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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ?
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
I would like to take a probiotic to ease my gas and constant bloating. But I also suffer from acne. Can the probiotic supplement make my acne worse?
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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