Long-term antibiotic use for acne, rosacea and other dermatology conditions
Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group
Not all antibiotics combat life-threatening infections. Dermatological conditions like acne and rosacea carry a significant psychological burden of depression and low self-confidence, as well as pain and scarring—both mental and physical. For conditions like these, long-term antibiotics are the mainstay of treatment. As with any antimicrobial, unnecessary use or over-prescription carries risks of side effects and resistance. Balancing the benefits and risks, particularly in conditions where options are limited, remains a pillar of proper clinical practice.
This Guidelines summary covers advice for appropriate prescribing and monitoring of patients receiving antibiotics for dermatological conditions and when treatment should be reviewed