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How Do I Get Rid Of My Acne Fast
Scientific Rx: If two weeks on over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide doesn't clear you, get with your physician. You may be a rx for a topical retinoic acid derivative, the oral contraceptive pill (if you're female), topical clindamycin, a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline, or a dermatology referral for possible isotretinoin. All acne is manageable today; it's not a hygiene or lifestyle problem. We can help. ...Read more
A common human skin disease characterized by areas of scaly red skin (seborrhea) with blackheads/whiteheads (comedones) , pinheads (papules), large papules (nodules), pimples & possibly scarring. Occurs mostly on face, upper chest & back. Treated with benzoyl peroxide, salicylic ...Read more
Scientific Rx: If two weeks on over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide does not work, get with your physician. It is likely you'll get topical clindamycin, perhaps also with a topical retinoic acid derivative. If after another few weeks you are not clear, or have trunk acne now, a good next step for a man is tetracycline 500 2x/day. If not sufficient or cystic acne present, it's accutane. Good luck. ...Read more
No easy answers: I hope your acne is now under control. Removing the scars -- if that is your wish, and you have a choice -- can't be accomplished except by a specialist dermatologist, who can offer you several options. I'm sorry you got the scars in the first place, and i wish you luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do I get rid of acne fast I have to go away in a few days! And I've had the worst breakout I've had in my life! Is it a reaction to doxycycline?
Manage it: Listen, Tori. Acne is a long-term, chronic disease that you must manage until it eventually remits on its own. Get with your physician now, and start using topical benzoyl peroxide. Your physician will probably add a systemic antibiotic to clearly you as best as possible. But with acne as in most of life, there are no quick fixes. If your date's worth knowing, they'll look past the acne. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Acne is a chronic, incurable disease that eventually remits. If you need to clear yourself before the prom, a physician's prescription for a tetracycline, plus topical Clindamycin and topical benzoyl peroxide (never use just antibiotic) should work within two weeks. Now, even in our era of quick-fixes, you need to manage your acne day-to-day until it remits as you age. Best wishes. ...Read more
Scientific Rx: If you can take the oral contraceptive pill, this is likely to clear you. I trust you are already using benzoyl peroxide; your physician may add topical clindamycin, or perhaps try something more powerful like a systemic antibiotic that's right for you. All acne is manageable today. Stay proactive and good luck. ...Read more
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