Ery Pads for Acne: Precautions

More and more people are starting to use Ery Pads, which contain the antibiotic erythromycin. Here, we'll tell you some crucial precautions to bear in mind.
Ery Pads for Acne: Precautions

Last update: 09 January, 2021

Although Ery Pads aren’t new, they’re becoming more popular thanks to social media. Ery Pads is the trademark for a particular version of the antibiotic erythromycin.

That is, the active ingredient is erythromycin, but it’s sold in wipes. However, this doesn’t mean it’s not a medication and, as such, you need a prescription.

The problem is that people who aren’t health professionals are recommending it. Also, we should clarify that on the medicine box itself, it states that there must be a professional prescription for the sale.

Although it might seem like a cosmetic product, it’s really not. As a general rule, cosmetics don’t contain active ingredients that penetrate the dermis. Erythromycin absorbs through the skin, making it a topical medicine.

Also, this differentiation is important because cosmetics and medicines have different laws. While cosmetics are over-the-counter and you can buy them in different stores, you can only buy drugs in certified locations. 

Ery Pads for acne uses erythromycin in a concentration of 2%. This means that each wipe is about twenty milligrams of the antibiotic. Also, each pad has one milliliter of the solution.

What is erythromycin, the ingredient that Ery Pads use for acne?

We said that Ery Pads have the antibiotic erythromycin. This antibiotic belongs to a group called macrolides, which also contains clarithromycin or azithromycin.

Erythromycin can fight many different types of bacteria, but people mainly use it to treat acne. In fact, it’s active against the microorganism Propionibacterium acnes, which is linked to the formation of acne lesions.

Scientists have known about this drug since the 1950s. In 1952, its discoverers published it to the scientific community. They found it as the product of a microorganism that lived in the soil of the Panay Islands in the Philippines. 

The medical field accepted it well. However, over time, they started limiting it to certain pathologies, like acne.

The antibiotic addresses a wide spectrum of bacteria, including those difficult to treat like treponemes, mycoplasma, and chlamydia. In some treatments, it’s the antibiotic of choice. For example, it’s key for legionella, campylobacter, and bordetella infections.

A doctor holding a bottle of antibiotics.

Acne treatments

We have to understand that using Ery Pads for acne is one more option among the many acne treatments out there. Above all, it’s important to understand that there are no magic solutions, but only prolonged treatment options.

In addition to erythromycin, researchers are still studying other substances for their effect on acne. For example, benzoyl peroxide is often used with erythromycin to boost it and prevent microbial resistance.

Benzoyl peroxide can also be combined with derivatives of vitamin A, called retinoids. This combination fights Propionibacterium acnes. Then, it peels skin cells to prevent them from clogging pores.

Among antibiotics, there are more options. For example, one of them is doxycycline. You take this orally, but it has an important side effect: photosensitivity. While taking it, the skin becomes very sensitive to sunlight. Also, it can cause extreme redness with little sun exposure.

Doxycillin is also combined with benzoyl peroxide and retinoids to take lower doses and avoid microbial resistance. As you can see, although Ery Pads are an option, it’s not the only one.

Finally, the last step of treatment if these options don’t work is isotretinoin. In fact, it’s the most effective drug against acne. However, you need to watch its side effects on the liver. Therefore, doctors reserve it for special cases.

Also, isotretinoin causes photosensitivity like doxycycline. In some cases, it also causes excessive dryness of the lips and nasal passages. Over time, this dryness can cause nosebleeds.

A woman with acne on her face.

Ery Pads precautions for acne

We have already seen that Ery Pads is one more option in a group of medications. Acne is a condition, not just a beauty-altering effect. Therefore, your treatment must be medically guided.

Since Ery Pads contain erythromycin, the precautions you need to take are the same as any other antibiotic.

Scientific studies have not established the safety of using erythromycin during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. In fact, the antibiotic can cross the placenta and reach the fetus. Also, erythromycin has been found in breast milk.

Although there isn’t photosensitivity like other antibiotics, erythromycin can cause unwanted skin side effects, such as:

  • Erythema: redness
  • Dry skin
  • Pruritus: itching
  • Rash pustulosisblisters

It’s important to be careful when using antibiotics since they can cause microbial resistance. In other words, the bacteria become more capable of withstanding the effect of the drug. Then, it’s more difficult to kill.

If you have skin lesions, it’s always best to consult a doctor and seek advice. Remember, medications like Ery Pads need a prescription from a professional, and the pharmacy can’t sell them without it.

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