Almost every new client that comes to me for their acne has been placed on antibiotics by a doctor. If antibiotics worked for acne, why are these acne sufferers coming to me? The answer is acne isn’t caused by bacteria! Bacteria is just a side effect of the inflammation in the skin. Stopping bacteria will not get to the real cause of acne: the build-up of extra skin inside to pore which can not be removed with antibiotics. On the other side of using antibiotics for no reason is resistance to antibiotics. this means when you have an infection that should be treated by antibiotics, your body will be very resistant to antibiotics and they won’t work well. I took antibiotics for my acne for the first 10 years of my acne that lastest 22 years. I was about 20 years old and returned to the doctor who gave me another antibiotic. As I drove home, I knew this antibiotic was not going to work. None of them I had tried had worked. I didn’t even try this new one. I tore the prescription up. My skin didn’t get worse and it didn’t get better until I was about 30 and the acne gene turned off.
Recent research suggests dermatologists are prescribing antibiotics for acne patients even when the drugs are proven ineffective, and acne patients and their parents often underestimate the risks and potential consequences associated with antibiotic acne treatment.
In a study published online on September 30 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, New York University (NYU) researchers found the average duration of antibiotic use among dermatology patients with acne was 331.2 days. More than a third of those patients were on antibiotics for a year or longer.
The study’s lead author, Arielle Nagler, M.D., instructor, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center, told Dermatology Times that if a patient’s acne is not well controlled after six to eight weeks of antibiotic therapy, dermatologists should begin to discuss this with their patients and create alternative treatment plans.
“Expert guidelines recommend responsible use of antibiotics in acne in light of emerging resistance. We found that patients who eventually received isotretinoin had extended exposure to antibiotics, exceeding recommendations. Early recognition of antibiotic failure and the need for isotretinoin can curtail antibiotic use,” the researchers concluded in the study’s abstract.
While dermatologists might be overprescribing antibiotics for acne treatment, patients and their parents seem unaware of the consequences, as well as alternatives to antibiotic treatment for acne, according to a new survey by Galderma Laboratories. The survey of 809 acne patients and 210 parents of acne patients found:
- Sixty-four percent of survey respondents were not aware that overuse of topical antibiotics to treat acne could make them a carrier of drug-resistant bacteria.
- More than 50 percent of respondents had not spoken with their doctor about the risk of antibiotic use for acne treatment.
- While 65 percent of respondents said that they try to avoid antibiotics unless they are the only option, only a third of those not prescribed antibiotic-free acne treatment were aware such treatments existed.
- Only 28 percent of those who were not prescribed antibiotic-free acne treatment had ever discussed antibiotic-free treatment for acne with their healthcare providers.
Today, there are treatments that will clear your acne without drugs. As a Certified Acne Specialist, I clear acne every day with great home care, diet, and gentle yet effective treatment. I call this Holistic treatment for Acne. This protocol works. You can look at my before and after pictures under results on my website: https://www.skincareacnetreatmentdenver.com/before-afters/
All of these clients followed their individual protocols and they cleared usually in 3-4 months. Please reconsider taking antibiotics for your acne. Taking a pill sounds great but it is not effective or safe.
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