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Acne is not just a teen issue.Many pre-and post menopausal  women have unexplained bouts with acne. There are many over-the-counter and medical grade skin care products offered for the treatment of acne. Dr. O’Toole explains to his patients that while there are  products available they will work with varying degrees of effectiveness. Dr. O’Toole offers medical grade skin care, in his Pasadena office as well as products patients can use at home. For some women the concern is centered more around treating the unsightly scars that have occurred from severe acne. Laser resurfacing is effective in treating mild to moderate scarring from acne. For some older patients a facelift helps to stretch the skin and therefore make scars less noticeable. There are effective options for patients who have suffered with unsightly acne and now are ready to put their best their best  face forward. According to The Los Angeles Times, in a seminar the journal researchers from the U.S. and the U.K. reviewed the current slate of treatments available, including topical treatments such as benzoyl peroxide, retinoids and topical antibiotics, and oral treatments such as antibiotics, contraceptives and isotretinoin (the last typically used to treat severe cases of acne).

While making the point that acne can be physically as well as emotionally painful, especially for teens, the authors also note that the vast array of products and product combinations, plus the lack of studies that compare products, have resulted in conflicting guidelines for the products. Few recommendations, they add, are based in evidence, and more research is needed to determine a fitting plan for initial treatment as well as maintenance.


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