Acne medication - What are the most common treatments?

Acne medication, when used according to prescription, will help reduce both blemishes and the risk of skin damage

If you have acne, and your blemishes are bothering you, then you might want to consult your doctor.

Acne treatment follows strict national and international guidelines*1 and, after a close examination of your skin, your doctor or dermatologist (a doctor specialising in skin) will be able to advise on which treatment is best for you and most likely to address the causes and symptoms of your acne. You can read more about what causes acne in causes and triggers of acne and find out about how blemishes develop in the development of acne.

*1 - Nast, A., Dréno, B., Degitz, K. et al. (2012), European Evidence-based (S3) Guidelines for the Treatment of Acne, Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, 26, S. 1–29.

Recommended when Benzoyl Peroxide and topical retinoids have not delivered results or if someone has experienced negative side effects using them. Also recommended for skin that is particularly sensitive to sunlight as does not exacerbate the condition.

These are only prescribed for use in combination with another medical acne treatment to prevent bacterial resistance, reduce the growth of P.acnes bacteria and help to prevent skin infections.  Topical antibiotics are applied externally to the affected area, oral antibiotics come in tablet or liquid form. . You can find out more about P.acnes in the development of acne.

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