How can acne be treated?

Many ways. Start with a mild daily cleanser (like cetaphil or dove sensitive skin). You can use benzoyl peroxide, a topical antibiotic or an oral antibiotic. Additionally you can use salicylic acid or glycolic acid. Retinoids (like retin a (tretinoin) or differin) can be used as can Accutane (an oral type or retinoid). Other treatments include blue light therapy or comedone extraction.

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How can acne be treated from inside?

Several options. Acne is sometimes treated with oral antibiotics like doxycycline, with oral Accutane (which causes birth defects if one gets pregnant while using accutane), and oral birth control pills (a hormone therapy). Read more...
Oral medicines. Acne can be treated internally and includes oral antibiotics (reduce inflammation and bacterial overgrowth), oral contraceptives (regulate hormone levels and decrease free testosterone), oral spironolactone (inhibits testosterone's effects on the oil glands and hair follicles), and Isotretinoin (aka accutane) - which addresses all components of acne. Also, herbal remedies and acupuncture can help. Read more...

How can acne be treated especially on the side of the face an on the chest? How can scarring be treated without undergoing surgery?

Acne Scarring. There are lots of OTC acne washes. Good exfoliation helps as well. As far as the scarring goes, micro needling can help (adding PRP helps even more), so can fractionated lasers. A less invasive (but slower results) process would be laser genesis to the scars. If they are depressed you can use needle subcision or fillers to improve the appearance. Read more...
Prescription Rx. I'm sorry you acne was not treated when you were younger, as it should have been, and you were left with scarring. You will not be able to manage your acne without prescription Rx; start benzoyl peroxide now and phone your physician who will add something else. Women often get a good result with spironolactone. A specialist may inject a filler to resurface our skin & other options exist. Read more...