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Top 10 Medicines to Treat Pimples


10 Best Acne Medications for Men and Women

Isn’t it ironical that the worst battles of beauty are fought when we are supposed to be glowing and beaming with the onset of adulthood? Or that our memories of youth or teenage are etched on the face instead of the mind? Yes, acne attack has done some absolute wonders. Basic care needs to begin as soon as one reaches ten years of age. Hygiene check points such as washing the face every day with water and/or mild face wash go a long way in delaying the acne attack. Apart from washing the face regularly, it is important to curb fast food intake for sure. Undigested oil and fat prevents the enzymes from maintaining the smooth functioning. Before we talk about the best drugs and topical medicinal creams to prevent acne, lets talk about pimples in detail and why they happen.

Hormones are great. They shape our personalities and define our thoughts. However, excessive hormonal secretion either leads to behavioral disorders or pimples & acne.  There are a lot of remedies available around, and I am going to list down the best of those for your benefit. A lot of remedies are available in the kitchen; however you need to be extremely patient while get into a kitchen based treatment. In case these treatments do not work as expected then consult a Doctor or a Gynecologist for a suitable treatment.

Acne happen during teenage and continue till mid-thirties in a lot of cases. This sudden sprout of acne is not related any specific gender or race. Most of the people suffer Acne attack in some or the other form. People with oily skin are more prone to acne attack because of excessive oil secretion.

How Acne Medication Helps?

  • Medicines open the skin pores and help them on maintaining the permeability.
  • Eliminating bacteria.
  • Reducing the circulation of oil in the skin.
  • Reducing hormonal activity.

What are the Ways or Methods of Pimple Treatment?

The perfect way of treating acne is applying an ointment on the face, known as the topical treatment and consuming medicines simultaneously.

Drug Options Available:

The kind of options you utilize depends upon the kind of ailment. If there is no open pore, and the skin contains only red bumps minus open pores, then only creams will suffice. However, in case the pores are open along with considerable presence of acne, then application of cream or ointment coupled with medicines and tablets will offer the best solution.

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Most popularly prescribed acne creams by dermatologists:

  • Salicyclic Acid – Stridex
  • Bezoyl peroxide – Triaz or Brevoxyl
  • Antibiotics like Doxycycline and Erythromycin
  • Tazorac
  • Creams like Azelex
  • Contraceptive pills which have Estrogen

Read more: Salicylic Acid Products for Oily Skin


Let me also talk about the top ten creams available in the market for acne treatment:

List of Best Topical Medicinal Creams to Cure Acne:

1. Retino-A Tretinoin Cream

Undoubtedly, this pimple cream sells like hotcakes. It is also known as Tretinoin. Tretinoin is available only via prescription (Unless you are friends with a pharmacist), and only two concentrations are available – 0. 05% and 0.025%. The application of this cream eventually leads to the formation of a mouth or an outlet of the acne, which eventually leads to the smooth death or passing away of the acne. This cream also reduces the formation of scars by restoring Collagen.

Price: INR 118 for 20g

2. Glycolic Acid Cream or Glyco 6 Cream

It contains glycolic Acid – 6%. Glycolic Acid is extremely effective in lightening the skin and reduction of scars. Glycolic Acid is not easily available and it is highly recommended by skin specialists for exfoliation, pigment reduction and evening out the skin tone. One of the most commonly used tretinoin solution worldwide. One of the top selling topical treatments for a zit-free face.

Available for INR 110 for 30g tube

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3. Neutrogena On The Spot Acne Treatment

It is Benzoyl peroxide based cream. It controls breakouts and helps in eradication of scars and pigments. On the Spot Acne Treatment is easily absorbed by the skin, is the perfect cream for oily skin, and can be used anytime. Do not get worried it you witness irritation or redness, for these will vanish after three or four days. Again prescribed by dermatologists.

Cost is INR 1095 for 21g

4. Avene Triacneal

Avene Triacneal contains Retinaldehyde and Glycolic Acid. Retinaldehyde works well as an anti aging ingredient. It can be bought easily and also helps in improving the complexion and reducing dark spots on face. Again one of the best medicines for acne in India.

Buy it for INR 1400 for 30ml

5. Clearsil Ultra Rapid Action Vanishing Acne Treatment Gel

Benzoyl peroxide is not an alien term anymore. This gel is highly concentrated, and is a level ahead of the basic gels I just mentioned. It has Gluconolatone which helps in reducing the  secretion of oil on the face. It is not a prescription drug so you can buy it easily. It is quite an effective treatment for chronic pimples and acne on face for both men and women.

Shelf Price INR 1764 for 28g tube

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6. Himalaya Herbals Acne n’ Pimple Cream

For all the nature lovers, this acne product is tailor made. It helps in the drying process of pimples and acne. It is thick, cream based and great for every day usage. Best results are achieved by regular night application. If your face is oil prone, use it every day. No side effects have been reported so far. This On-The-Spot Treatment is perfect for women with oily and sensitive skin.

MRP is INR 65 for 20g

7. Vicco Turmeric Skin Cream

The cream, whose advertisement is a part of my childhood, never fails. It feels like lubricated turmeric and does not give immediate results. The results last forever though. It is also an amazing product if you want a dark spots and blemish free skin. Hats off the person who conceptualized the concept of skin care long before the likes of Shahrukh Khan started talking about Men’s fairness creams!

In the market for INR 210 for 70g

8. Nomarks Cream

Coming from the stable of an automotive giant- Bajaj, I was skeptical before using this cream. A scar had left my nose look like a finger popping out between my eyes. This anti-pimple remedy did help me in getting rid of the scar and it is a fantastic product for acne and scar removal.

Can be bought for INR 35 for 12g

9. Oriflame Pure Skin Spot SOS Gel

It  promises to get rid of pimples and acne in eight hours! It peels off the skin, and the new skin has no trace of acne. I would recommend it for dark spots and uneven skin tone. This over-the-counter topical disinfectant is easily available online and in stores.

Check it for INR 160 for 6 ml

10. Jovees Ayurveda Neem Cream

I have not tried this product but my friends have. Jovees products always come handy when you are tight on budget. Ingredients like Neem, Pepper, Sandalwood are known to be divine blessings for a healthy and glowing skin. Fantastic for dry skin girls.

INR 190 for 60g

I have tried to include best topical medications and ingredients available in the market which will help you in getting rid of pimples and acne. Thank science for various combinations of salts and thank nature for fantastic herbs which take care of our problems so effectively.

A lot of external factors like stress, pollution and sinful eating and binging take a toll on our looks and appearance. Our body is also a machine. What we eat eventually shows up. I have been through this troublesome phase as well; one thing which I did for sure was curb my junk food intake.

It is recommended to start with herbal treatments before jumping onto drugs and medication. Herbal remedies take a lot of time, but their final outcome is fantastic. If you lack patience, choose a mild medication cream before trying a concentrated product. And yes, just pray that you do not have to encounter pimples and acne ever.  Blessed are the souls who have a simple sailing during the troublesome hormonal handover!!

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