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Can severe acne be prevented?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

If you take corticosteroids or anabolic steroids and find you have severe acne, they may be linked. You may be able to avoid future acne by switching to a different medication. Talk to your doctor before starting or stopping any drug. You can try to prevent severe acne by washing with a gentle cleanser and avoiding irritants. But because hormonal and genetic factors are also at work, prevention may not always be possible.

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