Which medications are used in the treatment of Cutibacterium acne vulgaris?

Updated: Mar 26, 2019
  • Author: Jaggi Rao, MD, FRCPC; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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The following medications are used in the treatment of Cutibacterium (formerly Propionibacterium) acne vulgaris:

  • Acne products (eg, erythromycin and benzoyl peroxide, clindamycin and tretinoin, clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide, azelaic acid, benzoyl peroxide, topical dapsone)

  • Retinoidlike agents (eg, topical tretinoin, adapalene, tazarotene, isotretinoin)

  • Antibiotics (eg, tetracycline, minocycline, doxycycline, sarecycline, trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole, clindamycin, topical clindamycin, topical erythromycin, daptomycin)

  • Selective aldosterone antagonists (eg, spironolactone)

  • Estrogen/progestin combination oral contraceptive pills (eg, ethinyl estradiol, drospirenone, and levomefolate; ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone; ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate; ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone)

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