Topically applied prescription medications are usually used in the treatment of mild or moderate acne. While there are numerous creams, gels and lotions available by prescription, only your doctor can determine which ones are suitable for you. Usually, a medicine called a retinoid, which is a derivative of Vitamin A, is one of the first topical medicines that your doctor may prescribe. Retinoids help to treat blackheads, whiteheads and pimples. Your doctor may also prescribe an antibiotic medication that is useful in killing the bacteria in inflamed pores. Additional topical medicines, such as benzoyl peroxide, are also helpful as an early treatment since they not only help to reduce acne lesions but also help to prevent bacteria from becoming resistant to many of the antibiotics commonly used in acne treatment.
Common Acne Medicines Prescribed for Topical Application
- clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide
- erythromycin/benzoyl peroxide
- adapalene/benzoyl peroxide