Acne (topical)

Common Brands Actos
Drug Class
Thiazolidinedione
Controlled Substance Classification
Not a controlled medication
Generic Status
Lower-cost generic available
Availability
Prescription only
Allison Barnes, PharmD
Allison Barnes, PharmD
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Medically reviewed by Allison Barnes, PharmD last update on 20/12/2023

Overview

Acne, a prevalent dermatological condition, manifests in various forms, impacting individuals of all ages. Characterized by the presence of comedones, papules, pustules, and nodules, acne arises from the interplay of factors such as genetics, hormonal fluctuations, and environmental influences. While multiple treatment modalities exist, topical medications stand out as a frontline approach in managing this common skin ailment.

Topical acne treatments encompass a diverse range of formulations, including gels, creams, and ointments, each designed to address specific facets of acne pathology. These medications are applied directly to the skin, offering localized therapeutic effects. Understanding their uses, mechanisms, and potential side effects is pivotal for individuals navigating the complex landscape of acne management.

DRUG STATUS

Availability

Prescription only

Pregnancy & Lactation

Pregnancy