Which Medications are Available for Acne?


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Acne can become a bothersome problem not only for teens but for adults as well. Many factors come into play for controlling acne and other skin problems and taking antibiotics for acne is one way to help combat this situation. Consulting with a dermatologist can provide answers and help to have improved and clearer-looking skin.

Some doctors will recommend that not all people need to take antibiotics for their acne and instead prescribe a selection of products for each skin problem. Mild acne is usually controlled by “over-the-counter” products that can be found at most pharmacies and do not require a prescription from a doctor. There is a large selection of products available but it is important to find a successful one and be constant in using it, above all because changing from product to product can cause a more dramatic skin problem. If the acne develops into a complicated skin problem or lasts for many weeks, consulting a dermatologist is recommended.

Dermatologists recommend Benzoyl Peroxide to help kill bacteria on the skin’s surface. Benzoyl Peroxide works as an antiseptic and helps to reduce the number of clogged pores. This method is successful in killing the existing acne but does not prevent new bacteria from growing. The most common side effects of Benzoyl Peroxide are skin dryness or irritation. If this should occur, using a 5-10% solution should help to lessen the irritated area. Some people experience an allergy to Benzoyl Peroxide that can manifest itself as itchiness and redness. If an allergic reaction does occur, use a lower strength of Peroxide or stop using the product to help the skin to heal.

Salicylic Acid is also prescribed to unclog pores and start skin renewal. This product should be used consistently to see results. This medication can lead to a drying of the skin and could result in a redness or skin peeling effect. While using these products, avoid harsh abrasive soaps, alcohol-based cleansers, any skin drying or medicated cosmetics or any other products to be applied to the skin unless directed by a doctor. Using this product can affect pregnancy, as it is absorbed by the skin, so you should certainly consult a health professional before using it. Avoid use of Salicylic Acid also if using Benzoyl Peroxide, Sulfur or Retin A.

A product called Tretinoin or Retin-A can give the skin a healthy glow as it causes sloughing, in which the first skin layer is gently removed to promote healthy new layers to form. This is a product containing Vitamin A and is used in topical form, applied directly onto the skin up to several times per day. Skin can become very sensitive and be affected by sunlight.

Oral antibiotics usually prescribed by dermatologists include Tetracycline, Minocycline, Doxcycline and Erythromycin. These are all taken orally, and are usually combined with topical solutions. Most antibiotics for acne can cause side effects. For example, sunburn risk is heightened as the skin becomes photosensitive, and other possible problems may include an upset stomach, lightheadedness, rashes, lupus-like symptoms and discoloration of the skin. In most cases the side effects are only slight to moderate, but you should notify your doctor if any changes arise. Continue to take all prescribed medications until the doctor advises differently.

Acne is a troublesome situation that can affect many people throughout their teens and into adulthood. In order to combat it, you should always follow your doctor's advice, while taking antibiotics and other medications can certainly help to control the most troublesome symptoms.

Terry Roberts is a professional translator and linguist, with a wide range of interests. To read more about acne medications - and about acne in general - visit this webpage: http://www.just-acne.com/medicines.htm


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