If you have acne, you'll probably seek relief from your skin condition from standard over-the-counter acne medications containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. If your acne seems bad enough, you might visit a dermatologist in search of prescription relief. Some patients, however, report good luck treating their acne with an over-the-counter antibiotic product made in Mexico called Vitacilinia.
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When pimples form on your skin, it's because of a combination of factors, including too-oily skin, too-active skin cell shedding and bacterial overgrowth, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Teenagers get more pimples than most people because hormonal changes make their skin too oily, but many adults get acne too. If your acne seems particularly severe, you probably can blame bacterial overgrowth.
Vitalicina treats two of the three main causes of acne: bacterial overgrowth and too-active skin cell shedding. The medication includes the antibiotic neomycin, an antibiotic which prevents and treats skin infections, according to the website Drugs.com. It also includes a topical retinol, which is a form of vitamin A that can help clear your pores by encouraging your skin to renew itself.
Vitacilina, which is manufactured in Mexico, serves as a first-aid ointment intended to treat minor cuts, burns and scrapes. It's not widely available in the United States, but a few major retailers offer it online. Although neomycin in over-the-counter topical medications rarely causes side effects, you should watch out for itching or a rash at the treatment site. If this occurs, discontinue using the medication.
Researchers have conducted few medical studies on the effects of neomycin treatment in acne, and most of the available studies are decades old. In one study, reported in 1965 in the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association, Dr. L.P. Ereaux treated 187 acne patients with a neomycin-containing lotion, and 165 showed excellent or good response. Despite the relative lack of medical research, Vitacilina has gained a following among acne sufferers, with many reporting on the website Acne.org that the over-the-counter ointment helped their acne.
In some cases, the bacteria that's making your acne worse may develop resistance to the neomycin in Vitacilina. According to the website MayoClinic.com, antibiotic resistance represents a growing problem in acne treatment. To make it less likely to happen to you, use Vitacilina every day, without skipping doses, and consider using a benzoyl peroxide product in addition to the Vitacilinia.