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What drugs are used to treat acne, and are they safe for teens?

What drugs are used to treat acne, and are they safe for teens?

Several drug options: For treatment of acne, over-the-counter Benzoyl Peroxide Gel or cream is helpful. If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel or cream. If more help is needed, prescription retinoids such as Retin-A or differin (adapalene) gel can be used instead of benzoyl peroxide. Oral contraceptives (for older girls) and oral antibiotics are options also. These medications are all safe for teenagers. ...Read more

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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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How is mild acne treated in teens?

How is mild acne treated in teens?

Acne: Don't wash your face with body soap. Also don't use alcohol or comedogenic products on your face. Try to find an acne wash system like neutrogena, pangea organics or something with benzoyl peroxide. Following low sodium diet might help too, since acne-causing bacteria like salt. You can try to prevent spreading bacteria onto your face by not touching your face, washing your phone, etc. ...Read more

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How come some teens never aquire acne?

How come some teens never aquire acne?

Nobody knows: This has evaded the best minds in dermatology. All acne can be managed if you understand it is a chronic disease that self-cures only with time, and are willing to work hard, and in partnership with your physician if benzoyl peroxide does not clear you. ...Read more

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Could adults get more face acne than teens?

Could adults get more face acne than teens?

Depends: Some teens are spared altogether. Some adults get nasty flare-ups. I was able to stop taking rx for acne at age 50. The key is that it is manageable with scientific rx until it self-cures. Please don't let this be neglected. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I'm in my twenties and i'm starting to get acne like in my teens, all over again. What can I do?

I'm in my twenties and i'm starting to get acne like in my teens, all over again. What can I do?

See dermatologist: Prior to seeing a dermatologist, i would suggest starting with over-the-counter acne regimen. Get proactiv line (benzyol peroxide based) or cetaphil oil control foamy wash(salicylic acid). You can get effaclar cream by la-roche possay at a pharmacy and try it. Be sure to use a moisturize since use of these products will significantly dry your skin out. ...Read more

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What acne cleanser works the best for teens?

What acne cleanser works the best for teens?

Skin Clear Wash : We formulated this wash using tea tree oil due to its antibacterial anti inflammatory properties, salicylic acid and hydrogen peroxide also addressing bacterial growth. A very light, foaming facial cleanser made for normal to oily skin. Available from www.Cosmograde.Com. ...Read more

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Does sugar and dairy cause acne with teens?

Acne: Sugar does not cause acne. There is anecdotal stories about milk and dairy causing acne, but no scientific evidence to supportit. ...Read more

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When babies have acne will they most likely have acne in their teens?

When babies have acne will they most likely have acne in their teens?

Possibly: Hello, What a great question! While some experiences do predict future health issues, in this case it's not necessarily going to predict future acne. The mom's hormones are working their way out of the baby's system, and in the future the baby will make her/his own when puberty comes. Take care. ...Read more

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What is considered a healthy, typical age that teens start getting big breakouts and acne and such?

Why ask?: It can start as early as age eight, or the onset may be as late as the early adult years. If someone for whom you are responsible has acne, you need to know that it's treatable, and if ignored is likely to be a serious, chronic problem. It's not due to poor hygiene or bad lifestyle. Not to treat it in a timely way is likely to lead to a lifetime of regrets. ...Read more

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Why do some women who had acne in their teens never get it after they have an abortion or after a delivery?

Why do some women who had acne in their teens never get it after they have an abortion or after a delivery?

Unrelated: It's not related to either abortion or childbirth; it's a hormonal change more likely related to age. ...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