10 Best Topical Medicinal Creams, Gels and Lotions to Treat Acne and Pimples

best topical medicinal creams gels for acne

10 Best Topical Medicinal Creams, Gels and Lotions to Treat Acne and Pimples

None of us wants acne and pimples on face. Right? Yes, even boys and men would hate to have those acne on their skin. This problem affects both boys and girls. There are certain factors or reasons on why we get acne in the first place? But here, we won’t be discussing the reasons again but straight away jumping to the acne solutions available in Indian market. The pimples can be your worst thing as they not only decrease the self confidence but also are very painful. The red swollen pimple on the face can hurt, when you wash the face or casually touch the face. Pimples can be seen on dry skin too at times, but primarily it is our oily skin that is the favorite target of the pimple and acne causing bacteria. Yes, acne is an bacterial infection. Therefore, we should take two measures to avoid pimples on skin. So, what are these steps to control acne on the skin. First is that we keep the skin clean and free of dead skin and impurities. Second is we can use medicinal anti acne, anti pimple skin creams to get rid of the pimples by eliminating the acne causing bacteria.

Top Best Topical Medicinal Creams, Medicine Gels, Lotions for Pimples, Acne 

Here, we have this list of some of the best medicinal skin creams to teat pimples and acne on the face faster. These are not the regular anti pimple creams but have the medicinal effects which kill the bacteria faster and dries the pimples to heal them quicker. This is the list of the best topical treatments for acne and pimples. These acne medications are available in the chemist shops and most of these are very affordable. These skin medications can regulate the oils and also gear up to kill those bacteria to lessen the infection.

1. Clindamycin Phosphate Gel

clindamycin phosphate gel

It is an antibiotic basically that is sold in the gel form and helps to clear the acne causing bacteria. The antibiotic is easy to buy from the market and at times it is also combined with Nicotinamide. The  clear gel can be used at night to treat acne vulgaris that causes pimples. This gel is being sold by a lot of different brand so, choose the one that is from a good brand like Galderma, etc. Clindamycin antibiotic reduces the bacterial growth and controls the further infection spreading.

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2. Erythromycin Gel

erythromycin gel for acne

Erythromycin is also another class of antibiotics that has been successfully used to treat a wide variety of the bacterial infections like the pimples and acne on the skin. Erythromycin medicinal creams and gels fall under the category of macrolide antibiotic that works by stopping the growth of bacteria. You can take an Erythromycin topical medicinal gel to treat the acne.

3. Adapalene Gel

adapalene gel for acne

Adapalene Gel is Topical form of vitamin A, a medication that belongs to retinoids only that is used to cure the acne and pimples on the face. This gel medicine can heal the acne infection by killing the bacteria and making them stop from growing. It also reduces the swelling and inflammation that is painful for people suffering from acne. Generally, Adapalene gel works within 3-4 days to show significant results in decreasing the bacterial growth. But it does dries the acne within the first 2 days itself, well on most of the cases.

4. Retino-A Tretinoin Cream

Retino-A Tretinoin Cream

Retinoid also act as comedolytic agent and work by unclogging blocked pores. They work synergistically with topical antibiotics to allow them to enter the pore and eradicate the underlying bacteria causing the acne breakout. These are available in cream, gel and lotion form. These are prescribed medicines which can be used on prescription only. Retinoids are the vitamin A derivatives and includes. This tretinoin skin gel or cream can be applied topically to get rid of the bacteria that spreads the acne .

5. Benzoyl Peroxide

benzoyl peroxide

Benzyol Peroxide is a medication that is available in lotion, cream or gel formulations. These have been used to kill the pathogens that causes the pimples and acne on the skin. This skin medication product is declogs the facial skin pores and kills the bacteria casing cystic acne. Using the gel formula for this pimple healing medicine is good since that is oil free and has no greasiness. Other than that, there are some mild side effects that you need to know like peeling of the skin, slight tingling sensation etc. There are many brands and companies that make benzoyl peroxide medicines for acne like the Benza A that is available easily in shops. Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% is suitable to use.

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6. Salicylic Acid

salicyclic acid products

Salicylic acid is an active ingredient or medication that is also used in skin creams, packs and facial cleansers which are formulated for acne and pimple cure.  It dries up the acne, whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples but it can also cause the topmost skin layer to peel and get slightly itchy. One thing to note here is that salicylic acid does not kill the bacteria causing acne but it inhibits the growth of these microbes. So, using such medications when you do not have pimple will ensure that the skin pores stay clean and the infection is not spread by the bacteria. Clean and clear face wash and creams have salicylic acid that can be used.

7. Azelaic Acid Cream

azelaic acid cream

Azelaic acid is used for the topical treatment for the mild to moderate acne, and may be combined with oral antibiotics or hormonal therapy. It is useful for both comedones, acne and inflammation of the acne. Azelaic acid is an antibacterial that decreases the growth of bacteria. It is Keratolytic and comedolytic that also decreases the swelling. Azelaic acid is also used for melasma and to reduce pigmentation. It is also easily available in gel and cream form the Azelaic acid cream is available and that keeps the skin pores clean and free of the pimples.

8. Glycolic Acid Cream and Gels

glycolic acid cream and gels

Glycolic acid is the major ingredient that is found in the glycolic peels. Peels are made to lighten the skin and also to reduce the scars of acne and pimples. This acid is also found in the sugarcane hence, when we say, apply sugarcane juice then that actually helps to brighten your skin. Glycolic acid is also made in gel and cream formula. It unclogs the clogged facial skin pores and also hurry up the scar removal process.

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9. Hydrogen Peroxide

hydrogen peroxide for acne

Hydrogen peroxide is a skin bleaching agent which is used to lighten the facial skin hair by getting rid of the black or dark pigment from the hair strands. Hydrogen peroxide works by releasing the oxygen and killing the bacteria responsible for the spread of cystic acne on the skin. 1-5% hydrogen peroxide is used to kill the micro-organisms effectively. Hydrogen peroxide 1% in used in the cream form and can be used to treat acne. Benzoyl peroxide is commonly used topical treatment for mild to moderate acne.

10. Nicotinamide cream and gel

nicotinamide for acne

Nicotinamide, is the water-soluble and active form of vitamin B3. Nicotinamide is available in topical cream formulations, gels and oral forms. It is used to treat the pimples and acne. Topical antibiotic 1% Nicotinamide gel  is applied for the treatment of acne vulgaris and also decreases the  swelling. This is also known to reduce the facial sebum production.

Precautions while using Medicinal Creams and Lotions for Acne

Application should be at the bed time since it reacts with the sun light. In fact most of these medications to treat acne should be used at night while you sleep.

Apply the sunscreen during the day time.

Mild side effects like peeling skin and itching skin are also seen.

Always apply these medicinal creams and lotions after cleaning the skin with a medicated soap and face wash for oily acne prone skin.

So, these were the medicated skin creams, gels etc which can be applied to treat the acne and pimples on the face.

About Niesha

Hi, I am Niesha Jeenwal. A beauty blogger, who's been in Blogging world for the past 3.5 years and started my first blog Indianbeautyforever.com which is an Indian makeup and beauty blog while Tips and Beauty.com is mostly dedicated to natural ways and treatments to achieve good skin, hair and health. :) Allow me 2-3 days to reply to your mails or comments. xoxo