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Is prescription acne medicine better than proactiv?

Is prescription acne medicine better than proactiv?

Almost certainly!: Unfortunately, most doctors feel that proactive is not particularly helpful for managing acne, despite their very impressive commercials! see a board-certified dermatologist with experience in managing acne for the best results. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

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


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What acne prescription medicine works the best?

What acne prescription medicine works the best?

Isotretinoin: It's also the most toxic, and isn't for the faint-hearted. It's appropriate first-line for cystic acne, or for bad acne that hasn't responded to more conservative meds. ...Read more

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What is the best non prescription acne medicine?

What is the best non prescription acne medicine?

Benzoyl peroxide: Easily the best if it fails, get with your local doctor -- we can clear it up. ...Read more

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What hormone(s) cause acne in males? Please indicate what prescription drugs help, since no topical medications have worked these last 4 years.

What hormone(s) cause acne in males?  Please indicate what prescription drugs help, since no topical medications have worked these last 4 years.

Many options.: There are many prescription options for acne - too many to summarize here in 400 characters. A dermatologist will evaluate you and determine which ones will work best in your particular situation. That's why they require a prescription - because a professional has to prescribe them for you. ...Read more

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I have acne all over my bogs and black heads. I want medicine I can take that I don't need a prescription for. I want it to work fast and efficient. ?

See your doctor: The acne didn't just start over night so neither will it go away as quickly. Consult your doctor there are still a bunch of things that you can try over the counter that would help. Nothing will take care of it fast. You have to be patient, wash your face twice a day. Keep your hands away from your face . Eat a well balanced diet. ...Read more

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Acne, she has been using over counter acne medicine but still has problems on her cheeks the red bumps what are some alternative prescription medications that she could try any suggestionscan she see her pediatrician about this?

Acne, she has been using over counter acne medicine but still has problems on her cheeks the red bumps what are some alternative prescription medications that she could try any suggestionscan she see her pediatrician about this?

ACNE: IF HER ACNE IS NOT IMPROVING, PERHAPS A DERMATOLOGIST MIGHT HELP. MEANWHILE, SHE SHOULD FOLLOW MY DIET FOR RESISTANT ACNE: NO NUTS OR PEANUT BUTTER NO CHOCOLATE WHATSOEVER CUT WAY DOWN ON DAIRY PRODUCTS GIVE THIS ABOUT A MONTH THEN HAVE YOUR DAUGHTER SEND ME A THANK YOU NOTE! ...Read more

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Does Proactiv work for cystic/hormonal acne? Please, need some answers?

Does Proactiv work for cystic/hormonal acne? Please, need some answers?

Poor choice: This is overpriced, glitzy, gimmicky benzoyl peroxide. For cystic-type acne, you'll probably need to add something prescription-strength from your physician. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more