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How do I treat acne?

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Dr. Eyal Levit
Dermatology
6 doctors agree

In brief: MANY options!

Acne can be treated by a variety of different methods.
One is by applying topical creams with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid active ingredients that dry up the skin and temporarily relieve visible acne. However, the problem is below the skin and so many chose antibiotics. They kill the bacteria that causes acne and again temporarily relieve symptoms. Accutane is the most effective long term.

In brief: MANY options!

Acne can be treated by a variety of different methods.
One is by applying topical creams with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid active ingredients that dry up the skin and temporarily relieve visible acne. However, the problem is below the skin and so many chose antibiotics. They kill the bacteria that causes acne and again temporarily relieve symptoms. Accutane is the most effective long term.
Dr. Eyal Levit
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Dr. Eyal Levit
Accutane (retinoid) shrinks the oil glands that produce the oil that bacteria need to reproduce on the skin surface. No oil means no bacterial growth and no immune response (pimple). Accutane and its generics are often demonized form being dangerous but when administered gradually and in smaller doses side-effects are absent. Ask your derm about a gradual approach like mine. Amazing results!
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In brief: Multiple treatments

Try over the counter topical treatments such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid.
If this fails you will need a doctor to prescribe a topical prescription strength treatment such as clindamycin, retin a, (tretinoin) etc with or without an oral antibiotic.

In brief: Multiple treatments

Try over the counter topical treatments such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid.
If this fails you will need a doctor to prescribe a topical prescription strength treatment such as clindamycin, retin a, (tretinoin) etc with or without an oral antibiotic.
Dr. Shontae Buffington
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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Don't wash your face with body soap.
Also don't use alcohol or comedogenic products on your face. Try to find an acne wash system like neutrogena or something with benzoyl peroxide. Following low sodium diet might help too, since acne-causing bacteria like salt. You can try to prevent spreading bacteria onto your face by not touching your face, washing your phone, etc.

In brief: No

Don't wash your face with body soap.
Also don't use alcohol or comedogenic products on your face. Try to find an acne wash system like neutrogena or something with benzoyl peroxide. Following low sodium diet might help too, since acne-causing bacteria like salt. You can try to prevent spreading bacteria onto your face by not touching your face, washing your phone, etc.
Dr. Maritza Baez
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