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ANTI-ACNE (Topical)

Brand & Generic Names

Acne-Aid Gel Oxy Clean Regular Strength
Acno Medicated Pads
Acnomel-Acne Cream Oxy Clean Sensitive Skin
Acnomel Cake Cleanser Topical Solution
Acnotex Oxy Clean Sensitive Skin
Anti-Acne Pads
Antinea Oxy Night Watch Maximum
Aveeno Acne Bar Strength Lotion
Aveeno Cleansing Bar Oxy Night Watch Night Time
Bensulfoid Cream Acne Medication Regular
Buf-Puf Strength Lotion
Buf-Puf Acne Cleansing Bar Oxy Night Watch Night Time
with Vitamin E Acne Medication Regular
Buf-Puf Medicated Maximum Strength Lotion
Strength Pads Oxy Night Watch Sensitive
Buf-Puf Medicated Regular Skin Lotion
Strength Pads Oxy Sensitive Skin Vanishing
Calicylic Formula Lotion
Clear Away P&S
Clear by Design Medicated Paplex
Cleansing Pads Paplex Ultra
Clearasil Adult Care Pernox Lemon Medicated
Medicated Scrub Cleanser
Clearasil Adult Care Pernox Lotion Lathering
Medicated Blemish Stick Abradant Scrub Cleanser
Clearasil Clearstick Maximum Pernox Lotion Lathering
Strength Topical Solution Scrub Cleanser
Clearasil Clearstick Regular Pernox Regular Medicated
Strength Topical Solution Scrub Cleanser
Clearasil Double Textured Postacne
Pads Maximum Strength Propa pH Medicated Acne
Clearasil Double Textured Cream Maximum Strength
Pads Regular Strength Propa pH Medicated Cleansing
Clearasil Medicated Deep Pads Maximum Strength
Cleanser Topical Solution Propa pH Medicated Cleansing
Compound W Gel Pads Sensitive Skin
Compound W Liquid Propa pH Perfectly Clear
Cuplex Gel Skin Cleanser Topical
Cuticura Ointment Solution Oily Skin
Derma & Soft Creme Propa pH Perfectly Clear
Diasporal Cream Skin Cleanser Topical
Duofilm Solution Sensitive Skin
Duoplant Formula
Duoplant Topical Solution R.A.
Fostex Medicated RESORCINOL & SULFUR
Cleansing Bar Rezamid Lotion
Fostex Medicated Cleansing Salac
Fostex Regular Strength Salacid
Medicated Cleansing Cream Sal-Acid Plaster
Fostex Medicated Salactic Film Topical Solutio
Cleansing Liquid Sal-Clens Plus Shampoo
Fostex Regular Strength Sal-Clens Shampoo
Medicated Cleansing Bar SALICYLIC ACID
Fostex Regular Strength SALICYLIC ACID & SULFUR
Medicated Cleansing Cream Saligel
Fostex Regular Strength Salonil
Medicated Cover-Up Sal-Plant Gel Topical
Fostril Cream Solution
Fostril Lotion Sastid
Freezone Sastid (AL) Scrub
Gordofilm Sastid Plain
Hydrosalic Sastid Plain Shampoo and
Ionax Astringent Skin Acne Wash
Cleanser Topical Solution Sastid Soap
Ionil Plus Shampoo Sebasorb Liquid
Ionil Shampoo Sebex
ISOTRETINOIN (Topical) Sebulex Antiseborrheic
Isotrex Treatment and Conditioning
Keralyt Shampoo
Keratex Gel Sebulex Antiseborrheic
Lactisol Treatment Shampoo
Liquimat Sebulex Conditioning
Listerex Golden Scrub Shampoo
Listerex Golden Scrub Sebulex Cream Medicated
Lotion Shampoo
Listerex Herbal Scrub Sebulex Medicated
Lotion Dandruff Shampoo with
Mediplast Conditioners
Meted Maximum Strength Sebulex Medicated Shampoo
Anti-Dandruff Shampoo Sebulex Regular Medicated
with Conditioners Dandruff Shampoo
Night Cast R Sebulex Shampoo
Night Cast Regular Formula Stri-Dex
Mask-Lotion Stri-Dex Dual Textured Pads
Night Cast Special Formula Maximum Strength
Mask-Lotion Stri-Dex Dual Textured Pads
Noxzema Anti-Acne Gel Regular Strength
Noxzema Anti-Acne Pads Stri-Dex Dual Textured Pads
Maximum Strength Sensitive Skin
Noxzema Anti-Acne Pads Stri-Dex Maximum Strength
Regular Strength Pads
Occlusal Topical Solution Stri-Dex Regular Strength
Occlusal-HP Topical Solution Pads
Off-Ezy Stri-Dex Super Scrub Pads
Off-Ezy Topical Solution Sulfo-Lac
Corn & Callus Removal Kit Sulforcin
Off-Ezy Topical Solution SULFUR (Topical)
Wart Removal Kit Sulsal Soap
Oxy Clean Tersac Cleansing Gel
Oxy Clean Maximum Strength Therac Lotion
Oxy Clean Medicated Cleanser Trans-Ver-Sal
Oxy Clean Medicated Pads Vanseb
Maximum Strength Verukan Topical Solution
Oxy Clean Medicated Pads Verukan-HP Topical Solution
Sensitive Skin Viranol
Oxy Clean Medicated Soap Wart-Off Topical Solution
Oxy Clean Regular Strength Xseb
Oxy Clean Regular Strength
Medicated Cleanser
Topical Solution

Basic Information

  • Habit forming? No
  • Prescription needed? Yes, on some.
  • Available as generic? Yes
  • Drug class: Anti-acne (topical)


    Treatment for acne, psoriasis, ichthyosis, keratosis, folliculitis, flat warts.

Dosage & Usage Information

How to use:
Wash skin with non-medicated soap, pat dry, wait 20 minutes before applying.
Cream or gel--Apply to affected areas with fingertips and rub in gently.
Solution--Apply to affected areas with gauze pad or cotton swab. Avoid getting too wet so medicine doesn't drip into eyes, mouth, lips or inside nose.
Follow manufacturer's directions on container.

When to use:
At the same time each day.

If you forget an application:
Use as soon as you remember.

What drug does:
Increases skin-cell turnover so skin layer peels off more easily.

Time lapse before drug works:
2 to 3 weeks. May require 6 weeks for maximum improvement.

Don't use with:
Benzoyl peroxide. Apply 12 hours apart.
Any other medicine without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.


None expected.


    If person swallows drug, call doctor, poison-control center or hospital emergency room for instructions.

Possible Adverse Reactions or Side Effects


    None expected.


  • Pigment change in treated area, warmth or stinging, peeling.
  • Sensitivity to wind or cold.


    Blistering, crusting, severe burning, swelling.


    None expected.

Warnings & Precautions

Don't take if:

  • You are allergic to tretinoin.
  • You are sunburned, windburned or have an open skin wound.

Before you start, consult your doctor:
If you have eczema.

Over age 60:
Not recommended.

No proven harm to unborn child. Avoid if possible.

No problems expected.

Infants & children:
Not recommended.

Prolonged use:
No problems expected.

Skin & sunlight:

  • May cause rash or intensify sunburn in areas exposed to sun or sunlamp.
  • In some animal studies, tretinoin caused skin tumors to develop faster when treated area was exposed to ultraviolet light (sunlight or sunlamp). No proven similar effects in humans.

Driving, piloting or hazardous work:
No problems expected.

Don't discontinue without doctor's advice until you complete prescribed dose, even though symptoms diminish or disappear.

Acne may get worse before improvement starts in 2 or 3 weeks. Don't wash face more than 2 or 3 times daily.

Possible Interaction with Other Drugs

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Anti-acne topical Severe skin irritation.
(medicated) Severe skin irritation.
Skin preparations Severe skin irritation.
Soaps or cleansers Severe skin irritation.

Possible Interaction with Other Substances

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Alcohol: None expected.
Beverages: None expected.
Cocaine: None expected.
Foods: None expected.
Marijuana: None expected.
Tobacco: None expected.

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