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How To End Acne
Scientific Rx: Your physician can treat you effectively. All acne is manageable today if you're allowed to get treatment for it and you're not subject to the whims of someone who thinks it's lifestyle-related or that "natural is better." before getting seen, try benzoyl peroxide topically. Acne on your face alone may be cleared with this plus pehaps topical clindamycin. ...Read more
Stop neglecting it: I'm sorry that you've ended up with acne scars, but you're old enough now to take your treatment into your own hands. You need to get with your physician now. Start using a topical agent such as benzoyl peroxide and your physician will probably add a systemic antibiotic. If this fails to clear you, Isotretinoin is a serious consideration. Specialists can make scars less visible. Take charge. ...Read more
Improve not remove: Many options exist for cosmetic improvement and include anti-inflammatories, peels, exfoliation, lasers, resurfacing, bleaching, excision, grafting, fillers, and much more, scars vary in their severity and so do the treatments. See a plastic surgeon, dermatologist or ENT for options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How to clear acne scaring? It's the brown level with skin scaring i don't want to go to the dermatologist
Forgive my frankness: If you're got scarring, your acne has already been neglected for too long. Acne that scars won't respond to non-prescription medications. You're now a grown woman. Your acne scars and persistent disease are a sign of poor self-care that will be noted as job interviews. Get with your personal physician and/or a skin specialist. ...Read more
This is serious: True cystic acne always requires systemic prescription Rx and usually requires isotretinoin. Get with your physician and ignore anything folks tell you about diet, hygiene, lifestyle, or "pop" / "natural" cures. You'll probably be offered isotretinoin. It is not pleasant and not for sissies. You're read the scare stories, but the medication is a life-saver. It's your choice. ...Read more
How to get rid of acne forever? Benzyol peroxide or retin-a can't help n cause my skin to peel off, and acne will come out from the same place again!
Not curable: Dr. Ferguson has given you good advice. You need to accept that acne is not a curable disease but will remit at some unknown time. I was able to stop using meds when i was 50. If you can't tolerate the meds you listed, perhaps a combination of a salicylic acid wash and a topical or systemic antibiotic chosen by your physician, or spironolactone or the oral contraceptive pill will clear you. ...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
What can I use to get rid of acne scars, open pores, and to get my original complexion back quickly?
Multiple options: Getting control of the acne process is the first step. Depending upon the issues present, microdermabrasion, chemical peels and laser treatments are among the most common treatments utilized. A good daily skin care regimen is crucial. Seek consultation from a qualified plastic surgeon or dermatologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Whole body: When a systemic antibiotic changes the body's flora, the effects will be seen where bacteria are already a problem. When a systemic vitamin-a analogue makes the sebaceous glands regress, the effects will be seen where they are actually causing acne, but the rest of the skin will be affected and dry up as well. This is common to medications in general, even though they seem magic. ...Read more
Meds: Many patients do well with over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid preparations. Some patients require topical or oral antibiotics or retinoids as well. If the over the counter meds alone don't control your acne after a month of daily use, see a doctor for additional treatment options. It is important to be persistent, and some patients 'get worse before they get better'. ...Read more
Scientific Rx: The benzoyl peroxide you are already using is your best start. It's 50% likely to cure you; if in two weeks it has not, get with your personal physician. Pop remedies are only adjuncts. Acne's a serious problem, non-lifestyle related and a professional liability. It can be managed by prescription meds and i'd urge you to use these. Best wishes. ...Read more
Time : Scars do improve over time.Get a more detailed answer ›
Serious Rx: If it's on your back, you won't be able to clear it on your own, and home remedies and topical benzoyl peroxide probably won't touch it. Your physician can probably clear you in about two weeks with a systemic antibiotic that's right for you, perhaps tetracycline 500 2x/day. If this fails and you're offered isotretinoin, accept it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Few ways: For oilyskin avoid comedogenic cosmet.Face/hair products.2.Topical benzoyl peroxide with topical antibiotic cream or 3. Topical tretinoic acid creams with top.Ben.Peroixe or 4. Oral antibiotic with top.Tretin5.Combinations of above oral tretin. In sev.Nodular type for maximum of 20 wks , by dr. In young females not plan.Pregn antiandrogen trt +, for pigment-top. Treti/ ohchlroroquinone/light trt. ...Read more
Maybe: Although many consider acne a simple ritual of passage in the teen years, it can and does affect some men and women into their thirties or later.You need to find a health care provider that can help you understand how to manage the issue.There are a variety of treatments for the many variations of this problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have stopped taking tetracylsal for acne today and I want to start trying for a baby, how long should I wait to start trying?
Acne: We don't know your age and it is difficult to make recommendation without knowing that. Tetracycline is no longer prescribed for Acne due to its problems and much better alternatives so I'm not sure what you were on. Please talk to the doctor who was managing your Acne to determine how long it may take to clear the body. ...Read more
Ive started ginet 84 for acne & read thata 6 month course should work but many say once stopped it comes back? Does ginet just stall acne temporarily?
Chronic disease: Listen, Jess. Acne is a chronic, non-lifestyle-related, non-hygiene-related disease. You can manage it but it is not pleasant and like most other worthwhile things, caring for yourself requires real work. These "pop" acne Rx's are overpriced and won't cure you. If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated doesn't clear you, your physician can add something that will control it. Trust him/her. ...Read more
Acne: It is probably due to that particular type of cleansing have moisturizer , clogged up your skin. You need oil free produtcs. ...Read more
Common: It's very common, but not necessarily normal. ...Read more
Step up Rx: Epiduo is basically benzoyl peroxide and is a good first medication. Time to get with your physician -- it's the 21st century and you have a right to be acne-free. Adding topical Clindamycin & continuing peroxide is a logical next step. If you're a woman who can and wants to take the oral contraceptive pill, this often clears things up. A systemic antibiotic may be in your future. Good luck. ...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
Hi, I have been taking biotin 5000 mcg for a little over a month and i just stopped it last week because i realized it was causing acne.Help!
My vit B12 is 1855 due to meds for 3 months n 2 injections both prescribed. I have stopped from 1 month. How to reduce vit B12 fast? I have acne reac
I had moderate acne.Finished cumulative course of iotretinoin 70mg/kg.Will i relapse now if i stop or should increase the cumulative dosage? How much?
You should not be: making any of these decisions. Your dermatologist determines your cumulative dose which is calculated based on the amount given each day and for how long. Talk with derm do not increase on your own, it is very serious drug with real side effects ...Read more
I was on acne antibitoics and a cream for 4 months and my acne completely cleared but then I stopped taking them and my acne came back?
Get back on your med: So it sounds like you should continue with taking the treatment right? Acne is not a short-term problem for most people. While it's true you will eventually "grow out of it", that usually occurs well into adulthood. As you are only 17 yr, I would suggest that you continue to use acne medicine - maybe trial off once every 6 months or so. If it starts to come back then restart it. ...Read more
Can severe acne be caused by cymbalta (duloxetine)? Stopped med 5 days ago. How long will it take to improve?
Cymbalta (duloxetine): I understand your discomfort. Cymbalta (duloxetine) is a medication for treatment of depression, it can cause dermatological side effects. Acne is an infrequent side effect of this medication. Please see your psychiatrist for treatment of depression and side effects of Cymbalta (duloxetine) soon. ...Read more
Took antibiotics for acne for a week then stopped. Is an acne relapse possible within a week, or does it take longer to show?
Acne???: You list a diagnosis of rosacea. This is very unlikely at your age, 20. Which antibiotic at which dose? Antibiotic therapy for acne is low dose doxycycline or minocycline with response expected only after 2 or 3 MONTHS. If you cleared acne in 1 week it was not due to antibiotic. Antibiotic treatment for adult women with acne is far less effective, and less well tolerated, than SPIRONOLACTONE. ...Read more
I had moderate acne. Finished cumulative course of isotretinoin 70mg/kg should i increase the cumulative dosage to 80mg/kg? Will i relapse?
Be careful: Isotretinoin is powerful stuff. Don't change the dose without the direct supervision of the physician who prescribed it. At your age, a relapse is likely but only after a good long period of clear skin. I'm glad you've done this and it's time to go back to milder Rx's which will probably work well. ...Read more
Adult w/no acne ever.Was on bc for 9 yrs stopped.On new bc for 3 months & acne started on wk 2. Should i switch bc & why does 1 of them itch?
Hello, i suffer from acne i started using monocylcing and it stopped working i want Accutane how could i get it and is it bad if i order it online?
See Derm: Accutane has a huge number of very serious side effects and must be monitored by a skilled physician with experience prescribing it. I do not recommend ordering online and don't know how you could get it anyway as it is a prescription drug. See a dermatologist as there are many methods, techniques and medicines for acne. Don't treat yourself! ...Read more
I used Accutane for 1year, it worked, i stopped and the acne came back 1 year after. How long do I have to be on it for the results to be permanent?
Function of age: The recurrence of your acne is more likely because you are not entirely through puberty and still having fluctuations in hormonal levels, causing excessive secretions and plugging of pores. The Accutane effect held on for a while after stopping it, but then with no treatment recurred. Usually for females hormonal fluctuation should resolve by mid-20's, so you may need intervention a few years yet. ...Read more
I washed my face using oil cleansing method for 2 months. I ended up with terrible acne. 3 months after stopping my skin still looks awful! why? Help!
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