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Acne vulgaris (or cystic acne) is a common human skin disease, characterized by areas of skin with seborrhea (scaly red skin), c...
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Retin A 33,164
Last Update April 29, 2016
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I've been trying to find help with acne caused by enbrel. Nothing I've tried has worked.
| Redvamp7
I have been on enbrel since 2007 and acne has gotten worse and worse. My face arms and back. My daily attire consists of long sleeves even on the hottest days and even to top it off I'm almost 58 years old. I'm pretty pain free but acne is really driving me crazy and my docs just shake their heads that there's nothing to be done. Now its gotten to the point its leaving marks. Where are the remedies?

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Is it normal for Tri Previfem birth control to make me break out like crazy the 3rd month?
| Whattahbottle
I have been taking Tri Previfem for 3 months now.( I am on week 2 on month 3, and I'm breaking out like crazy! Is this normal? I am taking birth control primarily for my acne and regulating my period because I'm a dancer and have irregular periods due to excess exercise. Is this breakout normal? It is all over my face! Will it go away soon?

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MAJOR DEPRESSION
| Wowwww
I have never felt depression in my life until starting this medication. I am 31. I have a family history of depression, but I myself have never felt depression until taking this medication. I do suffer from anxiety. This medication has me experiencing EXTREME mood swings. I am throwing the package out today. I have only been on it ten days. I was on it three months last summer and felt the same but never made the connection until my second time taking the medication. I have also gained weight and have deep acne. BAD side effects on this medication. I have been consistently on birth control from age 17-31 and this is my first time feeling side effects such as these. NOT worth it.

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Bad Acne on Face and Scalp After St. John's Wort
| jojo808
It could also be stress as I've been taking it to deal with stress, and I know that stress can also cause acne. Though I've never had acne this bad before. I'm noticing bumps and bleeding allover my scalp.

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TRUVADA and acne
| Dwe3
After about 2 weeks of starting the medication regularly, severe breakouts occurred. After 2 more weeks, it became uncontrollable and painful. I was getting to the point where I almost began to worry about MRSA developing. After another month,it has finally began to calm down but still quite severe and painful with risk of infection if not maintained. It's depressing and embarrassing.

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Truvada and acne?
| Jdt123
Hey guys

Just a quick question. I started taking Truvada last Friday and today, Monday, I wake up and notice a small patch of what I assume is acne on my cheek. After work, I look in the mirror and my forehead and other cheek is broken out the same way. Is this a side effect of the medication?
Dwe3
April 16, 2016
Very possible...see the posting I put up when it is approved

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Lactaid let me drink milk with NO acne
| jamiefaith2
I have had a milk allergy, or intolerance, (not sure which one), for many years now. It seemed to start after I had my second child when i was about 26. After I had him, I started getting HORRIBLE cystic acne. Nothing i did helped, no creams, pills, antibiotics, lotions, skin regimes, nothing. Finally, by accident, i had not drank any milk for about 2 weeks, and my skin was clear!! My bf noticed it and I had a bowl of cereal to test his theory out!! HE WAS RIGHT, the next morning i woke up with a huge boil on my forehead. So for the next 3 years, i cut out dairy....then became pregnant again, (presently). So i went to WIC, and they gave me a choice of soy milk or lactaid. I took the lactaid, bc i LOATHE soy milk. I also now wash my face with tea tree face wash mixed with baking soda. My face is completely clear. I can drink the lactaid, and get NO ACNE at all. It's a God send, If it wasn't for this pregnancy i wouldn't have ever figured it out. So if you suffer with acne, and you think it's from dairy, at least from my experience, i think that trying lactaid is really worth a try. Good luck.

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Erbisucks
| thematt2243
I'm currently taking erbitux (cetuximab) and I have "the rash". There is nothing mild about it, and don't believe a word about it being only cosmetic. It's as painful as it is embarrassing. And, that's saying something. The acne covers my chest, back, shoulders, and head. My face has it the worst. There is not one clear spot anywhere! Every bump has a white head. I look like a diseased avacado. The whiteheads will spontaneously erupt and quickly bleed. It's insult to injury to have to so obviously wear your pain.

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Effexor causes acne-like skin eruptions!
| WAGuest
I have been on venlafaxine (effexor) for 5 months now and since have developed terrible acne-like eruptions on the skin of my face, back and even buttocks.

Some are cystic-type acne, others are oddly itchy pimples with scaly skin which I cannot help but scratch open until I am a bloody pulp.

I had quite bad acne when I was young, but I am 53 now and have never had this type of acne-like problem before. It must be the medication that is causing this terrible outbreak as it is the only significant variable which has changed.

Any advice as to how to stop these terrible pimple like eruptions? Thank you.

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Cystic acne over now
| wrenee
Acne caused by cabbage. Yes I am free now. What a relief. It has been eight years free.

Medications for Acne

Accutane
395,535 discussions
Taken for: Acne, Cystic Acne, Rosacea*
Other names: Isotretinoin, Claravis, Amnesteem, Sotret, Absorica
Method of use: Pill
Prescribing mode: Rx
*Off Label
2.8
Satisfaction
2.5
Helpfulness
Benzoyl Peroxide
118,121 discussions
Taken for: Acne
Other names: Panoxyl, Neutrogena On The Spot, Oxy 10, BP Wash, Benzac
Method of use: Cleanser, Foam, Gel, Ointment
Prescribing mode: OTC
3.0
Satisfaction
3.2
Helpfulness
Retin A
113,099 discussions
Taken for: Acne, Scars, Wrinkles, Hyperpigmentation, Exfoliation
Other names: Renova, Avita, Atralin, Refissa, Tretin X
Method of use: Gel, Ointment
Prescribing mode: Rx
3.2
Satisfaction
2.8
Helpfulness
Cetaphil
92,449 discussions
Taken for: Acne, Dry Skin, Rash
Other names:
3.3
Satisfaction
2.8
Helpfulness
Differin
38,149 discussions
Taken for: Acne, Scars, Hyperpigmentation
Other names: Adapalene
Method of use: Gel, Ointment
Prescribing mode: Rx
3.1
Satisfaction
2.8
Helpfulness
Spironolactone
72,975 discussions
Taken for: Acne*, Hair Loss*, PCOS*, High Blood Pressure, Cystic Acne*
Other names: Aldactone, Spirono, Spironolactone Plus, Spironol
Method of use: Pill
Prescribing mode: Rx
*Off Label
2.9
Satisfaction
3.4
Helpfulness
Minocycline
38,425 discussions
Taken for: Acne, Infection, RA*, Lyme, Arthritis
Other names: Minocin, Solodyn, Dynacin, Vectrin
Prescribing mode: Rx
*Off Label
2.9
Satisfaction
2.5
Helpfulness
Doxycycline
65,217 discussions
Taken for: Acne*, Infection, Lyme*, Chlamydia, Sexually Transmitted Disease*
Other names: Doxycycline Hyclate, Oracea, Doryx, Vibramycin, Doxycyline
Prescribing mode: Rx
*Off Label
2.8
Satisfaction
1.9
Helpfulness
Yasmin
101,085 discussions
Taken for: Menstrual Period Issues, Pregnancy Prevention, Acne*, PCOS*, Cramping*
Other names: Yaz, Ocella, Zarah, Drospirenone-Ethinyl Estradiol, Gianvi
Method of use: Pill
Prescribing mode: Rx
*Off Label
2.7
Satisfaction
3.0
Helpfulness
Tazorac
20,509 discussions
Taken for: Acne, Scars, Psoriasis, Wrinkles, Hyperpigmentation
Other names: Tazarotene, Avage, Zorac, Fabior
Method of use: Gel, Ointment
Prescribing mode: Rx
3.2
Satisfaction
2.8
Helpfulness
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