Aknemycin Plus is a topical treatment for acne which works to clear the skin and reduce the appearance of spots and pimples. It contains both an antibiotic called Erythromycin and Tretinoin which is a retinoid that targets the skin cell growth.
Aknemycin Plus works in two ways. The Erythromycin antibiotic reduces redness and inflammation, killing germs to stop acne from spreading. Tretinoin clears the pores by getting rid of blackheads and targeting hard, dead skin cells, encouraging them to peel off the surface of the skin.
Aknemycin Plus usually takes a couple of weeks to make a visible difference to your skin. At first, you may notice your symptoms getting worse which is a sign that the medication is starting to work.
Aknemycin Plus is designed to be used for a duration of 9-12 weeks. You should not exceed the time period prescribed by your doctor or pharmacist.
Aknemycin Plus is an effective treatment for acne. You may need to continue to use acne treatments such as cleansers and creams to prevent spots from returning. For many people acne is a temporary affliction but breakouts can happen again in the future.
Acne is caused by the pores in your skin becoming clogged with dead skin cells and oils, particularly when your sebum glands produce excess oil. The main underlying cause of this is hormonal changes in the body. This can be during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, menopause or as a result of another condition or medication. It's also thought that stress, genetics and diet may be contributing factors.
Erythromycin and Tretinoin are the two active ingredients in Aknemycin Plus.
The inactive ingredients in Aknemycin Plus are ethanol, glycerol and copolyvidone.
Aknemycin Plus comes with an applicator attached to allow for easy application. When you are ready, press the end of the screw cap against the foam pad until you feel it click into place. Invert the bottle to soak the applicator pad with the solution and gently apply it to the areas affected by acne once or twice a day.
Aknemycin Plus should be applied to the skin 1-2 times per day. Always use as your doctor has prescribed it.
The length of treatment is usually between 9-12 weeks. When you are prescribed with Aknemycin Plus your doctor or pharmacist will tell you how long you should use it for.
Using too much Aknemycin can cause irritation, redness and dry skin. If this happens, use the medicine less frequently until the irritation disappears. If you are worried at all then see your doctor for advice
If you forget to use the treatment, apply it as soon as you remember. Never double up the amount used to make up for missing a dose of Aknemycin Plus.
A common side effect when you first start using Aknemycin Plus is your skin getting temporarily worse. While this may be alarming, this is a sign that the treatment is working.
Other side effects may include:
Aknemycin Plus should not be used if:
Let your doctor or pharmacist know if you are taking any other medications before using Aknemycin Plus. The following treatments should be used with caution alongside Aknemycin:
Aknemycin is not safe to use during pregnancy nor while you are breastfeeding. If you are trying for a baby, let your doctor know so that they can prescribe you with a suitable acne treatment.
It's not always possible to prevent acne given that hormonal changes are a major factor in triggering it. However, there are steps you can take to help prevent further breakouts.
It's often noted that chocolate or greasy foods can cause acne, however there is no evidence that your diet has any effect on it.
It's not recommended to use other acne treatments while you are using Aknemycin Plus. Over treating the skin can have the opposite effect and cause irritation and dryness.
There are several different treatment options available for acne. If you have tried over-the-counter medicine without success or your acne is moderate to severe, the following medication is available on prescription:
Isotretinoin is usually given if your skin does not respond to antibiotics or retinoids. Using toothpaste to dry out spots is not recommended as it can cause irritation and damage to your skin.
Acne can be a distressing condition to live with given the impact it has on your physical appearance. If you experience low self esteem because of acne then it's important to remember that many people feel this way. Try to remain patient and give your treatment time to work. It can be frustrating when you don't see instant results but all acne treatments require time to tackle the cause and begin to reduce the appearance of spots. Talking to people about how you feel and reaching out for support can help.
There are home remedies which can clear up spots caused by mild acne. These include:
It's unlikely these will be effective for moderate to severe acne. If you have tried over-the-counter acne treatment and it has not worked, then you will need a prescription medication such as Aknemycin Plus to treat it.
Acne is a skin condition which is commonly associated with teenage skin but it can affect adults too. Hormonal changes are a major cause of acne, triggering the skin to produce excess oil. This can be from menstruation, puberty, pregnancy and menstruation. Using cosmetics which clog the pores can also lead to a buildup of bacteria which can cause spots.
Acne produces different types of spots of varying severity. These are:
Cysts and nodules are symptoms of severe acne and are more difficult to treat. Cysts carry the greatest risk of leaving permanent scarring.
You can still wear makeup while you are using Aknemycin Plus. Ensure you let the treatment sink in and keep your skin moisturised before applying any cosmetics; taking care to remove it fully before bedtime. It's recommended to use non-comedogenic makeup which won't clog up your pores.
Acne can leave scars, particularly severe spots such as cysts and nodules. Many types of acne scars will gradually fade after a couple of weeks or months but some can cause permanent scarring.
The three types of acne scars are:
Treatment for acne scarring is not available on the NHS and can be costly. Options include:
There is no quick fix for acne as your skin will need time to heal. Treatments such as Aknemycin Plus can be effective in clearing your skin but they will not work right away. Wearing makeup can help you deal with the visual impact of acne while you are waiting for it to start healing. Camouflage makeup is available from some pharmacies, or online, for more severe acne.
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