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Finding the Solution for Acne
When adult acne is treated in a doctor's office it's called "acne surgery". When done at home, it's called squeezing pimples. It gets immediate results -- but when you squeeze pimples at home, you are begging for infection and scars. And squeezing or picking at pimples is a great way to get your acne to spread. Don't do it! Doctors use a special sterile instrument to prevent scarring, infection, and acne spread.

If you've ever tried to buy acne remedies, you know the drug store is loaded with all kinds of products. Which one to use is not an easy choice, says dermatologist Julie Anne Winfield, Mill Valley, Calif.

"Which treatment is best depends on which type of acne you have," says Winfield. "It may well be worth a visit to dermatologist. They often have samples they could give you to try. People can spend a fortune on over-the-counter medicines when there is maybe one single prescription drug that could solve the problem. Be sure to use oil-free, non-comedogenic lotions or sunscreens. Use something very simple to wash your face with."

The biggest breakthrough in doctor prescribed acne treatment has been the development of topical retinoic acid, a form of vitamin A. New slow-release forms of this medicine greatly reduce the irritation it can cause. Other acne treatments target the various causes of acne. They're often used in combination. These acne treatments include: Azelaic acid cream, Alpha-hydroxy acids (including glycolic acid, lactic acid, and gluconic acid), Benzoyl peroxide, Topical antibiotics (gels, lotions, and solutions), Antibiotic pills (long-term use may lead to antibiotic resistance), Birth control pills for women, Accutane or Sotret for severe acne. Accutane and Sotret can cause birth defects. Women who opt for this treatment must use foolproof birth control. Overuse or abuse of these treatments can lead to a more difficult condition to treat called rosacea.