In an article entitled “Antibiotics: How and Why They Benefit Acne and Rosacea Care,” in the journal Practical Dermatology, dermatologists discuss the importance antibiotics can play in treating these common skin conditions. Over the past decade, the number of dermatologists and non-dermatology doctors prescribing antibiotics to help acne and rosacea sufferers has increased. Not only do antibiotics have an antimicrobial effect, they also serve as anti-inflammatories—especially tetracyclines, a group of broad-spectrum antibiotics used to treat a multitude of conditions.
The article mentioned a study in which acne sufferers’ skin was carefully tracked, which revealed that inflammation of the pores proceeds comedogenesis (the clogging of pores). This means that using antibiotics for their anti-inflammatory purposes could help prevent the occurrence of certain types of acne and/or rosacea in some patients.
Rare side effects are mentioned in the article as well as the chance that regular users could develop antibiotic resistance which would make treatment ineffective. However, the remedy for these situations involves proper diagnosis, choosing a formula to fit each patient, and prescribing medications for the appropriate course depending on the individual patient. Even though these uncommon side effects exist, “antibiotics have proven most useful for the anti-inflammatory effects associated with their use,” according to the article.
Dermatology Associates of Atlanta’s expertly trained dermatologists can help to accurately diagnose your type of acne and prescribe the right course of treatment based on your individual skin type and conditions. For some patients, laser and light treatments are beneficial in treating the symptoms of rosacea and acne. Our V-Beam Perfecta™ laser helps to treat flushing and redness with its micropulse laser technology, while FotoFacial IPL treatments impact the red color of visible veins and the brown pigment in age spots resulting in an all-around clearer complexion. Newer photodynamic therapies like Allumera® help clear acne through the use of a topical cream that is allowed to soak in the skin before being activated with a light source chosen by a dermatologist. IsoLaz™ uses suction to clean pores and then a bacteria-killing light to help eliminate acne at its source.
We understand that your skin is an important part of your everyday life, appearance, and even first impressions. Our diligent and compassionate providers will work with you to create the most effective skincare regimen to help you reach your cosmetic goals.
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