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Best oral antibiotic for cystic acne & its dose ?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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