New York: A foam that’s squirted on to the skin could be a radical new treatment for acne. It contains small amounts of a drug called minocycline, an antibiotic that’s long been used to treat the condition. The treatment works by destroying the bacteria that lead to acne breakouts. Although minocycline is effective when taken as a tablet, it can have nasty side-effects such as vertigo, dizziness, diarrhoea and mouth ulcers. However, it’s hoped the new foam, which is gently rubbed on to spots and is absorbed within seconds, will slash the risk of adverse effects because the drug does not have to pass through the body before it reaches its target.–MOL