Concerned About Acne on Oily Skin? Find Answers Here!

Concerned About Acne on Oily Skin? Find Answers Here!
Published on, 04 June, 2024. Answered by Dr. Anna Chacon and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


I need advice on medication for acne on my face. I have oily skin and would appreciate your guidance.


Answered by Dr. Anna Chacon


Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


I appreciate your inquiry, and I'm here to provide you with expert advice on managing acne, particularly for individuals with oily skin.


As a dermatologist, I have several treatment options to recommend for acne:


Topical Retinoids: These derivatives of Vitamin A are effective in preventing clogged pores. Commonly prescribed retinoids include tretinoin (Retin-A), adapalene (Differin), and tazarotene (Tazorac).


Benzoyl Peroxide: When used alongside retinoids, benzoyl peroxide acts by eliminating bacteria responsible for acne while also regulating oil production in the skin.


Topical Antibiotics: Antibiotic creams such as clindamycin and erythromycin are beneficial in reducing bacterial overgrowth on the skin and alleviating inflammation.


Oral Medications: In severe cases or when topical treatments are ineffective, oral medications like antibiotics, birth control pills (for women), or isotretinoin (Accutane) may be prescribed.


Salicylic Acid: This beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) aids in exfoliating the skin and unclogging pores, commonly found in over-the-counter acne products.


Azelaic Acid: With its antibacterial properties and ability to reduce inflammation, azelaic acid assists in skin cell turnover, preventing pore blockages.


It's essential to maintain adequate skin hydration with a non-comedogenic moisturizer, even for oily skin types. Dehydrating the skin excessively can paradoxically lead to increased oil production.


However, it's crucial to consult with a dermatologist before initiating any new treatment regimen. They can formulate a personalized plan tailored to your specific needs, considering factors such as the severity of your acne and your skin type.



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