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I have sever back acne i mean backne on my back. what is the best treatment for this?

I have sever back acne i mean backne on my back. what is the best treatment for this?

Serious Rx: In addition to a good topical agent such as benzoyl peroxide and/or retinoic acid, you'll need at least some systemic therapy, perhaps with tetracycline. Alternatively, this may be time for you to consider isotretinoin. Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

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


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What is the criteria needed to be put on Accutane ? I have severe back acne, and mild facial acne with some red acne marks.

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

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I am nearing the end of month 4 on Accutane and my back acne has not changed. How come?

I am nearing the end of month 4 on Accutane and my back acne has not changed. How come?

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

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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.

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.

Yes: Accutane was developed for patients like you who have severe acne and haven't responded to oral antibiotics. Acne on the back takes longer to improve with accutane, so be patient if you are placed on it. Almost all patients do well with this medication. ...Read more

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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 ?

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 ?

Probably safe: It is better to take Accutane if you have very severe cyctic acne. But Accutane is a strong medication with well known complications. You should consult with a doctor first. Thanks. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Acne: There are many treatments for acne . I also wonder if your testosterone treatment is perhaps on the high side. Please make an appointment to be seen and discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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Whats the best acne treatment in stores that you'd recommend?

Whats the best acne treatment in stores that you'd recommend?

Acne guide: Start with these two acne guides: https://www.evernote.com/shard/s5/nl/432446/03d172d7-78f0-4a9d-816e-fa1c28a06a61/ https://www.evernote.com/shard/s5/nl/432446/5c8209b5-de70-4b87-b1d9-c3476ca3be3d/ Hope that helps. A good OTC acne wash is Benzoyl Peroxide Wash, 5%. Cetaphil makes a good foam wash, and moisturizer lotion for acne prone skin with SPF 30 ...Read more

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What is the best acne treatment out there for oily skin?

What is the best acne treatment out there for oily skin?

Retinoids: Tretinoin is an ointment or gel that is available prescription only. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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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