Use of acne medication, whether it is over the counter or prescription medication that you are using, can irritate the skin.
Products that contain salicylic acid or benzyol peroxide are commonly used to treat acne. The strength of the formulations usually indicates whether they are sold over the counter or by prescription.
These commonly used products can cause drying, flaking and even inflammation so that it is important to take good care of your skin at the same time as using them:
Cleanse: The first step to getting good skin is an effective cleansing regimen. If cleaning of the skin surface is not adequate, more bacteria will be present and will be responsible for more acne.
So before applying acne medication, it is important to properly and thoroughly clean the skin using a mild face wash that won’t cause any irritation.
Moisturize: The ingredients of acne medication mean that they cause irritation to the skin. While they kill bacteria they also cause trauma to the skin, causing dryness and inflammation.
So it is important to adequately moisturize skin when using anti acne products. The formula should ideally be oil free one, and one that is hypoallergenic and non condomogenic so that pores are not blocked.