Medications

It’s been at least 30 years since doctors prescribed single drugs for treating acne. Acne patients no longer get just a disinfectant like benzoyl peroxide or just an antibiotic like minocycline or just a retinoid drug like Differin. Dermatologists prescribe multiple medications with multiple effects to get rid of as many blemishes as possible. Typically...

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The antibiotic doxycycline is considered to be a kinder, gentler alternative to minocycline, an antibiotic more often used to treat acne in the United States. Canadian and European doctors often prescribe doxycycline for their teenage and young adult patients because it is less likely to leave black or blue stains on the teeth at the...

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Retin-A is a synthetic, acidic form of vitamin also known as all-trans-retinoic acid or ATRA, as well as tretinoin (short for trans-retinoin). It is used to treat cystic acne and a condition called keratosis pilaris, which causes patches of thick, rough skin on any part of the body except the palms of the hands and...

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Differin is a kinder, gentler alternative to powerful but potentially dangerous acne medications in the class that includes Accutane and Retin-A. Differin has a stable chemical structure that makes it compatible with many other acne treatments and that minimizes undesirable side effects when it is applied to the skin.

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