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Acne Medication Pros And Cons
Free Acne Tips by Doug Smith

Nothing can ruin your day faster than waking up with one or more new acne pimples, especially if you are a teenager. Appearance is everything these days, or so the TV commercials tell us. The appearance of acne is much more troubling because of societal pressure. Fortunately, there is a variety of available acne medications.

Read and understand the instructions on your acne medications before using them, and even before buying them. Acne medications can cause side effects, or interact with other medications you may be taking. Strangely enough, some allergy medications can cause sinus infections. Certain acne medications might actually worsen the acne outbreak if used incorrectly.

Here are the primary things that good acne medications should do for your acne.

* Acne medication can stop the breakout of acne. Ingredients can include anti-oxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and alpha lipoic acid. These things can easily prevent oil buildup, which is the primary cause for acne breakouts.

* Acne medications can condition your skin to prevent future acne outbreaks. Vitamin E is known as a skin conditioner

* Acne medication might help in the elimination of acne scars. How does this work? Acne medication can help the skin produce collagen. Collagen is an insoluble fibrous protein that helps the skin regenerate faster.

Those are the good effects of acne medications. Here are some potentially undesirable side effects.

* Acne medications are not suitable for everyone. They may sometimes include hypoallergenic substances that would trigger or worsen existing allergies.

Check the label on the acne medication to see if you are allergic to any the ingredients. If so, avoid them. If you experience allergic reactions after using the acne medication, stop and consult your doctor, or switch to a different acne medication.

* There may be unpredictable side effects to acne medication too. There are some many variables from person to person that these are impossible to predict. Watch for unusual symptoms that may coincide with your acne medication treatment.

* Some acne medications are expensive.

Carefully study any potential acne medication before buying it and certainly before using it. If you are unsure if it is right for you, consult a medical professional first, especially if you are taking prescription medications at the same time.

This article is ©2006 by Doug Smith, who invites you to browse his collection of free acne articles and tips on acne cures, acne prevention, and acne scar removal at This article may be freely reprinted as long as this copyright notice remains intact, the article is unchanged, and all hyperlinks remain active and clickable.

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