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Acne Treatment - New Acne Medications

Acne Basics


Updated November 30, 2012

Why are so many acne treatments available these days?

Retin A. Minocin. Differin. Benzaclin.

It is hard to keep up with them all.

Of course, it's because acne is difficult to treat and there is no 'one size fits all' acne treatment for all kids that gives results as fast as most people want.

Many acne treatments have side effects too, which leaves the door open for new acne medications that may have fewer side effects for some people.

New Acne Medications

Pediatricians, parents, and teens now have some more medications to consider for acne treatment, including:

  • Acanya gel - a combination of Clindamycin Phospate 1.2% and Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% that can be used for the topical treatment of acne once a day in children who are at least 12 years old

  • CLENZIderm M.D. gel - a solubilized form of 5% benzoyl peroxide, which is supposed to help it penetrate the skin better than other forms of benzoyl peroxide

  • Doryx (delayed release doxyxyline) - a once-a-day form of doxycycline, an oral antibiotic that is commonly used to treat acne, which is available in 75mg and 100mg tablets.

  • Epiduo gel - a combination of adapalene (Differin) and benzoyl peroxide

  • Solodyn (extended release minocycline) - a once-a-day form of minocycline, an oral antibiotic

These newer acne medications are in addition to acne medications that were introduced in the recent past, like Differin (Adapalene Gel or Cream), Tazorac (Tazarotene Cream), Ziana (Tretinoin and Benzoyl Peroxide), Azelex (Azelaic Acid Cream), Retin A Micro, and Duac (Clindamycin and Benzoyl Peroxide), etc., and medications that have been around much longer, some of which are now generic:

  • Benzoyl Peroxide
  • Retin A (Tretinoin) - cream and gel are now generic, while Retin A micro gel is not
  • Benzamycin gel (Erythomycin and Benzoyl Peroxide) - the first combination topical acne treatment, which is now generic
  • Benzaclin gel (Clindamycin and Benzoyl Peroxide)
  • Erythromycin - an oral antibiotic that isn't used as often as doxycycline or minocycline because it often has higher side effects
  • Tetracycline - an oral antibiotic that isn't used as often as doxycycline or minocycline because it often has higher side effects
  • Monodox (Doxycycline) - an oral antibiotic that is available in generic forms
  • Minocin (Mincocycline) - a generic oral antibiotic
  • Accutane (Isotretinoin) - used to treat severe acne (isotretinoin is now available in generic form)

Your pediatrician and/or a pediatric dermatologist can help you figure out what the best treatment is for your child's acne.

Acne Rebate Coupons

One problem with new acne medications is that they tend to be expensive and not well covered by insurance plans. If an older medication isn't working, you might consider using a rebate coupon until you figure out if your insurance will pay for a new acne treatment:


Del Rosso J.Q. Optimizing Use of Oral Antibiotics in Acne Vulgaris. Dermatologic Clinics - Volume 27, Issue 1 (January 2009).

McNamara, Damian. Acne Toolbox is so full 'The Top Won't Close.' Pediatric News. April 2009.

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