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Please describe the top acne treatments?

Options exist: Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon or dematologist to evaluate your personal options. This may include lasers, chemical peels, dermabrasion or prescription skin care. There are many options and you need a regimen tailored to your specific situation and expected results. ...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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At this present moment what is the top of the line treatment for persistent adult acne?

At this present moment what is the top of the line treatment for persistent adult acne?

Get A Treatment Plan: There are several effective acne meds. Many are topical; antibiotics and Accutane are oral. To categorize one as "top of the line" can be misleading. Therapy requires an individual and multimodal approach. Medication induced irritation/dryness is common. Finding the right balance is challenging, even w/ mild acne. Best chance at success is to see a doctor for treatment plan & close follow-up. ...Read more

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Best treatment for acne?

Best treatment for acne?

Scientific Rx: If topical benzoyl peroxide hasn't worked in two weeks, get with your physician. Home remedies are only an adjucnt. Acne is a serious, chronic, non-lifestyle-related disease that cannot be cured, will remit in time, and can be managed. Topical Clindamycin often clears milder cases; acne on the trunk tends to require systemic rx. ...Read more

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Treatment for post-acne marks?

Treatment for post-acne marks?

Depends: Depends on the marks red spots. These come from acne inflammation and resolve over a few months. No treatment needed brown spots. Also come from inflammation, but in this case the inflammation leads to hyper pigmentation. This resolves on its own, but there are topical meds that help. Pitted scars. This needs laser treatment, surgery, or chemical peels to treat. ...Read more

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What's a good treatment for acne?

What's a good treatment for acne?

Rx: I start folks on topical clindamycin, plus benzoyl peroxide if there aren't a lot of blackheads or a retinoid acid derivative if there are. A woman who can take and wants the oral contraceptive pill will often be cleared by it. If this isn't sufficient (patient's opinion), the right systemic antibiotic usually works; the dermatologists have the big guns. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for acne?

What are some treatments for acne?

Scientific Rx: The best over-the-counter treatment is topical benzoyl peroxide 5% 2x/day as tolerated. Tea tree oil is the most effective of the "herbal" remedies as it is an estrogen. If benzoyl peroxide does not clear you in two weeks, your physician can guide you among topical retinoic acid derivatives, topical clindamycin, topical spironolactone, systemic antibiotics, "the pill" and isotretinoin. ...Read more

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Whats the good treatment for acne?

Whats the good treatment for acne?

Several options help: 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) 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 can help. ...Read more

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What is a good treatment for acne?

What is a good treatment for acne?

Real science: Start with benzoyl peroxide otc if you can tolerate it. Rx topical Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid derivative is next. Your physician may move to the oral contraceptive pill if you are a woman and can take it, or the right oral antibiotic (macrolide, tetracycline). Dermatologists have the big guns. Good luck. ...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