It is only mild cases of acne that can
be brought under control using a skin care regimen at home. Some
stubborn acne cases respond only to acne medication.
Dermatologists specialize in acne medication and prescribe
treatments according to individual skin types. Acne medication
involves both application of creams, washes and the like, and
Some of the mild topical preparations for acne medication
contain benzoyl peroxide. This chemical kills the acne causing
bacteria and brings about a few surface changes in the skin that
prevent clogging up of the pores in the skin.
Some stubborn cases of acne are treated using antibiotics. This
may be in the form of gels, lotions or creams for topical
application. Antibiotic preparations are often combined with benzoyl peroxide products to get better results.
Severe cases of acne call for antibiotic pills. These antibiotic
pills used in acne medication should be taken under the
supervision of a medical practitioner as they may react
adversely with any other medication that you may be taking on a
Some acne medication products contain retinoids( Retin A). These products
contain vitamin A and have been found to be useful in treating
blackheads and whiteheads which are non-inflammatory types of
Retinoids are also given as oral pills for severe inflammatory
acne. This type of acne medication results in some peeling of
the skin and also decreases the production of oil in the
sebaceous glands. However, these medicines should be prescribed
after exercising extreme caution. Several negative side effects
have been reported due to the use of oral retinoids. In extreme
cases liver damage, birth defects and depression have been
reported. Pregnant women should not be given oral retinoids as
it may cause birth defects.
There are a few other over the counter acne medications options available
nowadays. Certain acne medications involve the use of zinc and
have been found to be very effective. Specialists in the field
can recommend the best suited acne medication for your skin type
and level of severity.