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About 3 mos.: It may take about 3 mos. To see it cleared up, but you will notice an improvement after 1 month. ...Read more
DependsAnswerDepends: For some people they work and others not at all. If give them a couple of months befor giving up. You must remember the pills alone will never work if you do not have strict hygeine! ...Read more
Acne treatment: This is confusing, you are 45 years old and live in South Carolina? That's hard to believe since most 45 year olds are not on birth control for Acne break outs and Diannete is banned in France, Canada and U.S. How can we help you if you won't even provide the minimal information we need. Talk to your doctor where ever you are. ...Read more
May be decades: The good news is that it is manageable with 21st century medications, and it's your right if you are an adult, your duty to a young person for whom you are responsible. I was able to stop taking systemic tetracycline when I was about 50. Any physician is able to offer effective treatment. ...Read more
How long does it take for acne to clear up when using benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide)?
You need to treat it: Acne remits as you get older but there's no telling when. Until then, you need to manage it. If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician who can add prescription-strength Rx. Avoid all "pop" advice and anything you may read online. If you are offered isotretinoin, most people are very glad -- be brave and go for it. ...Read more
When you Rx it: Acne remits but there's no telling when. I was able to stop treating myself when I was 50. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician who can add some prescription-strength Rx. If you are offered isotretinoin, it will clear you for months and perhaps it will end your acne, but it's not for the faint hearted -- most folks are glad who try it. ...Read more
My sister, who is now 26, suffers from acne. It only started 4 years back. She takes Fluzec & Cymino for d past 6 months. Yet not clear. Please help!!
What's that stuff?: Fluzec (miconazole) is an antifungal and is inappropriate as a treatment for acne. I don't know what Cymino is. Your sister needs to get with a competent physician who knows how to manage acne. Until she can make an appointment, topical benzoyl peroxide and/or retinoic acid is her best choice; her physician may add spironolactone, a systemic antibiotic, or any of several other Rx's. ...Read more
Acne: The severity of your acne or hirsutism will determine how long you should remain on treatment. Several months are generally required with continuation for another 3 to 4 months after the acne or hirsutism is controlled. Further treatment with Estelle -35 ED can be initiated if the conditions recur. It is likely that longer treatment will be required for treating the symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome. ...Read more
Only if no uterus: If you take estrogen without progesterone, it will reduce acne. But it may cause overgrowth of the lining of the uterus. This results in uterine bleeding and risk of uterine cancer. It also increases breast cancer and blood clots. Spironolactone is more effective, very safe, costs less. Usual dose of spironolactone is 100mg a day. Results usually in 2 or 3 months. ...Read more
May work: We evaluated this modality several years ago in our practice when it first came out and did not find it was very effective by our patient's experience. If it works the blemish should be improved in one day. ...Read more
You don't HAVE to...: ... Do anything when it comes to your health. But this is a very good idea if it's been offered to you. Be sure you do not become pregnant. It will clear your acne pretty well, prevent any more scars from forming, and while it will change the structure and chemistry of your skin for a few years, these changes are not harmful. Monitor your mood and talk straight with your physician. Do it. ...Read more
I hav acne prob and I use benzace peroxide 10%. I used it and my skin is dried. I want to know how much day it wiil take to clear my skin frm acnescar?
This is serious: Aisha, if you have scarring from acne, then you need to be under a physician's care. I am VERY sorry that your acne was not treated when it should have been by a competent physician, and you ended up with scars. It's a serious chronic disease that's unrelated to hygiene, lifestyle or diet, and anyone who tells you otherwise is mistaken. Please get with your physician now. ...Read more
I'm looking at microdermabrasions to clear acne scars. How many sessions would it take to completely clear them?
Acne scars: We have no idea what your scars look like or what kind of microdermabrasion you are having done. Please consult your dermatologist. ...Read more
How long should it take for clindoxyl gel to clear acne on face and back if used daily? Will the acne come back after stopping use?
Hopefully: Hopefully 2 months. You must stay on treatment. ...Read more
What are you doing?: This is very dangerous. You can damage your brain trying this. If you have acne, and topical benzoyl peroxide hasn't cleared you in two weeks, your physician can help you find the right prescription medicine -- perhaps isotretinoin, a vitamin-a analogue. But the pop treatment of toxic vitamin a doses is dangerous and probably won't work as well as some simple stuff from your doctor. ...Read more
Talk to your doc: Pcos can cause abn elevation in testosterone which can lead to acne. I would talk to your doctor or endocrinologist to see if the pcos can be treated. In the meantime I would see a dermatologist because as long as the testosterone is high, the acne may be hard to control and not respond to otc agents. ...Read more