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How long before I see a visible result from using my acne medications?

How long before I see a visible result from using my acne medications?

Depends: Usually two weeks at the minimum if your are very particular about doing all the treatments consistently. Also depends on the severity of the acne, when you started and which treatment or treatments you use. It can take many months at times to slow down acne. ...Read more

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A very common skin condition that 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 ...Read more


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How long do oral acne medications take before you see some improvement?

How long do oral acne medications take before you see some improvement?

About two weeks: Hang in there. If you don't see success with one, your physician has other choices. Good luck. ...Read more

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Acne medications don't work well for me, but when i spend time in a hot tub or sauna, my skin clears. How do I recreate the results without swimming.?

Acne medications don't work well for me, but when i spend time in a hot tub or sauna, my skin clears. How do I recreate the results without swimming.?

Try a steam shower: What may work is trying to create your own steam shower. Turn your shower on the hottest and fullest. Don't get in! this should steam up your bathroom enough to get the same results you get from a sauna. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a break out from being exposed to the sun while using acne medications/creams?

What to do if I have a break out from being exposed to the sun while using acne medications/creams?

Acne out break: We cant give medical advice to a young minor. We don't know your age, gender, medical condition, skin type, extent of acne, type of acne, what medications are being used, etc. Its not magic, its medicine. We can only provide a meaningful response when you provide meaningful information. ...Read more

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What are the most effective acne medications?

What are the most effective acne medications?

Great Question!: The most effective acne medicines are benzoyl peroxide (washes, lotions, gels), Clindamycin (solutions, gels), retinoic acid (gels, creams), Dapsone (topical gel), tetracycline antibiotics (capsules), sulfa antibiotics (capsules), and Isotretinoin (capsules). Also, many "non-prescription" options are available including chemical peels and other great alternatives. See a dermatologist or your pcp. ...Read more

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Is there a new, experimental acne medications routine?

Is there a new, experimental acne medications routine?

No: A few years ago, a british drug company was investigating a sebum-suppressor that was supposed to be safer than Isotretinoin either for systemic or topical use, but lost interest for reasons that aren't certain -- probably it was a disappointment. A dermatologist can use Isotretinoin and lasers to handle even the most severe acne; this is the 21st century & you should be able to get help. ...Read more

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Can any of the acne medications lighten up my freckles?

Can any of the acne medications lighten up my freckles?

Freckles: Lentigines require no specific treatment. A broad-spectrum sunscreen may help to prevent further appearance and darkening of solar lentigines. Several creams may lighten lentigines if applied for a number of months. These include hydroquinone or antioxidants: Alpha hydroxy acids, vitamin c, retinoids, azelaic acid. Liquid nitrogen is also very effective. ...Read more

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What to do if I have many acne medications, which one do I use?

What to do if I have many acne medications, which one do I use?

The one that works: If you have topical benzoyl peroxide, use as tolerated. Otherwise salicylic acid and/or retinoic acid derivatives. Throw the others away unless they were prescribed. If you're not clear in two weeks, phone your physician. Acne can be managed but not cured until it self-cures with time. If you are not clear in two weeks, get with your physician who CAN clear you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What happens if I use acne several acne medications not at the same time but alternating with each other?

What happens if I use acne several acne medications not at the same time but alternating with each other?

Acne may get better: No disrespect is intended. I'm glad you're treating yourself. Your acne is best managed in consultation with your personal physician. It should be possible to find a regimen that works. ...Read more

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What're some really good acne medications that you can get a prescription for?

What're some really good acne medications that you can get a prescription for?

There are many!: Most dermatologists agree that the most important acne medication is a retinoid or retinol. There are now prescription topicals which combine 2 different medications into one tube or pump to make it easy for the patient. Sometimes, patients may need a short course of antibiotics, or in the case of adult female acne, spironolactone works very well and is safe for long-term use if needed. ...Read more

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Is contratubex effective for chemical burns caused by acne medications ?

Is contratubex effective for chemical burns caused by acne medications ?

Contractubex: Contractubex is a compound that is designed to treat scar tissue, I doubt it would be good for active burns unless they have scarred over already. I would discuss this with a Dermatologist before putting anything on my face ...Read more

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What's more helpful for acne cyst. Warm compress or topical acne medications?

What's more helpful for acne cyst. Warm compress or topical acne medications?

Acne cyst: Both modalities are helpful. The warm compresses will soften up the cysts and the medication will become more penetrable ...Read more

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Do any of the acne medications decrease penis length or function?

Do any of the acne medications decrease penis length or function?

No: It doesn't do that, or at least it's not a reported side effect. There is almost no way to decrease the size of your penis once it's grown. ...Read more

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I have bad acne on my forehead what acne medications can you recommend?

I have bad acne on my forehead what acne medications can you recommend?

Multiple medications: There are many topical medications that may work including benzaclin, (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) epiduo, aczone, retina, or other medications. Occasionally, oral antibiotics are helpful as well. Consult a dermatologist to develop a regimen that works for you. Also avoid conditioner and mousse and hair gel near the front of the scalp. ...Read more

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Is there a relation between acne medications & possible yeast infection?

Is there a relation between acne medications & possible yeast infection?

Yes: Acne can be treated with antibiotics and those can cause yeast infections. ...Read more

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How to get rid of inflammation caused by acne medications ( tretinoin ) ?

Space Dosing: Taking the recommmended every day pea sized amount to an every other day pea sized amount is helpful. If you are using more than a "pea" sized amount, then reduce accordingly! Be sure to wear sunscreen and avoid the sun, also! best of luck! ...Read more

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Do acne medications contain hormones?

Do acne medications contain hormones?

Depends: Some women see improvement in acne when they take hormonal contraceptives.That said, none of the topically applied creams contain hormones. ...Read more

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Are there any acne medications that work as effectively as accutane?

Are there any acne medications that work as effectively as accutane?

No: A variant on the molecule supposedly with fewer side effects / better safety profile was under development a few years ago but was abandoned. For deep cystic acne, Isotretinoin remains by far the best choice, though antibiotics and topical retinoic acid preparations work well for milder cases. ...Read more

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