What are the anti-acne medications administered via the skin?
Skin acne medications must be applied once or twice a day, regularly over several months to achieve results. Apply to clean, dry skin over the entire affected area.
All skin acne medications can cause irritation. If this is the case, applications should be spaced out.
What are the different oral acne medications?
Other oral acne medications may include zinc or hormonal therapy (women only). Zinc is available with or without a prescription, hormone treatments are only available by prescription.
When acne is very severe or when there are repeated failures with various acne medications, oral isotretinoin is then used. However, this may present various problems for girls and young women. Isotretinoin is a teratogenic molecule: any pregnancy must absolutely be avoided, hence the systematic prescription of contraception and monthly blood tests. Isotretinoin tends to cause irritation of the skin and lips: specific compensatory care must be systematically used to avoid discomfort.