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Antibiotic resistance and the use of combination treatments for acne

Acne vulgaris is one of the most common skin conditions to affect mankind. It affects over 90% of adolescents, and in up to 30% of patients acne persists into adult life. At the age of 40, the incidence is 5% in women and 1% in men. The standard treatment for acne involves the use of topical retinoids or other comedolytic agents to address the primary lesion of acne, the microcomedone, while antibacterial agents or antibiotics are used to control Propionibacterium acnes and thus to control the inflammatory lesions of acne.
Dermatology in practice 2002; 10(4): 19–20
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