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What Type of Acne Medicines Are There Available Today?

Jun 11, 2008
If you happen to be one of the many people who suffers from acne you will be looking at a number of different ways for treating it. One such way is to use an acne medicine and in this article we will look at some of the prescription treatments which are available on the market today.

There are in fact a wide variety of prescription acne treatments which are available either through your dermatologist or doctor and they include both topical and oral acne medications which are then subdivided down as follows:-

Topical Antimicrobials Topical Retinoids Oral Antibiotics Oral Contraceptives

Clindamycin is the name of the most commonly used topical antimicrobial mediation. It is used to treat mild to severe acne, and helps minimize and get rid of the papules and pustules associated with the condition.

Tretinoin is the name of a topical retinoid medication. It is commonly used to treat mild to severe inflammatory acne by unclogging skin pores. It prevents both whiteheads and blackheads. Unfortunately, this medication can irritate the skin and cause increased sensitivity to the sun. If using topical retinoids, is important to follow advice from your doctor and protect yourself from the sun. This type of medication is derived from Vitamin A.

The most severe cases of acne (and sometimes moderate cases) are treated by oral antibiotics. They are designed to decrease inflammation and acne bacteria. Always use antibiotics as directed by your doctor, and use caution to avoid the risk of the bacteria becoming resistant to the antibiotics.

Another option for women which can be effective is oral contraceptives. The benefit to these is that they can be used for long-term acne management. Oral contraceptives suppress overactive sebaceous glands which are responsible for oil secretions. There are potential health risks associated from taking oral contraceptives long term however- such as strokes, blood clots or even heart attacks. If you smoke and take oral contraceptives, the health risks are even greater.

So it is advisable that when deciding to take any acne medicine that you should talk to your doctor first and they will be able to diagnose and suggest the right course of treatment for you.
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