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I'm 19 with acne so i started proactive a month ago but my face has gotten worse! is this normal? What should I do? Is proactive any good? Plz help!

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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In brief: Need stronger Rx

Topical benzoyl peroxide fails in 50% of folks with acne.
You'll need prescription-strength medication. Get with your personal physician -- a dermatologist is needed only for the most challenging cases. The oral contraceptive pill (if right for you), a topical or systemic antibiotic, or topical spironolactone might be the next step.

In brief: Need stronger Rx

Topical benzoyl peroxide fails in 50% of folks with acne.
You'll need prescription-strength medication. Get with your personal physician -- a dermatologist is needed only for the most challenging cases. The oral contraceptive pill (if right for you), a topical or systemic antibiotic, or topical spironolactone might be the next step.
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