May 12, 2016

The Best Medical Treatments For Acne

Whether because of illness, injury or just regular wear and tear, our skin can often end up feeling a little unloved. Read on for easy home solutions to some common skin complains.

Topical Antibiotics

Topical Antibiotics

Topical antibiotics are applied directly to the skin and work by killing the bacteria which can cause acne, and reducing inflammation.

They are not able to penetrate the skin as well as oral antibiotics, but they have fewer negative side effects and so are better used in less severe cases. A course of topical antibiotics will normally last for about six to eight weeks.

Oral Antibiotics

Oral Antibiotics

Oral antibiotics are normally taken whilst using a topical treatment in more severe cases of acne. They are usually taken for several months, although results can be seen in about six weeks of starting treatment.

Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl Peroxide

This treatment is available as a cream or gel which is applied to the skin topically. It has an antiseptic effect which reduces bacteria and inflammation. The normal length of treatment is about six weeks.

Azelaic Acid

azelaic acid

This treatment can help to treat mild cases of acne. It is a topical medicine which comes in the form of gel or cream and works by clearing the skin of dead skin cells and bacteria and reducing inflammation.

It is a milder treatment that is often used if other topical treatments have caused too much irritation or discomfort. Improvement is often seen after about a month of use.

Topical Retinoids

Topical Retinoids

Topical retinoids are often used in conjunction with other acne treatments as they work by unclogging the pores and removing dead cells from the skin’s surface, meaning other treatments are able to enter the skin and fight infection.

They can also be used alone to continue to keep the skin’s pores unclogged.

Topical retinoids come in creams, gels and liquids and are usually prescribed when milder acne treatments haven’t worked.

Please read about how to get rid of acne at home.

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