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FAQ About Acne: When to Stop Using Acne Creams and Teenage Acne

I am on a cream for my acne that is working well. When should I stop using it? You should speak to your dermatologist prior to stopping any medications.  Topical acne medications are often continued for a long time in order to maintain improvement.  Some medications, like retinoids, are beneficial to use long-term for their skin rejuvenating properties, as well as their anti-acne benefit. Is there a difference between adult acne and teenage acne? Adult acne and teenage acne are formed by the same causative agents that lead to acne formation.  Often, in teenage acne patients, hormones influence the sebaceous glands to increase sebum production; this leads to acne formation.  Hormones influence acne in adult patients as well, though not as consistently as in teenage patients.  The treatment of acne in teenagers and in adults can be quite similar, though it must be tailored to the patient’s needs.  We often use combination products and in-office procedures for the treatment of acne in teenagers, as they tend to forget to apply numerous medications at home. These questions were submitted by Clear Clinic at Schweiger Dermatology patients for the upcoming Clear Answers book.
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