Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Medications to Fight Acne

In today's world, there are rarely any diseases that cannot be treated with a medication. Such is the case with acne, which summons the use of a specific set of systemic and topical medications depending on the type of acne suffered.

Below you will find a list of the most popular acne medications available, used by doctors and dermatologists all over the world.

Alpha Hydroxy Acid: acids derived from sugarcane, milk, and fruits that upon application, result in the natural exfoliation of dead skin cells.

Benzoyl Peroxide: acne medication that is generally obtained in a topical form, OTC, or with a doctor's prescription. It works by inhibiting bacterial action and reducing oil secretions that promote breakouts. Benzoyl Peroxide is also a powerful peeling chemical that aids in the renewal of skin and the healing of old flare-ups.

Salicylic Acid: chemical that aids in the shedding of dead skin cells, thus reducing follicle plugs preventing future blockages. Also used in the treatment of skin disorders such as warts, dandruff, and psoriasis.

Sulfur: this element is effective in reducing inflammation as well as inhibiting bacterial activity. It is available in powdered form, and can be found in many cosmetic products that fight acne.

Retinol: alcohol form of Vitamin A. Also found as a topical, it is popularly used in cosmetic products for its easy solubility and its conversion into Retin-A by skin enzymes.

Clyndamicin: antibiotic that is used in the treatment of acne, generally in combination to other medications. As it is alcohol based it is a powerful antiseptic, but like most acne medications, it results in dryness and flakiness of the skin.

Tea Tree Oil: this oil is a popular antiseptic that also aids in the healing and regeneration of the skin. It can be obtained in its pure form and is generally used as a spot treatment. It can also be
found in cosmetic products designed to reduce blemishes.

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