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Reduce Your Risk of Developing Acne

There are many things you can do to reduce your risk of developing acne: 

Topical treatments are applied directly to the skin to treat acne. Some topical treatments that are used to treat acne include azelaic acid, benzoyl peroxide/salicylic acid mix, glycolic acid, and retinoids. Azelaic acid is a type of topical treatment that is used to reduce oil production in the skin.

Glycolic acid is a type of treatment that is often applied directly to the skin after cleansing. It has antibacterial properties that help to treat acne by reducing the number of bacteria in pores.

Retinoids are a group of topical treatments that are taken orally but can be applied topically or absorbed into the skin in other ways. You can see it here to reduce your risk of developing acne.

Antibiotics: Antibiotics are used to treat acne when it becomes severe or if it lasts for more than four weeks. Topical antibiotics can be used with over-the-counter medications, as well as oral antibiotics. Some examples of topical antibiotics include clindamycin, erythromycin, and tetracycline. Oral antibiotics include doxycycline, minocycline, and tetracycline.

The following guidelines have been compiled to help you make your own decisions regarding the use of acne medications. Use the information on this page to assist in answering your questions about acne treatment medications.

If you are taking a prescription medication for which you have received your last refill more than 90 days prior to receiving this Anti-Acne Treatment Medication Guide, please contact your healthcare provider before using this guide.

If you are considering changing or discontinuing any prescription medication, it is very important that you discuss the implications of doing so with your healthcare provider first.