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Doctor insights on: Treating Acne With Antibiotics

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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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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


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Are sulfacetamide sodium or monodox (doxycycline monohydrate) effective in treating acne scars?

Are sulfacetamide sodium or monodox (doxycycline monohydrate) effective in treating acne scars?

Not for scars: This is not so much for treating scars as it for preventing scars by minimizing bacterial counts and the damage that is done by the bacteria and your bodies response tothe bacteria. ...Read more

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Is dianette stronger than oral antibiotics for treating acne?

Is dianette stronger than oral antibiotics for treating acne?

Acne: We do not use Dianette in US as it is not FDA approved and it is also banned in several European countries due to high risk profile. Dianette is a BC pill with progestin and anti-androgen activity, it is very different than antibiotics. Acne is not caused by infections. Antibiotic can only treat temporary secondary infection of a comedone, it does not treat or prevent acne. Why tag Accutane? ...Read more

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Which topical antibiotic is better for acne erythromycin or clindamycin ?

Which topical antibiotic is better for acne erythromycin or clindamycin ?

Both can be: effective. Each person has a different response to topical acne treatments. If one is tried and doesn't work well after a good trial period of time, it could be switched to the other. ...Read more

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How do Oral Antibiotics work in treating acne Or does it work in treating acne ThankYou?

How do Oral Antibiotics work in treating acne Or does it work in treating acne ThankYou?

Kills skin bacteria: One of the contributing factors to acne is bacteria infection. The antibiotics treat this cause of acne, but it doesn't treat the other contributing factors like plugged pores, skin oil & hormones. Medications like benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, salicylic acid, and birth control pills are used to treat the other factors. ...Read more

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I have some problems with acne - can I mix treatment with antibiotic and tretinoin, and BPO?

I have some problems with acne - can I mix treatment with antibiotic and tretinoin, and BPO?

Yes: there are combination acne products out there that either combine BPO with clindamycin or a newer product combines tretinoin with clindamycin. So yes, these meds have been combined to decrease the amount of separate applications needed a day (we know that the more you need to apply/take a medication, the less likely it is you will do so as prescribed (meaning you will miss dosing). ...Read more

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Is oral clindamycin helpful for acne vulgaris? Already failed tx w/ doxy, minocycline, & azithromycin.

Is oral clindamycin helpful for acne vulgaris? Already failed tx w/ doxy, minocycline, & azithromycin.

Don't do it: Taking oral Clindamycin after 3 other good antibiotics failed is asking for another failure and an episode of c. Difficile colitis or worse. I'm going to assume that topical Clindamycin plus benzoyl peroxide plus an adequate dose of an oral tetracycline was a failure. Your next option is a trial or spironolactone with other rx or a dermatology consult for Isotretinoin -- if the latter, be brave! ...Read more

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Stubborn, mild acne not responding to antibiotics or topical creams. Accutane seems too extreme for non-cystic acne. Help?!

Stubborn, mild acne not responding to antibiotics or topical creams. Accutane seems too extreme for non-cystic acne. Help?!

Keep at it.: There are three main parts to approaching acne...1) reduce the amount of bacteria on skin.. 2) keep pores open...3) reduce oil production. Antibiotics can be topical and/or oral. Other surface treatments aim to reduce bacteria and/or keep pores open. Keep experimenting and working with your doctor until you find the right mix. It can take a few weeks to see improvement even with right mix. ...Read more

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Does solodyn (minocycline) help with acne scars?

Does solodyn (minocycline) help with acne scars?

Maybe: Often a skins reaction can lead to local swelling which may make the skin look better. But a lasting impact is hard to get with topical creams. ...Read more

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Benzoyl peroxide and metrogel to treat acne rosacea, how to use?

Rosacea: I recommend patients with rosacea try to reduce their stress! minimize alcohol intake and no smoking! daily use of a gentle cleanser and Metrogel twice a day. If there is nodular rosacea i place the patient on Doxycycline as well. I do not use benzoyl peroxide as a routine for this. ...Read more

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Are antibiotics effective for patients with bronchitis?

Are antibiotics effective for patients with bronchitis?

Sometimes...: If the person has acute bronchitis caused by a bacterial infection, then antibiotics will be effective. However, most cases of acute bronchitis are due to viral infections and antibiotics are completely ineffective for viral infections. See your doctor who can diagnose the etiology of the infection, . ...Read more

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Is doxycycline prescribed for mild acne ?

Is doxycycline prescribed for mild acne ?

It can be.: Depending on your definition of "mild acne," doxycycline may be prescribed if topical medications are not helping. Usually it is prescribed for moderate acne, in conjunction with the topical meds. ...Read more

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Are these acne treatment medications (benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) gel and differin cream 0.1%) effective?

Are these acne treatment medications (benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) gel and differin cream 0.1%) effective?

Acne: Both can be effective, although through different actions. Benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) is more effective with acne causing bacteria. Differing is a retinoid. Uses in conjunction, they can be very effective. But, it's all trial and error. ...Read more

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Boils won't clear with oral antibiotics?

Usually not: Not usually, unless you catch them very early. Once the become fluid filled, they need to be opened and drained. ...Read more

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Best oral antibiotic for cystic acne & its dose ?

Best oral antibiotic for cystic acne & its dose ?

This is serious: I'm glad you're on benzoyl peroxide. Adding an antibiotic may help some; I would suggest simple tetracycline. However, this is unlikely to clear up real cystic acne. Especially at age 22, acne is a grave social and professional liability. You need to consider isotretinoin, even if you're read "how horrible it is." It is worth the risk, used with proper guidance. Best wishes. ...Read more

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