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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)

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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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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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 are good acne medication?

What are good acne medication?

Scientific Rx: If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician. A topical or systemic antibiotic, spironolacton, a retinoic acid derivative, or for the tough cases Isotretinoin are all worth considering. The oral contraceptive pill if right for a woman may clear her. ...Read more

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What is tactuo acne medication?

What is tactuo acne medication?

Good choice: This is a combination of a newish retinoic acid derivative and topical benzoyl peroxide. Use it as tolerated and there's maybe a 50% chance that your acne will clear if it's just on your face. If this fails, get with your physician. ...Read more

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Are acne medication reactions common?

Are acne medication reactions common?

YES: Acne rx irritates the skin after sun exposure when you use retin a (tretinoin). 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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Are there any acne medication reactions?

Are there any acne medication reactions?

ACNE RX REACTION: Acne rx like the retin a (tretinoin) can cause irritation of the skin before peeling , benzoyl peroxide must be applied at night to avoid photosensitivity reaction. ...Read more

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Can acne medication make your skin worse?

Can acne medication make your skin worse?

No: You may be concerned about a slight flare in acne severity after starting medications. This is normal...Think of it as the impurities being brought to the surface and clearing. Treat though the flare...Clear skin is around the corner. ...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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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