There are obvious costmetic reasons to treat Acne.

However, are there medical reasons for acne to be treated?

Possible disadvantages of treatment include harshness of chemicals, side effects of antibiotic use, side effects of Retin A, etc - depending on treatment regimen.

What would be medical advantages? Such as avoiding risk for infections, or other?

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What would be medical advantages?

There are several problems with what you're asking. It has to do with how you're framing the issue. But rather than get into a more convoluted point, I'll just answer your question:

  1. Reduced psychosocial well-being
  2. Longer term scarring

Maybe that matters to you, maybe it doesn't. For some people it can impact their life in a significant way, leading to depression, etc. Then again, the retinoid treatments for acne can also lead to depression or worse.

"Remaining a virgin at age 40" may not have an ICD-10 code, but it doesn't mean it's not a risk factor of acne worthy of attenuating.

Such as avoiding risk for infections, or other?

No, quite the opposite is possible:


Antibiotic Treatment of Acne May Be Associated With Upper Respiratory Tract Infections

Objective To determine if the long-term use of antibiotics for the treatment of acne results in an increase in either of 2 common infectious illnesses: upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) or urinary tract infections.

Design Retrospective cohort study.

Setting General Practice Research Database of the United Kingdom, London, England, from 1987 to 2002.

Patients Patients with a diagnosis of acne.

Main Outcome Measure The onset of either a URTI or a urinary tract infection.

Results Of 118 496 individuals with acne (age range, 15-35 years) who were identified in the General Practice Research Database, 84 977 (71.7%) received a topical or oral antibiotic (tetracyclines, erythromycin, or clindamycin) for treatment of their acne and 33 519 (28.3%) did not. Within the first year of observation, 18 281 (15.4%) of the patients with acne had at least 1 URTI, and within that year, the odds of a URTI developing among those receiving antibiotic treatment were 2.15 (95% confidence interval, 2.05-2.23; P<.001) times greater than among those who were not receiving antibiotic treatment. Multiple additional analyses, which were conducted to show that this effect was not an artifact of increased health care–seeking behavior among our cohorts, included comparing the cohorts of patients with acne with a cohort of patients with hypertension and the likelihood of developing a urinary tract infection.

Conclusions Patients with acne who were receiving antibiotic treatment for acne were more likely to develop a URTI than those with acne who were not receiving such treatment. The true clinical importance of our findings will require further investigation.

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    Do you mean oral antibiotics only? Or are you talking even about gels like duac and stuff like that?
    – bilanush
    Feb 7, 2018 at 18:08

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