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What would be a great fast working acne treatment?

What would be a great fast working acne treatment?

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

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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Hi. I am using erythomycin and clindamycin for acne treatment. I feel erythromycin is great. Any other recommended drugs?

Hi. I am using erythomycin and clindamycin for acne treatment. I feel erythromycin is great. Any other recommended  drugs?

Acne treatments: There are several forms of acne and treatments are specific for different types of acne. Here are the mainstays of prescription treatment: clogged pores: tretinoin (retin a), Adapalene (differin), tazorac inflammatory lesions (red bumps, pustules): topical clindamycin, benzoyl peroxide, erythromycin, sulfur/sulfacetamide cysts: oral doxycyline, minocycline, tetracycline, accutane. ...Read more

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Big pimple in between my eyes. It hurts a lot and its been there for a week . I already use acne treatment stuff so i don't know why its still there.

Big pimple in between my eyes. It hurts a lot and its been there for a week . I already use acne treatment stuff so i don't know why its still there.

Talk to your doctor: You may need a step up in acne treatment. I don't know what you are using currently but there are many different treatments available. Talk to your doctor since you are not getting better. . ...Read more

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Hello, i'm trying to get rid of or mitigate a big red bump on my forehead that seems to be cystic acne. Is there any treatment that could help?

Hello, i'm trying to get rid of or mitigate a big red bump on my forehead that seems to be cystic acne.  Is there any treatment that could help?

Grieving Time: Hello, Once you get a big one, my recommendation is to first GRIEVE as this lump is likely not going away in the next 48 hours. This grieving process will decrease stress and prevent the downward spiral. Then, attack it with full fury with hot compresses many times a day and dry it up a bit. You also have the option of a cortisone injection. Better prevention is key. -Dr. Neal ...Read more

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Isopropyl alcohol irritated my sensitive skin. I used an acne treatment that had 91% in it and made my two pimples look like big discolored bug bites!?

Isopropyl alcohol irritated my sensitive skin. I used an acne treatment that had 91% in it and made my two pimples look like big discolored bug bites!?

Irritant reaaction: Although isopropyl alcohol is an excellent agent as an antibacterial, it is very drying because of its high alchol content. Care must be taken in its use on skin. ...Read more

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Best treatment for acne?

Best treatment for acne?

Scientific Rx: If topical benzoyl peroxide hasn't worked in two weeks, get with your physician. Home remedies are only an adjucnt. Acne is a serious, chronic, non-lifestyle-related disease that cannot be cured, will remit in time, and can be managed. Topical Clindamycin often clears milder cases; acne on the trunk tends to require systemic rx. ...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