Erythromycin

Topical Antibiotic

What Is It?

Erythromycin is a topical antibiotic that helps slow or stop bacterial growth and reduce skin inflammation.

Efficacy

Strength of Evidence
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Average 53% reduction in acne after 8 weeks
  1. Gammon, W. R. et al. Comparative efficacy of oral erythromycin versus oral tetracycline in the treatment of acne vulgaris. A double-blind study. J Am Acad Dermatol 14, 183–186 (1986).

Side Effects

Low
Low side effects and adverse reactions

Acne.org's Real World Take

Antibiotics should be used for a maximum of 3 months, provide only moderate benefit and only to some people, and may lead to side effects and strains of resistant bacteria. Studies do show they can reduce severe acne in the short term, but  approach with caution and stay your own advocate.

Reviews

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