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Suffering from recurring acne. Not cured by medications. Safe to use retin-a or clindamycin?

I have a suffered from acne all my life .. 21 years old and im still not able to get a clear face.. my face has a few pimples here and there and mostly its red or pink scars all concentrated on my cheecks and chin .. i have tried many medications but it would only clear while im on medication and as soon as im finished acne would come back.. my face is oily but with some creams like isotrexin my face gets really dry red and itchy.. i have just started taking clarithromycin 250 mg twice daily for a week but i was woundering if i should be using any other medications like retin-a or clindamycin gel and if i can use any kind of bleaching creams .. my face has become darker in the past while.. thank you
Asked On : Fri, 28 Dec 2012
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Hope you are doing great.
Meet a dermatologist and discuss the possibility of rosacea along with acne.
The two conditions may coexist.
Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 30. Apply every 3 hours.
Wash your face with lukewarm water. Do not use scrubs. Always pat dry. Use a mild cleanser like cetaphil.
Use a cream containing adapalene/clindamycin/ azelaic acid/glycolic acid.
Any of these creams can cause irritation, use a moisturiser like cetaphil to prevent it.

Hope this helps you. For more personal advice I need to see your pictures.

Dr. Rahul Nagar
Consultant dermatologist
New Delhi, India
Answered: Fri, 28 Dec 2012
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General & Family Physician Dr. Bhushan Sakhale's  Response
Acne are caused by excessive oiliness in the skin. So you have to correct your dietary habits.
Avoid oily things in the diet. Stay away from non veg foods,cold drinks and alcohol. Eat plenty of fruits and salads in your diet. Do not apply any thing to your scalp. Wash your face with antiseptic soap at least three times in a day.
Locally you can apply clindamycin gel along with tretinoin.
Oral antibiotics are required in severe cases .
Antibiotics like Doxycyclin, Minicyclin or Azithromycin can bu used,
Hormonal therapy can also be tried.
Answered: Fri, 28 Dec 2012
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