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Santa Monica Dermatologist, Dr. Ben Behnam, and Santa Monica Hair Transplant Expert, Dr. Sean Behnam, Launch Their New Websites Focused on Treatment of Acne, Skin Cancer, Laser Procedures and Hair Transplant
Date:1/23/2013

tic acne. A lot of times these acne lesions could be very tender and painful. It is very important to treat acne at an early stage in order to prevent scarring. Scarring from acne could present in many different ways including red patches that might not go away for months to years, raised lesions or more commonly depressions on the skin. The treatment of acne has changed over the last several years. With better medications, we are better able to control acne at an earlier stage and more aggressively.
The most common treatment for acne is topical creams. These creams include topical clindamycin, benzoyl peroxide, or Retin-A. Clindamycin is a topical antibiotic. It kills the bacteria on the skin and is also anti-inflammatory. It is typically combined with benzoyl peroxide in order to increase its efficacy. Retin-A is great for patients that have lot of whiteheads and blackheads. Unfortunately, Retin-A can sometimes be very irritating, thus Dr. Ben Behnam, Santa Monica’s prominent dermatologist, recommends using it every other night on the face very sparingly. It is also recommended to use a moisturizing cream with Retin-A. In addition to Retin-A, Differin is another topical prescription cream that is similar to Retin-A but is used mainly in lighter skin individuals.

In addition to topical creams, there are also oral antibiotics. The traditional antibiotic that has always been used is Doxycycline. Doxycycline works great in killing the topical bacteria on the skin as well as reducing the inflammation thus reducing the pimples. They could also help in reducing the redness that persists after acne. Unfortunately, oral antibiotics do not work in everybody thus it is recommended that patients should give a fair trial to the antibiotics for 2 to 3 months. If it does not work then Dr. Ben Behnam typically switches them from Doxycycline to Minocycline or even Keflex. Bactrim can al
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