Why Take an Antibiotic?:
Acne is often caused or aggravated by the presence of bacteria, specifically one known as propionibacteria acnes
. Using a topical antibiotic (they usually come in the form of creams, lotions or gel pads) can help reduce inflammation by killing the bacteria. Erythromycin
are the most common agents used.
How Do I Apply it?:
Make sure to take this medication exactly as your doctor prescribes, usually once or twice a day. Apply to your face after it has been washed. Wait 20 minutes after washing your face before applying the antibiotic to reduce stinging and irritation. It can take several weeks before you see an effect. Be careful not to get this medication in your eyes.
- peeling or flaking of the skin
- drying of the skin
Make sure to let your physician know of any other medications you are taking. Erythromycin may interact with other antibiotics or certain steroids. Clindamycin can interact with other cosmetics and skin care products, especially benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and products with high alcohol content. Both of these can cause dry skin, so take care to not over wash your face or use other products which can cause drying. Moisturizing regularly may help.