Do I Need Antibiotics for Acne?
Rarely. There are other options for acne treatment. Most treatment for acne takes time to work and for acne to improve, often 6-8 weeks. For moderate to severe acne, antibiotics taken by a pill may be required for a limited amount of time (about 3 months) and used in combination with a topical treatment (to be applied to the skin). If topical antibiotics are prescribed, they should be prescribed in combination with another topical medication. Use of antibiotics should be limited as bacteria can become resistant to antibiotics. Discuss treatment options with your health-care provider.