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How can oral antibiotics help with treating acne?

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For more severe teen acne, daily oral antibiotics can help kill bacteria and reduce swelling. These drugs are typically prescribed for periods of 6 months or less. Over time, the bacteria may become resistant to a specific antibiotic. When that happens, the doctor may switch to a different drug.

SOURCES:  American Academy of Dermatology: “Acne.” American Academy of Dermatology’s AcneNet web site: “12 Ways to Get Better Results from Acne Treatment,” “Prescription Medications for Treating Acne,” “When to see a dermatologist,” “Psst...Topical Acne Medication Can Clear Acne,” “Treating Severe Acne.” American Academy of Family Physician’s FamilyDoctor.org web site: “Acne in Teens: Ways to Control It.” American Academy of Pediatrics: “Teen Q&A: Acne.” National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Acne.” FDA.





Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on February 12, 2019

SOURCES:  American Academy of Dermatology: “Acne.” American Academy of Dermatology’s AcneNet web site: “12 Ways to Get Better Results from Acne Treatment,” “Prescription Medications for Treating Acne,” “When to see a dermatologist,” “Psst...Topical Acne Medication Can Clear Acne,” “Treating Severe Acne.” American Academy of Family Physician’s FamilyDoctor.org web site: “Acne in Teens: Ways to Control It.” American Academy of Pediatrics: “Teen Q&A: Acne.” National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Acne.” FDA.





Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on February 12, 2019

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