Posted 25 June 2012 - 05:31 PM
Posted 03 July 2012 - 11:27 AM
Erythromycin is a macrolide antibiotic. It doesn't kill bacteria but it prevents them from reproducing so your immune system can kill them off.
Erythromycin works by preventing bacteria from producing proteins that are essential to them. Without these proteins the bacteria cannot grow, replicate and increase in numbers. Erythromycin doesn’t directly kill the bacteria, but leaves them unable to increase in numbers. The remaining bacteria eventually die or are destroyed by the immune system. This treats the infection.
Skinoren is azelaic acid. It also has a small antibacterial effect and also reduces keratin on your face (too much keratin can cause acne). It also temporarily decreases redness in your skin.
Azelaic acid gel is used to clear the bumps, lesions, and swelling caused by rosacea (a skin disease that causes redness, flushing, and pimples on the face). Azelaic acid cream is used to treat acne. Azelaic acid is in a class of medications called dicarboxylic acids. It works to treat acne by killing the bacteria that infect pores and by decreasing production of keratin, a natural substance that can lead to the development of acne. The way azelaic acid works to treat rosacea is not known.
Honestly, I'd say that combo is a bit unconventional. I don't know a lot of people on Erythromycin, and usually Skinoren is prescribed for rosacea. But I would give this combo a fair shot. I wish some of my dermatologists had been a little more unconventional...I would have been cured faster. I had to strongarm my dermatologist to even let me try Skinoren!
My personal experience with antibiotics: I would clear but then my body would become resistant and I would have to switch antibiotics. That said I've noticed my body is VERY resistant to change.
My personal experience with azelaic acid: I had a miraculous clearing of smaller spots. I have severe cystic acne as well, though, that is mostly caused by a hormone imbalance. Azelaic acid couldn't touch those.
Edited by Green Gables, 03 July 2012 - 11:28 AM.
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