Do Antibiotics Work For Acne?

GoodRx / Maryann Mikhail, MD

Many doctors prescribe antibiotics for acne, but do they really work? And are they safe?

The short answer: it depends…

Whether or not antibiotics will work will depend on what type of acne you have. Antibiotics work for most types of inflammatory acne. This includes red pimples, pustules, and mild cystic breakouts. However, they may not work well for severe cystic breakouts or for inflammatory acne that is very hormone dependent. Dermatologists typically do not prescribe antibiotics to treat blackheads and whiteheads alone.

Why trust us

Maryann Mikhail, MD

Dr. Maryann Mikhail is a board-certified dermatologist. She has 15 years of experience treating acne and acne scarring, and has helped many people clear up their skin. She is well known for her careful assessments and tailored treatment plans. Dr. Mikhail has published many research papers. Press outlets have sought after her expertise for publications. Over the years, she has dedicated a lot of her time to teaching dermatology residents.

Who agrees with us

American Academy of Dermatology

Strength of research

A – The research is strong. Many studies confirm this.

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