Acne Products that Work

There are many acne products that claim to be "The Best Acne Products That Work." Unfortunately, there is not ONE best acne product that works for EVERYONE. Acne treatment products are available for various purposes. Some are designed to fight acne flare-ups and prevent acne breakouts. Other acne products are designed to be immediately applied when a single pimple appears. Alternatively, there are products for regular use as part of a daily routine.

When choosing an acne product, be aware of skin type since there are acne products that can harm a person with sensitive skin. Be aware of the degree of acne experienced. Is it mild, moderate, or severe? The type of acne treatments chosen should support the type and level of acne experienced.

Acne products are available in the form of topical drugs, oral drugs, surgical or medical treatments, and other alternative treatments. Topical drugs are more advisable for mild cases because they are easy to apply and non-invasive. These products come in the form of creams, gels, lotions, face masks, or pad preparations of varying strengths. They are usually available at the local drugstore, online, or in grocery stores, where they can be purchased “over-the-counter” (OTC) without a doctor's prescription.

One of the common ingredients in OTC acne products is tretinoin, which is known for its effectiveness in replacing dead skin cells with new skin cells. Other common ingredients are benzoyl peroxide, adapalene, and salicylic acid.

Other topical medications include antibiotic products that kill bacteria such as erythromycin. There are acne products called comedolytics, which are known to soften and unplug pores. Look for salicylic acid, Retin-A, or sulfur in the ingredients of a comedolytic.

In fact, there are available products containing both antibiotic and comedolytics like benzoyl peroxide or azelex. To achieve good results, these topical acne products must be used for months or even years as a part of a person's daily acne treatment regimen.

Normally these products can be applied alone or in combination once or twice a day after washing the face or affected skin area with mild soap. Expect mild redness, peeling, dryness, irritation and sensitivity to sunlight that requires the use of sunscreen as possible side effects of using these products.

For a moderate condition of acne, it is advisable to consult a dermatologist because oral medication is often prescribed. Possible side affects of prescription acne products may include allergic reaction, stomach upset, vaginal yeast infections, tooth discoloration and dizziness. Oral antibiotics that include tetracycline, erythromycin, minocycline should be taken daily for two to four months. You can usually see improvement within two weeks to six weeks of use. The use of a topical tretinoin product along with an oral antibiotic product or a combination of topical benzoyl and erythromycin are considered very effective acne treatments.

Another prescription acne product is oral Isotretenoin or accutane, which is a drug that reduces sebum production and cell stickiness. This product has been shown to work well for people suffering from severe acne with cysts and nodules. It can be used with or without topical or oral antibiotics and provides long-term acne control.

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Interesting Fact:

Many drugs have been developed for the treatment of acne.

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