Thank you to Lakestone park and Green Gables! I've tried using Duac for about 3 weeks now and the acne is still there, so will the dermatologist have any other cream like thing that is just as good and will actually work? And are you saying I shouldn't take antibiotics he gives me? honestly, I just want clear skin, I don't want to have to use cream forever in my life just to keep acne away. I just want something in the mean time to clear it all up until eventually, I don't produce acne.
So will the dermatologist be able to help me to clear up my skin, and if he offers me antibiotics, should I decline? And would using the creams etc make my acne worse in the long run? like, if I use it, will I always have to keep using it so I don't get acne? Thanks.
I'm trying not to overload you with information. But if your acne is mild, you can very likely clear it up with only an occasional use of a cream and some diet changes. An antibiotic will give you short-term clearance but I would venture to say MOST people do not see permanent clearance on an antibiotic because you cannot take an antibiotic forever. You're only supposed to take it for a few months. Even derms will tell you that. What they did with me was I would get resistant to an antibiotic, and then would switch me to a new one, until I finally became resistant to pretty much every antibiotic available.
So if I were you, I would get some creams from the derm, just tell him you don't want to try pills just yet (a lot of people don't like taking pills, that's something he/she should understand), and let the creams deal with your acne for the time being. Then look into some simple lifestyle changes that can easily clear mild acne.
Anyway, here is a good detailed explanation of what antibiotic pills do and why they are bad in the long run:
Intestinal flora (bacteria) compromises of 95% of the total cells in the body. Antimicrobial drugs, better know as antibiotics, are drugs that destroy these bacteria. There is a common belief that antibiotics are good for the body. This thought stems from misconception and misunderstanding of how antibiotics really work.
There are two types of bacteria in the body.
Antibiotics destroy ALL bacteria. They are not discerning towards which are good and which are bad. Continual use of antibiotics can have a devastating effect on the immune system, because healthy bacteria play a very specific role in the body. Destroying these healthy bacteria removes one major defense system put in place by your immune system.
- Healthy bacteria, which exists to consume toxins and wastes ingested through unhealthy foods, and keep other otherwise damaging microorganisms, such as yeast, in check.
- Unhealthy bacteria, which exist as a result of the bodies natural effort to localize toxins and wastes away from vital inner organs.
Antibiotics only treat the symptom
Now if you’ve ever taken antibiotics for acne, maybe you’ve noticed that things got better at first. This is to be expected. Antibiotics are capable of destroying the bacteria that leads to acne. However, this is only treating a symptom and not the disease itself. “The symptoms of acne are not the actual disease.”
A weak immune system allows this bad bacteria to overgrow in the first place. You can destroy the bad bacteria that has overgrown, but what happens when you stop? If your immune system is still weak, the bacteria will overgrow all over again. This makes antibiotics as an acne treatment, an effort in futility.
Bacteria becomes resistant to antibiotic treatment
Bacteria are living organisms which evolve and adapt, just like we do. When you take antibiotics, sensitive bacteria are killed, but resistant germs are left to grow and multiply.
The bacteria that causes acne is no different. Antibiotics will usually alleviate the symptoms caused by acne the first or second cycle of dosage, but after continuous use, the bacteria will become resistant and overgrow even worse then before. Take a look at just few first hand experience with antibiotics to treat acne.
Acne sufferers experiences with antibiotics
A simple search on the acne.org forums show dozens of these cases:
Tetracycline (Antibiotics) Reviews – Acne.org Reviews
I was on tetracycline for about a year before i had to come off it because it made me lose so much weight and I was becoming resistant to antibiotics in general. It’s great for a temporary solution, but unfortunately when I came off of it again after a few months my acne went from being mild/moderate to severe when I went away to college and practically impossible to control since.
after a month all of the zits came back even in places on my face i never had them before
You have to keep using it, once you stop they come back. I have been on them for years. Everytime I think I should stop using them I break out all over again!!!
I stopped taking the pills for about two months and decided to start taking them again. I found that my acne had worsened. My cheeks are red and they feel/look almost like I have a rash. I’m not sure what to do. I’m frustrated.
Is it possible for antibiotics to make it worse? – Acne.org Forums
later..after i was taking it for over a year, it entirely quite working and my acne got very very very bad. way way way worse than when i started a year earlier. this happened to be right when i started college.. really made it easy meeting ppl
I have been on lymecycline before and it worked very well.
I stopped taking it for 6 months to see how it went and it wasnt good.
Ive just started again 3 weeks ago and my acne is worse than ever.
Antiobiotics make you worse? – Acne.org Forums
and she changed my minocycline to lymecyline, saying she couldn’t see any reason why it would get any worse, and it might improve things, and keeping me on dianette. now my skin is TERRIBLE
What’s even scarier is the fact that once the antibiotics cause your skin to get worse, unhappy patients go back to their dermatologist (the very same dermatologists that made their problem worse in the first place) and the derm prescribes them stronger antibiotics! It’s a never ending cycle of futile acne treatment that causes more harm then good.
I was on Mino for around 8 months and I was the clearest I’ve ever been. Then a few months after I stopped taking the antibiotic twice a day, my mild acne came back and turned much much worse.
My doctor put me on mino again but I’m seeing another doctor soon to see if I can get Accutane, because I don’t trust the mino.
An inherit problem of acne is that sufferers are desperate. Everyday they have acne is a day other people will see it. Sufferers want to it gone ASAP (I know I did!) The problem with this is that it took many years of unhealthy eating to become sick enough to get acne in the first place. Antibiotics, and the Dermatologists that prescribe them, throw out the notion that your acne can be cured within weeks with a prescription drug. It doesn’t work that way!
I dont think Ill ever do Antibiotics again. Its all my one derm EVER wanted to give me. Its not good for you I dont think.
Antibiotics Fact Sheet
- Antibiotics destroy healthy bacteria that are necessary for healthy skin.
- Antibiotics only treat a symptom of acne (superfluous bacteria,) and not the true cause.
- Bacteria becomes resistant to antibiotics, acne comes back worse then before.
- Doctors over prescribe antibiotics to acne sufferers that don’t need them. (See ‘Free Antibiotics: Wrong Prescription For Cold And Flu Season, Experts Say’ )
Edited by Green Gables, 06 September 2012 - 06:20 PM.