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I have minor acne on my cheeks and chin. I have prescribed medication for it, but is there anything else I could be doing to help?

I have minor acne on my cheeks and chin. I have prescribed medication for it, but is there anything else I could be doing to help?

Tips: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day & use oil free products. No oily hair. Try not to pop pimples. Avoid touching face (cradling chin in hands). Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider OTC products (salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). Retinoids/ comedone extractor can be helpful for black heads. If > mild acne see dermatology. ...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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Please answer! what medication is prescribed in case of severe hormonal acne?

Please answer! what medication is prescribed in case of severe hormonal acne?

The hard stuff: All acne is tied up with hormones. For severe acne, if you are offered isotretinoin, consider accepting it, though it's not for the faint-hearted. If you're a woman, even severe acne may clear on the oral contraceptive pill. ...Read more

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Would using my medications more frequently than prescribed speed up the clearing of my acne?

Would using my medications more frequently than prescribed speed up the clearing of my acne?

Acne use meds often: You doctor has prescribed medications for you (i assume) to be given, used, applied at specific times. More does not make it better. More pills would be dangerous; more frequent applications of the topical medication might cause burning and peeling. Stick to your "doctor's orders.". ...Read more

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My daughter is 11& has developed acne, doctor has prescribed purbac. Is this medication safe?

My daughter is 11& has developed acne, doctor has prescribed purbac. Is this medication safe?

Get a consult: This is sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim, an antibiotic combination. It's not appropriate as monotherapy and is not the best long-term choice. Topical benzoyl peroxide or retinoic acid is the basic Rx for acne, and an antibiotic used for a while if the disease is severe and doesn't clear on topical Rx. ...Read more

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Has anyone here prescribed the acne drug solodyn (minocycline)?

Has anyone here prescribed the acne drug solodyn (minocycline)?

Antiobiotic: Solodyn is the trade name for minocycline, which is an antibiotic medication frequently used to treat acne from the tetracycline class. It is effective in inflammatory acne (red bumps, or bumps that drain pus) and will help decrease the redness and promote healing. It is not as photosensitizing as doxycycline, another commonly used drug. ...Read more

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Should i be worried about taking a hair follicle drug test? I have some prescribed drugs for my acne.

Should i be worried about taking a hair follicle drug test? I have some prescribed drugs for my acne.

Don't worry: Drug tests look for particular drugs of abuse like narcotics and sleeping pills along with illegal drugs. Acne medications would not cause a positive test, but for any prescription drugs that are being taken properly there will never be a problem with a drug test. ...Read more

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Got prescribed Accutane for acne How dangerous is this for my body? Also I have plantar fasciitis. Will this prevent healing? should I avoid this drug

Got prescribed Accutane for acne How dangerous is this for my body? Also I have plantar fasciitis. Will this prevent healing? should I avoid this drug

Accutane dangers: Accutane is a very potent teratogen. It can cause very serious birth defects. You must use at least 2 excellent forms of birth control when taking it and since it is stored in your body fat probably for a year after you have stopped taking it. It is usually prescribed only for severe cystic acne only. Do NOT take it for mild acne. Has nothing to do with plantar fasciitis. ...Read more

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Doctor prescribed Clindamycin Phosphate for acne. Can anyone give me information on how this medication works ?

Doctor prescribed Clindamycin Phosphate for acne. Can anyone give me information on how this medication works ?

Two ways: It works as an anti inflammatory and as an antibiotic as acne is an inflammatory process and bacterial issue. There is a bacteria associated with acne which is treated by this antibiotic. ...Read more

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How much time can I tan my face if I'm using acne medication?

How much time can I tan my face if I'm using acne medication?

Tanning and Acne: First, we don't know what "acne medications" you are on. Second, You absolutely cannot expose your face to UV light to "tan". You will have significant breakouts and hyper pigmentation. But I'm sure your doctor has reviewed this with you before. ...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