But there are so many products available in pharmacies that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and not know which one to choose. Over-the-counter dermo-cosmetic products for topical application, topical treatments targeting the various symptoms of acne, zinc, traditional remedies, etc. Here we review the wide range of solutions that are available, from the most serious to the most outrageous.
Acne: topical dermo-cosmetic treatments
Sold over the counter, without a prescription, dermo-cosmetic treatments are essential for anyone experiencing blemishes, regardless of their severity.
They can be used alone or in combination with topical or oral medical treatments, prescribed by a doctor or purchased over the counter. This category of products includes cleansers – micellar waters, cleansing gels, make-up removing milks, toners – as well as moisturisers, masks, and make-up products, such as tinted creams, BB creams and anti-blemish foundations.
All daily treatments applied to acne-prone skin should be specifically formulated to minimise the risk of spots and blackheads and to offset the drying or irritating effects of certain medications, without creating new lesions.
A good anti-acne strategy requires that action be taken at all levels at the same time – dermo-cosmetic products, medical treatments, diet, lifestyle, etc. – since the skin is part of a total ecosystem. In order to succeed, you must leave nothing to chance!
Topical medical treatments for acne
The anti-acne creams and gels available on the market have different targets for the reduction of blemishes. Some combine several classes of active ingredients for greater efficacy.