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What Prevents Acne
Scientific Rx: Two weeks trial of topical benzoyl peroxide alone. This clears most mild acne. If not clear, physician's office visit. Options may include topical retinoic acid derivative, topical clindamycin, the oral contraceptive pill for a woman who can take it, and/or an appropriate systemic antibiotic right for the patient. Tough cases referred for isotretinoin. Scars require a derm consult. Good luck. ...Read more
Acne treatments: There are several forms of acne and treatments are specific for different types of acne. Here are the mainstays of prescription treatment: clogged pores: tretinoin (retin a), Adapalene (differin), tazorac inflammatory lesions (red bumps, pustules): topical clindamycin, benzoyl peroxide, erythromycin, sulfur/sulfacetamide cysts: oral doxycyline, minocycline, tetracycline, accutane. ...Read more
hormones: Whether you are a male or female, acne usually begins in puberty secondary to hormonal changes in the body. (newborns can get acne from maternal hormones that pass through the placenta). The hormones cause an increase in oil production which traps bacteria and gives rise to acne. Foods also high in glycemic content (sugar) can increase acne. Avoid such foods in your diet. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blocked follicles: Acne is a condition in which hair follicles on your face and other skin areas get blocked with oil ad dead skin cells. It is common in teenagers and may be exacerbated by hormonal shifts. It usually but not always clears up when people get somewhat older. Here is a link to a site for more information http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/acne/basics/definition/con-20020580 ...Read more
Easier Rx: If you have to ask this, you're not taking advantage of mainstream treatment that will work more reliably. If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician. If you were severely affected and are offered isotretinoin, consider doing it. Best wishes. ...Read more
Please see referance: It is a big topic, so please review this site. It is an inflammation of the oil glands over the face chest and back primarily. Hormonal factors play a big role esp. in teens. Young adults may have other factors contributing to this and will need some further evaluation. https://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/a---d/acne ...Read more
Blocked sebum....: Each hair follicle has a sweat gland....which opens to a skin pore........because of some reason the pore or sweat duct gets blocked to cause cummulation of fluid which can get infected and inflamed and raised above skin surface..........Acne ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Acne: During puberty, there is an increase in sebum production in the skin. Sebum and skin debris clog pores and the blockage results in inflammation. Gently cleaning the surface of the skin and applying acne medications such as benzoyl peroxide or prescription clindamycin help reduce the bacteria and clean up to the top layer of the skin allowing the pimples/comedones to clear over time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Scientific Rx: You need to manage your acne like a 21st century adult. If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated isn't sufficient, get with your personal physician. Red marks after acne are healing and can't be changed. Too much or too little pigment is best left to resolve on your own -- hydroquinone bleaches can disfigure you. The scars must be managed by a specialist with laser, filler, or microsurgery. ...Read more
Varies: Different people will respond differently. If you have a lot of comedones, tretinoin may be the better medicine for starters. I see you are already receiving several different treatments. Your physician may try you on a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline 500 2x/day or refer you for consideration as an Isotretinoin patient. Acne is non-lifestyle-related, serious & treatable. Best wishes. ...Read more
Severe acne: Acne on the trunk that you describe as "terrible" is probably deep cystic acne. You have a right to treatment with isotretinoin. Nothing else will work. If you are a female, be sure to get worked up for an underlying hormonal problem. The medication is powerful and not altogether pleasant, but if the diagnosis is correct you will get a good result. ...Read more
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