Prescription Acne Creams

If over-the-counter anti-acne products can't help you fight unpleasant acne, it may be time to visit your doctor to get a stronger prescription acne cream.

Prescription acne creams are topical antibiotics used to treat moderate to severe acne. Due to the variety of factors that can cause acne to occur - such as clogged sebum glands and bacteria - your doctor may prescribe certain antibiotic gels or creams for you to apply directly onto your skin.

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Acne creams commonly prescribed by doctors often include Retin-A (the acid form of vitamin A), Differin (or adapalene), Azelex (or azelaic acid) and Tazorac (or tazarotene).

Retin-A is the most popular topical acne treatment recommended by doctors. It encourages the release of plugged dirt or oil from the hair follicles. Meanwhile, it increases skin cell turnover and promotes the healing process of any developing pimples. Retin-A is also known to stimulate cell turnover and smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

Differin, Azelex and Tazorac are also effective treatments used to control acne. Each of these acne treatments has shown a 65-percent success rate when it comes to treating acne blemishes.

If your doctor has prescribed Retin-A, Differin, Tazorac or Azelex to treat your moderate acne, it will take between 6 and 8 weeks before you see any signs of improvement. When using any medicinal treatments there are risks, and since these contain powerful acne-fighting ingredients all can increase your skin's sensitivity to irritation and sunlight.

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