Over the Counter Medications for Acne

by on March 7th, 2015
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Previously published in Examiner

Montrealers who have serious acne can get an referral from their family doctor for a dermatogolist in their area, or they choose to visit a private clinic and pay for the services rendered.

Acne treatment and medication

Since acne is caused by a buildup of trapped oils under the skin, it stands to reason that the treatment would be to reduce the oils. You also want to reduce the treat of inflammation and bacteria buildup.

However, most prescription medications do not yield results before six to eight weeks of treatment. The two types of medication used for acne are oral and topical meaning you apply it to the affected area on the skin.

Note that oral medication is not recommended for pregnant women, especially during the crucial first trimester of pregnancy.

However, acne medication can be prescription or non prescription strength.

Most people do just fine with the over-the-counter medication.

Over-the-counter topical treatments

Most people commence with over-the-counter medications. These medications will be all that is necessary for a mild case of acne. The ingredients in these products include: benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, resorcinol, salicylic acid or sulfur as their active ingredient. These lotions may kill the bacteria but they also can cause dry skin or skin irritation. They usually clear up the acne in about four weeks.



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