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Hello, i have been dealing...
Hello, i have been dealing with light acne since i was 14 i am now 20, lately i started breaking out more, i have never had this many pimples on my face before, what can i do? :(
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Dermatologist: Dr. Bob, Medical Doctor replied 5 months ago
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Hello. It is not uncommon to experience flare ups of acne until a person is in his or her late 20s. This is often due to hormonal changes, stress, dietary changes, etc. It is typically treatable with several weeks to months of antibiotics orally (e.g. doxycycline, septra) and topical agents that dry out the pores such as benzoyl peroxide, tazorac, retin-A, or clindamycin gel.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Ahhh okay, my be my stress in school. Quick question i have heard that tea tree oil is good for pimples, is it true?
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Do i need a prescription for the oral antibiotics?
Dermatologist: Dr. Bob, Medical Doctor replied 5 months ago

That is hit-or-miss. It may dry out the pores or plug them up. I would stay away from oils in general. Benzoyl peroxide is available otc and is a good place to start. The oral antibiotics, retin-A and clinda all require a prescription. If conservative measures fail, Accutane is an extremely reliable medication, but requires careful supervison by a dermatologist.

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Dermatologist: Dr. Bob, Medical Doctor replied 5 months ago

Does this make sense? Do you have any follow up questions?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
thank you
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