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Topical antibiotcs are a commonly used treatment modality for acne. They are found mostly in presciption medications, but some proucts contating sulfur can be found over the counter. The main topical antibiotics are clindamycin, erythromycin, and sodium sulfactamid/sulfur.

How they work
Topical antibiotics work by fighting bacteria. As such, they work similar to benzoyl peroxide. Occassionally however, resisance can occur and the bacteria can outsmart the topical antibiotcs making them less effective. In addition to fighting bacteria, the topcial antibiotics have the ability to fight and reduce inflammation. This ability to fight inflammation is perhaps the most important feature of antibiotics.

Types of topical antibiotics
There are many types of topical antibiotics, these include Cleocin T, Clindets, Clindamax, Clindagel, Evoclin foam, Aknemycin, Erygel, Erycette, Klaron lotion, Plexion TS, Clenia, Avar, Novacet, Sulfacet-R, and others. Topical antibiotics are also found in combination therapies.

Potential side effects
Topical antibiotics are very same and generally well tolerated. Some can create mild irritation. In addition, people who are allergic to sulfa containing medications should be aware of the medications that contain sodium sulfacetamide/sulfur combinations. While extremely rare, there have been reports of topical clindamycin containing products causing a gastrointestinal problem called pseudomembranous colitis.


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