Why am I being prescribed an antibiotic to treat my acne?

Unfortunately, some cases of acne cannot be controlled with topical medications alone.

In some cases, your acne may be inflamed and extensive enough (such as when the acne is on your chest and/or back) that the benefits of taking an oral antibiotic outweigh the risks.

If oral antibiotics are part of your acne treatment, depending on how long your treatment lasts, your doctor will recommend that you stop taking the antibiotic for 3 months, when he feels it is necessary, or if see enough improvement, then it will no longer be necessary and topical medications will be enough to continue with your treatment.