Anyone who has ever suffered from acne breakouts has probably wondered if it’s time to go on prescription acne medication. If you are even thinking about that question, the answer is that it’s most likely time for you to see a dermatologist to discuss prescription treatment options. Once you find that over the counter (OTC) treatments are not performing the way you would like them to, it’s time to book that appointment.
There are many more treatment options for prescription medications than OTC treatments. Prescription acne medications are available in these forms: oral, topical gel, topical cream. The most common oral medications are Tetracycline, Erythromycin, oral contraceptives, Solodyn. The most widely prescribed topical treatments for acne are Differen, Retin-A and Tazorac.
Finding the correct acne prescription treatment is a very personal matter. Only after a dermatologist takes a close look at your skin and medical history will they decide which prescription acne medication is right for you.
Even the mildest acne can be treated effectively with prescription medications and in-office treatments, such as Photodynamic Therapy and the Isolaz acne treatment. Earlier treatment of acne is ideal, as these patients will avoid scarring that can occur with even mild breakouts. Often patients with mild acne can see huge improvement with a simple at-home prescription regimen and maybe a few in-office treatments.