Phase 1: Oral + Topical = Acne-Be-Gone Shamban isn't messing around. The first part of my treatment is to toss my salicylic cleanser and use three different at-home topical creams: Finacea, Aczone, and Acanya. Here's the breakdown: Finacea decreases the production of keratin, a natural protein in your skin that can cause acne; Aczone is an anti-infective to help prevent infections in the cysts; and Acanya is a topical antibiotic that kills acne-causing bacteria. Shamban also prescribes Spironolactone, the same pill I stopped taking two years ago. But the doctor thinks the combination of the oral and topical medications will deliver better results this time.
The takeaway I've passed to my girlfriends dealing with zits as well: The key to treating acne at home is to stick to a strict four-step regimen -- wash, medicate, moisturize, and protect.
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