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I have severe acne vulgaris. How can I get help?

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Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology

In brief: Depends Upon Extent

If large surface areas are involved including the face, chest, and back with large inflammatory painful lesions, then systemic antibiotics would be practical.
These may be prescribed by your physician. If you have already been treated with antibiotics and topical retinoids, then other medications including Accutane may be used especially if there are painful nodules and cysts.

In brief: Depends Upon Extent

If large surface areas are involved including the face, chest, and back with large inflammatory painful lesions, then systemic antibiotics would be practical.
These may be prescribed by your physician. If you have already been treated with antibiotics and topical retinoids, then other medications including Accutane may be used especially if there are painful nodules and cysts.
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