Why have you prescribed me an antibiotic?
Antibiotics are a key ingredient for treating acne. We know that bacteria called Cutibacterium Acnes (C. Acnes) play an important role in causing acne, resulting in inflammation and the formation of spots.
This bacteria is key to the development of red inflamed spots and pus-filled spots. Antibiotics don’t just kill this bacteria, they also help to reduce the inflammation in the skin, which reduces the redness and swelling you’ll often see.
As the antibiotic is mixed within a cream (also known as its ‘topical form’), it works locally on the skin, which means there’s minimal absorption into the body. We're very conscious of antibiotic resistance, so if our prescribers deem that you need antibiotics, they will prescribe them alongside other antimicrobial agents like azelaic acid that reduce the chances of resistance occurring.