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Doctor insights on: The Best Probiotics For Acne

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What helps best for cystic acne? Probiotics or evening primerose? Currently taking Spironolactone, Aczone, & genetic tazorac (tazarotene).

What helps best for cystic acne? Probiotics or evening primerose? Currently taking Spironolactone, Aczone, & genetic tazorac (tazarotene).

Adjuncts only: Sandy, forgive my frankness. I'm not a dermatologist, but if a retinoid (tazorac), dapsone, and spironolactone have failed, you need to consider isotetinoin therapy despite all the scare stuff you've read on the doctor-bashing websites. Acne is a grave personal and professional liability. You're an adult now, you have job interviews coming up, and it's probably the right choice. ...Read more

Probiotic (Definition)

Probiotics, by definition, are beneficial bacteria that live in our intestinal tract to help us maintain health intestines and colon. There are several species of these bacteria that are helpful to us including lactobacillus acidophilus. The meats we eat contain antibiotics that kill our natural bacteria that reside in our gut. Today, you will replace these ...Read more


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Are probiotics good for skin conditions acne on face and dry and ichy body. How long do they take to get into yr system. Which are the best to take.?

Are probiotics good for skin conditions acne on face and dry and ichy body. How long do they take to get into yr system. Which are the best to take.?

May help: It is possible that probiotics may help with these conditions. Also make sure that your thyroid is working normally. Your doctor can check this with a blood test. The brand name Align is a good form of probiotic to take and they are available online and in pharmacies. ...Read more

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Can probiotic cause acne?

Can probiotic cause acne?

Unlikerly: Probiotic is a digestive help for people with irritable bowels and constipation. ...Read more

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Will taking probiotics clear up acne?

Will taking probiotics clear up acne?

No: Probiotics are pills which contain large amounts of what are considered "good bacteria, " that is, bacteria which are naturally found in the colon which help digest food and keep away more harmful bacteria from overpopulating. Acne is a disease which is caused by a mix of bad bacteria on the face infecting glands are overenthusiastic. Probiotics won't rid the bad-bacteria. ...Read more

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Can taking probiotics cause you to have acne?

Can taking probiotics cause you to have acne?

That's a stretch...: "pro"-biotics put good organisms into your gut (unlike "anti"-biotics which kill bacteria) ; include: lactobacillus, acidophilus, bifidobacter, sachromyces boulardes, to name a few. Most are available over-the-counter ; need to be taken daily to maintain the probiotic organism population. Benefits include: less gas, regulated bowels, prevent infections, improve digestion, decrease inflammation. ...Read more

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Probiotics for acne or are there other natural remedies?

Probiotics for acne or are there other natural remedies?

Forgive my frankness: Acne is a serious, chronic, non-lifestyle-related disease that any primary care physician can manage most of the time. The evidence for "natural remedies" for acne is interesting but at best anecdotal & these are at best supplemental. Don't let some slick promotion by an internet "natural medicine" charlatan deprive some teen of treatment that's required to prevent physical and emotional scarring. ...Read more

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I am a female, 40's, taking 250 mg of cephalexin for over 5 years 1x daily for cystic acne with probiotic. Should I be concerned with long term use?

I am a female, 40's, taking 250 mg of cephalexin for over 5 years 1x daily for cystic acne with probiotic. Should I be concerned with long term use?

I would: Antibiotics tend to lose effectiveness with time due to bacteria developing resistance to it. You don't mention how effective it's been for you, so more information in that direction may be helpful as well. Probiotic supplement is a must with the use of antibiotic, whether short or long term, but you may ask your derm doc if there are other options available in this day and age. ...Read more

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Is an immediate acne breakout (within a week) a result of stopping antibiotics or starting a high dosage probiotics?

Is an immediate acne breakout (within a week) a result of stopping antibiotics or starting a high dosage probiotics?

Possibly: If you were having problems with acne breakouts, it is possible that continuous antibiotic administration was suppressing your acne tendency. When you discontinued steady antibiotic intake, skin bacteria may have proliferated causing an outbreak. A dermatologist is best qualified to answer your question, however. I don't think taking probiotics was the cause of the outbreak. ...Read more

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I've been taking probiotics (100 billion CFU) for about 1.5 weeks ago, and got tiny raised acne (but have no heads) all over my face. Is this die off?

I've been taking probiotics (100 billion CFU) for about 1.5 weeks ago, and got tiny raised acne (but have no heads) all over my face. Is this die off?

Unrelated: The skin changes you mention are a coincidence. They are not related to probiotic use. Whether or not they will persist or fade will depend on other factors. Discuss it with your doc who can actually see the skin and determine if treatment is needed. ...Read more

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I took antibiotics for acne for a week then stopped, and took a strong probiotics. My skin breaks out again, but from stopping antibiotics or die off?

I took antibiotics for acne for a week then stopped, and took a strong probiotics. My skin breaks out again, but from stopping antibiotics or die off?

Confusing question: Acne is often considered a teen issue that disappears with age & in some it does. However;some will have recurrent outbreaks well into their thirties. Your question is not clear. You took abx then stopped. It got better or maybe not. None of this paints a clear picture of what your question is. You need to have a good daily skin routine that may/not require antibiotics. Work it out with your doc. ...Read more

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Would it be bad to take an antibiotic such as doryx (doxycycline) for my acne while taking probiotics?

Would it be bad to take an antibiotic such as doryx (doxycycline) for my acne while taking probiotics?

Doxycycline: This antibiotic may kill many of the strains of bacteria contained in probiotics, but beyond that it is not bad in the sense that it is likely to cause further problems. ...Read more

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14-year-son taking Monodox (doxycycline monohydrate) for acne. What would be a good probiotic for him to take?

14-year-son taking Monodox (doxycycline monohydrate) for acne. What would be a good probiotic for him to take?

Many choices: There are many of them on the market. I really can't say I like one better than the other. You could also just give him a yogurt with active cultures (like ActivIa) once or twice a day ...Read more

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I started taking probiotcs 90 billion for 5 days, than I had a major acne breakout, I stopped 4 days ago and my face is not better and still am gettin?

I started taking probiotcs 90 billion for 5 days, than I had a major acne breakout, I stopped 4 days ago and my face is not better and still am gettin?

Likely unrelated: Probiotics are not like some drug that circulates in your system and might break you out. They are just healthy germ colonies that help digestion. They stay completely within your gut. There is a trivial chance you could be allergic to the capsule material, but it is used for most meds and relatively inert. Look to some other issue as a trigger for your flare up. ...Read more

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I'm 23 years old n suffering from acne! I eat well no refined sugars no gluten no dairy and im vegan n take probiorics n supplements n I'm very active?

I'm 23 years old n suffering from acne! I eat well no refined sugars no gluten no dairy and im vegan n take probiorics n supplements n I'm very active?

Diet's not the key: I'm sorry you were misled. Acne is basically unrelated to diet. If you were assured that being "vegan" or being "gluten free" would help your acne, perhaps this will help you understand that much of what these people have told you isn't true. If topical benzoyl peroxide hasn't cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician for Rx and workup for possible hormonal imbalance. ...Read more

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Can probiotics cause pimples?

Acne: Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. These factors can trigger or aggravate an existing case of acne, hormones, medications, and a diet with a lot of dairy and carbohydrate-rich foods. You can also prevent new acne breakouts with self-care measures by washing your skin with a gentle cleanser and avoiding touching or picking acne. ...Read more

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Wats the best way to cure acne?

Wats the best way to cure acne?

You don't: You find a doc you can work with who helps you design a skin care routine that helps. This often includes a variety of meds, creams, etc that can change over time. You plan to fight acne for the long term, since some have it well into their 30's and beyond ...Read more

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Which product works best for acne?

Which product works best for acne?

None of them: None of the over-the-counter acne treatments does much good. I start with topical Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid-based compound. If I do not get a good result in two weeks, I add a systemic antibiotic appropriate to the person. Dermatologists are allowed to use the big guns. Nobody nowadays needs to have bad acne -- life's hard enough without it. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat acne?

What is the best way to treat acne?

No one best way: There is no one best way - it depends on acne type, age of pt, underlying skin type, location of the acne - so many different things. The vast majority of patients can be treated with topical treatment, usually a combination of retinoids and additional things like benzoyl peroxide or topical antibiotics. Appropriate skin care is also essential. Best to talk about options with doc or dermatologist ...Read more

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Best way to treat acne?

Acne: Several treatment available for acne.
Mild to moderate noninflammatory acne responds well to topical rx.
If you cross to inflammatory acne I would recommend oral rx.
Antiboitics-doxycycline would be a good choice.
Other modalities include hormonal rx, blue light/red light, peels and microderm. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that 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 ...Read more


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more