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Any solution for acne?(face)

Any solution for acne?(face)

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 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 an easy solution to acne problems?

Is there an easy solution to acne problems?

Need Rx: Over-the-counter preparations do not work well. I start with topical Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid derivative. If needed after a few weeks, consider adding an oral antibiotic such as Erythromycin or tetracycline / Minocycline as suitable for the individual. Dermatologists have the big guns -- accutane, lasers. Freedom from acne should be a person's right. Good luck. ...Read more

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Are there any great natural solutions for acne?

Are there any great natural solutions for acne?

Scientific Rx: Acne is a serious, chronic disease that needs to be managed scientifically until it remits on its own. The stuff that works (benzoyl peroxide, retinoic acid derivatives, salicylic acid, prescription antibiotics) all are gifts from mother nature. If you're responsible for a young person's health, you have a duty to provide effective treatment including physician consultation. ...Read more

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Nothing seems to work on my acne. Any solution?

Nothing seems to work on my acne. Any solution?

See a specialist: This condition may need some close collaboration from you and your dermatologist. ...Read more

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Acne help. Help me find my solution!, what to do?

Acne help. Help me find my solution!, what to do?

Scientific Rx: Forget all the "pop" recommendations. If topical benzoyl peroxide 5% 2x/day has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician for prescription-strength stuff. All acne can be managed nowadays though you'll need to wait until it self-cures before you can stop taking medication. ...Read more

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What is the best solution for severe acne problem?

What is the best solution for severe acne problem?

Isotretinoin: If you're using the word 'severe', your acne is a grave personal and professional liability. Your personal physician may try any of several rx's (a combination of tetracycline and topical benzoyl peroxide, or some other rx, might perhaps clear you), but don't hesitate to try isotretoin if offered. It's not for sissies, but it's better than not being able to get the job you want. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What is considered the most effective acne solution?

What is considered the most effective acne solution?

Acne : Depending on the severity of the acne, combination therapy with topical antibacterials , retinoids , and sometimes oral antibiotics or Accutane may be prescribed . See your dermatologist to evaluate the acne and prescribe the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Which is now the top product to treating serious acne?

Scientific Rx: If two weeks on over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide doesn't clear you, get with your physician. You may be a rx for a topical retinoic acid derivative, the oral contraceptive pill (if you're female), topical clindamycin, a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline, or a dermatology referral for possible isotretinoin. All acne is manageable today; it's not a hygiene or lifestyle problem. We can help. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for clinique acne solution to show the full effects?

How long is it supposed to it take for clinique acne solution to show the full effects?

Salicylic acid: This might work against your acne but is unlikely to clear you unless you have a very mild case. Get with your physician if you still have it after 2 weeks. ...Read more

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I have tried many different solutions for my acne, but nothing seems to give lasting results. What should I do?

I have tried many different solutions for my acne, but nothing seems to give lasting results. What should I do?

See dermatologist: There are many ways to treat acne and the medication or laser required is dependent on the type and severity of your condition. A dermatologist would be the one to advise you on your options. ...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