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What is bacitracin zinc used for? Can it help acne?

What is bacitracin zinc used for? Can it help acne?

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 more

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Acne (Definition)

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


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It's okay to use bacitracin first aid antibiotic ointment for acne right?

It's okay to use bacitracin first aid antibiotic ointment for acne right?

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 more

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Is it safe to get a facial while taking prescription acne medications benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin ?

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 more

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What are the most effective acne medications?

What are the most effective acne medications?

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 more

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How long before I see a visible result from using my acne medications?

How long before I see a visible result from using my acne medications?

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 more

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Is there a new, experimental acne medications routine?

Is there a new, experimental acne medications routine?

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 more

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Can any of the acne medications lighten up my freckles?

Can any of the acne medications lighten up my freckles?

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 more

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Should acne medications be applied on open acne wound?

Yes: Go ahead. I trust you are using scientific acne Rx. It's always manageable today though it's not pleasant. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a break out from being exposed to the sun while using acne medications/creams?

What to do if I have a break out from being exposed to the sun while using acne medications/creams?

Acne out break: We cant give medical advice to a young minor. We don't know your age, gender, medical condition, skin type, extent of acne, type of acne, what medications are being used, etc. Its not magic, its medicine. We can only provide a meaningful response when you provide meaningful information. ...Read more

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Are there any acne medications that work as effectively as accutane?

Are there any acne medications that work as effectively as accutane?

No: A variant on the molecule supposedly with fewer side effects / better safety profile was under development a few years ago but was abandoned. For deep cystic acne, Isotretinoin remains by far the best choice, though antibiotics and topical retinoic acid preparations work well for milder cases. ...Read more

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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


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Bacitracin (Definition)

Bacitracin is an acne agent which is a ...Read more


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