Disadvantages of Treatments currently available
Most treatments can take more than three months to work, so don’t expect results overnight.
Prescription medications that can be used to treat acne include:
A six- to eight-week course is usually recommended. After this, treatment is usually stopped, as there is a risk that the bacteria on your face could become resistant to the antibiotics. This could make your acne worse and cause additional infections.
- Minor irritation of the skin
- Redness and burning of the skin
- Peeling of the skin
Azelaic acid is often used as an alternative treatment for acne if the side effects of benzoyl peroxide or topical retinoids are particularly irritating or painful.
The side effects of azelaic acid are usually mild and include:
- Burning or stinging skin
- Dry skin
- Redness of the skin
Co-cyprindiol is a hormonal treatment that can be used for more severe acne that doesn’t respond to antibiotics. It helps reduce the production of sebum.
Takes more than two to six months before you notice a significant improvement in your acne.
There is a small risk that women taking co-cyprindiol may develop breast cancer or a blood clot in later life.
- Bleeding and spotting between your periods
- Sore breasts
- Mood changes
- Loss of interest in sex
- Weight gain or weight loss
Isotretinoin is taken as a tablet. Most people take a four- to six-month course. Your acne may get worse during the first 7 to 10 days of treatment.
- Inflammation, dryness and cracking of the skin, lips and nostrils
- Changes in your blood sugar levels
- Inflammation of your eyelids
- Inflammation and irritation of your eyes
- Blood in urine
- Inflammation of the liver
- Inflammation of the pancreas
- Kidney disease
- Not to be used in pregnancy
- Mood swings, depression
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