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How can topical treatments help with acne?

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For mild to severe acne, a doctor might recommend prescription treatments that are "topical," which means they go on your skin. These treatments might also be used for more severe acne in combination with other medicines.

Topical treatments for teenage acne come in different forms, including creams, lotions, gels and pads. Some types include:

SOURCES:  American Academy of Dermatology: “Acne.” American Academy of Dermatology’s AcneNet web site: “12 Ways to Get Better Results from Acne Treatment,” “Prescription Medications for Treating Acne,” “When to see a dermatologist,” “Psst...Topical Acne Medication Can Clear Acne,” “Treating Severe Acne.” American Academy of Family Physician’s FamilyDoctor.org web site: “Acne in Teens: Ways to Control It.” American Academy of Pediatrics: “Teen Q&A: Acne.” National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Acne.” FDA.





Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on February 12, 2019

SOURCES:  American Academy of Dermatology: “Acne.” American Academy of Dermatology’s AcneNet web site: “12 Ways to Get Better Results from Acne Treatment,” “Prescription Medications for Treating Acne,” “When to see a dermatologist,” “Psst...Topical Acne Medication Can Clear Acne,” “Treating Severe Acne.” American Academy of Family Physician’s FamilyDoctor.org web site: “Acne in Teens: Ways to Control It.” American Academy of Pediatrics: “Teen Q&A: Acne.” National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Acne.” FDA.





Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on February 12, 2019

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