Antibiotics are used in dermatology for both infectious and noninfectious skin eruptions. Noninfectious skin eruptions, such as acne vulgaris and acne rosacea, are often treated with systemic antibiotics. The mechanism of action is not clear, although tetracycline inhibits li-pases derived from resident flora in the sebaceous follicle (Staphylococcus epidermidis, Propionibacterium acnes). These lipases cleave irritating fatty acids from triglycerides in sebum, presumably contributing to cutaneous inflammation.
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