Teens and Acne - Antibiotics and/or BCPs

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Teens and Acne - Antibiotics and/or BCPs
Thu, 09-05-2013 - 10:58am

A group of mom friends were all talking about acne in their teens/tween and almost every single one of them mentioned that their teen was either on BCP's (females) and/or antibiotics for acne and a few of them mentioned that if their teen had more than 2 or 3 pimples they wouldn't hesitate putting them on antibiotics to clear them up.  While I understand acne as a teen sucks, what is this trend of putting every single girl that has any bit of acne on birth control pills or giving them prescriptions for acne medications or antibiotics?  Is it just this group of moms?  It seems like its becoming more and more just the norm these days.

Community Leader
Registered: 08-25-2006
Thu, 09-05-2013 - 5:12pm

Wow, that is kind of scary.  My DS was on anitbiotics, but he had the real deal. 

I hope that is not the trend, and just maybe a slice of society that thinks that 3 pimples justifies oral medication.  In females, there may be other benefits to BCP, but can't imagine putting my kid on antibiotics unless it was necessary.  For acne it is a very low dose, but it really does help. 

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