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Acne Medicine that Works for Regular Folks





Acne Medicine and Acne Treatments
by Brian B. Carter, MS, LAc

Brian is the founder of the Pulse of Oriental Medicine, medical professor at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and author of Powerful Body, Peaceful Mind: How to Heal Yourself with Foods, Herbs, and Acupressure.

Brian Carter, acupuncturist, herbalist, and author

On this page, I'm going to give you an overview of prescription acne medicine, plus some links to more information.

If you're interested in natural or herbal acne medicines, check out this book.

Prescription Acne Medicine

Topical Acne Medications: The most effective acne medications are available only by physician prescription. Prescribed topical medications include the topical antibiotics and topical retinoids.

Topical Acne Antibiotics: The antibiotics used topically in treatment of acne are believed to be effective for reasons in addition to anti-bacterial activity. Topical antibiotics alone are not generally recommended. In fact, long-term use may increase risk for antibiotic resistance in skin bacteria. They should be used in combination with other topical agents. Prescription antibiotic acne medicines include: Azelaic acid, Erythromycin, Clindamycin, Tetracycline, and Sulfonamides.

Topical Retinoids: Retinoids are in the vitamin A family of molecules and are very potent acne medicines. Risk for birth defects is a major side effect of systemic retinoids; the risk is much lower for topical retinoids but should be discussed with the physician when a female acne medicine patient is pregnant or likely to become pregnant. These medicines include: Tretinoin, Adapalene, and Tazarotene.

Oral Acne Medicine Medications

Oral Antibiotics: Broad-spectrum antibiotics have been a mainstay of systemic acne medicine therapy for moderate to severe and persistent acne for many years. Numerous studies have provided evidence supporting the effectiveness of oral broad-spectrum antibiotics. The acne medicine activity of oral antibiotics appears to include physiologic effects in the sebaceous follicle as well as reduction of bacterial populations in the follicle. The common oral acne medicine medications are: Oral tetracycline, erythromycin, minocycline, and doxycycline.

Hormonal Therapy Acne Medicine

The purpose of hormonal therapy is to block or lessen acne-promoting effects of androgenic hormones.

Estrogen, as an acne medicine, counteracts effects of androgenic hormones and decreases sebum secretion in the sebaceous follicles.

Corticosteroids may be prescribed for short courses to treat very severe acne. Corticosteroids are a funny acne medicine because they can cause steroid acne if you use them for too long.

Links for more acne medicine information:

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All information herein provided is for educational use only and not meant to substitute for the advice of appropriate local experts and authorities.

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