I read this in my copy of Aesthetics Journal and thought it was very interesting as many of my patients do not want to go along the antibiotic route. They are searching for an alternative which I can provide with great results for not only active acne but scarring left behind from the acne.
“A study presented at the British Association of Dermatologists Annual Meeting suggests that patients are exceeding the recommended time of antibiotic use for acne before being referred to a dermatologist.
The study reviewed the oral antibiotic duration for 928 patients with acne. The results suggested that the average duration of antibiotics use prior to a dermatologist referral was six and half months, with the longest being 84 months.
The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence ( NICE) recommends that unless the acne improvement is seen, in general practitioners should only continue to prescribe for up to three months before being referred to a dermatologist. In cases where patients are responding to treatments NICE recommends it should continue for four to six months alongside topical treatments. they should be on them for the shortest amount of time. “