What’s in your medicine cabinet?

Many people will never go to the doctor for acne, wrinkles, dry skin
and other similar problems that are considered cosmetic.

The good news is, you can safely use over the counter drugs (OTC) as your first line of defence before you consider going to the doctor. OTC is used in this context to mean medicines sold directly to a consumer without a prescription, from a healthcare professional.

OTC drugs are selected by a regulatory agency to ensure that their ingredients are safe and effective when used without a physician’s care.

If you suffer from mild acne and/or have wrinkles, today’s featured products may soon find a place in your medicine cabinet.

I do not guarantee that any of these will work for your skin, but if you’re going to dabble in drugstore products, I might as well point you in the right direction.

Benzoyl peroxide.

This medication is used to treat mild to moderate acne and is the current gold standard acne medication. It may be used in combination with other acne treatments. When applied to
the skin, benzoyl peroxide works by reducing the amount of acne causing bacteria and by causing the skin to dry and peel.

There are many benzoyl peroxide products available. Many can be purchased without a prescription.


I always thought 10% benzoyl peroxide was a behind the counter kind of cream, but recently I’ve seen several 10% bp creams on supermarket shelves.


The percentage of benzoyl peroxide ranges from 2.5 to 10 percent. Always start with lowest concentration, and work your way up if  your skin doesn’t respond.

Always protect your skin from the sun while using bp.

Tretinoin is retinoic acid in a pharmaceutical form. One of several retinoids, it is the carboxylic acid form of vitamin A and is also known as all-trans retinoic acid or ATRA.

It is available as a cream or gel common brand names include Aberela, Airol, A-Ret, Atralin, Avita,
Retacnyl, Refissa, Renova, Retin-A, Retino-A, ReTrieve, or Stieva-A.


The most common strengths are 0.025%, 0.05% and 0.1%.

Tretinoin is most commonly used as a form of acne treatment. It was the first retinoid developed for this type of topical use.Tretinoin is the best studied retinoid in the treatment of photoaging.

It is used by some as a hair loss treatment and is a component of
many commercial products that are advertised as being able to slow skin aging or remove wrinkles.

Topical tretinoin is also used to treat and reduce the appearance of stretch marks by increasing collagen production in the dermis.
Tretinoin topical opens up clogged
pores. The 0.05% strength you can
get over the counter usually only
open smaller cysts.

You can combine tretinoin topical
with benzoyl peroxide and other
skin care products for greater effect, but always consult with your doctor or pharmacist first.

Be sure to use sunscreen when you
are using tretinoin topical because it increases your skin’s sensitivity to the sun.

When using tretinoin topical to treat wrinkles, remember to;

-use sparingly
-use only 2-3 nights a week
-combine with a super hydrating
moisturiser that is appropriate for the sensitive eye area
-always use sunscreen during the day
-avoid other irritating eye creams.

Remember that this information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider.

I have limited this post to acne fighting medication so as not to overwhelm you with a lot of information.

Later on we’ll look at other skin conditions. 

Thanks for stopping by!


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