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How Do Acne Medicines Work?

Aug 17, 2007
Acne is known by many names - pimples, zits, etc. Whatever name you give it, let's not deny that acne can be a nuisance that can cause depression, anxiety and even low self-esteem.

Who are the victims of Acne?

Hormonal changes that occur during teen years are considered to be one of the major causes of acne. Androgen, also called the 'male' hormone is produced both by males and females, though in greater quantities in males. Androgen pushes up the production of a kind of oil (sebum) in the skin pores of certain body parts like the chest, face and back. This is why acne affects more male teenagers than females.

Hormones that cause menstruation are responsible for worsening of acne in women, who can experience this soon after their period. Acne can affect both pre-teenagers and adults. Adult women who have acne need not have had acne during their teens.

What Causes Acne?

There are three main causes of acne:

- Presence of excessive oil (sebum) in some skin pores.

- Malfunctioning of skin (epithelial) cells, which clog pores.

- Growth of bacteria in the oily region with blocked pores, resulting in swelling and formation of pus.

How Do Acne Medicines Work?

Benzoyl peroxide is a medicinal compound present in prescription and non-prescription acne medicines. Available in liquid, gel or cream form, this facial medicine needs to be applied once or twice daily. Be cautious as it leaves stains. It works by destroying the bacteria and promoting cell growth.

Topical antibiotics are available through prescriptions only. Available in liquid and gel form, apply it on the affected area. It works by killing the bacteria which cause swelling and pus.

Oral antibiotics are prescribed by doctors when topical applications have failed to yield results. These are taken in small doses but for a long period of time.
Retinoic acid is another topical acne medicine. Available in gel or cream form, it takes care of many acne blemishes (comedones). It turns your skin extra sensitive to the sun - so use sunscreen or wear a hat for protection.

Isoretinoin, also known as Accutane is an effective but strong oral acne medicine. Used when all other medicines have failed, it is usually taken for about 4 months. Usually prescribed by specialists it is prohibited for women who may become pregnant during medication, as it may cause severe birth defects.

Acne Cure needs Patience

It is worthwhile to remember that acne medicines are slow to yield results. Continue taking your medicines every day as per doctors advice. Your doctor may even change the medicine after 8 weeks after monitoring your condition. Enquire about side effects of the medicines and try to understand them well.
About the Author
David Berrington is a contributing writer at http://www.acneuncovered.com where you can find all the latest news, acne treatments and product reviews.
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