Most patients with acne and parents of children with the condition would be willing to try an effective antibiotic-free treatment for the condition, shows a study published in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology.1
Dermatological conditions, particularly acne, are frequently treated with antibiotics. In fact, around 3–5% of all antibiotics prescribed across specialties in the US are prescribed in dermatology, two-thirds of these for acne vulgaris.
As efforts are made to limit the use of antibiotics to slow the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, researchers conducted an online survey of patients and parents of children with acne to find out how much they know about antimicrobial resistance stewardship, and how accepting they would be of a non-antibiotic treatment.
The study found that the majority of patients and parents of young patients with acne vulgaris were aware of and concerned about the impact of antibiotic resistance. However, while they had a general understanding of the risks associated with antibiotic resistance and the possible causes, there were some gaps in knowledge, specifically regarding topical treatments.
“They underestimate the role of topical treatments in the development of antibiotic resistance,” says lead author James Del Rosso, M.D., JDR Dermatology Research/Thomas Dermatology in Las Vegas.
“Most of the respondents were not aware of antibiotic-free treatment options, but the vast majority were open to using an effective, antibiotic-free treatment for acne vulgaris on themselves or their children,” he adds.
1. Del Rosso JQ, Rosen T, Palceski D, Rueda MJ. Patient Awareness of Antimicrobial Resistance and Antibiotic Use in Acne Vulgaris. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2019;12(6):30-41.