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Teenage Acne Cures
Acne: Yes, it should work on your skin. ...Read more
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
Gels or creams: For treatment of acne, over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide gel/cream is quite helpful. If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel/cream such as Cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) gel. If more help is needed, prescription retinoids such as Retin-A or differin gel can be used instead of benzoyl peroxide. Oral antibiotics such as tetracycline can be used also. If acne is quite severe, a dermatologist might use oral accutane. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not really true: Teens get the most acne because of the androgen surge and i suspect some unknown immune factors involving the bacteria. I was able to stop treating my acne at age 50, and a surge in cortisol or adrenal androgens later in life will make acne flare. It's always manageable nowadays. Best wishes. ...Read more
What age does teenage acne typically resolve for men? Also why is skin oilier in the summer months?
Why do you ask?: it varies tremendously. I was able to stop taking medication for my acne when I was around 50. Acne is a huge social and professional liability and you deserve to be treated scientifically, now. Nothing you did caused your illness and you should not have to endure it any longer. ...Read more
What age does teenage acne in males usually clear up? I know everyone is different.. just looking for a general age.
What age does teenage acne go away for males? I know it doesn't go away for everyone, just looking for the average age it tends to stop in guys.
Usually by mid-20's: As you proceed through the next few years, you are likely to have less acne. You can get only some benefit from benzoyl peroxide. If acne is an issue, see a dermatologist for prescriptions. Acne is not your fault. It is not a matter of stress, hygiene, or diet. Some men have significant acne well into adult years, but most have little acne after early to mid-20's. ...Read more
It's his decision: Autism or no, it's Junior who has to decide to comply. All teens seem to willfully ignore their parents' good advice. Severe acne calls for isoretinoin, which he may well accept even if he won't use a topical agent; oral antibiotics must be used with a topical. Junior needs to spend time alone with his personal physician, during which time they can talk about acne or whatever. You must let go. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the best product for treating moderate acne in teenage girls? I have sufferred from acne from the age of 11 and I am now 18. Nothing works.
Real Rx: This is the 21st century and acne can be treated. If benzoyl peroxide and the less-effective over-the-counter remedies have failed, your physician may offer you the oral contraceptive pill if it's appropriate, or i start with topical Clindamycin with either benzoyl peroxide, or a retinoic acid derivative. Next step is an appropriate systemic antibiotic; this usually works for a female. Good luck. ...Read more
Meds: Many patients do well with over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid preparations. Some patients require topical or oral antibiotics or retinoids as well. If the over the counter meds alone don't control your acne after a month of daily use, see a doctor for additional treatment options. It is important to be persistent, and some patients 'get worse before they get better'. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers