Stop Using Antibiotics To Treat Acne!


For many years, dermatologists labored under the assumption that acne was an infectious disease, one that needed to be treated with antibiotics. This is rooted in the association of acne outbreaks to the Acne Vulgaris bacteria, which is always present where acne is. The issue, however, is a lack of stronger correlation; Acne Vulgaris is present on the skin of virtually all adults, but skin can be clear of acne regardless of its’ presence. The quantity of Acne Vulgaris also has little correlation to the severity of outbreaks.

Antibiotics do work when it comes to clearing up acne; however, the excessive and improper use of antibiotics for such a casual, cosmetic problem has dire consequences when one looks at the wider picture. Most immediately, use of antibiotics inevitably creates antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which slowly brings about the obsolescence of the antibiotic in question.

Antibiotics are occasionally necessary when other treatments fail, but the other part of this equation is a degree of irresponsibility on part of the medical community and of their patients. Antibiotics are too often used as a first result, and while dermatologists are fewer than one in one hundred practicing doctors in America, they prescribe one in twenty prescriptions for oral antibiotics.

Many doctors either fail to consider themselves part of the problem, or don’t even acknowledge the problem; assuming that research and the market will simply provide a new antibiotic when this one ceases to work. This mindset is so severe that benzoyl peroxide, which inhibits the growth of resistant bacteria, often isn’t prescribed to patients for the reason that they don’t like that it bleaches their sheets.

One of the doctors pushing back against this trend is Treasure Coast Dermatologist Tim Ioannides, who insists upon responsible use of antibiotics.

Serving the Treasure Coast for over 15 years, Tim Ioannides, MD is the founder of Treasure Coast Dermatology, a multi-location dermatology practice with a proactive approach to medical care.

In addition to Tim’s commitment to the Treasure Coast as a physician, Dr. Ioannides extends charitable support to many local organizations.

He also plays an important role in educating future dermatologists in dermatologic surgery and reconstructive surgery as a Voluntary Associate Professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine. See This Article to learn more.


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