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Will antibiotics help acne?

Will 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 more

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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


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Do antibiotics help with acne?

Do antibiotics help with acne?

Mostly Topical: We sometimes use oral Antibiotics from Tetraccycline group like Minocycline but not always We more often use topical antibiotics like Clindamycine along with Benzyl Peroxide and/or retinoids for acne ...Read more

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Hi docs, would antibiotics for acne also help with other sicknesses?

Hi docs, would antibiotics for acne also help with other sicknesses?

Not so much: The tetracyclines which are so helpful for acne aren't much against other illnesses. If you're taking these for acne, it will probably protect you against rocky mountain spotted fever and perhaps lyme disease. Nobody's going to do the studies to prove it. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are the best antibiotics for acne?

What are the best antibiotics for acne?

See your doctor: You have several anti-acne drugs available to you. Some have significant side-effects, making a discussion with your doctor vital. ...Read more

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What are the best and worst antibiotics for acne?

What are the best and worst antibiotics for acne?

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

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What can I do if antibiotics didn't treat my acne?

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 more

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What do you recommend for antibiotics for moderate acne?

What do you recommend for antibiotics for moderate acne?

Never solo: Plain tetracycline 600 mg 2x/day is great, but never use it as sole treatment -- topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated goes well with it. ...Read more

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Does acne really get worse after you go off an antibiotic?

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Maybe: Not only does the Doxycycline suppress the bacteria that cause acne, it exhibits an modest antiinflammatory effect. Coming off of it may lead to an acne flare, but that is not guaranteed. ...Read more

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Opinions on what's next after antibiotics to treat my acne?

Opinions on what's next after antibiotics to treat my acne?

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

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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

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Can i take antibiotic for a mild acne? What would the best one be?

Can i take antibiotic for a mild acne?  What would the best one be?

See your doctor: A doctor your acne to determine the best treatment for you and what is the safest treatment for your doctor needs to see you and examine you. ...Read more

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What antibiotic would be the best to treat sever acne in a female adult?

What antibiotic would be the best to treat sever acne in a female adult?

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 more

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I'm curious as to what can I combine with oral antibiotics to cure acne?

I'm curious as to what can I combine with oral antibiotics to cure acne?

No cure: Acne can only be managed until it self-cures. Never use an antibiotic as the sole treatment for acne. Topical benzoyl peroxide 5% 2x/day is probably your best friend. If you need something stronger, your physician can help. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I would like the solution for acne not involving any antibiotic medicine. ?

I would like the solution for acne not involving any antibiotic medicine. ?

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

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What is the best way to tackle Acne without medication like antibiotics etc? What would you recommend?

What is the best way to tackle Acne without medication like antibiotics etc? What would you recommend?

Acne treatment no Rx: Acne can be prevented or minimized by using a gentle cleanser twice daily, over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid products followed by a noncomedogenic hyopallergenic and fragrance free moisturizer. ...Read more

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I'm on a few antibiotics and started getting acne. Is the acne from my antibiotics or from my health issues?

I'm on a few antibiotics and started getting acne. Is the acne from my antibiotics or from my health issues?

What Health Issues?: We would need more information on your health issues to answer this one! Antibiotics do not cause acne, if this helps. Thanks for trusting Healthtap! ...Read more

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I have been suffering from acne since 6years and eating antibiotics for the same time is there any stopping age for it?

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 more

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Took antibiotics for acne for a week then stopped. Is an acne relapse possible within a week, or does it take longer to show?

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

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