All acne sufferers know how much of a nightmare the skin condition can be, trying everything under the sun to try and treat it but it’s important that you don’t rely too heavily on antibiotics.
Now this is probably one of the last things you want to hear that things are getting worse if you’re seeing a doctor regarding your acne.
The BBC reports that doctors are warning against the over-prescription of antibiotics to severe sufferers of the skin condition. The new possibility of super acne is a concern for doctors as they say this would be unable to be treated with antibiotics.
The bad news continues as a study presented at the British Association of Dermatologists’ Annual Conference backs it up.
Researcher Dr Alison Layton told the BBC of the impact resistance could have explaining that it could cause the emergence of antibiotic-resistant Propionibacterium acnes – the bacterium implicated in acne resulting in making acne harder to treat in some cases. Dr Layton also goes on to explain the worrying concept of resistance in other bacteria unrelated to acne as a result of the use of oral antibiotics.
A three-month maximum on antibiotics for acne sufferers is recommended by the study before being referred to a dermatologist, the study indicates that this is a lot shorter than the six-and-a-half-month average.
Both doctors and patients definitely need to be aware of this recent concern but there are other options for patients says Dr Heather Whitehouse to the BBC. Dr Whitehouse told the BBC that for the milder sufferers of the skin condition, alternative treatments include creams and for more severe sufferers, they can stop taking the antibiotics once the acne is under control and continue with creams to ensure the benefit that they’ve seen in the skin is maintained. Dr Whitehouse also recommends using a cream in conjunction with antibiotics when you first start taking them as this reduces the chance of developing the resistance in the first place. Doctors want to continue to use antibiotics but need to ensure they’re responsible for how they’re prescribing them in order to be effective.
SkinMed and Professor Tony Chu of Imperial College Hospitals London and President of the new acne and rosacea charity The Acne and Rosacea Association UK recommend Aknicare which is an Acne Treatment Range which has a superb antibacterial action without using antibiotics. It’s mode of action means that p.acnes bacteria will not become resistant to its key active ingredients. Also it only activates where p.acnes are feeding, so it is not active on the skin and so has minimal impact of good skin bacteria and hence should not, as antibiotics do, increase antibiotic resistance through long term exposure. Prof Chu reports that skin bacteria can become resistant to antibiotics within 3 weeks of exposure and it is the community GP prescribing of long term and often sub clinical doses of antibiotics that is fueling antibiotic resistance including MRSA.
Aknicare works faster than antibiotics and more effectively than Duac as two recent clinical trials demonstrate. Aknicare also kills p.acnes bacteria in the biofilm that forms in the blocked hair follicle duct. The biofilm is where the single bacterial cells all group together and create a continuous film or gunk in which they live and into which antibiotics cannot penetrate. Aknicare has ingredients which open up channels into the biofilm where the unique antibacterial ingredients flow and then kill the bacteria in the biofilm. The biofilm instead of protecting the bacteria becomes their ‘coffin’.
Aknicare stops new spots forming and has a spot reducing and calming action, reducing oil by an average of 53%. The Aknicare Cream which has immense hydrating properties and provides an alternate moisture barrier. Working with the Aknicare Lotion, the cream also reduces oil production, skin thickening and stopping new spots appearing. Aknicare Cream and Lotion both contain anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory agents.
If you’re suffering, you’re not alone, make an appointment to see your doctor for help and advice and talk to SkinMed advisers, we are the future of effective acne treatment.