Previously published in Examiner
Montrealers who have serious acne can get an referral from their family doctor for a dermatogolist in their area, or they choose to visit a private clinic and pay for the services rendered.
Montrealers who have serious acne can get an referral from their family doctor for a dermatologist in their area, or they choose to visit a private clinic and pay for the services rendered.
Prescription strength topical treatments for acne
Prescription strength medication containing vitamin A help kill the bacteria. Some brands available are Tretinoin (Avita, Retin-A, etc), tazarotene (Tazorac, Avage) and adapalene (Differin). These medications prevent hair follicles from clogging up with debris and dead cells. Many times a combo of topical lotions and antibiotics are necessary to rid the body of acne. Combinations of clindamycin (Benzaclin, Duac, Acanya) and benzoyl peroxide are used.
The commonly noted side effects for these topical medications includes, redness, burning, stinging or skin peeling. Your doctor will advise you about what to do if these symptoms should occur. He may change the medication, lower the dosage, or have you wash off the medication after a certain period of time.
Unfortunately, many people have developed a resistance to the antibiotics. Therefore they are used in combination with the topical medications. The doctor may also advise discontinuing the use of antibiotics if no improvement occurs or discontinuing the medication after the medication has cleared up the acne if even the prescription usage time was longer.