Systemic antibiotics for treating acne

Inflammatory acne lesions respond well to systemic antibiotics, especially those in the tetracylcine family. This includes tetracycline, doxycycline and minocycline. Other antibiotics, such as erythromycin and Bactrim, are sometimes used as well.

Minocycline for acne

The antibiotic for acne most used by dermatologists is minocycline, available as a generic, but also as the brands Dynacin, Minocin, Minocin PAC, Myrac, Solodyn, and Vectrin. Typically a delayed release formulation, such as Solodyn is used. A typical starting does of Minocycline is 1mg/kg.

Doxycycline for acne

Systemic doxycycline is often used in the treatment of acne. It is available as a generic, and also under the brands Adoxa, Alodox, Avidoxy, Doryx, Monodox, Oracea, Oraxyl, Periostat, and Vibramycin. It is often used in a low dose extended release formulation, such as Oracea.

Bactrim for acne

Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is sometimes used for resistant acne and for gram-negative folliculitis.

Erythromycin for acne

Erythromycin can also be used to treat acne. Unlike the doxycyclines, which are pregnancy category D, erythromycin is pregnancy Category B.

Other antibiotics for acne

Depending on your specific acne, your dermatologist may choose other antibiotics as well.

Contact SOMA Skin & Laser regarding your acne today at 973-763-7546

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