Erythromycin

Erythromycin is an antibiotic in the Macrolide Family. It is a widely used antibiotic that can be applied topically or ingested orally. Erythromycin is used to treat many types of bacterial infections, including those of the respiratory tract, urinary tract and skin. Erythromycin is commonly used for the treatment of acne symptoms. Topical erythromycin is a …

Doxycycline

Doxycycline (Vibramycin) is an antibiotic in the Tetracycline family. Doxycycline is one of the most frequently used oral antibiotics for acne treatment. It is also used to treat certain types of skin, respiratory and sexually-transmitted infections that are caused by bacteria. Doxycycline can be an effective treatment for many people with moderate to severe acne. A …

Dirithromycin

Dirithromycin (Dynabac) is an antibiotic in the Macrolide family. Dirithromycin is rarely used for the treatment of acne. There is little evidence on the efficacy of dirithromycin as an acne treatment. This medication is not currently available in all countries (eg. United States).

Dicloxacillin

Dicloxacillin (Diclocil) an antibiotic in the Penicillin family. Dicloxacillin is a narrow spectrum antibiotic that is used primarily against Gram-positive bacteria that produce an enzyme called beta lactamase. Dicloxacillin is used to treat a variety of skin infections that are caused by Staphylococcus bacteria. Dicloxacillin is rarely used to treat acne. For the treatment of …

Demeclocycline

Demeclocycline (Declomycin) is an antibiotic in the Tetracycline family. Demeclocycline is a wide spectrum antibiotic that is used to treat a range of bacterial infections, including acne. Demeclocycline is rarely used to treat acne, but other Tetracycline family antibiotics (eg. Minocycline, Doxycycline, Tetracycline) are commonly used as acne treatments. Tetracycline family antibiotics can be very effective …

Dapsone

Dapsone is an antibiotic in the Sulfonamide family. It is used to treat a range of infections, including Leprosy, respiratory and skin infections. Dapsone was a popular choice for treating moderate to severe acne in the mid 20th century. But the use of dapsone as an acne treatment declined when oral Isotretinoin (Accutane) was introduced. …

Cotrimoxazole

Cotrimoxazole is a combination of two antibiotics – Trimethoprim and Sulfamethoxazole. Cotrimoxazole is used to treat many kinds of bacterial infections, such as urinary tract, respiratory and skin infections. Sulfamethoxazole is a member of the Sulfonamide family. Sulfamethoxazole and Trimethoprim work together to prevent bacteria from synthesizing folic acid, an essential B vitamin. Cotrimoxazole is …

Colistin

Colistin (Polymyxin E) is an antibiotic in the Polypeptide family. It is available topical formulations. Colistin is rarely used as a treatment for acne. Colistin is not usually active against Gram-positive bacteria. Because the acne-causing P. acnes bacterium is Gram-positive, Colistin is not expected to be a useful treatment for acne patients. Colistin is commonly …

Cloxacillin

Cloxacillin (Cloxapen) is an antibiotic in the Penicillin family. It is used to treat several types of bacterial infections. Cloxacillin is rarely used for the treatment of acne symptoms. However, laboratory research indicates that the acne-causing P. acnes bacteria is highly sensitive to Penicillin family antibiotics, such as Cloxacillin. There is little clinical research and …

Clindamycin

Clindamycinis an antibiotic in the Lincosamide Family. Clindamycin is closely related to antibiotics in the Macrolide family (eg. Erythromycin, Azithromycin). It is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections. Clindamycin is frequently used as a treatment for acne. Topical Clindamycin is one of the most common antibiotic treatments for acne. Oral Clindamycin is also occasionally …