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Using Topical Products To Help Treat Acne

There are numerous types of acne medications available both over-the-counter and by prescription. While some antibiotics are used in treating acne, most treatment starts with the use of topical acne products. These acne products are applied directly on the skin over the problem areas. Those are often over-the-counter acne products, but topical antibiotics are also available for prescription.

These acne products help by killing the bacteria on the skin that may be causing the acne, but also reduce the infection caused by the condition itself. It also works to indirectly keep the pores open.

Topical antibiotic products have been around for a number of years with little change to their formulation, and have generally been very successful in treating various forms of acne.

Acne Products to Help Treat Acne

These are some of topical acne products used for treating acne:

 Clindaamycin

It is the most frequently used antibiotic for treating acne. It is available as a solution, lotion, or gel at 1% strength. Clindaamycin is applied twice a day to all acne prone areas, and is generally well tolerated but may cause some irritation. There are several skin conditions where use of this product is advised against, so consult your physician about these conditions before using it. This medication must be prescribed.

 Erythromycin

The second most common topical antibiotic used to treat acne is Erythromycin. It is available as a gel, solution or ointment at 2% strength. It must be applied twice a day to all acne prone areas, and is also generally well tolerated, though some irritation may occur. It is also safe for use for women who are or may become pregnant.

 Tetracycline

This acne product is not often used as a topical treatment, but rather as an oral antibiotic. Tetracycline is available as a solution and ointment at different strengths. It contains sodium bisulfite, a sulfa derivative, and has been known to cause allergic reactions. It may also cause yellowing of the skin. It is, however, a popular oral antibiotic for dermatologists to prescribe, but the same side effects may occur.

 Metronidazol

This product is used frequently for treating acne caused by rosacea. It is available as a gel at .75% strength. Metranidazol must be applied once or twice a day, and like the others mentioned above, is usually well tolerated but can cause some irritation.

Prescribed Acne Products

There are many other products used to treat acne that must be prescribed by a physician. Many factors go into determining what product is right for you such as skin type, type of acne, and the severity of your condition. It is usually recommended that you first try over-the-counter medications to treat your acne before resorting to a prescribed antibiotic. This can decrease the need for these products that are often harsh to your skin, but necessary in some cases to clear up the condition. Your physician will help you find one that is right for you.

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