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What drugs are used to treat acne, and are they safe for teens?
3 doctors weighed in

Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Several drug options
For treatment of acne, over-the-counter Benzoyl Peroxide Gel or cream is helpful.
If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel or cream. If more help is needed, prescription retinoids such as Retin-A or differin (adapalene) gel can be used instead of benzoyl peroxide. Oral contraceptives (for older girls) and oral antibiotics are options also. These medications are all safe for teenagers.

In brief: Several drug options
For treatment of acne, over-the-counter Benzoyl Peroxide Gel or cream is helpful.
If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel or cream. If more help is needed, prescription retinoids such as Retin-A or differin (adapalene) gel can be used instead of benzoyl peroxide. Oral contraceptives (for older girls) and oral antibiotics are options also. These medications are all safe for teenagers.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. James Newman
Facial Plastic Surgery
In brief: Start with Topicals.
Topical drugs benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and glycolic acids are the most common medications.
These are found in most over the counter preparations and are safe as the concentrations have been tested thoroughly. Sometimes higher strength formulations with antibiotics need to be prescribed by a dermatologist.

In brief: Start with Topicals.
Topical drugs benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and glycolic acids are the most common medications.
These are found in most over the counter preparations and are safe as the concentrations have been tested thoroughly. Sometimes higher strength formulations with antibiotics need to be prescribed by a dermatologist.
Dr. James Newman
Dr. James Newman
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