Topical prescription acne medication

How do you know

whether you need topical prescription acne medication or not?

Once the acne become more severe, it is difficult to control with over-the-counter medication. It would be a great idea to try some prescription medication under your physician recommendation and supervisions. There are a large number of prescription medication that are effective in treating acne. It can be topical antibiotics or topical retinoid.

The big question is how do you know whether you need a prescription acne medication or not? In most cases when you have acne flare-up, you may try a number of over-the-counter treatments. If you do not see any results while using those OTC medications and if the affected area become worst through time, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor and arrange a prescription medication that can work to control your pimples or acne. The followings are a check lists to know if you need a prescription medication:

You need topical prescription medication when:

  • The acne is severe.
  • You apply OTC medication for a long time following the instruction on the package or advised from the pharmacist and your acne has not improved.
  • You are too susceptible to scaring.
  • Acne breakout is huge and cover majority of your body parts including your face.
  • You do not know what to about the available treatment options.

There are a large number of topical prescription acne medications. Most of them falls under these two categories: topical antibiotics and topical retinoids.

The topical prescription acne medication - antibiotics

Topical prescription antibiotics are remedies applied to the skin in order to destroy acne causing bacteria. The use of topical prescription antibiotics helps the acne affected area to quickly healed. If the acne infected sites are left untreated, then the bacteria that causing acne gradually spread and develop into much more severe forms.

Common topical prescription antibiotics

Some of the common topical prescription antibiotics for acne includes:

  • Azelaic acid
  • Erythromycin
  • Clindamycin
  • Tetracycline
  • Sulfonamide

Topical prescription retinoids

Topical prescription retinoids are medicines applied to the skin surface that reduces acne outbreaks by removing and preventing damaged and dead cells from skin pores. Most often dermatologist prescribed topical retinoid together with topical antibiotics as retinoid allows the antibiotics to enter deep in to the skin. Retinoids are derivatives of vitamin-A ,commonly prescribed for the treatments of blackheads or whiteheads.

commonly used topical prescription retinoid

The most commonly used topical prescription retinoid for treatment of acne includes:

  • Tretinoin
  • Adapalene
  • Tazarotene


Treatment of acne is not a onetime action. It takes time until you see a results. Do not discontinue your medication unless directed by your dermatologist.

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