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Doctor insights on: Benzac Acne Agent

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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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Is contratubex effective for chemical burns caused by acne medications?

Is contratubex effective for chemical burns caused by acne medications?

Contractubex: Contractubex is a compound that is designed to treat scar tissue, I doubt it would be good for active burns unless they have scarred over already. I would discuss this with a Dermatologist before putting anything on my face ...Read more

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What's more helpful for acne cyst. Warm compress or topical acne medications?

What's more helpful for acne cyst. Warm compress or topical acne medications?

Acne cyst: Both modalities are helpful. The warm compresses will soften up the cysts and the medication will become more penetrable ...Read more

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Do acne medications contain hormones?

Do acne medications contain hormones?

Depends: Some women see improvement in acne when they take hormonal contraceptives. That said, none of the topically applied creams contain hormones. ...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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What're some really good acne medications that you can get a prescription for?

What're some really good acne medications that you can get a prescription for?

There are many!: Most dermatologists agree that the most important acne medication is a retinoid or retinol. There are now prescription topicals which combine 2 different medications into one tube or pump to make it easy for the patient. Sometimes, patients may need a short course of antibiotics, or in the case of adult female acne, spironolactone works very well and is safe for long-term use if needed. ...Read more

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Do any of the acne medications decrease penis length or function?

Do any of the acne medications decrease penis length or function?

No: It doesn't do that, or at least it's not a reported side effect. There is almost no way to decrease the size of your penis once it's grown. ...Read more

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I have bad acne on my forehead what acne medications can you recommend?

I have bad acne on my forehead what acne medications can you recommend?

Multiple medications: There are many topical medications that may work including benzaclin, (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) epiduo, aczone, retina, or other medications. Occasionally, oral antibiotics are helpful as well. Consult a dermatologist to develop a regimen that works for you. Also avoid conditioner and mousse and hair gel near the front of the scalp. ...Read more

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Acne medications don't work well for me, but when I spend time in a hot tub or sauna, my skin clears. How do I recreate the results without swimming.?

Acne medications don't work well for me, but when I spend time in a hot tub or sauna, my skin clears. How do I recreate the results without swimming.?

Try a steam shower: What may work is trying to create your own steam shower. Turn your shower on the hottest and fullest. Don't get in! This should steam up your bathroom enough to get the same results you get from a sauna. ...Read more

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Benzoyl peroxide for acne?

Great choice!: Benzoyl peroxide is a great choice for acne. Use the cream if you have dry skin or the gel if your skin is oily. Don't use too much because it can irritate the skin. ...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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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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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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How does benzoyl peroxide work to clear up acne?

Kills bacteria: Benzoyl peroxide creates oxygen when in contact with skin. The bacteria causing acne cannot live in the presence of oxygen so actually dies. It also assists in removing dead cells that cause the pores to get plugged which also leads to acne formation. ...Read more

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What can I use besides benzoyl peroxide for acne?

Many choices: Talk to your doctor. You can develop a plan for treating your acne over time. That will help take a lot of the stress out of having acne. ...Read more

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Does benzoyl peroxide make acne worse at first?

Does benzoyl peroxide make acne worse at first?

Not always: But BP is just for bacteria and sebum, you need typically something in the vitamin A family for the blackheads. ...Read more

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