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Getting Rid of your Spots: Treating Acne with Antibiotics

Getting Rid of your Spots: Treating Acne with Antibiotics

Acne is a medical condition that causes flaky red skin, irritation, spots and comedones (blackheads and white heads). It can even lead to scarring and permanents marks on the affected area. However, the physical effects are only part of the problems caused by acne. It can also cause issues with self-esteem that can lead to depression.

Acne occurs when the pores become blocked, causing a build-up of sebum; the oily yellow substance that normally keeps the skin and hair moisturised. This condition occurs predominantly among the teenage population. Most of the time it clears up on its own by the time the person reaches the age of 25. However, if you are concerned about your case of acne, and especially if it has not diminished with age, it is important to seek medical help.

In the fight against acne there are various treatments. Antibiotics are sometimes used. Not only do they deal with any possible infections, they can help reduce inflammation.

Topical antibiotics

Acne is sometimes associated with an infection of the skin. In these cases topical antibiotics can be of help. If there is an infection, topical medicines like Dalacin T and Zyneryt work by reducing the bacteria that build up.

However, not all symptoms of acne are caused by bacteria. Much of the redness, swelling and itching comes from the immune system trying to defend itself against infection. Zyneryt takes this into account and combines two ingredients (Erythromycin and Zinc Acetate) to not only rid the skin of the bacteria but also to help heal the skin. Keep in mind that multiple weeks of treatment may be required before acne completely improves.

Antibiotic tablets

Another option for treating acne are Lymecycline tablets. This antibiotic is used to combat bacterial infections that could be causing acne and other skin problems. Keep in mind that these tablets should not be combined with topical antibiotics. The use of both treatments at once could reduce effectiveness and cause adverse effects for the patient.

Are there any other options?

For mild acne, topical solutions containing benzoyl peroxide are the most common form of treatment. This acts as peeling agents, clearing pores in the process. While topical preparations are the most common form of treatment, they are not always effective, particularly for more extreme cases of acne in which antibiotics and other treatments may be required.

Every person is different, and what works for some may not work for others. Epiduo is another topical preparation. It combines benzoyl peroxide with the retinoid, adapalene, both of which combine to reduce inflammation and clear pores. Other medications, like Duac, combine a similar astringent with antibiotics to fight infection as well.

Clear skin is not only a sign of good health; it boosts your mood, confidence and self-esteem. If you are suffering from acne, do not lose hope. There is a range of options to help you get the skin you desire. Consult your general practitioner to find the appropriate treatment for you.