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How do oral antibiotics work to treat acne?

Dr. Doris Day, MD
Dermatology
Oral antibiotics work by reducing the number of Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) and Staphylococcus epidermidis in the skin. P. acnes is thought to trigger the inflammatory response in acne and therefore plays an important role in the formation of acne lesions. Also, antibiotics have an anti-inflammatory activity, which makes them especially useful in inflammatory acne treatment.
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