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What Does A Dermatologist Prescribe For Acne?

Only individuals can decide whether they wish to consult any dermatologist or medical expert for getting their acne problem treated. It is always suggested that before visiting any dermatologist, patients should analyze that what they expect from the doctor and the medication they prescribe for the same.

What Does A Dermatologist Prescribe For Acne?

What Does A Dermatologist Prescribe For Acne?

In the course of treatment, Dermatologist may prescribe multiple medications to know which medication goes well with the patient. This scenario is very common with acne where even dermatologists go step by step. As different individuals have different skin type, so it is not mandatory that medication that is effective for acne in one patient will be equally effective for other acne patients as well. Depending on the severity of the acne, dermatologist may prescribe topical acne medication or can have a sow and study approach towards curing inflammations.

Now the question that will arise in the mind of majority of people is what is topical acne treatment? The answer to this question is any medications that can be applied directly on the skin are considered as topical medication. Such medications come in different forms like lotion, cream, gel or soap. One of the very common ingredients that are present in most of the acne treatment medication is Benzoyl peroxide. It drastically slows down the production of oil from oil glands. But constant use of such medication for a prolonged period of time may lead to dryness of skin leading to skin cracks and burning sensation. However, the problem can be controlled by reducing the dosage.

It is very crucial that the acne medication should be used directly on the infected area but should be used carefully as flaking of dead pimple cells may spread the infection to other parts of the body like shoulder, back or skin. Hence, it is very important that one should use the acne medication carefully and consciously.

Retin A, which is one of the very popular derivates of Vitamin A is not considered as topical acne for treating acne but it should drastic effect on eliminating the growth source of acne. It leads to drying of skin which in turn minimizes the possibility of developing pimples. The only thing that should be considered while taking the medication is to avoid direct sunlight, as it may make the skin condition even worse.

At the same time, acne medication should take in a defined format for resolving the problem of acne. The treatment is taken in the form of antibiotics. The type of antibiotic prescribed to patient usually depends on the severity of the problem and the skin type. There are times when dermatologist may ask you to take small dosage of antibiotics, such as Bacitracyn and other over the counter medications.


The time span required to show effect of acne medication differs based on the skin type but on an average it takes somewhere around 6 to 8 weeks to see noticeable result. In some rare case dermatologists may prescribe you hormonal acne treatment. This treatment helps in controlling the release of testosterone and androgens hormone that leads to production of acne. Hormonal acne medication is prescribed only when doctors diagnose that acne problems arise only when there is hormonal imbalance in the body.

It is always recommended that one should always consult a registered dermatologist to know about the actual acne problem and also the cause for the same. Once the core reason for acne is identified then doctors prescribe effective medication for the same. There are times when patient try home remedies to get rid of the problem, but this may have adverse effect on the problem. Hence, taking help from dermatologist is always a wise decision.


  1. WebMD – “Acne Medications: What Are They and How Do They Work?”: WebMD discusses various medications used to treat acne, including benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, antibiotics, and hormonal treatments. WebMD – Acne Medications
  2. Mayo Clinic – “Acne: Overview”: Mayo Clinic provides an overview of acne treatment options, emphasizing the role of dermatologists in personalized care. Mayo Clinic – Acne Overview

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Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Team PainAssist, Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:August 23, 2023

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