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Do You Have To Use Antibiotics For As Long As Acne Lasts?

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My dermatologist prescribed me minocycline and i was wondering will i have to continue using minocycline if i want a clear face or does it work like accutane where you take it for a short 4-6 months? I am 19 years old. The acne i had on my chest gets only one or two minor pimples a month and the acne on my back is diminishing and it is just my face that has horrible breakouts. Just wondering because i do not plan on taking antibiotics for a long time. I would rather go on accutane and forget about acne once i am done.

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Once you stop taking antibiotics, it will come back.


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Once you stop taking antibiotics, it will come back.


My Current Treatment Plan

Morning: Lymecycline

Evening: Dianette + Epiduo

Diet: eliminated dairy

My Log:

Acne status: continuing to break out, so demoralising!

"I would rather learn what it feels like to burn than feel nothing at all." ~ Ron Pope


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A lot of doctors are comfortable prescribing them indefinitely.

That said, it's not a great idea for society overall, because the overuse of antibiotics promotes antibiotic resistance.


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A lot of doctors are comfortable prescribing them indefinitely.

That said, it's not a great idea for society overall, because the overuse of antibiotics promotes antibiotic resistance.


My Current Treatment Plan

Morning: Lymecycline

Evening: Dianette + Epiduo

Diet: eliminated dairy

My Log:

Acne status: continuing to break out, so demoralising!

"I would rather learn what it feels like to burn than feel nothing at all." ~ Ron Pope


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Yeah, they tend to stick with a few antibiotics for acne like keflex, erythromycin, and tetracyclines.

But, it still promotes resistance.

If they work for a few years, go for it. I don't think you're really killing off mankind, but use them judiciously.


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Yeah, they tend to stick with a few antibiotics for acne like keflex, erythromycin, and tetracyclines.

But, it still promotes resistance.

If they work for a few years, go for it. I don't think you're really killing off mankind, but use them judiciously.


My Current Treatment Plan

Morning: Lymecycline

Evening: Dianette + Epiduo

Diet: eliminated dairy

My Log:

Acne status: continuing to break out, so demoralising!

"I would rather learn what it feels like to burn than feel nothing at all." ~ Ron Pope


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Just to share my anecdotal experience: I tried the tetracycline in high school, and that was a joke. Doxy worked amazingly well for me last year. I was on short-term course because as was mentioned, long-term use of antibiotics promote resistance. It's actually becoming a seriously problem worldwide. In many countries, you can get them without a prescription (e.g., India). I did a 14-day course of 200mg/day, followed up with a 30-day course of 100mg/day. It was great.

Skip to today. It didn't do jack for my cysts. I was on 200mg/day for three week and I was breaking out more than ever. Now I'm on Duricef (part of the cefaflexin family - brand name is Keflex). I have no idea if it will work, but I really hope it does.

I don't know what I'm going to do if I become immune to this. That is the inherent problem with antibiotics. They aren't meant to kill bacteria. So, if you have an infection, they work well. Acne, though it is an infection, is chronic so taking antibiotics long terms can cause it to lose its effectiveness, but also for the individual to have a weakened immunity system.

So yeah, it sucks. I try to use it as a kickstarter in the short term, by the time the long-term medications kick in (i.e., Spiro or BCPs, for women anyway). Part of it also depends on the cause and severity and age of the individual who has acne too.

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Just to share my anecdotal experience: I tried the tetracycline in high school, and that was a joke. Doxy worked amazingly well for me last year. I was on short-term course because as was mentioned, long-term use of antibiotics promote resistance. It's actually becoming a seriously problem worldwide. In many countries, you can get them without a prescription (e.g., India). I did a 14-day course of 200mg/day, followed up with a 30-day course of 100mg/day. It was great.

Skip to today. It didn't do jack for my cysts. I was on 200mg/day for three week and I was breaking out more than ever. Now I'm on Duricef (part of the cefaflexin family - brand name is Keflex). I have no idea if it will work, but I really hope it does.

I don't know what I'm going to do if I become immune to this. That is the inherent problem with antibiotics. They aren't meant to kill bacteria. So, if you have an infection, they work well. Acne, though it is an infection, is chronic so taking antibiotics long terms can cause it to lose its effectiveness, but also for the individual to have a weakened immunity system.

So yeah, it sucks. I try to use it as a kickstarter in the short term, by the time the long-term medications kick in (i.e., Spiro or BCPs, for women anyway). Part of it also depends on the cause and severity and age of the individual who has acne too.

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If you've been battling acne and you're frustrated, do accutane, it's amazing! And the effects are long-lasting.

Antibiotics will stop working. My new favorite acne antibiotic is Keflex, it works really well for me. But I usually just do a 10 day course here and there when the cystic stuff gets out of hand... I'm on Accutane right now, finishing month 4.


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If you've been battling acne and you're frustrated, do accutane, it's amazing! And the effects are long-lasting.

Antibiotics will stop working. My new favorite acne antibiotic is Keflex, it works really well for me. But I usually just do a 10 day course here and there when the cystic stuff gets out of hand... I'm on Accutane right now, finishing month 4.

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Okay thanks Richard, i will definitely be trying accutane. I read your log, i hope everything goes well for you on your third course.


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no not at all.... u will get resistant to the drug after using for long time... so u wont respond to same drug.. have to go for stronger antibiotic with more side effects....

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