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Being that skin conditions differ in so many ways (oily, normal, dry, or combination skin) there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all acne cure.
Recently, the FDA has sanctioned the use of a gel called Epiduo for acneaffected patients over the age of 12 years.
Prescribed for a one-time use on a daily basis, Epiduo is a combination of two time-tested treatments for acne. Benzoyl peroxide 2.5% and Adapalene 0.1% contained in Epiduo are generically sold and goes by the name Differin.
The manufacturers of Epiduo, Galderma had stated in a recent press release that the Epiduo gel has been able to combine the two for the first time and it would hit the market early 2009.
Several other over-the-counter medications such as Stri-dex, Clearsil, Clearstick and Oxy Night Watch contain a key acne fighting ingredient; Salicylic Acid.
If the acne is very severe and a cyst has formed making other medications immune, then a potent Retinoid called Isotretinoin can be used orally.
Oral antibiotics have also become commonly used in order to keep acne breakouts at bay. The antibiotics help to subside the inflammation with initial high doses that are later cut down gradually. But if the acne becomes resistant to the antibiotic over time, it cannot be controlled.