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Topical Doxycycline Acne
After a total of 10 months of doxycycline and topicals I still have some acne. Will it eventually go away by itself or should I go for Accutane?
We live in lower bucks county, pa (bensalem) can anybody recommend a "good" dermatologist for acne? My 20 y/o son is currently seeing our family dr. And has been on doxycycline 100mg bid and minocycline 50mg bid along with topical meds. And he continu
Dermlink: Dermlink. Com is a good way to find local board certified dermatologist in any area of the country. Otherwise ask for a recommendation from your family doctor. ...Read more
I'm 20 I was prescribed accutane but my acne is mild/moderate, I previously tried doxycycline and a topical antibiotic IS there anything else I can try?
Acne: If it is the deep hormonal type acne around the chin, mouth, nose, and middle forehead area- the only topical that I have seen work is a product from Europe called Juvases teens. It works by inhibiting the action of the hormone on the sebaceous gland so it never erupts in the first place. Also - an excellent gentle scrub is important as well. I like Mandelac acid scrub, professional strength. ...Read more
Meds: Many patients do well with over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid preparations. Some patients require topical or oral antibiotics or retinoids as well. If the over the counter meds alone don't control your acne after a month of daily use, see a doctor for additional treatment options. It is important to be persistent, and some patients 'get worse before they get better'. ...Read more
6 weeks: Need at least 4-6 weeks to see improvement. ...Read more
It's usually okay: You may get some diarrhea from it, and if you're a female, you may get a candida infection. If this happens, stop it. It can make you sensitive to sunlight. Don't ever use an antibiotic as sole therapy for acne, but in conjunction with benzoyl peroxide. Milk, antacids, and iron deactivate tetracyclines if you take them together. ...Read more
Standard protocol: This is a rather standard practice. It has been done on patients for decades with no specific problem when done under proper supervision. ...Read more
It varies: The key is that you must never use an antibiotic as sole therapy. Topical benzoyl peroxide and/or retinoic acid are your best friends, used in conjunction with a tetracycline of your choice (even plain-old-vanilla tetracycline's great.) If you're not clear on this in two months, or if you have cystic acne, consider isotretinoin. Best wishes. ...Read more
2-3 weeks: You may wish to add topical Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid derivative. If you do not get a satisfactory result after 6 weeks, consider a dermatology consult for the big guns -- more unpleasant and more dangerous but hugely effective. This is the 21st century and nobody needs to have unwanted acne. Good luck. ...Read more
Depends: At a listed age of 46 you should only treat acne under the guidance of your doc. It would be a bit unusual for your age group and other health issues should be ruled out. If you have some laying around and want to use it on your kid, bad idea. You could screw up something if s/he is not under proper medical supervision. ...Read more
Longtime: You can take for a longtime. Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more
Not by itself: I see that you also have thrush and if you do, perhaps this isn't the best time to start on doxycycline. I trust you have been using topical benzoyl peroxide and this is the basis of your treatment. Usually you see good results in a few weeks with an effective anti-acne combination. Spironolactone, the birth control pill, or topical clindamycin are other possibilities. ...Read more
I wanna try using doxycycline for my mild acne what about the dose and and how long should I stick to it?
Oral antibiotics are typically only prescribed for severe or cystic acne. Consider one or a combination of topical treatments first, some of which are prescription as well.
If your dermatologist feels that you need oral antibiotics, follow the guidelines on the prescription and be sure to follow up with your doctor to figure out when to stop taking it. ...Read more
I've been on doxycycline for 9 months for acne and now I want to get off it. How should I go about getting off of it?
Over a few weeks: Doxycycline is a very effective antibiotic used in acne therapy. Most patients are on a therapeutic dose and then, when the acne has improved, they go on a lower dose -- such as 50 mg per day. To go off the med, cut the dose and look for worsening acne -- if no worsening noted, you can safely stop. More important issue is sun sensitivity when beginning tetracycline! -- but no problem for you! ...Read more
I'm on doxycycline to treat my acne for 3 months but I took it only 2 months and stop about a month. How could I consume it again?
Not sure what you: Meant by "consume" or did you mean "resume"? You should treat it for 3 months regardless. Acne can be a chronic condition and if you had to use doxycycline I'm assuming you have already tried other methods to little effect. Finish the course and hopefully you won't have to do anything for a while. But acne do tend to come back. ...Read more