Acne Treatments Using Medication

Acne Treatments Using Medication

  • Topical and oral antibiotics (tetracycline, clindamycin and sulfa classes)
  • Topical and oral retinoids (tretinoin and isotretinoin)
  • Keratolytics, such as benzoyl peroxide
  • Antiandrogens, such as oral contraceptive pills and spironolactone

In most cases, a patient’s acne will respond best to a combination treatment composed of prescription medication, nonprescription treatment, and appropriate skin care. In some cases, a combination of all three is necessary.