The Future of Acne Treatment
There’s a new crop of zit-zappers headed our way!
-Paige Herman Axel
We’ve put a man on the moon, split atoms and managed to put the power of the internet in the palms of our hands, so why is it that no one has come up with a cure for acne? For some, Accutane proved to be that magic bullet, but this powerful drug was pulled from the market last month due to concerns about birth defects and other dangerous side effects, so now what? When beauty tips and over-the-counter treatments don’t work, a dermatologist has a pretty good chance of helping to get your breakouts under control – and now there’s a handful of new drugs that show promise for winning the fight against pimples. The American Acne and Rosacea Society is on the frontline of acne research, and here are some of their experts’ top ones to watch.
Acne can be stubborn, as we all know, and dermatologists have found that using a combination of drugs can yield the best results. In the past, traditional combination treatment involved mixing oral antibiotics with topicals such as benzoyl peroxide or a retinoid, and although many patients saw (and still see) significant clearing, topical gels and creams that contain a combination of drugs seem to be the wave of the future.
Benzoyl peroxide and antibiotics: The main drawback of benzoyl peroxide is skin irritation, especially at prescription concentrations. The primary advantage of pairing benzoyl peroxide with other topical pimple fighters-in this case clindamycin-is that these prescriptions can use less benzoyl peroxide and still deliver results. The latest benzoyl peroxide / antibiotic combo to hit the market is called Acanya, and unlike some acne treatments, it doesn’t cause breakouts to worsen before they improve.