MILLIONS of acne sufferers are in luck – as two highly effective prescription treatments are now available over-the-counter.
Acnecide face gel and Acnecide face wash, which were previously only available from the pharmacy, have been reclassified so they can be bought in shops without a pharmacist’s advice.
Making these products more widely available will allow people to treat mild acne affecting the face more easily.
These two products contain benzoyl peroxide which is an effective acne treatment.
It has been used to treat acne since the 1960’s and works by killing bacteria that cause acne on the skin’s surface.
The decision to introduce these two products for general sake was made by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
Jan MacDonald, MHRA’s Group Manager for Access and Information for Medicines and Standards (AIMS) in Vigilance and Risk Management of Medicines, said: “The move to make Acnecide Face Gel and Acnecide Face Wash Gel more widely accessible will make it easier for people to treat mild acne on the face.
“Wider availability of medicinal products and improved patient access and choice remain high on the health agenda.
“The MHRA is committed to improving access to medicinal products for self-care where it is safe to do so.”
Other ways to tackle stubborn spots
1. Change your face wash routine
Certain face washes can dry out the skin, which means you end up over-compensating with the moisturiser and make it greasy.
If your skin is prone to acne, try using La Roche-Posay Purifying Cleansing Gel, a facial wash for oily skin.
2. Stop touching your face
It sounds daft, but overly touching your face could be having a damaging effect on your skin.
Our hands come into contact with millions of germs on a daily basis, which you’re then transferring from your fingertips to your face.
3. Check the ingredients in your makeup
If you’re prone to acne, thick or solid make-up products are a no-no, despite the tempting coverage they offer.
4. Visit your doctor
Sun Doctor Carol Cooper advises anyone suffering with late life acne to visit their GP.
She warned: “For some people, acne is down to something else, like polycystic ovary syndrome, so this needs to be investigated.
“Your GP can recommend antibiotic gels, tablets – there will usually be a step-by-step progression to see what works.”
5. Change your contraceptive pill
Consider changing your pill to Dianette, which is often prescribed to women with severe acne that has not cleared up with the use of antibiotics or other treatments.
It contains cyproterone acetate, which is an anti-androgen.
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Androgens stimulate skin growth, including that of the sebaceous glands which produce an oily substance called sebum.
Sebum is essential to make the skin waterproof and lubricated, but if too much is produced it can cause the sebaceous glands to become blocked and infected, which leads to acne.
Be aware that doctors can be hesitant about handing this out as it is associated with a higher risk of blood clots and certain types of cancer.
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