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How To Get Rid Of Acne In Minutes
Serious Rx: You'll need both a topical agent such as topical benzoyl peroxide and prescription-strength Rx from your physician, probably a systemic antibiotic for a few months. If you are offered isotretinoin, most folks are very happy with this choice but it's not for the faint-hearted. If you're female, there are other options. Best wishes. ...Read more
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
Manage it: Acne cannot be cured. Red post-acne lesions must heal on their own. You must manage it until it remits on its own. It is unrelated to hygiene or lifestyle and only marginally to diet. No "pop" cure works. Anyone telling you otherwise is lying. If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician who can add a prescription-strength rx. ...Read more
See a dermatologist: There are many options for treating acne and you should see a dermatologist to discuss them in detail. Some of your options are cleansers, benzoyl peroxide, antibiotics, retinoid creams, chemical peels, isotretinoin, birth control pills to regulate hormones, led light treatment, and laser treatment. ...Read more
Antibiotics, B.P.: Antibiotics and benzoyl peroxide have yielded consistently excellent results for more than 50 years. A dermatologist will give you prescriptions for the combination that works best for you. Don't waste your money on herbal nonsense; it doesn't work, and it will only delay resolution and increase your risk of permanent scarring. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Start medications: For treatment of acne, over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide gel/cream is quite helpful. If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel/cream such as Cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) gel. If more help is needed, prescription retinoids such as Retin-A or differin gel can be used instead of benzoyl peroxide. Oral antibiotics such as tetracycline can be used also. If acne is quite severe, a dermatologist might use oral accutane. ...Read more
Multiple steps: 1. Wash face with mild soap and water 2-3x/day 2. Apply benzoyl peroxide nightly 3. Add or replace with tretinoin topically if benzoyl not working 4. Add topical clindamycin if tretinoin not working 5. Add oral abx if acne spread all over the body (not just face) ...Read moreSee 8 more doctor answers
Subspecialist care: Nothing can remove acne scars, but they can be made less visible by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon using dermabrasion, filler injection, laser or microsurgery. I'm sorry you acne wasn't managed as it should have been. However, several hollywood male leads have kept their scars for the "tough guy" look. You have a choice. Best wishes. ...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
See doc: First and foremost this should be seen by a doc- there are cancers that can appear like a cellulitis. Assuming it is not, appropriate antibiotics, warm compress, drainage of any underlying abscess( which may require ultrasound for diagnosis), and likely also mammogram to rule out malignancy. Smoking can also lead to inflammation and should be stopped. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Forgive my frankness: Acne is a chronic, serious disease that's manageable by today's medications. The "pop" / "holistic" methods are adjuncts at best. If you are denying a teenager proper treatment because you don't like evidence-based medicine, the teen will hate you for it. If you have a mess of pimples at a job interview & say you "don't believe in pills", what will happen? Take advantage of the 21st century. ...Read more
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