The “NO ACNE ZONE.” Learn 16 of the best acne treatments in the marketplace.

By: Dr. Cooper, The Pharmacist – Dr. Tremain Cooper, LLC – Image credit:

For years, I’ve struggled with acne breakouts and scars on my face. I’ve used several of the listed products semi-correctly and to be honest my skin is the best it’s been since puberty. If you suffer from acne breakouts and blemishes and scars, the listed cleansers and medications are going to be the best options for clearer skin. Most often used in combination with each other, these medications are available in a variety of formulations (creams, gels, lotions, tablets, capsules, etc.) Even though I’ve made facial gains, my personal fight against acne continues. If you have a similar story, join me in making our faces a “No Acne Zone” by learning 16 of the best acne treatments in the marketplace.

1. Cetaphil® (OTC)
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2. Benzoyl Peroxide (Panoxyl®) (OTC)
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3. Salicylic Acid (Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash®) (OTC)
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4. Tretinoin (Retin-A®) (Rx Only)
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5. Tazarotene (Tazorac®) (Rx Only)
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6. Adapalene (Differin®) (Rx Only)
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7. Azelaic Acid (Azelex®) (Rx Only)
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8. Minocycline (Minocin®) (Rx Only)
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9. Benzoyl Peroxide and Clindamycin (Benza-Clin®) (Rx Only)
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10. Ethinyl Estradiol and Drospirenone (Yasmin®) (Rx Only) (Birth Control for Women)
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11. Isotretinoin (Accutane®) (Rx Only)
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12. Dapsone (Aczone®) (Rx Only)
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13. Adapalene and Benzoyl Peroxide (Epiduo®) (Rx Only)
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14. Clindamycin and Benzoyl Peroxide (Acanya®) (Rx Only)
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15. Clindamycin and Benzoyl Peroxide (Duac®) (Rx Only)
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16. Clindamycin and Benzoyl Peroxide (Ziana®) (Rx Only)
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    1. Anonymous

      I agree. I have tried many of products and none seemed to work for me. They say “it gets worse before it gets better”, but my question is how long should I wait before it gets better? I have waited as long as two months for some products, but never saw improvement.

      • admin

        Usually patients see improvements in about two months. It seems like your are doing the right things. I’ve had to wait as long as 6 months to see any improvements. You may need to inform your dermatologist nothing has worked because there is a product for you on the list that will work but it requires a huge commitment. Keep us posted of your progress.

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