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How can you cure acne?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Manage, no cure

No one today should have to suffer with acne -- life's hard enough without.
Today, topical Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid derivative is a good way to start; since i'm a man, i got pretty good control for 25 years on oral tetracycline. Dermatologists have the big guns (accutane, lasers). Good luck, and stay proactive.

In brief: Manage, no cure

No one today should have to suffer with acne -- life's hard enough without.
Today, topical Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid derivative is a good way to start; since i'm a man, i got pretty good control for 25 years on oral tetracycline. Dermatologists have the big guns (accutane, lasers). Good luck, and stay proactive.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Jane Chung
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Medications

Mild acne can go away without any treatment.
But more than moderate acne must be treated to prevent scar. They can be an topical medicated cream, oral antiboitics, or even lasers.

In brief: Medications

Mild acne can go away without any treatment.
But more than moderate acne must be treated to prevent scar. They can be an topical medicated cream, oral antiboitics, or even lasers.
Dr. Jane Chung
Dr. Jane Chung
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Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: It is difficult

If the acne is severe, then Accutane can be a miraculous treatment, but Accutane is not easy to use.
It takes careful monitoring and it has lots of side effects including some very serious side effects. Cure is not a reasonable goal, but control is possible. Avoiding sugar helps. As a woman, if your testosterone level is too high, then have that treated. Ask your family doc for help.

In brief: It is difficult

If the acne is severe, then Accutane can be a miraculous treatment, but Accutane is not easy to use.
It takes careful monitoring and it has lots of side effects including some very serious side effects. Cure is not a reasonable goal, but control is possible. Avoiding sugar helps. As a woman, if your testosterone level is too high, then have that treated. Ask your family doc for help.
Dr. Michael Sinclair
Dr. Michael Sinclair
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