Which medications in the drug class Antibiotics are used in the treatment of Pseudofolliculitis of the Beard?

Updated: Feb 07, 2019
  • Author: Thomas G Greidanus, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Empiric antimicrobial therapy must be comprehensive and should cover all likely pathogens in the context of the clinical setting. Topical preparations reduce bacterial populations and secondary infection.


Tetracycline is used orally to treat secondary infection. It treats gram-positive and gram-negative organisms, as well as mycoplasmal, chlamydial, and rickettsial infections. It inhibits bacterial protein synthesis by binding with 30S and possibly 50S ribosomal subunits.

Erythromycin topical (AkneMycin, Ery)

Topical erythromycin 2% inhibits bacterial growth, possibly by blocking dissociation of peptidyl tRNA from ribosomes, causing RNA-dependent protein synthesis to arrest. It is used for staphylococcal and streptococcal infections.

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