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My acne is depressing me – can anything help?

Studies confirm that acne that resists treatment can often cause mild or moderate depression. In addition to topical cleansers and treatment creams, which typically include benzoyl peroxide and/or salicylic acid, retinoids and sulfur, doctors will sometimes prescribe oral contraceptives and antibiotics. If you have one bothersome inflamed pimple, the dermatologist will sometimes inject it with a cortisone shot.
Painful persistent acne can also be treated with new lasers and photodynamic therapy or PDT, which also helps to treat bacteria associated with acne. Talk to a dermatologist in order to create a personalized acne prevention and treatment plan.

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