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Healthcare: Dermatology

Acne Therapy


Topical medications
Pros: Very safe and often effective. May be used in conjunction with laser therapy as maintenance.
Cons: May cause skin irritation. Long term therapy required for maintenance.

Oral antibiotics
Pros: May be helpful in inflamed or cystic acne.
Cons: Side effects include upset stomach, headache, diarrhea, allergic reaction, pigmentation changes. Long term therapy required for maintenance.

Oral isotretinoin (commonly known as "Accutane")
Pros: High rate of improvement or clearance. Long term results.
Cons: Many potential side effects including: headache, birth defects, depression, dryness, monthly blood testing.