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Antibiotics Help Acne
Antibiotics do help: For treatment of acne, over-the-counter Benzoyl Peroxide Gel or cream is helpful. If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel or cream. If more help is needed, prescription retinoids such as Retin-A or differin (adapalene) gel can be used instead of benzoyl peroxide. Oral contraceptives (for women) and oral antibiotics are options also. If acne is quite severe, a dermatologist may prescribe oral accutane. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Acne treatment: That is not a decision you have to make as your doctor will prescribe it for you. Acne is not caused by bacteria and the infection of the comedone is a secondary process that leads to inflammation and needs extraction and proper antibiotic for 7-14 days. Antibiotics do not prevent Acne and prolonged use is not advised. ...Read more
Modern Rx: Antibiotics should never be used as sole treatment of acne. If you've failed on a combination of a good topical (benzoyl peroxide and/or retinoic acid) and a topical or systemic antibiotic, or the oral contraceptive pill or spironolactone if you're female, it's time to talk about isotretinoin. It's not for the faint-hearted but most people are very satisfied if they stay the course. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several options: Continue using topical benzoyl peroxide. If you're a lady and can take the oral contraceptive pill, this may clear you. Topical spironolactone is sometimes overlooked. Photodynamic rx is experimental. If you realize that you've failed on antibiotics plus a topical agent like benzoil peroxide or a retinoic acid derivative, consider isotretinoin. It works but isn't for the faint-hearted. ...Read more
How severe?: Never use an antibiotic as sole treatment for acne. I trust you are also using topical benzoyl peroxide. Systemic tetracycline can be a good adjunct. A woman can use spironolactone and/or the oral contraceptive pill to get clear. If the acne is likely to produce scars, or doesn't clear well on the Rx's I've mentioned, isotretinoin may be a life-saver -- acne is a grave professional liability. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bacteriostatic: The macrolides and the tetracyclines are both widely used; there are others as well. ...Read more
Let's talk: Whoever told you that "antibiotics are bad" did you a disservice. Despite the scare scenarios, they are reasonably safe and worth the small risk. Topical Clindamycin would be a reasonable next step for you and is basically without danger. You could try adding a retinoic acid derivative instead. If these fail, and you won't take oral tetracycline, it's right to accutane. ...Read more
What is the best way to tackle Acne without medication like antibiotics etc? What would you recommend?
I'm on a few antibiotics and started getting acne. Is the acne from my antibiotics or from my health issues?
I have been suffering from acne since 6years and eating antibiotics for the same time is there any stopping age for it?
Scientific Rx: Acne self-cures as you get older but the time is unpredictable. I was able to stop taking medication at age 50. Stop the antibiotics -- never use antibiotics alone for acne. If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated has not cleared you in two weeks, it's time to consider adding a second prescription rx -- anything from spironolactone to Isotretinoin -- not for the faint-hearted. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Took antibiotics for acne for a week then stopped. Is an acne relapse possible within a week, or does it take longer to show?
Acne???: You list a diagnosis of rosacea. This is very unlikely at your age, 20. Which antibiotic at which dose? Antibiotic therapy for acne is low dose doxycycline or minocycline with response expected only after 2 or 3 MONTHS. If you cleared acne in 1 week it was not due to antibiotic. Antibiotic treatment for adult women with acne is far less effective, and less well tolerated, than SPIRONOLACTONE. ...Read more