Can acne have treatment resistant bacteria?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Propionibacterium acnes (p. acnes), the most common strain of bacteria that is involved with acne, can sometimes outsmart and evade antibiotics, particularly when they are used long-term. Many people notice that a medicine that once controlled their acne no longer works. This is called antibiotic resistance, and it can happen with any antibiotic used for any infection. Some doctors recommend switching to a product that has antibacterial properties but is not technically an antibiotic, such as benzoyl peroxide or retinoids, to gain back some control. Consult a dermatologist for more information.

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