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What is the best acne medication? I've had some sort of acne for the past five years

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on

What you already have tried.
Best to see a dermatologist for a comprehensive evaluation. Have you used Retin-A yet?

In brief: Depends on

What you already have tried.
Best to see a dermatologist for a comprehensive evaluation. Have you used Retin-A yet?
Dr. Thomas Fiala
Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Gels/creams for acne

For treatment of acne, over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide gel/cream is helpful.
If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel/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 women) and oral antibiotics are options also. If acne is quite severe, a dermatologist may prescribe oral accutane.

In brief: Gels/creams for acne

For treatment of acne, over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide gel/cream is helpful.
If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel/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 women) and oral antibiotics are options also. If acne is quite severe, a dermatologist may prescribe oral accutane.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Louis Cooper
Agree with Dr. Kwok; however, mild acne should be treated with mild therapy. Accutane is reserved for the most severe non-easily treated acne because of the significant potential for side effects.
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