Acne Treatments

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Having acne is extremely uncomfortable, difficult to hide and can sometimes take up to ten years to clear. For those fortunate enough, acne is a short awkward period of life associated with being a teenager and goes away quickly, without any prescribed treatment. For those of us who are less fortunate, acne seems to fluctuate between mild and worse but never really seems to go away.

Let us help you take charge of your healthcare and choose the right acne treatment:

  • Topical Retinoids: Epiduo Gel, Differin Cream, and Differin Gel are effective for mild acne and remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin.
  • Topical Antibiotics: Duac Gel and Zineryt kill the bacteria on the skin that can infect clogged hair follicles.
  • Antibiotic Tablets: Lymecycline is used to treat more severe acne and is often used in combination with a topical treatment.

Your acne solution will be delivered free of charge in a small, plain package to ensure privacy and discretion.



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What is ACNE

Have you ever had lower self-esteem due to the red spots on your face in your teens? Have you been afraid to go into work because of the breakout spots on your face? Do you avoid social gatherings due to your lack of sin confidence? In fact, there is a proven association that has been shown between acne and experiencing lower self-esteem and a negative impact on quality of life during the adolescent years.

  • Around 80-95% of adolescent boys and 75-85% of adolescent girls are affected to some degree
  • Acne is self-limiting in most cases and spontaneous remission occurs.
  • Effective, safe and easy-to-use topical, oral and hormonal therapies are available for acne.

Acne is a common inflammatory skin condition that occurs during the teenage years. Its onset is most common during puberty, resulting in the formation of red pimple lesions mainly on the face.

Where on my body can I develop ACNE?

Acne lesions may also develop on:

  • Neck
  • Chest
  • Back and shoulders.

In some rare cases, acne can continue in adult life (less than 1% in men, and less than 5% in women)


Causes of ACNE

There is a strong relation between ACNE formation and hormonal changes that occur at puberty. These hormones have two roles in acne. On one hand, they activate specific glands located adjacent to hair follicles under the skin, and this activation causes the glands to produce more an oily material known as “abnormal sebum”. The abnormal serum, in turn, activates certain bacteria that causes inflammation and pus formation.

On the other hand, the hormones thicken the inner lining of the hair follicles causing pores blockade (blockade of the opening of the hair follicles).

ACNE formation factors 

Four factors are involved in acne formation:

  1. The activity of certain hormones at puberty (androgens).
  2. Excess oil production by the glands under the skin (sebaceous glands).
  3. Bacteria (a specific type called P. Acnes).
  4. Blockade of hair follicles by oil and dead skin.

 Face, forehead, chest, upper back and shoulders are the most common areas to have acne due to the presence of more sebaceous (oil-producing) glands that are connected to the hair follicles.

 Triggers that cause ACNE flare-ups:

  • Many women have acne during the first pregnancy trimester.
  • Adult women may have acne at certain times due to hormonal changes, they may have flares of acne just before the period.
  • Women with polycystic ovary syndrome suffer usually from acne and weight gain.
  • Stress
  • Spicy food, chocolate, skim milk and high-carbohydrates food.
  • Some cosmetic products of low quality.

Medications that cause ACNE flare-ups:

Many medications aggravate acne, including:

  • Antiepileptics (Phenytoin, Carbamazepine and Phenobarbital).
  • Cyclosporine.
  • Oral corticosteroids.
  • Testosterone.
  • Anabolic steroids.
  • Antidepressants (Lithium)
  • Antituberculous drugs (Isoniazid and Rifampicin).


Treatment of ACNE

Generally, acne treatment depends on the severity of the condition.

Over the counter Treatments 

Treatment usually starts with over-the-counter acne products, but if these products cannot control acne for several weeks, which is often the case, then you have to visit a dermatologist.
It is important to know that acne products may take several weeks to achieve good results and to know that the case may worsen before improvement.
Acne medications can be applied topically or taken by mouth (oral)

Topical acne medications

Benzoyl peroxide: Works as an antiseptic that kills the bad bacteria causing acne. In addition, it reduces the number of whiteheads and blackheads and has an anti-inflammatory effect. It is available in cream and gel forms. It has mild side effects (as dry skin, skin irritation and redness) that go away once the course is completed.

Topical retinoids and retinoid like drugs: they have an exfoliating effect (remove dead skin cells from skin surface); which prevents them from building up in hair follicles.
Available as cream, gel and lotion forms. Like DIFFERINgel.
N.B: topical retinoids should not be used during pregnancy as they may cause birth defects.
The most common side effects of topical retinoids are mild irritation and skin stinging.

Topical antibiotics: kill bacteria that can infect plugged hair follicles.
They are available in lotion and gel forms. Topical antibiotics are usually used in combination with topical retinoids.
They might cause mild irritation, redness or peeling of the skin.

Azelaic acid: it is considered an alternative treatment for acne if the patient suffers from side effects of benzoyl peroxide or topical retinoids. It works by killing bacteria and getting rid of dead skin. Available as cream or gel.
Its side effects are usually mild like itching, burning sensation, dryness and redness of the skin.

Salicylic acid: prevent plugged hair follicles. Available as wash-off and leave-on products, but its effectiveness is limited.

Oral acne medications:

Antibiotics: Reserved for treatment of moderate to severe acne.
They are commonly used in combination with topical products.

Tetracycline antibiotics are often used in acne treatment (as LYMECYCLINE capsules). However, in pregnant women, erythromycin antibiotic is safer. Tetracycline antibiotics can make your skin more sensitive to light and decrease the effectiveness of oral contraceptive pills especially at the beginning of treatment, so women should use an alternative method like condoms during this time.

Using benzoyl peroxide in combination with oral antibiotics may decrease the resistance to antibiotics.

Hormonal therapies: women may take the benefit of using hormonal therapy in acne especially if they have acne flare-ups before the period or suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome.

Four combined oral contraceptives are available for acne treatment in women who wish to take an oral contraceptive and suffer from acne. However, it may take from months up to a year to get the complete benefit of this treatment.

Co-cyprindiol is also a hormonal therapy used in severe cases of acne that do not respond to antibiotics.
It is not safe to be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
It has serious side effects so it is reserved for severe cases.

Antiandrogen agents: Spironolactone drug (ALDACTONE) used for women or adult girls that do not respond well to antibiotics. It works by blocking the effect of androgen hormone on sebaceous gland.

Isotretinoin: an effective drug that is used in people with severe acne which does not respond to other treatments.
Isotretinoin is effective in many ways:

  • It reduces the excess produced sebum.
  • It prevents clogging of the hair follicles.
  • It reduces the bacteria present on the skin.
  • It reliefs the swelling around acne spots and the redness as well.

Note that isotretinoin has a wide range of side effects, which is why it is reserved for severe unresponsive cases. Serious side effects of isotretinoin include the following:

  • Risk of depression
  • Risk of committing suicide.
  • Risk of developing ulcerative colitis.
  • Inflammation of eyes and eyelids.
  • Dryness and cracking of skin and lips.
  • Changes in blood sugar level.
  • Blood in urine.
  • Inflammation of liver
  • Inflammation of the kidneys.
  • Inflammation of pancreas.

This explains why isotretinoin should be taken under close supervision.
Women at childbearing age should not take isotretinoin if they are pregnant or planning to be pregnant soon because isotretinoin causes a birth defect. Therefore, before initiating treatment, women have to perform a pregnancy test. Moreover, it should be repeated during treatment.

Non-pharmacological treatment for acne  

There are non-pharmacological treatments available for acne like:

Comodone extractors: Removing whitehead and blackheads using special toolsBut this technique may cause scarring.

Chemical Peel: Peeling of the affected skin by applying chemical solutions on the face.

Photo Therapy: Applying light to the skin in order to improve acne.

General tips to control acne

  • Avoid using facial scrubs, astringents and masks that may irritate your skin, and use a gentle cleanser for your face.
  • Stop touching your face every now and then because it may cause acne flare-up.
  • Ask your doctor if you can go out in sunlight while applying acne medication.
  • Wash your skin as soon as possible after sweating and take a shower regularly.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water.
  • If you have oily hair, shampooing daily will be better for you.



Symptoms of ACNE

There are six main types of ACNE spots, the appearance of ACNE depends on the severity of the case:

  1. Blackheads: small black pumps develop on the skin. The black colour is due to the inner lining of the hair follicle that causes pigmentation (colouring). They can also be described as closed plugged pores.
  2. Whiteheads: have the same appearance of blackheads and can also be described as open plugged pores.
  3. Papules: small red and tender bumps.
  4. Pustules: similar to papules but with a white tip due to pus formation.
  5. Nodules: large hard lumps that develop under the skin and may be painful.
  6. Cysts: the most severe acne spots. Large pus-filled lumps.


  • Is acne a contagious condition?

    No, you can touch or hug a person with acne without any fear to catch acne.

  • Does repeated washing of my face make acne go away faster?

    No, you shouldn’t wash your face several time a day, because it removes all skin oil resulting in
    stimulation of sebaceous glands to produce excess oil (aka, worsened acne).

  • Can stress cause acne?

    Yes, stress may be one of the leading causes of acne,and it is also considered one of acne triggers.

  • What is the best treatment for acne?

    Acne should be treated individuallyas severity of cases differ from person to another.

  • Can certain types of food cause acne?

    No, acne is not caused by food.

  • I started acnetreatment three weeks ago and I see no improvement. Do I need to try another medication?

    You have to be more patientas most of acne treatments needs two to three months to work


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IngredientsClindamycin / Benzoyl PeroxideAdapaleneLymecycline
ActionDual action on bacteria; antibiotic and skin sheddingHelps unblock pores and reduce inflammationAntibiotic kills bacteria
Oral or Topical?TopicalTopicalOral
DirectionsApply thin layer at night after washing.Apply thin layer at night after washing.Take ONE capsules DAILY (preferably in the morning)