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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Acne treatment: That is not a decision you have to make as your doctor will prescribe it for you. Acne is not caused by bacteria and the infection of the comedone is a secondary process that leads to inflammation and needs extraction and proper antibiotic for 7-14 days. Antibiotics do not prevent Acne and prolonged use is not advised. ...Read more
Modern Rx: Antibiotics should never be used as sole treatment of acne. If you've failed on a combination of a good topical (benzoyl peroxide and/or retinoic acid) and a topical or systemic antibiotic, or the oral contraceptive pill or spironolactone if you're female, it's time to talk about isotretinoin. It's not for the faint-hearted but most people are very satisfied if they stay the course. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several options: Continue using topical benzoyl peroxide. If you're a lady and can take the oral contraceptive pill, this may clear you. Topical spironolactone is sometimes overlooked. Photodynamic rx is experimental. If you realize that you've failed on antibiotics plus a topical agent like benzoil peroxide or a retinoic acid derivative, consider isotretinoin. It works but isn't for the faint-hearted. ...Read more
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