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What are the most effective acne medications?

What are the most effective acne medications?

Great Question!: The most effective acne medicines are benzoyl peroxide (washes, lotions, gels), Clindamycin (solutions, gels), retinoic acid (gels, creams), Dapsone (topical gel), tetracycline antibiotics (capsules), sulfa antibiotics (capsules), and Isotretinoin (capsules). Also, many "non-prescription" options are available including chemical peels and other great alternatives. See a dermatologist or your pcp. ...Read more

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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Is there a new, experimental acne medications routine?

Is there a new, experimental acne medications routine?

No: A few years ago, a british drug company was investigating a sebum-suppressor that was supposed to be safer than Isotretinoin either for systemic or topical use, but lost interest for reasons that aren't certain -- probably it was a disappointment. A dermatologist can use Isotretinoin and lasers to handle even the most severe acne; this is the 21st century & you should be able to get help. ...Read more

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Can any of the acne medications lighten up my freckles?

Can any of the acne medications lighten up my freckles?

Freckles: Lentigines require no specific treatment. A broad-spectrum sunscreen may help to prevent further appearance and darkening of solar lentigines. Several creams may lighten lentigines if applied for a number of months. These include hydroquinone or antioxidants: Alpha hydroxy acids, vitamin c, retinoids, azelaic acid. Liquid nitrogen is also very effective. ...Read more

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Should acne medications be applied on open acne wound?

Yes: Go ahead. I trust you are using scientific acne Rx. It's always manageable today though it's not pleasant. ...Read more

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Are there any acne medications that work as effectively as accutane?

Are there any acne medications that work as effectively as accutane?

No: A variant on the molecule supposedly with fewer side effects / better safety profile was under development a few years ago but was abandoned. For deep cystic acne, Isotretinoin remains by far the best choice, though antibiotics and topical retinoic acid preparations work well for milder cases. ...Read more

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Is there a relation between acne medications & possible yeast infection?

Is there a relation between acne medications & possible yeast infection?

Yes: Acne can be treated with antibiotics and those can cause yeast infections. ...Read more

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I used excessive acne medications so my forehead got inflammed now I apply steroids but in vain what should I do now ?

I used excessive acne medications so my forehead got inflammed now I apply steroids but in vain what should I do now ?

Acne: You should stop all treatments especially the steroid cream as that can cause acne. Go visit your doctor or a dermatologist for help. ...Read more

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Can I use mebo cream on inflmmation caused by acne medications they are like red blotches on my forehead that don't go away on their own ?

Can I use mebo cream on inflmmation caused by acne medications they are like red blotches on my forehead that don't go away on their own ?

NO: This is a natural burn medication- not used for acne. Call your dermatologist: http://www.moh.gov.my/attachments/8120.pdf ...Read more

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Do acne medications contain hormones?

Do acne medications contain hormones?

No: Most routine anti-acne medications contain antibiotics, sebostatics, or keratolytics. If indicated, a woman may benefit from systemic oral contraceptive pills (hormones) to treat inflammatory acne associated with menstrual irregularity. ...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


Dr. Barry Resnik
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Acne Medications (Definition)

Acne agents are a ...Read more