to manage, i add a systemic antibiotic appropriate for the person. Dermatologists have the big guns. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are some acne treatments available?

What are some acne treatments available?

Rx are best: The only folk / otc remedy that works is benzoyl peroxide. The oral contraceptive pill can often clear a woman who wants and can take it. I've had good results with topical Clindamycin with perhaps a retinoic acid derivative if there are blackheads. A systemic antibiotic as appropriate is the next step, and dermatologists can write for the very strong stuff. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for body acne?

What is the best treatment for body acne?

Whatever works: It depends on your definition of "best". Some people can do w/ simple face (&body) scrubs & food trigger avoidance. Others require topical lotions & prescriptions. A third type (like me) was prescribed retinoic acid, but that kept me out of the sun for more than 2 yrs & I lost my spot on the varsity team (couldn't practice). All treatments have differing potency & side effects, so talk to ur docto ...Read more

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Treatments that cure the symptoms of acne?

Treatments that cure the symptoms of acne?

ACNE RX: It depends on type of acne, inflammatory or non-inflammatory.Dermatologist recommend the combination of retin a (tretinoin) and perzagel or benzoyl peroxide 5 or 10 percent with antibiotic orally. Severe cases needs Accutane rx only the dermatologist can do. ...Read more

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What is beauty pills for treatment of acne ?!

What is beauty pills for treatment of acne ?!

Worthless.: Acne is treated by cleansing skin, benzoyl peroxide products, topical antibiotics, oral antibiotics, and certain types of light therapy. See a dermatologist and don't waste your money on "beauty pills" for acne or any other concern! ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more