Oral Medicine for AcneFriday, April 24, 2015
Hello, lovelies~ Another skincare post that I bet looks boring to some of you, especially those without acne their whole life. I have been battling with acne ever since I was in the fourth grade, so yeah, I do understand your pain, acne-sufferers. *pats your back*
I have mentioned treatments for acne that are applied topically or directly onto the skin in this blog post. However, I didn't mention oral medication for acne since I wanted to keep the blog post short and simple, even though it is long to begin with, hehehe.
One of the most commonly used type of oral medication would have to be antibiotics. Despite the many causes of acne, bacterial infection by P. acne is one of the most common causes. The idea? Rid the infection from the skin and voila! Au revoir, acne~
Birth Control Pills
One of the causes of acne may be hormone imbalances, so what better way to correct it than by using low dose hormone pills. Wait, where does one get hormone pills? The answer is birth control pills. Used in low dose and under physcian supervision, these can help those who deal with hormonal acne.
Supplements (Zinc, Probiotics, etc)
This is what I used after a regimen of antibiotics for maintenance. There are many supplements out there in the market, claiming to do good to the skin and reduce those blemishes. The only ones I've tried so far is Zinc and Probiotics. I've written a lengthy blog post on each of them, so just click here for Zinc and here Probiotics.
The last secret weapon in battling acne is an oral form of retinoid called isotretinoin. Dialing down the activity of sebaceous glands, this medicine is able to rid the skin from acne. The catch? The side effects. There's dry skin, dry mucus membranes (that's your eyes), headaches, back pain, muscle pain, and increase blood glucose. Depression and anxiety are one the rare symptoms, but still possible.
Patients who are still in their teenage years are not advised to use this drug since it has a tendency to stop long bone growth as cited in this article. Those who are planning on having a child or is currently pregnant is absolutely prohibited from consuming this drug as it is teratogenic in nature. In other words, it kills the fetus (baby) without any mercy. *insert scary sound*
Remember, this is the last drug should all else fails. If you decided to take it, remember to always use it under your doctor's supervision and monitor your blood levels as it has a slight tendency to increase your triglyceride levels. That's cholesterol.
My suggestion is to start from the basics if you're new to oral acne medications, namely antibiotics and supplements. However, if that doesn't work, you can try consulting to the dermatologist about other medical procedures such as lasers, light therapy, or chemical peelings. Should those treatments fail as well, talk to your dermatologist about isotretinoin or Accutane (brand) as your last resort.
I hope this helps those of you out there searching for other acne medications to ail those blemishes. What have you tried before to diminish your acne? Let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear you story! Thanks for reading and until then, I'll see you later~