Thursday, January 04, 2007

Acne Medications and Colloidal Silver Pros & Cons

Acne is a skin disorder found mainly in teenagers and adults and is considered as one of the most common condition. Based on the age of affected people, site of occurrence, severity and cause responsible for acne occurrence ace can be classified in three categories; mild acne, moderate acne and sever acne. The severe acne is rare. Although the causes and form may vary the medications used for treating all types of acne are identical.

Following are some of the medications used for treating acne condition.

Topical antibiotics: Topical antibiotics like tetracycline, Clindamycin, erythromycin, sulfonamide and azelaoc acid can relieve acne condition. However, one has to use these medications for prolonged periods for better results. Further some of these medications may produce side effects like skin discoloration or skin irritation. Bacteria are known for their nature of becoming resistant to certain medications (when used for prolonged periods) and hence one has to change the medication frequently.

Use of Retinoid: Retinoid like isotretinoin, tretinoin etc can be prescribed as medication for treating acne. Many clinical trials have proved that Retinoid (a vitamin A group medicine) has produced significant result in treatment of acne. Retinoids are available in pill and topical (cream) forms. Like antibiotics, Retinoids may also produce side effects such as dryness, itching, redness and cracking of skin.

Apart from the above, there are various medications available for treating acne. Some are available as over-the-counter medications and some are prescription drugs. Ointments (lotions), gels, creams, soaps and pads are examples of over the counter medications. Most of the medications available for treating acne contain zinc, resorcinol, and sulfur or benzoil peroxide as the major constituent.

Medications available for treatment of acne may produce side effects and can lead to worsening of acne condition. Here it becomes important to select a line of treatment which is safe and effective. Home made remedies and use of natural dietary supplements like colloidal silver is considered the right method. Colloidal silver, being prepared from natural pure silver (suspended in distilled water) through non-chemical process is considered as one of the best supplement. Colloidal silver provides quicker and long lasting effects by killing bacteria and helping maintaining the hormonal levels. It does not produce any side effects and is safe for use by people of all ages.

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