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Acne ... Again?

Just when you thought your "bad skin" days were over, adult acne strikes. Fight back with adult-strength treatment.

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The biggest breakthrough in acne treatment has been the development of topical retinoic acid, a form of vitamin A. New slow-release forms of this medicine greatly reduce the irritation it can cause.

Other acne treatments target the various causes of acne. They're often used in combination. These acne treatments include:

  • Azelaic acid cream
  • Alpha-hydroxy acids (including glycolic acid, lactic acid, and gluconic acid)
  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Topical antibiotics (gels, lotions, and solutions) 
  • Antibiotic pills (haphazard use may lead to antibiotic resistance)
  • Birth controlBirth control pills for women
  • Accutane or Sotret for severe acne

One caveat: Accutane and Sotret can cause birth defects. Women who opt for this treatment must use foolproof birth control. Despite this and other concerns, these drugs are the treatment of choice for severe acne.

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Reviewed on October 19, 2007

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