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Treating acne from locally applied medications

Treating acne from locally applied medications

Many people are unlucky with acne as compared to others. What happens when you’ve tried Oral antibiotics to the extent that is no longer works for you? This is due to the fact that the bacteria that causes acne has become resistant to the antibiotics and your acne comes back even worst.
Even the drug Isotretinion that is known to be the most powerful drug for getting rid of acne after all other methods have failed is not best for everyone due to its side effects and in many people the acne comes back after a while even after you’ve taken the required doses of isotretinion prescribed by your Dermatologist.
Q. What then can you do to avoid taken all these oral treatments and harming your system?
A. You can use locally applied treatments.
Q. Do you use just one type?
A. No you use a combination of 2 or more local treatments.
Q. Why a combination of treatments?
A. This is because of Bacteria’s ability to adapt and develop resistance to medications like antibiotics in which case the antibiotic is no longer effective against the bacteria.
Q. Do you get immediate results?
A. No, expect changes for some people after a month and to others 2 to 3 months so be patient and consistent. Know for sure that it works.
Q. What did I use that has worked best for me?.
 Clindamycin Gel
 Benzoyl Peroxide
 Tretinoin Cream
 Sunscreen
 Anti-hyperpigmental cream
 Funbact-A Triple action cream
 Moisturizer.
As you see from the images above, the names given to the creams or gels are different for each manufacturer. What matters is the active ingredient. For instance the active ingredient in Aclin gel above is Clindamycin so do not go about looking for just Aclin because it might be known by a different name. It is important to always mention the active ingredient you are looking for when buying instead of gel name.

Q. Why is it important to fight against dark spots and scars caused by acne while at the same time fighting acne?
A. The longer you allow spots and scars the darker they become due to sun exposure and more difficult to get rid of.
Q. How do I combine the above local treatments to get maximum results?
A. Normally to get this done some gels are preferably applied in the morning and others in the evening.
Depending on the time you leave home in the morning it’s always good to apply gels at
least an hour or 30 minutes before exposing yourself directly to the sun’s UV rays, take note that these radiations are not only available when the sun’s up they are always available. Reason why you need sunscreen all the time whether it’s sunny or not.

Morning Procedure
• Wash face in the morning and dry gently.
• Apply Clindamycin gel just on affected areas and massage well. Note that applying too much of the gel will not make acne go any faster so do not exaggerate.
• Clindamycin is an antibiotic that fights the bacteria that causes acne: propionibacterium acne or P.acne for short. P.acne can develop resistance to Clindamycin after a period of time.
• It is advisable to apply Benzoyl peroxide to affected areas a minute after Clindamycin application. P.acne does not develop resistance to Benzoyl peroxide so using it alongside Clindamycin reduces risk of bacteria resisting it too and increases effectiveness of both gels.
• Some gels come combined with both Clindamycin and Benzoyl peroxide as active ingredients. Your dermatologist can recommend this combined gel for you.
• I prefer using them separately since each gel comes in different concentrations of the active ingredients for instance; we have benzoyl peroxide 2.5%, 5%, 10%. You should buy according to how your skin reacts and responds to a particular concentration especially the irritating and skin drying nature of benzoyl peroxide reason why you will also need a suitable moisturizer.
• Apply sunscreen about 10 to 15 minutes after application of both gels just to give the gels some reaction time. Sunscreen protects the skin from the sun’s UV rays preventing hyper pigmentation which usually makes acne spots darker.
• About the moisturizer, you should only use it if you start experiencing skin dryness.
• In this case the moisturizer should be applied before the gels. i.e immediately after washing and drying face. The dryness will stop eventually when skin becomes use to gels and you won’t really need a moisturizer daily at least just to reduce the number of products you apply on your face. You can use a moisturizer like 3 times a week depending on you.

Evening Procedure
• In the evening, for those with dark spots like an hour before bedtime, wash and rinse face well and pat to dry. Start by applying your anti pigmentation cream on spots to lighten them. The dark spots will go with time and effort.
• Then apply Tretinoin cream like 30 minutes before bedtime. Tretinoin is a form of vitamin A used to treat acne and it has its own side effects like any other medication. Tretinoin is good because it doesn’t lead to anti biotic resistance. Tretinoin is also good because it has anti inflammatory properties and also reduces pigmentation.
• I also mention Funbact-A triple action cream. It is an anti bacteria, anti fungi and anti inflammatory cream. I do use it sometimes not every day just to fight against any other possible micro-organisms or rash on my skin. This cream is very good especially for reducing the pain caused by inflamed pimples. To learn more about Funbact and what it can help for, read the leaflet that comes with it.

I trust that you shall experience awesome results by following the above steps. Maybe not immediately but be sure that you will with time. Work together with your dermatologist especially when it comes to adverse side effects.
Remember to stop touching your face, pressing or squeezing acne.

Do not use the information on this blog as a prescription guide for your condition. This is just meant to Educate you.


  1. Wow, very helpful tips you have here, Alison. Like you said, many people have indeed been unlucky with acne compared to other, and during my early adolescent years, I was quite in the “unlucky” category but not anymore. But i’d love to know, which of those locally made medications you mentioned is efficient for removing dark spots caused by acne?

    • Hello thanks for checking my blog.
      I suggest you get a good Anti pigmentation cream to go along with the treatments especially tretinoin which also helps to fade the spots.
      Note that all your efforts will be wasted if your not using sunscreen


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