Sale and Altrincham Messenger 23 May 2013
Your concerns about the side-effects of antibiotics is understandable, and indeed there has been media coverage recently about the role the over-prescribing of antibiotics is having in the development of bacterial resistance. However, these days topical (ie applied to the skin) treatments for acne are much more effective, meaning that antibiotics should no longer be the first option used to tackle the condition. The mainstay of treatment is now retinoid creams and gels, of which there are several, including tretinoin, which is available at different concentrations on prescription. Other agents (such as benzoyl peroxide) can also be added into the treatment regime, and only in more severe cases would oral antibiotics be indicated. My own experience of treating with tretinoin is extremely positive, and I would encourage you to discuss this with your GP or skin doctor.