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Do you think I can use facial washes while taking acne antibiotics?

Do you think I can use facial washes while taking acne antibiotics?

Yes: Never use just an antibiotic to treat acne. Especially if you're not also using topical benzoyl peroxide, a salicylic acid face wash would be a great idea. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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Doctors can you tell me when should one start taking acne antibiotics?

Doctors can you tell me when should one start taking acne antibiotics?

When easy Rx fails: If topical benzoyl peroxide does not do an adequate job, topical antibiotics such as clindamycin, systemic antibiotics such as tetracycline, and a topical retinoic acid derivative are all options. ...Read more

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Should I take oral acne antibiotics for a whole year? Any bad side effects?

Should I take oral acne antibiotics for a whole year? Any bad side effects?

Acne & antibiotics: Oral antibiotics reduce the number of bacteria on the skin and in the follicles. It has an anti-inflammatory effect too. Take them under the guidance of your doctor. Side effects: allergy-rash; sun sensitivity; nausea/diarrhea/abd. Pain; bacterial resistance; rare possible failure if you are on birth control pill. Consider topicals or decreasing the amount to achieve best control of acne. ...Read more

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When to expect to be clear on acne antibiotic minocycline 100mg? Ever since taking it Iv had more breakout. I'm 7 weeks in.. Please let me know

When to expect to be clear on acne antibiotic minocycline 100mg? Ever since taking it Iv had more breakout. I'm 7 weeks in.. Please let me know

About 8 weeks: Is this the only acne medication you are on? Sometimes it takes about 6-8 weeks to say any results and keep in mind acne is a chronic condition, the medication will not "cure" it but will help make it manageable. If not improvement or actually worse after 8 weeks then consider follow-up with the doctor ...Read more

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I am already on acne antibiotic gels, i would like to know of a medicine to use on already started pimples, to reduce them (apart from preventing).

I am already on acne antibiotic gels, i would like to know of a medicine to use on already started pimples, to reduce them (apart from preventing).

Add another Rx: Many men do not get adequate relief from an antibiotic gel. It may be time to talk with your physician about a systemic antibiotic, or if you're ready for a medication such as Accutane which is extremely effective but rather unpleasant and a bit risky, now's the time to make this known. This is the 21st century and we can clear you up if that's your wish. ...Read more

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Are acne antibiotics worth taking? I've read they they just damage your stomach/liver and acne comes back once you stop (sometimes even more severely)

Are acne antibiotics worth taking? I've read they they just damage your stomach/liver and acne comes back once you stop (sometimes even more severely)

Can be helpful: Antibiotics are generally reserved for severe or "cystic" acne, usually with an inflammatory component. They are very useful because when used correctly, they can be more effective than topical medications alone. There can be side effects with antibiotics, as with any medications. It's best to speak with your doctor in regards to any specifics of a treatment course. ...Read more

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I'm 31 & have adult acne, antibiotics & ocp dont help long term, I have 2 young children & don't want any more. Hard lumps on lower face.

I'm 31 & have adult acne, antibiotics & ocp dont help long term, I have 2 young children & don't want any more. Hard lumps on lower face.

Frustrating Adult Acne: Adult acne can be very frustrating. I recommend washing your face well twice a day to remove all daily dirt and makeup. A combination of daily oral antibiotics (minocycline) plus Topical RetinA can help reduce breakouts. Try hard not to pick at the lesions (even though it is tempting with the hard lesions) as it spreads germs and can ultimately make things worse. ...Read more

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Do people get penile yeast infection from acne antibiotics?

Possibly: Yeast infections can develop during prolonged use of broad spectrum antibiotics due to killing protective bacteria on the surface of the skin/mucous membranes. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more