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Can you be put on Accutane if oral antibiotics don't do well ? I have severe back acne but mild facial acne, so i'm not really sure.
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
My back acne isn't doing better from oral antibiotics, but my face is mild acne wise, not severe like my back. Would there be a need to be on accutane?
What is the criteria needed to be put on Accutane ? I have severe back acne, and mild facial acne with some red acne marks.
Failure: You ought to have been placed on failed topical and/or oral antibitics for a sufficient period of time. Topical approaches such as benzoyl peroxide foams combined with topical antibiotics can often be very effective. If you fail these, then Accutane is certainly a reasonable option. ...Read more
I have severe back acne but mild face acne, oral antibiotics showed little improvements, is it safe to go on Accutane although my face isn't severe ?
Dose too low: Accutane can be a god send, but it is very hard to use. Generally, you have to push the dose to the point of intolerance and then maintain the treatment at that dose for 20 weeks. In other words, if you tolerated the treatment well, you may not have had a high enough dose. Some people can not get the dose high enough due to dangerous side effects. Blood tests may indicate you can't go higher. ...Read more
Is there a successful treatment for acne caused by trt therapy? I am a mid 30s male with horrible back acne caused by the testosterone therapy.
Several types: It really depends on the type of acne and severity of the acne. If is is moderate to severe, oral antibiotics with topical treatments prescribed by a dermatologist is necessary. If it is very severe, Accutane may be necessary. It is is mild, topical prescriptions may help alon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Benzoyl peroxide: This is the best that's over the counter but not nearly so helpful as something as simple as topical Clindamycin with or without BP or a retinoic acid derivative -- i'll use the latter if there are many blackheads. If your acne is worse, a systemic antibiotic can help, and a dermatologist can use the big guns. You shouldn't need to rely on a home remedy even in our loony health care system. ...Read more
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