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Added April 10, 2014

Teenage Acne—Serious Cases

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Major breakouts...too many zits to count.


If you feel you have a serious teenage acne condition, you should talk with your mom or another adult about seeing a dermatologist. A dermatologist is a skin doctor who will be able to work with you to find a solution for your teenage acne problem. Remember, what you think is a major breakout may be just a bad case of normal teenage acne. But a dermatologist knows best. Here is what dermatologists want you to know about teenage acne.


During your first visit, the dermatologist will evaluate you. This may mean looking at the severity of your condition and asking you questions about what you have been doing to cleanse and care for your skin, or finding out how long you've had teenage acne problems. Your dermatologist may also ask if you are pregnant, nursing, or trying to become pregnant. Be sure to tell your dermatologist if any of these apply. This information will help your dermatologist create an appropriate treatment plan just for you.


Once your dermatologist has made their assessment, they may offer you treatment to help with your teenage acne. At first, your doctor may prescribe topical treatmentstreatments that are applied directly to your skin. They come in many forms, like gels, lotions, and creams. Common topical medications may include benzoyl peroxide, antibiotics, retinoids, or salicylic acid. At your follow-up visit, if the topical treatments haven't helped, a special treatment may be needed. The special treatment might include oral antibiotics (antibiotics you take by mouth), birth control pills, or corticosteroids. Only your doctor will know what is right for you.


In some cases, and only for people who suffer the most severe forms of teenage acne, your doctor may prescribe a product called isotretinoin. This drug should only be taken under the close supervision of a doctor and patients must register for a program called iPLEDGE before taking this drug. This is because it is really important you do not become pregnant while taking this drug. The risk of a severe birth defect is extremely high, even if you take this medication only for a short time while pregnant. The iPLEDGE program was developed to prevent birth defects. If your doctor prescribes this treatment for you, it is also important that you keep all of your follow-up appointments with your dermatologist, so that they can monitor you for physical and psychological effects that might occur while on the drug.


As you can see, there are options for dealing with serious teenage acne, so see a dermatologist if you can. It may make a big difference.

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Posted August 25, 2014
@kate323 There are many ways to prevent and get rid of acne, one of the most important things is you should establish a daily skincare routine.I recommend you use product from~Nuetrogena,St Ive, or Yes to. These product really help clear out my acne with it costing quite little.I also recommend you taking showers right after any sport or use oil blotting sheets on your face, this will reduce acne since the oil will clogged up your pores and rupture into acne.
Posted October 10, 2013
Been there done that and mines finally gone here's my trick before bed I shower then apply an oatment called ozenal can be found in your local store. I use it every night on my zits pimples acne and any other annoying spot that could be on my face it works like a charm
Posted August 11, 2011
Well when you have mild or moderate cases of acne, normally you just need medication from a store or something. But when its serious, usually you should see a dermatologist or a family doctor about helping treat it
Posted February 24, 2012
i have never had acne - never will.
Posted July 02, 2012
yes, i have terrible acne, but my dermatologist was awesome enough to support and encourage me with prescription medicine, I'm glad I don't have to do anything TOO crazy.
Posted June 30, 2012
I've had face acne for as long as I can remember. I've had back & chest acne since the 7th grade. And it's only gotten progressively worse over time. Even my dermatologist has trouble finding solutions to clear up my horrible body acne. :/
Posted June 28, 2011
@kate323 If you go to a dermatologist, I'm sure he will have acne medication to give you. But if you don't go to one there are many products out there. One great on being ProActive. If you are alergic to Benzoyl Peroxide, then DO NOT use ProActive. Look for products that have little Benzoyl Peroxide or none at all. I use products with Salycylic Acid, and I used to use Clean and Clear, but Neutrogena's Rapid Clear works GREAT! You can buy some great acne products at Wal-Mart, Target, or other beauty supply stores. I hope this helps hun! ^__^
Posted June 11, 2011
Are there some acne stuff that might help with serious cases?
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