Acne ... Again?
Just when you thought your "bad skin" days were over, adult acne strikes. Fight back with adult-strength treatment.
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The biggest breakthrough in acne treatment has been the
development of topical retinoic acid, a form of vitamin A. New slow-release
forms of this medicine greatly reduce the irritation it can cause.
Other acne treatments target the various causes of acne. They're often
used in combination. These acne treatments include:
- Azelaic acid cream
- Alpha-hydroxy acids (including glycolic acid, lactic acid, and gluconic
- Benzoyl peroxide
- Topical antibiotics (gels, lotions, and solutions)
- Antibiotic pills (haphazard use may lead to antibiotic resistance)
- Birth control pills for women
- Accutane or Sotret for severe acne
One caveat: Accutane and Sotret can cause birth defects. Women who opt
for this treatment must use foolproof birth control. Despite this and other
concerns, these drugs are the treatment of choice for severe acne.
Originally published August 2003.
Medically updated June 2006.