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How To Stop Acne Breakouts
Scientific Rx: If you generally have good control, your physician may choose a low dose of systemic tetracyline plus perhaps a topical preparation. Herbal / supplement / mystical treatments will probably disappoint you though they may help with other aspects of your life. ...Read more
Baseline Rx: If you are not a woman who can take & wants the oral contraceptive pill, and you have had some bad breakouts, ask your physician whether there is an oral antibiotic that might be right for you. This is usually the best approach in this situation. This is the 21st century and all acne is manageable. Being young is hard enough as it is, and you deserve to be acne-free if that is your wish. ...Read more
Acne & Acne Scars: Acne and acne scars cannot be prevented. The key is to control acne break outs. Controlling break outs, minimizes the tendency to scar. Acne and acne scar control requires a multi-step approach that includes clinical and prescription skin care, oral medications, chemical peels, and laser and light treatments. Care coordination by medical provider with expertise in acne treatment is key. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Get older: Forgive my frankness. Nobody understands why one person gets acne and the other doesn't. Looking for a cause is almost never helpful. It's not diet (the link with milk is weak, others even weaker), touching your face, or enjoying your body. Manage your acne with topical benzoyl peroxide or retinoic acid and if you need to add prescription-strength Rx with your physician, don't hesitate. ...Read more
Start with...: Topical benzoyl peroxide. If this does not clear it, your physician can add topical Clindamycin or another antibiotic; if it's on your trunk, you'll probably need a systemic antibiotic as well, and if it's severe, dermatologists have stuff that's not pleasant and a bit risky but is certain to clear you up. This is the 21st century and you have a right to be acne-free. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Patience: The baby acne is a common event that reflects hormones transferred during the pregnancy. While the baby is floating in moisture, the skin is will not respond, but within weeks of birth they break out for many weeks before the hormone levels begin to drop & the acne disappears. Keeping the skin clean & avoiding irritating soaps helps. Occasional use of a 1/2% hc once daily can calm some lesions. ...Read more
Benzoyl Peroxide: The honest answer is that acne is not cured, its treated. Sometimes you will require seeing your doctor for perscription strength medication. You can start however with over the counter benzoyl peroxide soap and topical creams. They work pretty well for mild to moderate acne. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dermatologist eval: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day. Use oil free products on face. Avoid heavy foundations. Don't squeeze pimples (including blackheads). Avoid touching face (i.e., cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after stenous exercise. Consider otc products (w salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). If > than mild acne see dermatologist (discuss meds, comedone extractor, etc.). ...Read more
Some options...: For treatment of acne, over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide gel or cream is quite helpful. If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel or cream such as Cleocin (clindamycin) gel. If more help is needed, prescription retinoids such as Retin-A or Differin gel can be used instead of benzoyl peroxide. Oral antibiotics like tetracycline can be used. If quite severe, a dermatologist may use Accutane. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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