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Acne Treatment Ireland
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
You can't: Please forgive my frankness. If you are a young person with acne, and someone responsible for you is a member of an anti-medical cult, thinks "natural is better", or blames you for having acne, you have my sympathy. Get with a school nurse or some other reasonable adult. Cystic acne usually requires Accutane and it's your right to be treated effectively. ...Read more
Minocin-tetracycline: I have prescribed low doses of doxycline (similar med) for adult acne (particularly rosacea) and have had good results. It is often a long term treatment which can lead to antibiotic resistance and GI problems and yeast infections in women. I always recommend taking probiotics when taking antibiotics. Also have regular dental check ups as it can cause teeth staining. ...Read more
Is oral clindamycin helpful for acne vulgaris? Already failed tx w/ doxy, minocycline, & azithromycin.
Don't do it: Taking oral Clindamycin after 3 other good antibiotics failed is asking for another failure and an episode of c. Difficile colitis or worse. I'm going to assume that topical Clindamycin plus benzoyl peroxide plus an adequate dose of an oral tetracycline was a failure. Your next option is a trial or spironolactone with other rx or a dermatology consult for Isotretinoin -- if the latter, be brave! ...Read more
Derm consult: If you have cystic acne, you deserve 21st century treatment beyond what even your family doc can provide. A dermatologist will probably place you on one of the vitamin a derivatives; they are unpleasant and somewhat dangerous, you'll need to listen to the instructions carefully, and they work. Life is rough enough without cystic acne. I wish you the best. ...Read more
What is the most effective over-the-counter treatment plan for controlling acne while healing minor acne scars & hyperpigmentation?
Scientific Rx: If you are male and still have acne while on benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin, your physician may try a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline 500 2x/day. Or if this is deep / cystic / severe acne, it may be time to consider accutane. For the scars, a dermatologist can abrade, fill, operate and/or laser; your choice, but note the hollywood stars who keep their scars for character. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
For severe cases: Accutane is a very strong but very effective drug for acne. It has potential serious side effects and requires close monitoring. That said, i know multiple patients who have had phenomenal improvements with Accutane that say they would do the treatment over. I recommend you see a local dermatologist for a consultation and more information. ...Read more
Acne treatment: It's best to see a doctor for acne - since there are many tools available to help this condition. Of the 3 antibiotics you listed, I prefer minocycline. Make sure you've explored other options with your doctor first before trying to treat yourself. For example, topical medicines might be better - less side effects since lower blood levels of the drug. http://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0501/p2123.html ...Read more
Helpful for acne.: Doxycycline is an antibiotic that is commonly prescribed for cystic or nodular acne. It is typically prescribed when topical medications are ineffective. It would be best to see your local dermatologist or plastic surgeon specializing in skin care to develop a comprehensive approach to your acne. ...Read more
Antiobiotic: Solodyn is the trade name for minocycline, which is an antibiotic medication frequently used to treat acne from the tetracycline class. It is effective in inflammatory acne (red bumps, or bumps that drain pus) and will help decrease the redness and promote healing. It is not as photosensitizing as doxycycline, another commonly used drug. ...Read more