In recognition of World
Antibiotic Awareness Week (14-20 November),
the Australasian College of Dermatologists has re-issued its advice to
avoid using antibiotics alone for the treatment of acne.
While antibiotics can be an effective
component of acne management, topical or oral antibiotics should only
be used in combination with other effective agents such as benzoyl peroxide or
use of antibiotics should also be avoided.
advice is in line with global action towards more responsible use of antibiotics to reduce further development of
People should be aware that antibiotic
resistance is a major public health concern that requires us to modify our
expectations of antibiotics as a ‘fix-all’.
to Australia’s National
Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy, almost one-third (30 per cent) of antibiotic
prescriptions are inappropriate.
Unnecessary use of broad-spectrum
antimicrobials and incorrect duration of treatment are the main problems.
The Australasian College of Dermatologists has
previously indicated that more than half of acne-causing bacteria are already
resistant to tetracycline and other antibiotics commonly used in the treatment
However antibiotics can also help improve
acne via their anti-inflammatory effect.