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December 1975

Antibiotic Therapy for Acne Vulgaris

Arch Dermatol. 1975;111(12):1563. doi:10.1001/archderm.1975.01630240019002

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The report on the efficacy and safety of antibiotics in the treatment of acne vulgaris, which appears in this issue, should be read by all those interested in the therapy for acne as well as those concerned about the possible side-effects of chronic antibiotic usage. This article, which has been written by the Ad Hoc Committee on the Use of Antibiotics in Dermatology, Division of Research, National Program for Dermatology (of the American Academy of Dermatology), represents an analysis of material that has already been published by many different authors. The committee has been able to reach conclusions that probably could not be validly deduced from the individual reports.

As stated in the report, 10% of all tetracycline produced for human use is consumed by those undergoing treatment of acne, and only pediatricians prescribe more oral anti-infective agents than dermatologists. Moreover, in contrast to the patient being treated by the

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