Blast Stubborn Acne and Reclaim Control: 8 Treatments To Try

Is stubborn acne ruining your life and making you feel hopeless and doomed? If so, don’t worry. You have options. Stubborn acne doesn’t have to destroy your life. You can regain control now.

The previous post explored emergency quick tricks to zap a pimple fast. Those tricks might work for mild acne, but what if yours is more severe?

In this post, you’ll learn about your long-term options for treating hormonal, moderate, and severe acne. You’ll learn about common oral and topical treatments, along with popular treatment combinations to help you tackle your stubborn acne fast. However, always talk to your doctor before taking medications or using new skincare products.

Also, please note: This post does not substitute for medical advice. Instead, treat it as research to help you prepare for your doctor’s visit.

Prescription Treatment Options for Stubborn Acne

You might wonder if you’re stuck with your stubborn acne forever, but the good news is there are answers. The trick is to find what works best for you. While nothing cures acne, you can get it under control with the right treatment.

While over-the-counter treatments might work for the occasional pimple or mild acne, moderate to severe acne requires a tougher approach. No medication works overnight, but the treatments below are some of the most common ones prescribed for moderate and severe acne. So, explore these options below, and follow the links to learn more. Then, discuss your findings with your doctor.

Clindamycin topical gel to fight acne
Clindamycin / E. Morris

One popular treatment strategy is to pair oral with topical medications. For example, oral Spironolactone and topical Clindamycin is one common treatment combo used to tackle hormonal and cystic acne. Spironolactone usually starts working within six to eight weeks, according to Galt Dermatology. But when taken together, Spironolactone and Clindamycin make a potent treatment duo to clear existing acne and prevent new breakouts.

In addition, Retin-A and Aczone gel are two more topical treatments to discuss with your doctor. Both exfoliate your skin, fight inflammation, and speed healing time to clear acne fast. But be patient. Results may take a month or longer.

However, Retin A has side effects, so be warned. Some of these include dryness, skin irritation, and peeling, which can last one month or longer. So talk to your doctor too see it it’s the right option for you. Also, see tips for how to survive Retin-A’s unwanted effects.

Now, see below for a list of topical and oral treatments to discuss with your doctor. However, please note: Only your doctor can tell you how or how often to use these treatments. So, think of this as part of your research. That way, you can explore your options now so you feel prepared for your doctor’s visit.

Follow the links below to learn more about each option.

Prescription Topicals for Stubborn Acne

  • Clindamycin: A medicated ointment used once or twice daily, often taken with oral anti-acne meds.
  • Isotretinoin: A powerful cream that exfoliates skin and helps skin heal from acne.
  • Aczone gel: A medicated gel that exfoliates and helps heal and prevent breakouts.
Halacious / Unsplash

Oral Prescription Medications

Below is a list of common oral medications. This isn’t an exhaustive list, but it gives you a few ideas to start.

  • Spironolactone: A “water pill” that controls fluid build-up in the body but also doubles as an acne treatment
  • Doxycycline: An acne-fighting oral antibiotic taken once or twice daily
  • Minocycline: Another oral antibiotic taken with other acne medications to heal and prevent breakouts
  • Baclofen: An oral muscle relaxant that doubles as an acne medication; can also be crushed and applied topically

Final Thoughts

Acne is a hassle, but you don’t have to struggle alone. See your dermatologist to get your stubborn acne under control. Your doctor can help you choose the right treatment route for you, depending on your history and your skin’s needs.

Acne is difficult, and it tries your patience, but try your best to stay hopeful. While there isn’t a miracle cure for acne, effective treatments do exist. Sometimes all you need is to find the right treatment combination for you. So keep your head up, and remind yourself you’ll get through this!

The ideas presented here do not substitute for medical advice. Always speak to your doctor before trying new products, taking new medications, or starting a new skincare routine.

Suggested Reading