Can anyone tell me if they had success with a round of doxycycline hyclate? For instance, after they came off the round of doxycycline, has their acne been much milder or disappeared completely without it causing more problems?
The reason I ask is because last march (2012) I broke out in some crazy pustular acne which started out from hives (allergic reaction to peanuts <--- which i never had before in my life). I went to a dermatologist in april 2012. The dermatologist looked at my skin and said it was folliculitis (left cheek) and just a bad acne breakout on my forehead. She prescribed me some Retin-A and doxycycline hyclate 100mg (twice a day, 60caps). I never used the Retin-A as I was worried that it would irritate my skin. So I just took the course of the doxy and the acne went away throughout the rest of April into May of 2012. However I noticed that sometime in late May up until present day, after I ate foods that I never had problems with in the past would cause me to break out in pustular acne (itchy, oily, red). It's a strange kind of mechanism where if I eat a food daily (for example: chicken), I would break out increasingly the more I ate it. The reactions are pretty quick within a hour to a few hours. I've been doing research over the year and stumbled upon different types of possible causes whether it be candida, leaky gut, pityrosporum folliculitis, etc. I've seen three internists, a gastroenterologist, an allergist, and another dermatologist in the few months. None of my doctors believe in leaky gut or candida due to the lack of clinical evidence and support. All of them think it's either due to stress (which doesn't make sense because I don't really lead a stressful life) or just plain old acne. I had bloodwork done and everything came back normal. Negative on celiac disease, negative on HIV/STDs, negative on various bacteria (stool culture test), and normal on all the other standard bloodwork. Currently i'm still scratchin my head tryna figure all this out. My GP and dermatologist prescribed me some more doxycycline hyclate 100mg 60 caps again, but i'm really hesitant to take it because i'm not sure if these antibiotics caused all these problems in the first place. Before all this happened (before march), I had very mild acne where I would have one or two pimples every three weeks to a month since I was 14 (i'm 24 now).
Can anyone shed light on this? Is doxycycline a smart choice or should I opt to find another solution? At this point, seeing all these doctors is draining all my paychecks (I recently got insurance though), but I am hoping one of you guys could offer some advice. At the very least, i'm hoping someone could answer my initial questions.
Thank you in advance for your time!