Choosing the best acne cream really all depends on what type
of acne you have and how severe it is. Acne creams can be
easily bought over-the-counter in drug stores, by prescription
or over the internet.
Choosing the best acne cream for you can be a bit confusing,
and it’s always advisable to seek the advice of your
dermatologist or pharmacist.
One system which I can recommend which is particularly
effective is the Zenmed Derma Cleanse System.
Here I will look at some of the more familiar
over-the-counter and prescription acne creams as well as those
that are only available over the internet. Hopefully, this will
help you to make a choice.
Benzoyl peroxide is one of the most frequently used
medications, available as a lotion or a gel. It is an
ingredient that is found in popular products such as Clearasil,
ProActiv, Neutrogena and Clean and Clear. Benzoyl peroxide
works by killing bacteria, removing excess dead skin and
If you have non-inflamed acne and blackheads, then salicylic
acid is often recommended. Available in lotions, creams and
pads, salicylic acid helps to correct abnormal skin shedding,
to get rid of dead skin cells and to keep pores clear. Unlike
benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid does not have any effect on
bacteria. Salicylic acid is an active ingredient in Oxy,
Noxzema, Stridex and Dermalogica products.
Two ingredients that are frequently combined in
over-the-counter-products are sulfur and resorcinol. Both
resorcinol and sulfur help to remove the build up of dead skin
cells and so to prevent blackheads. Common creams using a
combination of sulfur and resorcinol are Clearasil medicated
blemish cream, Rezamid lotion and Glytone flesh tinted acne
There are many over-the-counter creams that use all natural
ingredients available from your natural or health food store.
Look for creams using tea tree oil, such as Nelsons Tea Tree
Cream. Tea tree oil is best known for its anti-bacterial and
antiseptic properties which helps to lessen inflammation and to
kill bacteria. You could also try using creams or lotions
containing aloe vera. Aloe vera contains many healing
properties that can help in reducing inflamed, red and flaky
skin as well as healing scars. Aloe vera creams and lotions can
be bought in any good natural or health food store.
Prescription Only Acne
Topical antimicrobials are prescribed for more severe
inflammatory acne. They work by killing off bacteria and
reducing inflammation. One of the newest prescription only
antimicrobials is azelaic acid. There has been a huge amount of
research on the use of azelaic acid to treat acne and it was
found to be significantly more effective than topical
Other topical antimicrobial creams often prescribed to treat
acne are Clindamycin and Erythromycin.
Topical retinoids are prescribed to treat mild to moderately
severe acne. Retinoids are a derivative of Vitamin A and work
to unclog pores and prevent blackheads and whiteheads forming.
Adapalene, Tazarotene and Tretionoin are all topical retinoids
that are commonly prescribed.
Finally, topical Niacinamide cream is derived from niacin, a
component of Vitamin B, and has been found to successfully
treat moderate to severe inflammatory acne. There are claims
that 4% niacinamide gel is more effective than other
preparations such as Clindamycin.
Acne Creams Available
If you search for acne creams over the internet, you will be
presented with a huge choice. Many of the companies claim that
their creams will cure your acne and solve all your problems,
but do they work? Many people do seem to find some relief by
using acne creams made from mainly natural ingredients.
However, it’s important to research these products as much as
you can before buying to avoid costly mistakes. Look at the
ingredients to see if they have properties that have been
proven to help skin conditions. Examples of natural ingredients
which have been shown to have such beneficial properties are
tea tree oil, lavender oil, aloe vera and manuka honey.
In conclusion, when looking for the best acne cream to treat
your symptoms, it would be worth consulting your dermatologist
or pharmacist before making your decision.