What are safe alternatives to treat severe acne if doxycycline, AHA and tretinoin are not suitable?

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Dr Chin Yee Choong

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The best treatment for treating severe acne is oral isotretinoin, as the risk of scarring is high and quick control of acne inflammation is required. Delay in initiating treatment inevitably can lead to additional scarring.

However, do see your doctor for a full assessment of your acne severity and discuss if oral isotretinoin is suitable for you. As it is a retinoid, it is most often used for the treatment of severe acne but has a limit on its use. Therefore, use oral isotretinoin carefully and it should only be prescribed by clinicians who are completely familiar with the medication.

Adjunctive treatments used to complement isotretinoin surgery ranges from such asc

  • Chemical peeling
  • Blue light phototherapy
  • Hormonal therapy
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