Antibiotics: Antibiotics can be effective in treating most inflammatory acne (papules and pustules). They work by decreasing inflammation caused by bacteria and other irritating chemicals present in the sebaceous follicle.
Other medications: A doctor may recommend other types of drugs or therapy to improve acne. For women, medications such as birth control pills or certain “water pills” (spironolactone) may be helpful. These drugs counteract the acne-causing effect of male hormones. Newer treatments for acne include the use of light or zinc. Your doctor can advise you whether these types of acne therapy might be good for you.
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Acne treatment that works throughout the body: Medicine that works throughout the body may be necessary when you have red, swollen types of acne. This type of treatment is usually necessary to treat acne cysts and nodules. Your dermatologist may prescribe one or more of these:
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The genetics of acne may be out of your control—thanks mom and dad!—but there is plenty you do in the fight for clearer skin. Whether you have the occasional pimple, regular breakouts, or more serious acne, Dr. Lee has advice for you.
Isotretinoin is a standard prescription that you can get from your doctor. You may have heard of the brand names Absorica®, Accutane®, Amnesteem®, Claravis®, Myorisan®, Sotret® and Zenatane™. CBS News reports that Accutane has some pretty serious side effects, possibly even death. One man reported severe inflammatory bowel disorder that required removal of his colon. It’s been noted that it can cause miscarriage, birth defects, increased internal skull pressure, bone mineral density problems, depression, psychosis, suicide, aggressive or violent behaviors, acute pancreatitis, cardiovascular issues, deafness, hepatitis, bowel disease, excessive bone growth, night blindness and sight loss. (6)
But knowing that doesn’t make it easier when you look in the mirror and see a big pimple on your chin! The good news is that learning about acne and taking some simple steps can help you feel better about your face.
Neem oil and neem powder are powerful natural treatments for pimples. They have powerful antibacterial properties. You can get them to buy online or at the local organic or natural food store in your area. Rinse your face with warm water to open up the pores of your skin. Use cotton buds to daub the oil and apply it directly to the pimples. You can also mix the powder with a small quantity of water to form a paste and apply it to the spots. Leave the paste on throughout the night so it can penetrate the skin destroy all the bacteria in the pimples.
Sneaky every day habits could secretly be doing a number on your skin. Even something as seemingly harmless as wearing over-the-ear headphones could be the culprit to breakouts around your temples and jawline. “This is especially the case when you wear them during and after a workout, or if you keep them on for long periods of time. Sweat and moisture collect on and around the headphones, compressing the skin and therefore encouraging bacteria and yeast to multiply,” says dermatologist and Simple advisory board member, Dr. Debra Luftman. Gross, but true. Use an anti-bacterial wipe to quickly disinfect your headphones.
Oral antibiotics have been shown to be effective in reducing the number of inflammatory lesions (52% to 67% reduction), but this is based on limited evidence.3 Higher doses can be tried if a patient seeks better control. Doxycycline and minocycline are considered more effective than tetracycline.29 Erythromycin is reserved for patients in whom tetracyclines are contraindicated (e.g., pregnant women and children under nine years of age), although the development of resistance to erythromycin is more common than with the other antibiotics.23
Wash your face twice daily with a pH balanced cleanser.  The first step to getting clear skin is to set up a regimented cleansing routine to restore the skin’s acid mantle and thus discourage acne vulgaris growth. Buckle down and force yourself to wash your face with a pH balanced cleanser of 5.5  when you wake up in the morning and before going to bed at night. As tired or busy as you may be, taking the extra few minutes to cleanse your skin will reduce your acne significantly.