Acne treatments

Acne treatments

If you are experiencing acne breakouts, either serious or not, your doctor may prescribe you medications which may help heal your skin condition. Several of these medications may be topical or those that are applied on the surface of the skin, others are systematic or the drugs that are taken orally.


Retin-A is a topical medication derived from Vitamin A’s retinoid metabolite. It increases cell turnover and release plugged materials from the hair follicles. This is also noted to decrease the formation of new acne and improved the appearance of wrinkles. However, this medication may enhance the skin’s sensitivity to irritation and sunlight.

A siginificant side effect of this drug is extreme drying of the skin which may develop into red, swollen and blistered condition. 
Also, it is recommended that already sunburned skins must not be applied with this medication.

Oral Antibiotics

In conjunction with many topical medications, oral medications may be prescribed a dermatologist. However, target bacteria may develop immunity to certain antibiotics. In cases like this, other medications may be prescribed. As with oral antibiotics, topical antimicrobials may target the same bacteria or may be applied directly on the actual site of acne infection. 
Spironolactone Acne Treatment

Spironolactone is a diuretic known for its potassium-sparing properties. It was first designed to reduce body fluids without depleting the potassium level of the body. For the interest of people who suffers from acne, Spironolactone can reduce the production of androgens, the specific hormones excreted to activate the production of sebum, the oily substance found on the skin. If this sebum is trapped in the hair follicles, it may cause the onset of acne outburst. As a result, the control in androgen release would diminish the possibility of acne infection and inflammation.

However, in taking Spironolactone, there are several considerations which must be identified both by the physician and the patient. This is due to the fact that there are certain medications and health conditions that may be significantly affected through the use of this diuretic. It is equally important to note the side effects of this drug to the body conditions to equate the benefits of this drug.

Some side effects may include skin allergies, diarrhea, muscle cramps and nausea.

This drug, if taken under extreme guidance of a doctor may prove as an effective way of reducing the risks of acne.

Doxycycline Treatment

Doxycycline is a common medication used against mild inflammatory acne infection. This antibiotic is known to lessen the impact of the attacks of the bacteria that clog within the hair follicles which in effect, cause the acne outbreaks. This drug is also noted to cure a host of other diseases and ailments such as gum disease, urinary tract infections and a number of sexually-transmitted diseases.

Typically, this medication can increase the persons susceptibility to sun’s harmful radiations. If exposure to sun cannot be avoided, then it is best to apply sunscreens or employ the use of protective clothing. At any rate, acne-inflicted individuals must never be allowed to over-expose their skin to sunlight. 

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Minocycline Treatment

Minocycline is a derivative of tetracycline, commonly used for acne treatment. Children age must not take this medication as it will reduce the development of teeth and bones. As with the doxycycline, minocycline can effectively decrease the potency of the bacteria thriving in the skin pores. Along with acne, it is also noted to efficiently provide treatment for other bacterial skin infections.


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