Acne medications pose health risks, so what should you do?

Do some quick research on prescription acne medications such as Accutane, and you will find that you should take these drugs very seriously. Some of them have been connected to some pretty serious concerns, including depression, suicidal ideation, and liver damage.

Many dermatologists try to take a safer route by prescribing antibiotics that will kill acne-causing bacteria. Without the bacteria, you don’t get acne. Taking antibiotics for a prolonged period of time, however, also has its risks. You can mess up your digestive system by killing important bacteria that help you digest food. You can even develop something called leaky gut, which I’m pretty sure is something that you don’t want to mess with. Perhaps even more frightening is the chance that taking all of these antibiotics will make it difficult for doctors to treat other illnesses that could have extremely negative health consequences.

So, what are you supposed to do when you want to get rid of acne and you don’t want to take these prescriptions?

There are plenty of OTC treatments that could help you reduce the number of pimples that you get. If you choose the right one, then it might even help you eliminate acne from your life.

The trick is to find an OTC product that contains benzoyl peroxide… but not too much benzoyl peroxide. If you get one of those products that contains an 8 percent concentration, then you’re going to have some unpleasant side effects. I can pretty much guarantee that.

Instead, look for options that hover around 2 or 3 percent concentrations. That way, you can keep using the products without making your skin unhealthy by drying it out or causing allergic reactions.

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