So, if you're a male, I suggest you veer away from this particular blog post.
I've been doing this skin care regimen consisting of an oral antibiotic, topical antibiotic, topical retinoid, benzoyl peroxide face wash, and cerave gentle cleanser and moisturizer for about a month now and I really, really like it. My face is SO much more clear. It's crazy how clogged my pores were--I always had dark pores or blackheads or even very little white bumps/clogged pores. Now, my face is so smooth--I haven't had any new acne in 2 weeks, just a really, really small clogged pore on my right cheek that I messed with and is healing (it just looks like a small pink mark now).
Here's the downside though--the oral antibiotic has given me a yeast infection. The antibiotic is doing it's job--it's killing off bad bacteria in my body that causes excess oil, clogged pores, and acne. However, it's also killing off good bacteria too, which my body needs to stay healthy and at a balanced pH level. Yes, yuck. But, I've taken antibiotics for other things before and have dealt with this on other occasions. I'm counteracting it with over the counter AZO Yeast Infection pills (taken up to 3 times max daily) and Alphadophilus pills (good bacteria).
Has anyone taken an antibiotic for their acne for a long time? Did you get a yeast infection and if so-- Did you continue taking the antibiotic, cut back on the dosage, or did you body eventually get used to it?
I'd like to know what the other women think, esp. if you've taken Minocycline before. I'm taking one 100mg pill in the morning and one 100mg pill at night.