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OTC Medication for Acne

Various medications in the forms of gels, creams and solutions are available as OTC. But before using any OTC, the skin type should be assessed and then, the type of medication to be applied will be chosen.

If any doubts (especially pregnant women and women planning to get pregnant) consulting a dermatologist is always preferred before using any medication.

  • Creams are best suited for individuals with sensitive or dry skin.
  • Gels and solutions are appropriate for oily skin.
  • Lotions can be used on any kind of skin.7

Most of the medications contain certain specific agents known as salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, retinoid analogs, azelaic acid and antibiotics.

These work by various mechanisms such as killing of the bacteria, decreasing the oil content in the glands or causing the skin to peel.3 These medicated creams or lotions may have to be applied regularly for a period of 4–6 months for maximum benefit.6 List of  various medicines in the treatment of acne is as shown in Table 1.  

Table 1: Medicines in the treatment of acne

Agent
Brand Name
Application
Side-effects
Benzoyl peroxide
Clearasil maximum strength
To be applied to affected areas once- or twice-daily
Drying of skin
Salicylic acid
Clearasil maximum strength cleansing pads
To be applied to affected areas once- or twice-daily
Skin dryness and irritation
Azelaic acid
Azelex
To be applied to affected areas once- or twice-daily
Skin dryness, hypopigmentation
Tretinoin
Retin-A, Avita
Apply small amount once-daily before bedtime
Skin irritation, sensitivity to sunlight, may worsen acne initially
Cleocin T, Clinda-Derm
To be applied to affected areas once or twice daily
Skin dryness
Akne-Mycin
To be applied to affected areas once- or twice-daily
Skin dryness

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Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last updated: July 01, 2011