Medicinal Treatments for Acne

Acne results from plugged skin’s oil glands and hair follicles. Dead skin cells, dirt and oil on the skin surface clog the pores and form pimples. This lowers a person’s self-esteem and can leave permanent scars and dark spots if left run its course without treatment. Below we will speak about common medications for treating or reducing acne symptoms. Follow the http://www.drugs-med.com to read common uses, dosage details and side effects for medicinal acne treatments.

If you have mild to moderate acne, such as blackheads or white heads, the treatment is relatively easy. It usually involves topical treatments, such as gels, lotions or creams that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. They are typically applied on the skin in a thin layer in the morning and before bedtime after thoroughly washing the face. This helps reduce the amount of oil the skin produces and also helps fight inflammation. The effects of these topical medications successfully help treat existing blemishes and keep away the new ones from appearing.

If your acne is widespread and you have a large number of pustules and papules for which topical treatments didn’t work, you may need prescription medications or systemic treatments that include antibiotics, either topical or in tablet form, that work throughout the body and help kill bacteria and reduce inflammation; or topical retinoids that exert anti-inflammatory effects, reduce microcomedone formation and expel mature comedones. Women may benefit from contraceptive pills or other drugs that work on hormones and regulate their levels.

If your acne is severe and the abovementioned treatment didn’t help, your nodules became painful and you developed a large number of pustules and papules not only on your face but on the chest and back as well, a stronger medication Roaccutane may be prescribed. This is a drug of retinoid family, a derivative of vitamin A, available in tablet form and taken orally for 15 to 20 weeks. It works by reducing the size of oil glands and regulating skin cell turnover. As a rule, a single course results in complete clearing of acne and long-term remission in most patients.