Treatment for acne typically begins with topical and oral medications. Over the counter medications, such as benzoyl peroxide, target surface bacteria that cause acne, while others may work to reduce inflammation. Prescription medications and antibiotics may aim to limit oil production and/or increase cell turnover. A combination of medications may be necessary to treat mild acne.
To treat severe cases of acne, dermatologists at Mercy Medical Center may utilize medication known as isotretinoin, also known as accutane. This type of treatment is very effective in treating deep cysts and other types of severe acne that have not responded to other medications. While isotretinoin has proven to be effective, it may cause side effects that must be closely monitored by your dermatologist. The doctors of Dermatology at Mercy will help determine what medications are right for your treatment.