Tetracyclines belong to the family of medicines called antibiotics. The topical ointment forms are used to treat infections of theskin. Meclocycline cream and the topical liquid form of tetracycline are used 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.
This medicine is for use on the skin only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. Do not use on skin areas that have cuts or scrapes. If it does get on these areas, rinse it off right away.
Wash the skin area with soap and water and pat it dry before applying the medicine.
Apply a thin layer of ointment to the affected area. Rub it in gently. You may cover the treated area with a gauze bandage unless your doctor has told you otherwise.