Moderate acne occurs more often than mild acne, the pimples are usually bigger, and the skin more oily (although dry skinned individuals can suffer from it as well). This type of acne should be treated by a dermatologist.
There is an abundance of acne treatments, including topical medications, such Retin-A, oral medications, such as Minocyclin or Tetracycline, and various acne treatments that defy categor
ization, such as cortisone injections
If your acne does not respond to over-the-counter acne treatment products you should consider seeing a dermatologist. Look in the yellow pages or the internet for doctors who specialize in acne. You may be prescribed an oral medication, such as doxycycline or minocycline, which will not cure your acne, but should show a substantial improvement and help keep your acne under control. These two medications, taken twice a day, are very fast-acting. Patients taking these pills often see dramatic results in just 6 weeks!
If your breakouts are red and inflamed you may be prescribed an antibiotic, which are best for battling this type of acne. These oral medications carry some minor side effects such as dizziness, headaches, or nausea.
You may also be prescribed a topical medication, like Retin A or other vitamin A derivatives such as Differin or Tarzorac, which are known as retinoids. These medications encourage the top layer of your skin to shed so that pores are less likely to clog, and acne less likely to form. They also prevent blackheads and whiteheads from forming. You must wear an SPF of 15 or higher when using retinoids.