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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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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne 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 face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...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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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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Should I not take antibiotics for acne?

Should I not take antibiotics for acne?

Depends: Did your doctor prescribe the antibiotics? If yes, it would be advisable to take the medication. For home treatment of acne, you may consult this site: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/acne-vulgaris-home-treatment ...Read more

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Is there any over-the-counter antibiotic for acne?

Is there any over-the-counter antibiotic for acne?

Not in the USA: And that's a good thing. If an antibiotic is used alone, the bacteria that are involved with causing the illness tend to become resistant. You might or might not be able to get a retinoic acid derivative without a prescription. A physician's office visit is in order anyway if your acne hasn't responded to the benzoyl peroxide regimen you've been using; there may be other choices as well. ...Read more

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Question benefit of using a topical antibiotic for acne?

Short term use OK.: Depending on the topical antibiotic, there can bee good effects on acne as one of the causatives for acne is p. Acnes bacteria species. Topical Clindamycin and Erythromycin alone do not retain their effect after about 3-4 mos but even benzoyl peroxide is consider an antibiotic and works well for long periods of time. Hence, pro-active is a hot selling item! ...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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I'm on antibiotics for acne called 'A-cnotren' for 3 months now, yesterday I had a painful, under skin acne on my underarms, I have 20 today,plz help ?

I'm on antibiotics for acne called 'A-cnotren' for 3 months now, yesterday I had a painful, under skin acne on my underarms, I have 20 today,plz help ?

Examination: I would suggest having your doctor take a look at this sudden eruption of pimples on your underarm(s).If it truly started with one yesterday and today you have 20 I can't help but wonder if this is a worsening of a possible bacterial infection and you may need an actual oral or skin antibiotic that works well on skin infections rather than just isotretinoin (A-cnotren).Good luck! ...Read more

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What is the best topical antibiotics for acne?

What is the best topical antibiotics for acne?

Acne : Topical treatments available by prescription. If your acne doesn't respond to otc treatments, consider seeing a doctor or dermatologist to get a stronger prescription lotion. Tretinoin (avita, retin-a, others), Adapalene (differin) and tazarotene (tazorac, avage) are examples of topical prescription products derived from vitamin a. ...Read more

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


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more