Help! I'm Struggling With Acne!

Q:  I'm interested in finding out more about treatment for body/facial acne.  I'm a 25-year old female, and have struggled with acne for about 10 years.  I would like to know about the different options I have.

A:  Acne at any age is very frustrating, however we now have many different treatment options available.  These include prescription topicals, oral antibiotics, oral contraceptive pills, spironolactone, and in more severe cases isotretinoin.  A review of your past medical history and daily skin care regimen is important as well.  The various treatment options depend on your gender, severity of acne, and other factors that can be reviewed at the time of your evaluation.  Acne can be treated and we encourage early intervention to improve your quality of life and to prevent scarring. 

Answered by Andrea English our physicians assistant at Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center in Seattle.

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