Erythromycin belongs to the family of medicines called antibiotics. Erythromycin topical preparations are used on the skin to help control acne. They may be used alone or with one or more other medicines that are applied to the skin or taken by mouth for acne. They may also be used for other problems, such as skin infections, as determined by your doctor.

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  • erythromycin
  • For erythromycin ointmentLess common:
    Peeling
    redness
    For erythromycin pledget (swab), topical gel, or topical liquid form More common:
    Dry or scaly skin
    irritation
    itching
    stinging or burning feeling
    Less common:
    Peeling
    redness
  • (erythromycin) ointment
  • Acne

    Minocycline is a tetracycline antibiotic that fights bacteria in the body. Minocycline is used to treat many different bacterial infections, such as urinary tract infections, respiratory infections, skin infections, severe acne, gonorrhea, tick fever, chlamydia, and others. Minocycline may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.