Non-Prescription and Prescription Medicines As Acne Solutions

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Acne solutions can be in the form of prescription or nonprescription drugs, personally concocted remedies and natural materials. In people’s desperation to treat this skin condition, a lot of them even resort to some unorthodox ways. But acne in general cannot be cured; they can be treated and controlled, though, with the use of some remedies that can be bought over-the-counter or prescribed by doctors.

Non-prescription acne solutions are available from most pharmacies. These types of solutions can be good enough to treat the mild forms of acne. The most preferred ones are lotions that contain ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl can help in minimizing bacterial growth and in shedding the surface layer of dead skin. This helps prevent pores from becoming blocked with dirt and other unwanted materials and therefore prevent infection from developing in the affected area. Treatments that contain benzoyl peroxide can sometimes cause peeling and redness, particularly in sensitive skin. But these conditions eventually disappear after a few days.

Better than taking risks with non-prescriptions, a person would be better off visiting a physician and asking for a prescription to control the onset of acne. Most skin specialists will recommend medicines containing benzoyl peroxide to treat mild to moderate acne, although more severe forms of the condition would have to be addressed using stronger formulas and medicines. They can be in topical or in oral forms; the first being applied directly onto the skin and the second are taken through ingestion.

There are several types of topical drugs that can be prescribed by a doctor. One is azelaic acid, a formula often used as an alternative to benzoyl peroxide. It is milder and causes less skin soreness than benzoyl. Another favored type of topical treatment is retinoids. These medicines are based on vitamin A and can be applied to the skin to control acne. Retinoids work by helping the skin shed its outer layer although they can make the skin more sensitive to the sun. A topical antibiotic lotion, on the other hand, is usually prescribed to control the Propionobacterium acnes bacteria. The use of this treatment can last for at least six months.

Oral medicines such as acne antibiotics can also be suggested by physicians, particularly for inflammatory acne. Other types of oral medicines used to control acne include oral contraceptive pills containing estrogen and progestogen and the oral retinoid Isotretinoin.

Several acne solutions are available in the market although it is best to get a doctor’s opinion first before purchasing any of them. Some of these medicines can have adverse side effects and people need to be more careful before going to the pharmacy and taking matters into their own hands.

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