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How Do U Get Acne
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
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
How do u get rid of acne on face and chest? I heard that going in the sun can help dry them up and it will make em go away is this true?
Spironolactone: Adult women with acne respond best to spironolactone. It will take 3 months to see what it will do. Dose varies from 25 to 200 mg daily, usually 100mg. Very safe. Do not use if pregnant or kidney failure. Tell dermatologist all meds & supplements. Sometimes causes minor breast tenderness or intermenstrual spotting. Can be used for years. Avoid taking potassium (kcl) pills. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will doxycyline work for acne the second time... If u stopped for 6 months and then get back on it?
Acne: Yes. Doxycycline has both an antibacterial and anti inflammatory action against acne. These antibiotics hold acne under control but they do not cure it. However they prevent scarring until your body grows out of acne naturally. They can be used as suppressive therapy for long periods of time. The dose should be regulated by your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Scientific Rx: Start with benzoyl peroxide; if this isn't enough visit your physician, first line is topical retinoic derivatives &/or a topical antibiotic such as clindamycin. If still not sufficient, the right systemic antibiotic for you, perhaps tetracycline 500 2x/day. Dermatologist visit if still not clear. Good luck. All acne is manageable today. ...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
Stronger Rx: This is the 21st century and you don't need to have this. If benzoyl peroxide (the only over-the-counter stuff that works) hasn't cleared you up, add a topical antibiotic such as Clindamycin plus maybe a topical retinoic acid derivative. Move as needed to a systemic antibiotic, Erythromycin or a tetracycline. This usually works; dermatologists have bigger guns. ...Read more