Topical treatments (creams, gels and lotions) are usually the first line of treatment for mild acne. They include benzoyl peroxide, antibiotics (Zineryt ,Dalacin T), topical retinoids (isotrex gel, differin gel) and combinations of the above such as epiduo (benzoyl peroxide + retinoid). These treatments can be effective for mild acne, however they are unlikely to work for more severe disease. In most cases, by the time of consulting with a dermatologist patients will have already tried one or more topical treatments in addition to multiple over-the-counter (non-prescription) topical treatments.
Topical treatments include creams, lotions, ointments and gels. These can be effective treatments for mild and sometimes moderate acne, however they are unlikely to help severe acne. Common components in topical acne treatments include the following.
Benzoyl peroxide is available in over the counter products, however topical antibiotics and retinoids are prescription-only in the UK.