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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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 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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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

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


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