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What is the best way of getting rid of acne? The answer depends on many factors, such as how severe your acne is. For example, many different treatments are available for mild acne, including:
  • Gently washing the face twice a day
  • Using over-the-counter (OTC) lotions
  • Using prescription creams.
Severe acne may require more aggressive treatment. It is important to consult a dermatologist for severe cases, as he or she can recommend strategies to reduce the risk of scarring. Severe cases may require treatment such as:
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Accutane®
  • Contraceptives (for menstrual-related acne in women)
  • Injections
  • Surgery.
(For more information on how to get rid of acne, click Acne Treatment. This article takes an in-depth look at the many options available, with details on the methods that have been shown to work -- and those that haven't.)
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