Most Popular Acne Skin Care Products

By: Trevor Mulholland

Some acne skin care products have gained prominence due to their effectiveness or because of effective marketing strategies or both. Whatever the reason, these treatments have been prescribed and used by more people than other pimple cures.

A number of acne skin care products that have become familiar names among patients and specialists alike are profiled below.

1. Accutane. Probably one of the most popular topical acne treatments ever invented, Accutane is a type of retinoid derived from vitamin A. It is a brand name for a kind of isotretinoin which works by reducing the production of sebum which in turn prevents the formation of pimples. Purchasing this drug requires a prescription from a certified dermatologist due to a number of alleged adverse effects, which could include dryness of skin, acne flare, skin peeling and in rare cases, inflammatory bowel disease.

2. Diane-35. Better known as an oral contraceptive, Diane-35 or Dianette, is prescribed only to women and is said to be effective in treating androgen-dependent diseases like acne. This brand is also a form of hormonal treatment reportedly effective in reducing the androgen levels in women which could then result in diminishing acne breakouts. A lot of women who have used this drug as a contraceptive have reported that Diane-35 does help keep their skin smooth and clear.

3. Retin-A. Another brand of topical tretinoin or retinoid, this medication is formulated to keep a balance in the life cycle of skin cells. Retin-A requires a prescription from a dermatologist and is said to cause flushing or skin redness in some cases. The product is reportedly effective in inducing the shedding of dead skin cells to allow a fresher, clearer skin to emerge.

4. Zeno. This acne treatment comes in the form of a portable, electric device used by getting the tip in contact with the pimple. According to its manufacturers, Zeno induces a heat shock response in Propionibacterium acnes, the bacteria responsible for the emergence of acne, and forces it to self-destruct. The device is said to take effect in as short as 24 hours.

5. Salicylic acid. Probably the type of acne solution that has the most number of brand names offered in the market. Acne treatment products that contain salicylic acid act as an exfoliant which prevents dead skin cells from building up and creating a home for skin bacteria. These treatments are also said to be effective in unclogging pores. Salicylic acid-based products can come in the form of creams, gels and even astringents. Some dermatologists have warned that skin products with salicylic acid should be used in moderation since they can cause skin dryness and even skin burning.

Acne skin care products probably number in the thousands. They come in various forms and different packages and are marketed in various trade names. Choosing the appropriate one can be quite confusing, that's why a visit to a dermatologist is the first step you should take in your battle against zits.

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