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Are there side effects from long-term use of acne medications?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Some people might discover that the medicines that once helped their acne have lost their effectiveness. This is particularly true of antibiotics. Bacteria love to invade the oil-plugged pores, which is why they are often treated with antibiotics applied to the skin or taken by mouth. All bacteria can become resistant to antibiotics, including Propionibacterium acnes (p. acnes), the most common strain of bacteria involved with acne. Other types of acne medicines can irritate or thin skin when used every day for a long time. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the potential side effects of your particular acne medication.

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