Retinoids: Prescribed as creams, gels, and lotion to prevent clogging of hair follicles, for severe acne.
Tretinoin · Adapalene · Isotretinoin
Antibiotics: Prescribed as topical or oral medicines to prevent bacterial infection and reduce redness.
Benzoyl peroxide · Tetracycline
Keratolytic agents: Prevents plugging of hair follicles.
Dicarboxylic acids: Prevents bacterial infection.
Sulfones: Treats inflammatory acne.
Oral contraceptives: A combination of estrogen and progestin may be prescribed for women.
Anti-androgens: Prevents the effect of androgen on oil glands in the skin.