The Drs: Treatment Options For Acne + Retinol For Wrinkles

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The Doctors: High Blood Pressure Medicine For Acne

Dermatologist Dr Sonia Batra joined The Doctors to answer a few beauty questions, and The Doctors first took a closer look at a skin condition that a reported 60 million Americans suffer from: acne. Some people with acne will try just about anything to get rid of their unwanted pimples, including high blood pressure medication! Dr Batra explained that the medicine they’re talking about is actually a dieuretic that has been around for more than 30 years, but it’s often used off-label for acne. Many women experience breakouts along their jaw line, even if they never experienced acne as a teenager.

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The medicine is also often used to treat PCOS, and Dr Jennifer Ashton agreed that the high blood pressure medication is used often in gynecology. It could also be used to balance hormones and combat hair loss. You just want to make sure you’re not loading up on potassium while taking the medication, and you need to be drinking a lot of water as well. Before you go buy some high blood pressure medicine yourself, talk to your doctor to see if it’s right for you.

The Drs: Treatment Options For Acne + Retinol For Wrinkles

Dermatologist Sonia Batra explained the idea behind two unique treatments for acne and wrinkles. (practicalcures / Flickr)

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The Doctors: OTC VS Prescription Retinol For Wrinkles

The Doctors then discussed the buzz about retinol for wrinkles, wondering if over-the-counter treatments were just as good as prescriptions to fight wrinkles. Dr Batra explained that retinol is available as more of a natural form of vitamin A and is much less irritating. But it’s also not as effective, so Dr Batra explained that you’re going to need a higher amount of retinol that you use for a longer period of time, which is why a prescription is necessary. But often times the patient has to be eased into the treatment because it can be irritating and drying for the skin.

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