What is the Best Acne Treatment for a 20 Year Old Male?

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Acne Treatment Options

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For over the counter methods try using products that have benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, alcohol, and acetone. For prescription treatments you may be prescribed antibiotics, retinoids or vitamin A derivatives, azelaic acid, oral contraceptives, or spironolactone. Always ask a dermatologist about the possible affects and the risks vs benefits of each treatment. Make sure it's best for you.

La Jolla Dermatologist

Acne Treatment

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Acne treatment depends on what type of acne is present.  For the blackhead/whitehead and small red pimple type of acne topical and/or oral treatments can be effective.  For the deeper, larger, more painful acne lesions more aggressive treatment with oral medications may be warranted since this type of acne can lead to scarring. Certainly other factors such as hormones,heredity, and environment play a significant roll in acne.  I would recommend consultation with a board certified dermatologist for evaluation and treatment options for your acne.

Best treatment for acne in a 20 year old male

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Acne is a complex hereditary problem involving excessive oil production, blockage of the pores and buildup of oil under the skin - that allows bacteria to act on these small cysts and create inflammation.  Treatment involves killing the bacteria and unplugging the pores.  Over the counter medications like benozoyl peroxide and salicylic acid do that, but are only so successful in severe acne. If acne doesn't respond within 2 to 3 months than seeing your dermatologist for prescription strength retinoids and topical antibiotics should be considered.

Stephen Mandy, MD
Miami Dermatologic Surgeon
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