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Doctor insights on: Acne Antibiotics

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Will metronidazole antibiotics clear acne?

Will metronidazole antibiotics clear acne?

Not ideal: Metronidazole orally is not an ideal or preferred treatment for acne. It may offer some benefit for inflammatory papules but there are better choices. See your dermatologist to design the best plan for your acne and skin type. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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Will antibiotics help acne?

Will antibiotics help acne?

Antibiotics do help: For treatment of acne, over-the-counter Benzoyl Peroxide Gel or cream is helpful. If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel or 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. ...Read more

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Will doxycycline hyclate and topical tretinoin clear my acne?

Will doxycycline hyclate and topical tretinoin clear my acne?

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'. ...Read more

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Can benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) treat blind pimples?

Can benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) treat blind pimples?

BenzaClin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide): Benzaclin® topical gel (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) contains Clindamycin and is used to treat pimples and acne. ...Read more

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Topical treatment for acne scars?

Topical treatment for acne scars?

Fading creams: The gold standard for lightening dark marks is hydroquinone. You can purchase fading creams that contain 2-3% hydroquinone without a prescription (ambi, atra, porcelana, nadinola, to name a few). You should also be careful to protect your skin with sunscreen, as sun will make dark marks darker. Stronger prescription fading creams and chemical peels exist. Pitted scars require laser resurfacing. ...Read more

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Can benzoyl peroxide clear acne scars?

Can benzoyl peroxide clear acne scars?

Benzoyl & acne scar: No - benzoyl peroxide will treat acne and help prevent worsening pustules and inflammation by helping to kill the bacteria causing acne. However, it won't have any effect on the scars you may get from aggressively picking or popping "zits" There are facial scrubs that may lessen the appearance of scars but a physician trained in skin peels would be needed for deep scars ...Read more

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Can Accutane clear acne scars?

Can Accutane clear acne scars?

No. But it can help: Reduce acne breakouts and more cyst formation that can lead to new scars. Accutane is powerful medicine that requires monitoring and absolute avoidance of pregnancy (causes birth defects). See dermatologist for advice and prescription if you are a candidate. ...Read more

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Clindamycin, tretinoin (retin-a), minocycline pills for acne, do these work?

Clindamycin, tretinoin (retin-a), minocycline pills for acne, do these work?

Yes: Comply with directions. Never use an antibiotic as sole treatment for acne. If you do not get a good result, consider Isotretinoin if it is offered to you. ...Read more

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Benzoyl peroxide for acne?

Benzoyl peroxide for acne?

Great choice!: Benzoyl peroxide is a great choice for acne. Use the cream if you have dry skin or the gel if your skin is oily. Don't use too much because it can irritate the skin. ...Read more

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Do antibiotics like azithromycin permanently cure acne?

Do antibiotics like azithromycin permanently cure acne?

No: They do not permanently cure acne, rather they just control it while you take the medication. ...Read more

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Will clearasil (benzoyl peroxide) treat my acne and scars?

Will clearasil (benzoyl peroxide) treat my acne and scars?

Get a real Rx: That stuff is weak and overpriced. If you have gotten scars, you should already be on prescription meds. I am sorry this happened and you need to get with your personal physician. ...Read more

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Will impetigo cream treat acne scars?

Will impetigo cream treat acne scars?

Not acne scars: I'm sorry your disease led to scarring. This can be prevented with modern Rx. The scars can be managed by a plastic surgeon or dermatologist with a laser, filler, or microsurgery. ...Read more

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Acne and pimple treatment?

Acne and pimple treatment?

Acne therapy: If your acne doesn't respond to otc treatments, consider seeing a doctor or dermatologist to get a stronger prescription lotion. Tretinoin (avita, retin-a, others), Adapalene (differin) and tazarotene (tazorac, avage) are examples of topical prescription products derived from vitamin a. They work by promoting cell turnover and preventing plugging . You may also need oral antibiotics like doryx (doxycycline). ...Read more

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Does solodyn (minocycline) help with acne scars?

Does solodyn (minocycline) help with acne scars?

Maybe: Often a skins reaction can lead to local swelling which may make the skin look better. But a lasting impact is hard to get with topical creams. ...Read more

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Differin (adapalene) or dalacin t gel for acne and acne scars ?!

Differin (adapalene) or dalacin t gel for acne and acne scars ?!

Two different meds: Differen is a lower strength retinoid comparable to retin a (tretinoin) that may decrease oil gland activity among many other effects. Dalacin t is a topical antibiotic containing Clindamycin and similar to the older Cleocin t. Both can actually be used for acne breakouts, if prescribed and supervised by a qualified physician. ...Read more

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Will antibiotics prevent impetigo? I?M on antibiotics for acne. Will this also prevent impetigo? .

Possibly: Some antibiotics taken for acne like the tetracyclines or Clindamycin may be protective against impetigo but they may be taken in low dose that would be less effective in this regard. ...Read more

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Which topical antibiotic is better for acne erythromycin or clindamycin ?

Which topical antibiotic is better for acne erythromycin or clindamycin ?

Both can be: effective. Each person has a different response to topical acne treatments. If one is tried and doesn't work well after a good trial period of time, it could be switched to the other. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that 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 ...Read more


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more