Anti Acne Drugs

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Anti-acne drugs are medicines are used in the treatment of various acne problems like pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, and other serious forms of acne. Anti acne drugs are available in the form of lotions, soaps, gels, and creams , including tablets and syrups. All these drugs have proper ingredients like benzoyl peroxide or tretinoin for the treatment of mild to moderately severe acne or Isotretinoin (Accutane) for severe, disfiguring acne.

About Acne

When pores or hair follicles become blocked, acne occurs. It is a common skin problem faced by many , especially during the adolescent period. Acne affects mostly the face, the upper part of the chest, and the back, where there is the densest population of sebaceous follicles. Depending on the severity of the condition, acne occurs in different forms. Swellings that are small and not inflamed are blackheads or blackheads. When they become inflamed, they turn into pimples. Pimples that fill with pus are called pustules.

Popular Anti Acne Drugs
  • Accutane (isotretinoin)
  • Benzamycin
  • Cleocin T(clindamycin phosphate)
  • Desquam-E(benzoyl peroxide)
  • Erythromycin topical (A/T/S, erycette, t-stat)
  • Minocin (minocycline hydrochloride)
  • Retin-A (tretinoin)

They are also available without a physician's prescription; others require a prescription. Another popular anti-acne drug is Tretinoin (Retin-A). This is available in liquid, cream, and gel forms but can be taken only with a physician's prescription. Isotretinoin (Accutane) capsule is available only with a physician's prescription. Only physicians who have experience in treating severe acne should prescribe isotretinoin. Nowadays, there are anti acne preparations which combine benzoyl peroxide with antibiotics. A common brand product for this is BenzaClin, which combines benzoyl peroxide with clindamycin.

Recommended Dosage

The recommended dosage depends on the type of anti-acne drug. These drugs should be used as directed by the physicians.

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