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Acne: Treating Moderate To Severely Moderate Acne

Acne Treatment- Pimples

The first stage of acne is whiteheads and blackheads. The second stage of acne is called moderate acne. Moderate acne is also known as pimples or zits. Pimples can be papules or pustules. Papules are solid mass of cells and pustules are infected lesions filled with liquid.

If you are doing self-treatment of pimples with OTC (over the counter) medicines, choose them carefully. What worked for your friend may not work for you. Your skin is different and the cause of your pimples may be different. Someone may get acne because of excess sebum, while another may get it because of the use of comedogenic products. It is preferable that instead of using OTC medication you consult a doctor. If you are doing self-medication of pimples, you need to know the following.

Topical medication for pimples-

The first choice for the treatment of pimples is the use of topical medication. Benzoyl Peroxide is one of the most popular medications. Other medications that are used to treat pimples topically are: Salicylic Acid, Resorcinol and Sulphur, Alcohol and Acetone, Azelaic Acid, Topical Antibiotics, Topical Retinoids and Nicotinamide.

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To learn more about all the topical retinoids - Click Here- Topical Retinoids.

To learn about Topical antibiotics - Click Here - Topical Antibiotics.

Physical And Surgical Procedures For Pimple Treatment-

Physical and surgical procedures such as chemical peeling, lasers, microdermabrasion, surgical extraction, and light therapy are used to treat acne. Some of these procedures cannot be used in infected and inflamed pimples while others such as surgery and light treatment can be used. Light treatment is especially useful for pimples on the back because it is a difficult to apply medication on back. To know more about the physical procedures, Click Here - Physical Procedures.

Oral Medication For Pimples-

Antibiotics, Isotretinoin and Nicotinamide are used orally to treat pimples.

Amongst antibiotics, Tetracycline, Minocycline, Doxycyline and Erythromycin are commonly used. Sulpha drugs are also used to treat pimples. Oral antibiotics kill the bacteria P. acnes in the pimples and reduces infection and inflammation.

Isotretinoin is prescribed in case of persistent acne and is one of the best medications of acne. Oral nicotinamide is a good anti-inflammatory agent for pimples and does not have the side effects of antibiotics.

Women are also given birth control pills and Spironolactone to treat hormonal disorders and to treat pimples.

Article created on: June 14, 2006

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