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Are there new topical antibiotics for acne treatment?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Some of the newer types of topical antibiotics for acne treatment involve combination medicines. When antibiotics are applied to the skin, they help to kill Propionibacterium acnes (p. acnes), the most common strain of bacteria involved in acne. Since bacteria can sometimes outsmart some antibiotics, pharmaceutical companies often combine medicines to improve their effectiveness. The most common antibiotics are clindamycin, erythromycin, doxycycline, minocycline, tetracycline, and metronidazole. They come in varying strengths and formulations. Other topical treatments that are not exactly antibiotics but have antibacterial properties can also reduce bacteria. Examples are dapsone, sulfur-sulfacetamide, azelaic acid, and benzoyl peroxide. Consult a dermatologist for more information.

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