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Can there be any oral acne medication i could take?

Can there be any oral acne medication i could take?

Acne : Oral antibiotics such as Doxycycline and Minocycline may be prescribed for moderate to severe acne . Accutane is another class (vitamin a) oral used for cystic acne . See a dermatologist for a skin care regimen. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A common human skin disease characterized by areas of scaly red skin (seborrhea) with blackheads/whiteheads (comedones) , pinheads (papules), large papules (nodules), pimples & possibly scarring. Occurs mostly on face, upper chest & back. Treated with benzoyl peroxide, salicylic ...Read more


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How long do oral acne medications take before you see some improvement?

How long do oral acne medications take before you see some improvement?

About two weeks: Hang in there. If you don't see success with one, your physician has other choices. Good luck. ...Read more

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Do acne oral medications cause dry and sensitive skin?

Do acne oral medications cause dry and sensitive skin?

Isotretinoin does: Isotretinoin, better known as accutane, frequently causes dry, sensitive skin. It is important to moisturize your skin and wear sun protection while using this medication. Oral antibiotics may make you more sensitive to the sun but should not cause dryness. ...Read more

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How can oral medication for acne know how to clear up the area?

Whole body: When a systemic antibiotic changes the body's flora, the effects will be seen where bacteria are already a problem. When a systemic vitamin-a analogue makes the sebaceous glands regress, the effects will be seen where they are actually causing acne, but the rest of the skin will be affected and dry up as well. This is common to medications in general, even though they seem magic. ...Read more

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What is the best acne medication? I've had some sort of acne for the past five years

What is the best acne medication? I've had some sort of acne for the past five years

Depends on: What you already have tried. Best to see a dermatologist for a comprehensive evaluation. Have you used Retin-A yet? ...Read more

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Are acne medication reactions common?

YES: Acne rx irritates the skin after sun exposure when you use retin a. There is also photosensitivity with benzoyl peroxide.Teeth discoloration occurs when tetracycline is given below 17 years old. Of course complications after using Accutane are even worse like affecting rbc, liver, arthalgias , lipids and depression. ...Read more

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Would all acne medication would work for my skin or will there be some that are more effective?

Would all acne medication would work for my skin or will there be some that are more effective?

Most will fail: There are a host of products offered that do nothing. Start with topical benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and/or retinoic acid as tolerated. If you are not clear in two weeks, you will need prescription-strength Rx from your physician. There are many options and your physician will help you find the mildest that is effective. ...Read more

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Why doesn't some acne medication work on me?

Why doesn't some acne medication work on me?

Keep trying: Benzoyl peroxide is the only one you can buy yourself that does any good. Your physician may have tried a retinoic acid derivative and topical clindamycin. A good next step is systemic tetracycline 500 2x/day. The last is accutane, which is unplesant & has risks but will do the job. Or you may not actually have acne but one of its mimics. Consider a specialist visit. ...Read more

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Please advise if it's bad to keep my old skin routine with acne medication?

Please advise if it's bad to keep my old skin routine with acne medication?

Acne: How do we know what your "old skin routine" is and what Acne medications you take. We don't even know your age or gender let alone anything important that would help us answer your question. ...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