Medicines can help acne. They can clean skin pores, kill germs, and reduce skin oil. And they can reduce the effects of hormones. The type of medicine you take depends on the type of acne you have.
The best treatment often is a mix of medicines. For example, you might take pills and put medicine on your skin.
Common acne medicines include:
Antibiotics for acne can cause side effects. They include yeast infections (in women) and diarrhea. Let your doctor know if you have side effects.
Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or if you're pregnant or think you might get pregnant. Some of these medicines are not safe to take when you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Women who take some medicines need to use birth control.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
February 5, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Ellen K. Roh, MD - Dermatology
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