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A 21-year-old male asked:

is doxycycline prescribed for mild acne ?

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Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
Pediatrics 36 years experience
It can be.: Depending on your definition of "mild acne," doxycycline may be prescribed if topical medications are not helping. Usually it is prescribed for moderate acne, in conjunction with the topical meds.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
What else has been: tried? It might not be needed if acne can be controlled with topicals. Your doctor can look at the whole picture to see if oral antibiotics are indicated at this point. Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day & use oil free products. No oily hair or heavy foundations. Try not to pop pimples.Avoid touching face (cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
Consider OTC products (salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide).
Nov 15, 2014

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