If you do your research you'll find many different types of acne medicine either OTC (Over the Counter) or available from your doctor or dermatologist. Usually you'll find that most acne is treated with topical solutions. However in some instances an antibiotic can be used.
Typically topical solution application is usually the simplest and only involves applying the acne medicine to the affected area. Antibiotic products work by killing the unwanted bacteria that live on the scan and could be associated with the acne outbreak. Additionally they reduce the potential for infection related to the condition.
Topical solutions have been successfully eradicating acne for many years without significant changes to the basic formula.
Below are some of the most popular acne medicine solutions being used today.
I'll chronicle each one starting with topical solutions. Be sure and check with your doctor or dermatologist before using any product you're not familiar with.
Metronidazol, often this is effective for acne associated with rosacea. Usually found in a gel format it is .75% strength. Sometimes it can cause some irritation but most are able to use it without any setbacks. Most of the time you will need to apply either in the morning or the evening or both.
Tetracycline, usually this is taken as an oral antibiotic. However it can be used as an ointment at different levels of effective strength. This particular product has sodium bisulfite which is a sulfa extract, unfortunately many people are allergic and have noticeable reactions when using this particular product. Some of the most notable reactions are yellowing of the skin. Taking it orally can produce a similar side affect. Even with the known side effects many doctors still write prescriptions for it.
Erythromycin used very often this medicine is a popular choice. Dispensed as a gel or ointment it is usually 2% strength. Applied in the morning and then once again in the evening it is generally accepted and tolerated. This product is frequently given to women who are pregnant and usually find its safe to use. As with any product though, especially if you're pregnant consult with your doctor or dermatologist before using any of these products.
Last but not least Clindaamycin is probably the most popular acne medicine in use today. It is simple to apply as a gel or cream lotion at 1% strength. Usually it can be applied two times a day to all areas that need attention related to acne. Keep in mind this product is like any other and should be used under the supervision of a doctor. This particular acne medicine should not be used with certain types of skin conditions and requires a prescription.
Do yourself a favor find out from a medical professional what might work best for you. There are a whole line of other solutions and products that may be the perfect one for you. Let your physician or your dermatologist help you choose the right acne medicine.