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If you’re like most acne sufferers, you’ve probably considered a good majority of your acne treatment options. There are prescription creams, fancy facials and what seems like aisles and aisle of acne products in every drug store. On occasion, you might hear about antibiotics being used to treat acne. Yes, the same stuff your doctor prescribes for a sinus infection could also be prescribed to clear up your skin. But it’s not without its perils. Let’s investigate a little further and take a look at some of the pros and cons of antibiotics for skin.

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Here’s what you need to know:

 

  • Antibiotics kill acne-causing bacteria, making them a viable short-term acne treatment, but they shouldn’t be used

  • Some antibiotics cause harsh side effects, and antibiotic resistance is a real concern, so this type of acne treatment has its limitations.

  • There are several acne treatments that are as effective as antibiotics, but don’t require a doctor’s visit or trigger annoying side effects.