Topical prescription medications for acne are a mainstay in acne treatments. Although laser treatments for acne and oral medications for acne may seem to be more effective, topical medications play a very important role in the treatment of acne. Topical medications can fight a variety of the factors that lead to the development of acne. Additionally, there are some things that are better treated with topical medications that oral medications. Here is a closer look at the top acne topical prescription medications:
- Acanya: Acanya is a combination of benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin. Together these ingredients have a synergistic effect, meaning that they work better together than the sum of their parts. Acanya kills the p. acnes bacteria that leads to the development of acne.
- Tazorac: Tazorac is one type of retinoid. Retinoids stimulate skin cell turnover, to clean out clogged pores and eliminate the dead skin cells and excess sebum that build up in the pores and attract acne-causing bacteria. Tazorac can also help to stimulate the turnover of skin cells with excess pigmentation, which helps to lighten the dark spots on the skin from old acne.
- Epiduo: Epiduo is a combination of adapalene and benzoyl peroxide. Adapalene is a gentle retinoid, which stimulates skin cell turnover to clean out the pores. Benzoyl peroxide kills the acne-causing p. acnes bacteria.
- Atralin: Atralin is also a retinoid; it is unique because it is delivered in a hyaluronic acid gel. Hyaluronic acid is moisturizing, which makes Atralin very tolerable and less drying than other topical retinoids.