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How do medications work in treating acne?

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Acne medications help by interrupting this process in different ways. Some over-the-counter and prescription acne creams help by unplugging the follicles. Others, such as antibiotics, kill the bacteria that move into the follicles. The pill isotretinoin reduces oil production, unplugs the follicles, and targets inflammation and acne-causing bacteria.

There is no best acne treatment. Some people do fine using one acne product, although many need a combination to control their teen acne.

SOURCES:  American Academy of Dermatology: “Acne.” American Academy of Dermatology’s AcneNet web site: “12 Ways to Get Better Results from Acne Treatment,” “Prescription Medications for Treating Acne,” “When to see a dermatologist,” “Psst...Topical Acne Medication Can Clear Acne,” “Treating Severe Acne.” American Academy of Family Physician’s FamilyDoctor.org web site: “Acne in Teens: Ways to Control It.” American Academy of Pediatrics: “Teen Q&A: Acne.” National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Acne.” FDA.





Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on February 12, 2019

SOURCES:  American Academy of Dermatology: “Acne.” American Academy of Dermatology’s AcneNet web site: “12 Ways to Get Better Results from Acne Treatment,” “Prescription Medications for Treating Acne,” “When to see a dermatologist,” “Psst...Topical Acne Medication Can Clear Acne,” “Treating Severe Acne.” American Academy of Family Physician’s FamilyDoctor.org web site: “Acne in Teens: Ways to Control It.” American Academy of Pediatrics: “Teen Q&A: Acne.” National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Acne.” FDA.





Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on February 12, 2019

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