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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredTopical treatments may help severe acne. Applied to the affected area, topical treatments may relieve symptoms such as inflammation and swelling and help clear clogged pores. Severe acne can require stronger doses of topical medications or a combination of topical medication plus antibiotics. If over-the-counter topical medications do not get rid of acne after several months, you may need a prescription topical medication. Your need for topical treatments will depend on the severity of your acne and your skin type and condition. Talk to a dermatologist (a doctor who specializes in treating skin, nail, and hair conditions) about topical treatments for acne.