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Acne Advice

Anonymous bemoans his/her persistent acne and combo-oily skin for over two years, and was wondering what I recommend to help the problem.

Persistent acne (especially for such a long period of time) usually indicates that this is not hormonal, nor environmental.  The probable causes of this type of acne are genetics or something else that you have less “direct” control over and is a constant aggressor in your body.

Unfortunately, acne such as this (like the type I have) should really be treated with prescription-strength medications.  There are a variety that your dermatologist may prescribe, including benzoyl peroxide (such as Duac gel/cream), adapalene (Differin), the two mixed together (EpiDuo), a topical retinoid (Retin-A or Retin-A Micro), a tetracycline antibiotic (minocycline, doxycycline, tetracycline, oxytetracycline, or Soladyn) or an isotretinoin (Accutane).  Often, an oral antibiotic is prescribed in conjunction with a topical (many of which the bacteria that causes acne cannot build up a resistance to). Read the rest of this entry »

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