The Pill Effective for Long-Term Acne Tx?
the MPR take:
A new meta-analysis in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology reports that oral contraceptives are as effective as antibiotics for long-term treatment of acne in women. Thirty-two randomized controlled trials were evaluated and while antibiotics were found to be more effective in lesion reduction at 3 months, at 6 months both medications were equivalent in reducing acne lesions. Although the antibiotics trials included both men and women, the authors note that oral contraceptives may be a suitable first-line therapy for acne in women.
After six months, both treatments reduced acne by just over 50 percent, prompting dermatologists to call the Pill a good alternative for some women and a means of avoiding the drawbacks of stronger oral acne medications or long-term antibiotic use. Past research has shown that both antibiotics ...
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