Sometimes when acne cases are severe over the counter medications won’t work, or they have been used and after the allotted time were not effective.
It’s then time to get results by going to a physician or dermatologist. In most cases the type of medication can be determined by the physician or dermatologist just by looking at the affected area and determining any allergies that might exist.
For those patients who have a more severe case of acne, with several lesions or recurring acne, an “oral antibiotic” may be prescribed.
Oral antibiotics help reduce the bacteria in the lesions and prevent other acne lesions from forming. This treatment most commonly starts with a high dosage and as the acne resolves the dosage of “oral antibiotics is reduced. Most antibiotics are prescribed for six months or less.