There’s a discouraging new skin condition that some are calling Super Acne. Super acne is acne caused by bacterial that are resistant to antibiotics. These forms of acne are difficult to treat and bode ill for public health reasons as well.
To begin, we need to understand how bacteria develop resistance to antibiotics in the first place. By now, most people have heard of methacillin resistant staph (MRSA). Frequent use of antibiotics led to the development of resistance.
Bacteria continually multiply and as they do genetic mutations can occur. Rarely, this process will lead to the occurrence of a gene that conveys antibiotic resistance.
Groups of bacteria compete for the nutrients necessary to grow and multiply. If a resistant bacterium comes up with a lot of other bacteria around it can’t multiply very rapidly. However, if an antibiotic kills all the bacteria sensitive to it, that competition is gone. The resistant bacteria is then free to multiply without restraint.
When penicillin came out no bacteria were resistant to it. That’s no longer the case. For the same reason, using antibiotics to treat acne has made the bacteria that cause acne resistant to antibiotics.
Because of this, physicians are less likely to prescribe antibiotics for acne. Not too long ago physicians frequently recommended a daily low dose of an antibiotic, often tetracycline or erythromycin, as the mainstay of their acne treatment program. That’s almost a last resort these days.
Fortunately, there are a lot of good treatment regimens today that don’t require antibiotics. One that I’ve seen help a lot of people very rapidly is Acne Free In Three Days.
They may be exaggerating when they say three days in the title but the method does does work. No antibiotic involve.
There are a lot of good sources on acne treatment available and I suggest you do some research. Best Acne Answers is a site I visit frequently. You may want to check out their page on super acne:The Rise Of Super Acne – Is Anyone Safe?
If at some point a physician does want to prescribe an antibiotic for acne talk about the reasons why very carefully. It may be the best move for you, but should probably be used only after all other options have been exhausted.
BTW – family physicians are more likely to prescribe an antibiotic for acne than dermatologists are. If your family doc recommends antibiotics, you may want to get a second opinion from a dermatologist first.