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Does Proactive Work For Cystic Acne
Acne cysts are large nodules developing deep within the dermis, or second layer of skin. They are painful, disfiguring, and may cause deep scars. There is often a genetic predisposition to cystic acne. Treatment usually requires systemic medication including oral isotretinoin, and should be started early, before ...Read more
Not the best choice: An antibiotic must never be used as sole therapy for acne. Cystic acne may be helped by antibiotic treatment plus a topical agent such as benzoyl peroxide, but usually requires isotretinoin. You've heard the internet scare stories but most people who try this Rx -- which isn't for the faint-hearted -- are very glad. Acne's a grave personal / professional liability; ask if this is right for you. ...Read more
Well: However, it is unpleasant, and you must be sure not to become pregnant. Your skin will be dry, irritated, and may itch or burn. For severe acne, this is part of the informed consent you will give. After your course of treatment, you should be clear for at least several months. Most folks think it is worth it. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
?????: There are no studies on this product. I could only find ads in spanish. They seem to work by peeling just like chemical peels so I have no reason to believe it would be really effective. You would be better off seeing your dr or medical esthetician for medical grade peels just for you! ...Read more
No: It is a mild way of inproving fine lines but it can also thin the skin and make you at higher risk for sun burn or sun damage. When used alot after age 45 it can cause thinning of the skin. Retin a (tretinoin) is very helpful for active acneic breakouts when applied at bedtime using a thin layer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
CYSTIC ACNE: In my experience, medical extractions and meticulous skin care by a professional is superior to both. Accutane is the "nuclear option" and is a chemotherapy drug with many serious side effects. Since you didn't even share your age, let alone any pictures or what treatments you have had in the past, I suspect you are a very young individual and recommend you discuss this matter with your parents. ...Read more
Sal Acid: Salicyclic acid works well to keep acne under control, however, it most likely will not help the appearance of scars. A topical retinoid may help or a bleaching cream may work well. If you have deep pitting from acne, you may want to try microdermabrasions, chemical peels or even laser procedures. ...Read more
Accutane and acne: Accutane is basically a very strong and potent form of vitamin a. It reduces oil production by the sebum glands in the skin. The pores do not get clogged up with sticky sebum and dead skin cells and a pimple cannot form. It works well but it is a hard drug to take because of side effects. It can also cause birth defects if taken when a woman is pregnant. It's used when other txs have failed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It may not: If you're using this to the limit you can tolerate and you're not clear in two weeks, you're going to need additional, prescription-strength medication from your personal physcian. ...Read more
Claravis: What is claravis (isotretinoin)? Isotretinoin is a form of vitamin a. It reduces the amount of oil released by oil glands in your skin, and helps your skin renew itself more quickly. Isotretinoin is used to treat severe nodular acne that has not responded to other treatments, including antibiotics. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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