Skin conditions

Acne

(Pimples)

  • Also known as
  • Zits
  • Acne vulgaris

About Acne

Acne is a common skin disease that causes pimples. Pimples form when hair follicles under your skin clog up. Most pimples form on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. Anyone can get acne, but it is common in teenagers and young adults. It is not serious, but it can cause scars.No one knows exactly what causes acne. Hormone changes, such as those during the teenage years and pregnancy, probably play a role. There are many myths about what causes acne. Chocolate and greasy foods are often blamed, but there is little evidence that foods have much effect on acne in most people. Another common myth is that dirty skin causes acne; however, blackheads and pimples are not caused by dirt. Stress doesn't cause acne, but stress can make it worse.If you have acne Clean your skin gently Try not to touch your skin Avoid the sun Treatments for acne include medicines and creams.NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Top Medications for Acne according to our users

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All Medications for Acne

  • Accutane
    (isotretinoin)
    Prescription only

    Accutane (isotretinoin) works well against severe acne but has a lot of serious side effects. You will need to discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Benzamycin
    (benzoyl peroxide / erythromycin)
    Prescription only

    Benzamycin (Benzoyl Peroxide / Erythromycin) is a topical combination acne treatment that may work better for people who didn't see an improvement when taking either medicine alone or simply don't want to take pill medication. You need to be careful because it can bleach your hair, clothing and other fabrics. It also needs to be stored in the refrigerator and is only good for three months..

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Benzoyl Peroxide
    Prescription or OTC

    Benzac (Benzoyl Peroxide) is a very popular topical acne treatment you can get over-the-counter or by prescription that may be better for people who don't want to take pill medication. Just be careful because it can bleach your hair, clothing and other fabrics.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
    • Lotion
    • Liquid
    • Topical solution
  • Cleocin
    (clindamycin phosphate)
    Prescription only

    Cleocin T (Clindamycin Phosphate) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as a generic. If you're taking the vaginal form, you have to avoid sex and tampons for the period your doctor tells you to. The topical form can cause skin sensitivity and irritation.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Topical
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
    • Foam
    • Vaginal cream
    • Vaginal suppository
    • Injection
  • doxycycline
    Prescription only

    Vibramycin (doxycycline) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but can increase your skin's sensitivity to sunlight and make you more likely to get a sunburn or rash.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Delayed release pill
    • Liquid
  • Erygel
    (erythromycin)
    Prescription only

    Akne-Mycin (Erythromycin) is a very common acne treatment you apply to the skin that may work better when combined with other topical medicines.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
    • Topical solution
  • Erythromycin
    Prescription only

    Ery-Tab (Erythromycin) works well to treat a variety of bacterial infections, but check for drug interactions before taking it.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Delayed release tablet
    • Extended release
  • Minocycline
    Prescription only

    Solodyn (Minocycline) is an effective way to treat certain skin infections, acne, and rosacea, but you'll need to use barrier methods of birth control since it can make birth control pills less effective and cause birth defects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
    • Extended release capsule
  • Renova
    (tretinoin)
    Prescription only

    Renova (Tretinoin) isn't a cure for fine lines and wrinkles, but it's clinically proven to improve them.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Salicylic Acid
    Prescription or OTC

    Salex (Salicylic Acid) treats a variety of skin conditions, but shouldn’t be used by children or people with kidney or liver problems.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
    • Gel
    • Liquid
    • Shampoo
    • Patch
    • Plaster
  • Tazorac
    (tazarotene)
    Prescription only

    Tazorac (tazarotene) can be used for a variety of skin conditions such as acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, and pigmentation but can cause your skin to be irritated. Your doctor and pharmacist can provide tips to help relieve and prevent skin irritation.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Cream
    • Gel
    • Foam
  • Tetracycline
    Prescription only

    Acnecycline (Tetracycline) treats many different types of infections and is cheap, but dosing and drug interactions may be somewhat of a hassle.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • spironolactone
    Prescription only

    Aldactone (spironolactone) should be used with other medicines to get rid of excess fluid in your body, especially if you have heart failure.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill

Medication side effects for Acne

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  • Renova: 4%
  • Cleocin: 21%
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Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Acne

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • Drink lots of water
  • Use soap with sulfur in it
  • Don't touch it
  • this website gives shitty advice, sorry. - a scientist
  • Don't pick at it or pop your pimples
What’s your best coping strategy?
  • Wash my face less
  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Changing face cleansing regimen
  • Stop touching your face
  • Use decompression toys to avoid touching face
  • Took out my copper IUD.
Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • Water
  • Vitamins
  • Sulfur soap