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Bacitracin Acne Agent
Simple antibiotic: This is most useful for a minor skin wound after cleaning it. Your best friend for acne is topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated; if you're not clear in two weeks, get a more reliable prescription-strength Rx to add from your physician. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
A common human skin disease characterized by areas of scaly red skin (seborrhea) with blackheads/whiteheads (comedones) , pinheads (papules), large papules (nodules), pimples & possibly scarring. Occurs mostly on face, upper chest & back. Treated with benzoyl peroxide, salicylic ...Read more
Poor choice: Topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated is a more physiologic and sensible approach to preventing new lesions; if you're not clear in two weeks, ask your phyiscian about prescription-strength Rx. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Is it safe to get a facial while taking prescription acne medications benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin ?
Likely OK: A good spa will have providers who are familiar with common skin agents. I suggest you discuss it with your esthetician before the treatment, and if she/he looks at you with a blank stare, find another provider. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Great Question!: The most effective acne medicines are benzoyl peroxide (washes, lotions, gels), Clindamycin (solutions, gels), retinoic acid (gels, creams), Dapsone (topical gel), tetracycline antibiotics (capsules), sulfa antibiotics (capsules), and Isotretinoin (capsules). Also, many "non-prescription" options are available including chemical peels and other great alternatives. See a dermatologist or your pcp. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Depends: Usually two weeks at the minimum if your are very particular about doing all the treatments consistently. Also depends on the severity of the acne, when you started and which treatment or treatments you use. It can take many months at times to slow down acne. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
No: A few years ago, a british drug company was investigating a sebum-suppressor that was supposed to be safer than Isotretinoin either for systemic or topical use, but lost interest for reasons that aren't certain -- probably it was a disappointment. A dermatologist can use Isotretinoin and lasers to handle even the most severe acne; this is the 21st century & you should be able to get help. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Freckles: Lentigines require no specific treatment. A broad-spectrum sunscreen may help to prevent further appearance and darkening of solar lentigines. Several creams may lighten lentigines if applied for a number of months. These include hydroquinone or antioxidants: Alpha hydroxy acids, vitamin c, retinoids, azelaic acid. Liquid nitrogen is also very effective. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
About two weeks: Hang in there. If you don't see success with one, your physician has other choices. Good luck. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
The one that works: If you have topical benzoyl peroxide, use as tolerated. Otherwise salicylic acid and/or retinoic acid derivatives. Throw the others away unless they were prescribed. If you're not clear in two weeks, phone your physician. Acne can be managed but not cured until it self-cures with time. If you are not clear in two weeks, get with your physician who CAN clear you. Best wishes. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
What happens if I use acne several acne medications not at the same time but alternating with each other?
Acne may get better: No disrespect is intended. I'm glad you're treating yourself. Your acne is best managed in consultation with your personal physician. It should be possible to find a regimen that works. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›