Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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My Daughter has Severe Acne

Wednesday, 07 Mar 2012 09:23 AM

Question: My teenage daughter has a terrible case of acne. I’ve told her that she will grow out of this, but the other kids make fun of her and she gets very sad. Is there anything that can be done for her?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Have you seen a dermatologist for this issue? Prescription medication that your daughter can apply to her skin (topical medication) or by mouth (oral medication) can help. Tretinoin (Avita, Retin-A, others), adapalene (Differin), and tazarotene (Tazorac, Avage) have been known to be effective. Moderate to severe acne may need a short course of prescription oral antibiotics to reduce bacteria and fight inflammation. Another powerful medication Isotretinoin (Amnesteem, Claravis, Sotret) is available for scarring cystic acne or acne that doesn't respond to other treatments. This medicine is reserved for the most severe forms of acne. It's very effective, but people who take it need close monitoring by a dermatologist because of the possibility of severe side effects. Other treatments such as oral contraceptives, laser light therapy, and cosmetic procedures are also helpful.
Over-the-counter (OTC) lotions are generally mild and only helpful for very mild acne.

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