Caution on long-term use of acne antibiotics

GPs need to educate patients on long-term antibiotics for acne to return for review at six months, specialists say, after a study showed many remain on the treatment for much longer before other options are considered.

US researchers have found that almost two-thirds (64.2%) of patients prescribed antibiotics for acne were taking them for an average 331.3 days. Many remained on them for more than a year.

This is despite guidelines recommending that antibiotic therapy for acne should not exceed six months in most patients.

“Although antibiotics are commonly