Topical acne/pimple preparations


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If your doctor has prescribed a topical acne preparation for you. It is probably one of the following (list not complete):

Antibiotics Lotion

  • Erythromycin
  • Clindamycin

or

Peeling Agents

  • Benzoyl Peroxide gel
  • Resorcinol/Sulphur cream

What are topical acne/pimple preparations used for?

These are applied to the skin to treat acne(pimple). They work by exerting antibacterial action as well as by peeling off the topmost layer of skin. They may also be used for other skin problems as determined by your doctor.

This medicine has been prescribed for your current skin condition only and should not be given to other people or used for other problems.

How should I use topical acne preparations?

  • Acne preparation comes in the form of creams, gels, lotions and medicated soap bars.
  • First wash the skin with a mild soap then rinse and pat dry. Wait 20 to 30 minutes, then apply the topical acne preparation.
  • Apply enough medicine to cover the affected area, and rub it gently in a circular motion to ensure good absorption.
  • For liquids that come in a bottle with an applicator tip, dab the applicator directly onto the affected area or apply it on to your clean fingertips and then transfer it to the affected areas.
  • Be sure to apply it to the affected area affected by acne and not just to the pimples themselves. This will prevent new pimples from breaking out.
  • Do not use the medicine on raw skin, in or around the eyes, mouth, lips or inside of the nose, as it may irritate and cause excessive peeling of these sensitive areas. Spread the medicine away from these areas when applying. If you should accidentally get some into your eyes, flush thoroughly with tap water.
  • For topical antibiotic liquid, complete the full course of medication prescribed even though there are signs of improvement. If you stop using this medicine too soon, the acne may return.
  • If your doctor has prescribed another medicine to be applied together with this medicine, it is best to apply them at different times (for example, morning
  • and night) or at least 1 hour apart. This will prevent your skin from becoming irritated.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

  • Apply as soon as you remember. If it is nearly time for the next application, skip the missed application and resume your normal schedule. Do not apply more of it to make up for the missed dose or it could result in irritation.

What other effects may topical acne preparationscause?

Initially, you may experience some side effects which should disappear with treatment. Consult your doctor if any of the following persist or are severe:

  • A mild, temporary stinging or burning sensation.
  • Unusually dry, peeling skin.

Stop using the medicine immediately and consult your doctor if the following occurs:

  • Blistering
  • Burning
  • Crusting
  • Itch
  • Swelling

What precautions should I take?

  • If your acne does not improve or if it becomes worse, check with your doctor. However, sometimes it takes up to 8 to 12 weeks before full improvement is seen.
  • Avoid washing the acne affected areas too often. This may increase the drying out effects of the topical acne preparation. Washing with a mild soap at least 2 to 3 times a day.
  • Do not use liquid antibiotics near an open flame or while smoking, as the alcohol in it is flammable.
  • Benzoyl Peroxide may also bleach hair or coloured fabrics.
  • You may continue using cosmetics while using the medicine for acne. However, it is best to use only “water-based” cosmetics. Do not use cosmetics too heavily or too often. They may make your acne worse. Check with your doctor.

How should I store topical acne preparations?

Store this medicine away from heat and direct sunlight, in a cool, dark place out of reach of children.When in doubt, consult your doctor or pharmacist.