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

14-year-son taking Monodox 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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Would it be bad to take an antibiotic such as doryx for my acne while taking probiotics?

Would it be bad to take an antibiotic such as doryx 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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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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What helps best for cystic acne? Probiotics or evening primerose? Currently taking Spironolactone, Aczone, & genetic tazorac.

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

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

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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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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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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

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A common human skin disease characterized by areas of scaly red skin (seborrhea) with blackheads/whiteheads (comedones) , pinheads (papules), large papules (nodules), pimples & possibly scarring. Occurs mostly on face, upper chest & back. Treated with benzoyl peroxide, salicylic ...Read more


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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