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Acne treatment is an ongoing process and improvement takes time, so it’s important to be patient to see results. Dermatologists at Toronto Acne Centre will provide you a comprehensive skin assessment to determine the best treatment plan for you.

The acne treatment your dermatologist recommends will vary depending to the type of acne. For the best acne treatment in Toronto, call: (416) 633-4343.

  • Antibiotics taken by mouth, such as tetracycline, doxycycline, minocycline, are often prescribed for acne. Occasionally other antibiotics such as erythromycin (especially in children or during pregnancy), trimethoprim or ampicillin may also be prescribed. Toronto Acne Centre has physicians who are very knowledgeable about these antibiotics and other pills in terms of efficacy, proper dosing and safety issues.
  • Antibiotic courses for acne typically range between 2-6 months duration, although longer in some circumstances. Oral antibiotics often don’t begin working for acne for about 6 weeks, so be patient!
  • Oral antibiotic treatments are often combined with topical acne treatments to enhance the speed and success of treatment.
  • Birth control pills may improve acne, and may be used specifically for the treatment of acne. Birth control pills (or “oral contraceptives”) are particularly effective in women in whom periods are irregular, or who notice flare-ups before each period, or have more lower face (e.g. around the mouth) and jawline acne. Toronto Acne Centre can prescribe the birth control pill, or it can be prescribed by your GP/family physician.

Other Treatments

  • In cases of unresponsive or severe acne, isotretinoin (e.g. Accutane, Clarus) may be used for your acne. Toronto Acne Centre physicians have used this medication for many years with great success. Patients using isotretinoin must understand the potential side effects of this drug. Monitoring with frequent follow-up visits is necessary. Pregnancy must be prevented while taking the medication, since the drug causes birth defects.
  • Women may also use birth control pills or medications that decrease the effects of male hormones (e.g. Spironolactone) to help their acne. Usually these treatments are combined with topical acne treatments since hormonal treatments for acne can take 3 months to begin working.

Call 416-633-0001 or email us today for an acne consultation. Toronto Acne & Rosacea Centre is located at 4256 Bathurst St., Suite 400 (Bathurst & Sheppard) within Toronto Dermatology Centre in Toronto, Ontario, and serves patients in North York, Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Markham, Vaughan, York, Aurora, King City, Mississauga, Oakville, Etobicoke, Scarborough, Bramptom, Newmarket, Maple, Cambridge, Pickering, Ajax, downtown, uptown, midtown, and all of Greater Toronto (GTA)

Dr. Benjamin Barankin and Dr. Anatoli Freiman are dermatologists at Toronto Acne & Rosacea Centre, providing complete medical, cosmetic, surgical and laser skin care. Our acne centre provides a variety of physician-grade skin care products, prescription creams and gels, prescription pills for acne, as well as a variety of services that treat acne and prevent acne such as: facials, oxygen facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion (medical-grade, SilkPeel DermalInfusion), BBL / IPL (photorejuventation), photodynamic therapy, and acne scar removal such as by subcision, TCA CROSS, fillers, excisions, and laser resurfacing using the ProFractional laser. Our physician-grade skin products include: Alyria, Cosmelan, Clayton Shagal, SkinCeuticals, SkinMedica, ZO Skin Health, ZO Medical, Jane Iredale, Elta MD, Latisse & Neotensil.

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