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My acne is really severe, and none of the OTC medications i've found work. Is there a prescription medication I can try?

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

In brief: Absolutely

The otc stuff doesn't touch severe acne.
Nobody should have to have bad acne. I have had good success treating teens with topical clindamycin, step up to oral tetracycline if this does not clear it. For severe acne, a dermatologist can prescribe a medicine such as accutane, which has some risks but which is extremely effective.

In brief: Absolutely

The otc stuff doesn't touch severe acne.
Nobody should have to have bad acne. I have had good success treating teens with topical clindamycin, step up to oral tetracycline if this does not clear it. For severe acne, a dermatologist can prescribe a medicine such as accutane, which has some risks but which is extremely effective.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Mitchell Bressack
Over the counter medications like benzoyl peroxide may be enough for mild acne, but any time there is no response to OTC products, see your dermatologist.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Moderate to severe cases of acne should be evaluated by a doctor. A doctor can prescribe an antibiotic gel/cream, plus retinoids such as retin-a, tazorac, (tazarotene) or differin gel.
Oral contraceptives (for women) and oral antibiotics are options also. Tetracyclines and Erythromycin are two oral antibiotics used in acne treatment. If acne is quite severe, a dermatologist might prescribe oral accutane.

In brief: Yes

Moderate to severe cases of acne should be evaluated by a doctor. A doctor can prescribe an antibiotic gel/cream, plus retinoids such as retin-a, tazorac, (tazarotene) or differin gel.
Oral contraceptives (for women) and oral antibiotics are options also. Tetracyclines and Erythromycin are two oral antibiotics used in acne treatment. If acne is quite severe, a dermatologist might prescribe oral accutane.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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