Are Antibiotics Necessary For Treating Acne?


For many years, treating acne with prescription oral antibiotics was the standard protocol to reduce blemishes. One would go to the doctor and walk away with a prescription in hopes of clearer skin. While antibiotics can be extremely effective and there are certainly times when they are necessary, I believe that oral antibiotics can often act as a ‘band-aid’ to give short-term relief. When going off the medication, many find they are right back where they started with.

With all of the advancements in skin care ingredients, oral prescriptions aren’t the only option for achieving clearer, blemish-free skin. Read why dairy may be causing cystic acne breakouts. I personally believe all options should be explored before having to resort to taking pills, and I believe many others feel this way too.

If you’re battling with severe acne breakouts, I suggest you consult with:

-a licensed esthetician to discuss options for topical skin care products and professional treatments such as chemical peels and facials (AHA/BHA Cleansing Gel was awarded “Best Cleanser for Oily/Problem Skin by Allure Magazine)

-a dermatologist to discuss medical options

-a gynecologist to look at possible hormonal issues, for those with adult acne

There are many options available for getting clearer skin and there is no right or wrong answer, it’s important to do research and get all the facts to determine what the best option is for you. Your body is yours and you have the freedom to decide what goes in it and on it…

Read: Is The Clarisonic Brush Harmful Or Helpful To The Skin?

Read: What’s The Best Spot Treatment For Blemishes?

Read: 11 Causes of Acne

Read: Skin Care Ingredients To Use And Avoid For Problem, Acne-Prone Skin

Read: Are Your Acne Products Causing You More Acne?

Which skin care products are best for you? See our nine skin types or take the Skin Type Quiz and get products recommended.

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Renée Rouleau

Celebrity Esthetician & Skincare Expert
As an esthetician trained in cosmetic chemistry, Renée Rouleau has spent 30 years researching skin, educating her audience, and building an award-winning line of products. Trusted by celebrities, editors, bloggers, and skincare obsessives around the globe, her vast real-world knowledge and constant research are why Marie Claire calls her “the most passionate skin practitioner we know.”