I have been dealing with a new form of acne for me for about the past 5 months. I cleared all of my regular acne through diet changes and stayed clear for a good year. I then got food poisoned. Then I got a few inflamed pimples on my chin and in between my eyebrows after waxing at home. Ever since then this problem has gotten worse and worse. I have tried topical antifungals, topical antibacterials, even greater diet changes etc. all to no effect. I ate one sugar cookie the other day and woke up to 100 new pimples!
I went to the doctor today and he said I have folliculitus, no question. Because it is so deep in the skin he wants me on antibiotics (minocycline) Starting at a high dose and then lowering to a very low dose for a few months. I never took antibiotics for my acne and am fearful of taking them because of all of the information I have read about gut flora etc. I really need to take them though because my face is a war-zone! It hurts and is red, bleeding and crusty.
I guess my question is, is it alright to take antibiotics under these circumstances? Obviously I will be taking probiotics and eating fermented foods through this time so that I don't make my gut flora issues worse and will be keeping my sugar intake non existent. The reason I got this in the first place is probably related to my gut flora. I have taken antibiotics in the past for uti's. Any suggestions? I have also tried herbal antibiotics which did seem to help, but were not strong enough to clear the problem.
For the longest time I thought I was dealing with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth which was causing acne... and now I wish I had gone to the doctor sooner.