Scientists conducting research on acne are working on new drugs to treat this condition, particularly topical antibiotics to replace some of those in current use. As with many other types of bacterial infections, doctors are finding that, over time, the bacteria that are associated with acne are becoming resistant to treatment with certain antibiotics.
Members of the pharmaceutical industry are also conducting acne research on the potential side effects of isotretinoin and the long-term use of acne medications.
In addition, research scientists are working on other forms of acne treatment. For example, researchers are studying the biology of sebaceous cells and testing a laser in laboratory animals to treat acne by disrupting the sebaceous glands. Scientists are also studying the treatment of androgenic disorders -- including acne -- in men by inhibiting an enzyme that changes testosterone to a more potent androgen.