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Benzoyl Peroxide: The honest answer is that acne is not cured, its treated. Sometimes you will require seeing your doctor for perscription strength medication. You can start however with over the counter benzoyl peroxide soap and topical creams. They work pretty well for mild to moderate acne. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Complex: It is an interplay between a particular bacterium, the sebaceous glands whose size, shape and function vary with hormonal and other factors, and the thickness of the keratin layer on the outside of the skin which also varies. I begin people with topical Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid derivative. This is the 21st century and you have a right to effective treatment. ...Read more
Scientific Rx: Two weeks trial of topical benzoyl peroxide alone. This clears most mild acne. If not clear, physician's office visit. Options may include topical retinoic acid derivative, topical clindamycin, the oral contraceptive pill for a woman who can take it, and/or an appropriate systemic antibiotic right for the patient. Tough cases referred for isotretinoin. Manage as a chronic disease. Good luck. ...Read more
Hit it HARD: Acne on the trunk won't respond well just to topical agents though they may be useful. You'll probably end up on a systemic antibiotic for a while &/or be offered tretinoin. Acne is a serious, non-lifestyle-related disease and a serious personal and professional liability that requires 21st century medicine. Good luck. ...Read more
What is the best cure to my face acne to make my skin clear again because ive tried different ways but they not work.
Manage over time: It's not curable, but always manageable until it remits on its own -- there's no telling when. I was able to stop using medicine when I was 50. If topical benzoyl peroxide and/or retinoic acid (strong as you can stand, once a day is fine) isn't enough, your physician can add prescription-strength supplemental Rx. Acne's basically unrelated to diet, hygiene, lifestyle, touching. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer