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Can acne get worse before getting better?

Can acne get worse before getting better?

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. ...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 you give me suggestions for my acne getting worse with age, what to do?

Can you give me suggestions for my acne getting worse with age, what to do?

You can manage it: Don't look for explanations for why it flares -- it's not related to lifestyle or hygiene and only marginally to diet. You owe it to yourself to start treating it scientifically until it self-cures. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physiciain. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Could my acne get worse on my face when I use accutane?

Could my acne get worse on my face when I use accutane?

Flare: During the first few weeks, it's likely to get worse before it gets better. Your dermatologist has probably explained this to you. The medicine is not for the faint-hearted but it is highly effective in getting a remission that will be good at least for months. ...Read more

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Hi I have lots of acne in my face and back. When I am eating diary. Or drink fresh milk my acne get worse. May i know what treatment of my acne ?

Hi I have lots of acne in my face and back. When I am eating diary.  Or drink fresh milk my acne get worse.  May i know what treatment of my acne ?

see your Doctor for: You can try local treatment with Benzamycin or trial OM antibiotic like minocycline, if those don't work, then trial of accutaine but under close observation with checking pregnancy test etc. ...Read more

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Will my acne get worse after i go off doryx (doxycycline)?

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It can: Not only does the Doxycycline suppress the bacteria that cause acne, it exhibits an modest antiinflammatory effect. Coming off of it may lead to an acne flare, but that is not guaranteed. ...Read more

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My acne is getting worse each day!i have been using nutrogyna and it does not work.. What can I use to get a clear skin?

My acne is getting worse each day!i have been using  nutrogyna and it does not work.. What can I use to get a clear skin?

Scientific Rx: That stuff doesn't work. If topical benzoyl peroxide 5% 2x/day has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician for addtional prescription-strength rx. This may something as simple as the oral contraceptive pill if it is right for you, or a topical or systemic antibiotic or retinoic acid derivative. Best wishes. ...Read more

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2 days of using 2% Salicylic acid wash on my face. Acne is getting worse. I heard that's normal while it cleans the pores then it will get better?

2 days of using 2% Salicylic acid wash on my face. Acne is getting worse. I heard that's normal while it cleans the pores then it will get better?

Reassurance : Yes, you heard actually right. You need to continue minimal as a week for using salicylic acid wash to clean the skin for some improving in developing new acne. It is not magic,! You have to keep doing this for months. ...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