If you are like most acne sufferers, you are trying to find an acne medication treatment that will quickly get rid of your acne, not dry your skin, and is inexpensive. One of the most frustrating aspects of trying to find a good acne treatment is wasting your money on numerous products that you throw away after only one use. In order to avoid wasting your money on another ineffective acne medication treatment, you need to educate yourself on the differences in acne medications, and their side effects.
Topical acne medication treatments (creams and ointments) vary in their function in combating acne. However, many of their side effects are the same.
- Benzoyl Peroxide-Kills P. Acnes, the bacteria that leads to acne. Side effects are skin drying and peeling.
- Salicylic Acid-Decreases skin shedding to prevent cells from clogging. Side effects are skin irritation or burning.
- Sulfur-Assists the skin in drying and absorbs oil. Side effects are skin discoloration, peeling, and redness.
- Resorcinol-Helps remove dead skin cells. Side effects are skin redness and peeling.
Adapalene-Slows down skin cell accumulation. Side effects are skin redness, drying , burning, and scaling.
- Azelaic Acid-Reduces growth of P acnes and helps keep skin pores clear. Side effects are skin burning, redness, and irritation.
- Clindamycin -Kills P. Acnes. Side effects are skin burning , redness, and dryness.
Erythromycin-An antibiotic that prevents bacteria from growing. Side effects are skin burning, dryness, and redness.
- Sodium Sulfacetamide-Decreases the growth of P. Acnes. Side effects are skin rash, joint soreness, fever, sores in mouth.
- Tazorotene-Keeps pores clear of bacteria. Side effects are skin dryness, peeling, burning, and redness.
- Tretinoin-Unclogs pores. Side effects are skin redness and scaling of skin, as well as skin blistering and crusting.
Oral medications (pills) also vary in their functions in combatting acne.
- Isotretinoin-Reduces oil production by oil glands. Side effects are dry lips, nose, and mouth, as well as muscle or joint aches.