Many people take medication without giving any thought to safety or how their system will react to it's presence. The unfortunate truth is that many medications, both over the counter and prescription, present some serious risks to users. This may range from a simple skin irritation to a more serious occurrence that may require hospitalization. Acne medicine is no different and must be used responsibly and selected with your own personal health in mind.
Prior to purchasing or using any type of acne medicine, make sure to read the outside packaging for any warning or cautionary notices. In addition, pay close attention to the instructions and guidelines for usage, which must be followed thoroughly.
If you are using any type of cream or lotion acne medicine, apply it to only a small test area of the skin at first. This is done so that you can make sure the product does not irritate your skin prior to applying it to the rest of the affected area. This is not only important to do with new medicines, but even with an acne medicine that you have used before. A product that does not initially cause irritation may cause it during the next use, so always use the test application method prior to exposing your entire problem area to possible irritation.
When selecting acne medicine, choose one with little or no side effects. Medicine is designed to treat an ailment and not to make it worse or create new ones in the process. While it is true that many conventional medicines carry their own potential risks, there are products that do not. It is very important to consider any/all side effects prior to using any type of acne medicine.
If you are purchasing an over the counter acne medicine, never use a product that has been opened or appears to have been tampered with. It is best to purchase a product that is factory sealed and, if your product of choice is not sealed, consider ordering it online where it is kept out of high traffic areas prior to being shipped. This is simply a good idea so that everyone passing through any given store doesn't have the opportunity to open or use the product before you buy it.
This article is to be used for informational purposes only. The information contained herein is not intended to be used in place of, or in conjunction with, professional medical advice regarding the use of acne medicine. Prior to beginning any treatment regimen, the patient must consult a licensed medical doctor or dermatologist for advice and/or to determine the best course of action for his/her individual situation.