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Question: Resistant acne.....

 nmeador - Thu Feb 14, 2008 5:14 pm

I never had acne problems as a teenager except for occasional pimples. Starting about the middle of this past summer I was getting breakouts mostly on my forehead region. I've been using over the counter acne products and everything i can think of to get rid of it but it won't go away....some might, others will just reduce to surface level like they're going away but won't. Also, I have had problem with a couple boils in the same area that will act like they're going away and then come back. And I've been getting occasional large boils on my lower back/upper buttocks that are hard to deal with as well. I use OTC products to treat all this but nothing can get rid of it. I'm 22yrs. old (23 later this month), so i was wondering how i'm having these problems now or if the are signs of something else going on. Any thoughts???
 Debbie Miller, RN - Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:11 pm

User avatar There are a variety of causes of acne as well as many treatments. You have probably tried face washes and benzoyl peroxide topical creams. You can spend a fortune trying different over-the-counter preparations but it's possible your acne needs prescription treatment. A dermatologist is needed to do this but there are very effective medications. Treating adult acne is usually quite different from treating teenage acne and this may be why yours does not respond. It is sometimes hormonal and that is how it is treated. Antibiotics (oral or topical) are also quite effective for some people. Other treatments include Retin-A, Accutane (and varieties of these), alpha-hydroxy and Azelaic acids are also used. You don't mention your gender but birth control pills often help women with acne.

Boils can be related to cystic acne. They can also be caused by staph infection - you are vulnerable whenever you get a foreign object in your skin or have an ingrown hair. The acne type is caused by a plugged sweat duct. Your dermatologist can suggest treatment for this as well which may include antibiotics, heat applications and draining when ready. Boils can be a sign of an underlying immune disorder so this is another reason to see a doctor.

Best wishes.

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