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Acne
Discusses acne, a skin problem. Lists symptoms, including pimples. Covers causes such as puberty, medicines, and conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome. Covers acne treatment for mild, moderate, and severe forms. Offers prevention tips.

Types of Acne
The different types of acne include: Newborn acne. About 20% of newborns develop mild acne. This may be because certain hormones are passed to them through the placenta by their mothers just before delivery. Or newborns may get acne because the stress of birth may cause the baby's body to release hormones. Newborns with...

Acne: Treatment With Antibiotics
Doctors often prescribe antibiotics to treat severe acne or acne that's likely to leave scars. Antibiotics improve the look of your skin by killing bacteria that cause acne. This means you'll have fewer pimples and redness. Less acne means less acne scarring. You can put antibiotics right on your skin (topical) or take...

Acne: Should I Take Isotretinoin for Severe Acne?
Guides you through decision to take isotretinoin for severe acne. Looks at the benefits and risks of this medicine. Includes an interactive tool to help you make your decision.

Acne: Treatment With Benzoyl Peroxide
Acne: Treatment With Benzoyl Peroxide—Topic Overview Benzoyl peroxide is a medicine you use to treat acne. It comes in different strengths in lotions, gels, soaps, and liquids. How does benzoyl peroxide treat acne? Benzoyl peroxide unclogs skin pores. It also helps stop bacteria from growing and causing acne pimples and...

Acne: Treatment With Salicylic Acid
Acne: Treatment With Salicylic Acid—Topic Overview Salicylic acid is an active ingredient in some nonprescription acne treatments. When you apply it to your skin, it dries up whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples. It also causes the top layer of your skin to peel. Products that contain salicylic acid may cause tingling...

Acne: Treatment With Alpha Hydroxy Acids
Acne: Treatment With Alpha Hydroxy Acids—Topic Overview Alpha hydroxy acids such as lactic acid, mandelic acid, and glycolic acid (for example, Alpha Hydrox) are often used in products to treat acne. These products work by drying up whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples and causing the top layer of your skin to peel. Skin...

Quick Tips: Keeping Acne Under Control
To help control acne, wash your skin once or twice a day. If you have mild acne, you can get an acne cream without a prescription. If this treatment hasn't helped after 3 months, see your doctor. You may need different medicines or prescription medicines. Daily tips for controlling acne You can help prevent acne from...

Rosacea
What is rosacea? Rosacea (say "roh-ZAY-shuh") is a very common skin disease that affects people over the age of 30. It causes redness on your nose, cheeks, chin, and forehead. Some people get little bumps and pimples on the red parts of their faces. Rosacea can also cause burning and soreness in your eyes. Some people...

Hidradenitis Suppurativa
What is hidradenitis suppurativa? Hidradenitis suppurativa (say "hih-drad-uh-NY-tus sup-yur-uh-TY-vuh") is a skin condition that causes lumps on the skin. The lumps look like pimples or boils. They usually occur in areas where skin rubs against skin, such as the armpit, the buttocks, or the inner thighs. The condition...

resorcinol (topical)
Resorcinol works by breaking down rough, scaly, or hardened skin. Resorcinol also disinfects the skin to help fight infection. Resorcinol topical (for the skin) is used to treat pain and itching caused by minor cuts and scrapes, burns, insect bites, poison ivy, sunburn, or other skin irritations. Resorcinol topical is...

benzoyl peroxide topical
Benzoyl peroxide has an antibacterial effect. It also has a mild drying effect, which allows excess oils and dirt to be easily washed away from the skin. Benzoyl peroxide topical (for the skin) is used to treat acne. There are many brands and forms of benzoyl peroxide available. Not all brands are listed on this...

Teen Health
Provides links to how-to information about teen health. Includes info on acne, bullying, depression, headaches, and tobacco use. Covers talking with your teen about sex and responding to substance use. Also covers anorexia and bulimia.

witch hazel topical
Witch hazel is a plant also known as Avellano de Bruja, Café du Diable, Hamamelis, Hamamélis, Hamamélis de Virginie, Hamamelis virginiana, Hazel, Noisetier des Sorcières, Snapping Tobacco Wood, Spotted Elder, Virginian Witch Hazel, Winter Bloom, and other names. Witch hazel is a liquid distilled from dried leaves, bark...

Skin, Hair, and Nails
Provides links to information about skin, hair, and nail health. Includes info about skin cancer, hair loss, nail infections, acne, and skin protection.

Factors (Triggers) That May Cause a Flare-Up of Rosacea
Some things may cause your rosacea to flare up. These are called triggers. Here are some examples of rosacea triggers. There are some things you can try that may reduce flare-ups. Alcohol, spicy foods, and hot drinks. Limit how much of these you drink and eat. Dry skin. Use a moisturizer to protect your face from...

Tretinoin (Retin-A)
Tretinoin (Avita, Renova, Retin-A) is a topical medicine most often used to treat acne. It is sometimes used to reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles and to smooth rough facial skin. Tretinoin is made from vitamin A and is sometimes called vitamin A acid or retinoic acid. It comes in cream, gel, and liquid forms. Side...

salicylic acid topical
Salicylic acid is a keratolytic (peeling agent) that causes shedding of the outer layer of skin. Salicylic acid topical (for the skin) is used in the treatment of acne, dandruff, seborrhea, or psoriasis, and to remove corns, calluses, and warts. Salicylic acid topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this...

Warts: Using Salicylic Acid
Salicylic acid to remove warts is available in many forms. These may include a liquid, gel, pad, or patch that you put on the wart. Be sure to read and follow the instructions that come with the medicine, or follow your doctor's instructions. Salicylic acid may take weeks to months to cure a wart. Here are some tips to...

sulfur topical
Sulfur topical (for the skin) is used to treat acne. Sulfur topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

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