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Medicinal treatments

Anti-acne medications vary in their composition and route of administration. Depending on the severity of the acne, the doctor prescribes one or more acne medication treatments.

What are the anti-acne medications administered via the skin?

Many gels, creams and lotions are available and are an effective treatment for acne: among the drug classes available are local retinoids, local antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide or azelaic acid, alone or in combination, available by prescription except for certain benzoyl peroxide-based specialties. The use of an antibiotic cream against acne will be limited and reserved for certain situations, always in combination with another local treatment. Please note that there are no acne antibiotics available without prescription, either dermal or oral.

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?

The doctor may prescribe oral antibiotics for acne, such as doxycycline or lymecycline. These antibiotics are mainly anti-inflammatory and antibacterial.

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.

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Unblocks and purifies pores

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My anti-spot face care routine

Action against inflamed whiteheads/red spots

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My intense repair face care routine

Repairing action for acne-prone skin undergoing drying medicinal treatment

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My anti-blemish face care routine for adult skin

Action against spots, marks and first wrinkles

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My anti-shine face care routine

Hydrating and mattifying action on oily blemish-prone skin

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