These medications work by various mechanisms such as killing the bacteria, decreasing the oil content in the glands or causing the skin to peel. These medicated creams or lotions may have to be applied regularly for a period of 4–6 months for maximum benefit. The medications are available as a single ingredient or a combination of 1 or 2 drugs.
Benzoyl Peroxide (Clearasil maximum strength)
Benzoyl peroxideis available as
Salicylic Acid (Clearasil maximum strength cleansing pads)
Salicylic acidis available as
Sulfur (Clearasil Adult Care)
Sulfur is available as 5% lotion.
Application of Sulfur: To be applied to affected areas once- or twice-daily.
Side-Effects of Sulfur: Skin discoloration. Displeasing odor.
Resorcinol (Clearasil Adult Care)
Application of Resorcinol: Apply small amount once daily before bedtime.
Side-Effects of Resorcinol: Redness/peeling of skin, Skin irritation.
Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last modified: March 21, 2012
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