Face Your Acne

Face Your Acne

Just as there are many different severities of acne, there are many different treatment options available. There are prescription medications, treatments you can pick up in the drug store, and even those cleansers you see on TV. With so many choices, it can be overwhelming, but let’s talk it through.

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You are not your acne.
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Wish you could find a treatment that works for you?

You may have tried over-the-counter (OTC) products like cleansers and topicals for your acne. For mild forms of acne, these may be just the thing you need. But if you have a more severe acne, cleansers and topicals may not have worked for you.

Maybe your dermatologist has prescribed antibiotics to treat your acne. These can sometimes help treat moderate or severe acne, but not always.

If they don't, another type of prescription treatment, known as isotretinoin, may be used. Isotretinoin is used to treat a type of severe acne (nodular acne) that has not been helped by other treatments, including antibiotics. The exact mechanism of action of isotretinoins is unknown; however, it is believed that they work by reducing oil and specific skin cell production that are often associated with severe acne. Because there are serious risks that need to be managed, isotretinoin medications are only available under a special program called iPLEDGE®.

Remember, what is effective for one person may not be the right option for you. So don’t get frustrated. Talk to your dermatologist and listen to his or her advice. With the right treatment, you may be able to overcome the challenges your acne could be causing you. You may also be able to start telling your story without acne.

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If you’re concerned about your acne and the effects it may have on you and your skin, take the acne-assessment quiz. It may be able to help you determine if it’s time to talk to your dermatologist and take on your acne.


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