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Antibiotics seem to be the only treatment which actually works effectively for me, I normally have moderately severe acne but when using antibiotics I stay around 90% clear until I inevitably become resistant. So I was wandering what other antibiotics are effective for acne and which of these would you guys recommend for when/if I get resistant to Cephalexin so that I can kind of plan ahead?

I've been on (in order):

Lymecycline (least effective)

Doxycycline (most effective)

Erythromycin

Oxytetracycline

And I'm starting to get resistant to Oxytetracycline so I've decided to give Cephalexin ago asap.

All help is greatly appreciated!! :)

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Accutane.

No point just putting loads of crap drugs into your system if they're not working, they seem to only be a temporary fix anyway.

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Accutane.

No point just putting loads of crap drugs into your system if they're not working, they seem to only be a temporary fix anyway.

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Have you tried topical antibiotics like Isotrexin (retinoid plus erythromycin) or Duac (benozyl peroxide plus clindamycin)? Maybe there's no need to take internally antibiotics?

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Have you tried topical antibiotics like Isotrexin (retinoid plus erythromycin) or Duac (benozyl peroxide plus clindamycin)? Maybe there's no need to take internally antibiotics?

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I strongly advice you to stay away from antibiotics. They can make your acne even worse than before taking it. It kills the whole gut flora, acne may disappear for a few weeks but it is short term solution.

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Bactrim (trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole). High potential for side effects; flu-like symptoms could be signs of a sulfa allergy. Accutane is probably safer and more effective in the long term, although Bactrim will get you results quickly - probably within a week or two.

I would advise against antibiotics in general, though.

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I strongly advice you to stay away from antibiotics. They can make your acne even worse than before taking it. It kills the whole gut flora, acne may disappear for a few weeks but it is short term solution.

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Hi!

I absolutely know how you feel!

I tried every antibiotic out there, often being on each course for 4 months without seeing a difference. It was so disheartening and I was so worried about what the effects of all those needless chemicals would be doing in my body.

For the record, I have moderate/severe acne and have for 6 years. Im 21 now and just feel as though Im entitled to lovely, clear skin haha.

I saw a derm three months ago. After the requisite blood tests etc, he put me on 20mg once per day. Its now the end of my second month. Only some very minor side effects; dry lips (easily cured with carmex) and stiff knees.

My biggest problem area has always been my chin area. So far, the acne of my forehead and cheeks has basically cleared, but I still have a couple of bumps on my chin that just keep coming back.

My honest opinion for you; if your derm okays it, go on accutane. The antibiotics will NEVER work long term. And, if you are like me, you may be genetically predisposed to suffer both teenage and adult acne - meaning your skin most likely wont clear.

Im only on 20mg per day and will remain on the treatment for 12 months. Ive heard of some people being on 60mg and even 80, so my dose is pretty low and low risk.

My derm did say that there has been a lot of recent research which has found that accutane works better and has better and more sustained long term benefits if a low dose is taken over a longer period time. This is very different to how accutane has been used up until now which was basically go on a high dose for 4 months.

The only other thing i can say is what my derm said to me 'accutane does come with side effects, but antibiotics arent no walk in the park either'. If you take care of yourself and take it easy, chances are that you would be fine :)

Good luck!

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I would actually encourage antibiotics for short term, acute usage as a gateway to other treatments. For example taking tapering dosages for 2-4wks will allow for better control initial breakout often seen with topicals like differin and retin a.

Taking a probiotic will help minimize complications and side effects of antibiotic therapy. This is slowly catching on in the hospital setting where patients are on IV antibiotics for weeks.

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I would actually encourage antibiotics for short term, acute usage as a gateway to other treatments. For example taking tapering dosages for 2-4wks will allow for better control initial breakout often seen with topicals like differin and retin a.

Taking a probiotic will help minimize complications and side effects of antibiotic therapy. This is slowly catching on in the hospital setting where patients are on IV antibiotics for weeks.

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Haha sorry :)

My skin has gone a little dry, but a light, oil free moisturizer turns it around. I tried using heavier creams and oils such as rosehip and jojoba but my skin reacted badly. Skin definitely becomes more tempestuous on accutane.

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Oily skin is a nutrition problem. Accutane will reduce the oil while you are on the drug, but it will be back at most a month after your last pill.

10mg/day is a fine starting dose. You'll probably want to increase it over time. If you're going to take accutane, I would skip antibiotics and their harmful side effects altogether, especially since antibiotics are certainly only temporary.

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I strongly advice you to stay away from antibiotics. They can make your acne even worse than before taking it. It kills the whole gut flora, acne may disappear for a few weeks but it is short term solution.

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I strongly advice you to stay away from antibiotics. They can make your acne even worse than before taking it. It kills the whole gut flora, acne may disappear for a few weeks but it is short term solution.

My experience exactly...I hate what antibiotics have done to my skin. I was on trimethoprim only.

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I strongly advice you to stay away from antibiotics. They can make your acne even worse than before taking it. It kills the whole gut flora, acne may disappear for a few weeks but it is short term solution.

My experience exactly...I hate what antibiotics have done to my skin. I was on trimethoprim only.

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I strongly advice you to stay away from antibiotics. They can make your acne even worse than before taking it. It kills the whole gut flora, acne may disappear for a few weeks but it is short term solution.

My experience exactly...I hate what antibiotics have done to my skin. I was on trimethoprim only.

Take a probiotic and a prebiotic. Drink lots of water throughout the day. True for any A/B.

I wouldn't say oily skin is a nutrition problem, more like a hormonal problem that is indirectly effected by nutritional and dietary choices.

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you can try minocycline or keflex but you need some sort of skincare regimen to keep those pores clear. have you ever used AHA? if not i would try that once you get on a good antibiotic and then once you are clear for a few months then you can slowly wean off.

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Antibiotics seem to be the only treatment which actually works effectively for me, I normally have moderately severe acne but when using antibiotics I stay around 90% clear until I inevitably become resistant. So I was wandering what other antibiotics are effective for acne and which of these would you guys recommend for when/if I get resistant to Cephalexin so that I can kind of plan ahead?

I've been on (in order):

Lymecycline (least effective)

Doxycycline (most effective)

Erythromycin

Oxytetracycline

And I'm starting to get resistant to Oxytetracycline so I've decided to give Cephalexin ago asap.

All help is greatly appreciated!!

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Antibiotics seem to be the only treatment which actually works effectively for me, I normally have moderately severe acne but when using antibiotics I stay around 90% clear until I inevitably become resistant. So I was wandering what other antibiotics are effective for acne and which of these would you guys recommend for when/if I get resistant to Cephalexin so that I can kind of plan ahead?

I've been on (in order):

Lymecycline (least effective)

Doxycycline (most effective)

Erythromycin

Oxytetracycline

And I'm starting to get resistant to Oxytetracycline so I've decided to give Cephalexin ago asap.

All help is greatly appreciated!! :)

Ok so.. I know you don't want to hear this and trust me I hate hearing this too but antibiotics will eventually make your situation worse. And I say this because I was on Doxycycline for 8 months before it lost it's effectiveness and then Minocycline for 7 months before I became immune to it.

Now I am very very close to going on Keflex/Cephalexin but I know it is a temporary fix. Here is what you need to know - antibiotics will destroy your good bacteria in your gut. They will promote a type of yeast infection known as Candida which will cause leaky gut syndrome. As a result you will become allergic to a lot of food (rice, bread and anything with sugar especially chocolates and any type of junk food). It will also make sure you do not grow out of acne.

Now here is the thing. You have been on probiotics ever since you started antibiotics. In my case, I did not do that. I started with probiotics after using doxy. So my gut flora and good bacteria got pretty much wiped out. But I don't know if that is your case or not. Try stopping antibiotics for 2-3 weeks and I have a strong feeling you might break out pretty bad. Antibiotics stop you from growing out of acne..trust me.

But you know what, I am as addicted to them as you are and that is why I am considering Keflex now. Or even Bactrim. Even though I do know the side effects and know that I am making my condition worse in the long run. But I have reached a point where I do not care. I am 22 and my siblings grew out of acne when they were 18. I didn't because I used antibiotics. And if you think I am a rare case, trust me, 9/10 people have their acne return worse than it was after antibiotics.

So now you have a choice. To go for them and be happy temporarily (6-7 months) or to stop taking them and look for an alternative cure. Till this day I think my biggest mistake was going on antibiotics. It made my acne worse when I went off it and I wish I had the knowledge I did back then to cure myself without ingesting meds.

I know you dont wanna hear this and i mentioned i hated hearing this too but this is the sad reality.

But to answer your question - Minocycline, Keflex, Bactrim should be your next abx.

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Antibiotics seem to be the only treatment which actually works effectively for me, I normally have moderately severe acne but when using antibiotics I stay around 90% clear until I inevitably become resistant. So I was wandering what other antibiotics are effective for acne and which of these would you guys recommend for when/if I get resistant to Cephalexin so that I can kind of plan ahead?

I've been on (in order):

Lymecycline (least effective)

Doxycycline (most effective)

Erythromycin

Oxytetracycline

And I'm starting to get resistant to Oxytetracycline so I've decided to give Cephalexin ago asap.

All help is greatly appreciated!!

Ok so.. I know you don't want to hear this and trust me I hate hearing this too but antibiotics will eventually make your situation worse. And I say this because I was on Doxycycline for 8 months before it lost it's effectiveness and then Minocycline for 7 months before I became immune to it.

Now I am very very close to going on Keflex/Cephalexin but I know it is a temporary fix. Here is what you need to know - antibiotics will destroy your good bacteria in your gut. They will promote a type of yeast infection known as Candida which will cause leaky gut syndrome. As a result you will become allergic to a lot of food (rice, bread and anything with sugar especially chocolates and any type of junk food). It will also make sure you do not grow out of acne.

Now here is the thing. You have been on probiotics ever since you started antibiotics. In my case, I did not do that. I started with probiotics after using doxy. So my gut flora and good bacteria got pretty much wiped out. But I don't know if that is your case or not. Try stopping antibiotics for 2-3 weeks and I have a strong feeling you might break out pretty bad. Antibiotics stop you from growing out of acne..trust me.

But you know what, I am as addicted to them as you are and that is why I am considering Keflex now. Or even Bactrim. Even though I do know the side effects and know that I am making my condition worse in the long run. But I have reached a point where I do not care. I am 22 and my siblings grew out of acne when they were 18. I didn't because I used antibiotics. And if you think I am a rare case, trust me, 9/10 people have their acne return worse than it was after antibiotics.

So now you have a choice. To go for them and be happy temporarily (6-7 months) or to stop taking them and look for an alternative cure. Till this day I think my biggest mistake was going on antibiotics. It made my acne worse when I went off it and I wish I had the knowledge I did back then to cure myself without ingesting meds.

I know you dont wanna hear this and i mentioned i hated hearing this too but this is the sad reality.

But to answer your question - Minocycline, Keflex, Bactrim should be your next abx.

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Antibiotics seem to be the only treatment which actually works effectively for me, I normally have moderately severe acne but when using antibiotics I stay around 90% clear until I inevitably become resistant. So I was wandering what other antibiotics are effective for acne and which of these would you guys recommend for when/if I get resistant to Cephalexin so that I can kind of plan ahead?

I've been on (in order):

Lymecycline (least effective)

Doxycycline (most effective)

Erythromycin

Oxytetracycline

And I'm starting to get resistant to Oxytetracycline so I've decided to give Cephalexin ago asap.

All help is greatly appreciated!! :)

Ok so.. I know you don't want to hear this and trust me I hate hearing this too but antibiotics will eventually make your situation worse. And I say this because I was on Doxycycline for 8 months before it lost it's effectiveness and then Minocycline for 7 months before I became immune to it.

Now I am very very close to going on Keflex/Cephalexin but I know it is a temporary fix. Here is what you need to know - antibiotics will destroy your good bacteria in your gut. They will promote a type of yeast infection known as Candida which will cause leaky gut syndrome. As a result you will become allergic to a lot of food (rice, bread and anything with sugar especially chocolates and any type of junk food). It will also make sure you do not grow out of acne.

Now here is the thing. You have been on probiotics ever since you started antibiotics. In my case, I did not do that. I started with probiotics after using doxy. So my gut flora and good bacteria got pretty much wiped out. But I don't know if that is your case or not. Try stopping antibiotics for 2-3 weeks and I have a strong feeling you might break out pretty bad. Antibiotics stop you from growing out of acne..trust me.

But you know what, I am as addicted to them as you are and that is why I am considering Keflex now. Or even Bactrim. Even though I do know the side effects and know that I am making my condition worse in the long run. But I have reached a point where I do not care. I am 22 and my siblings grew out of acne when they were 18. I didn't because I used antibiotics. And if you think I am a rare case, trust me, 9/10 people have their acne return worse than it was after antibiotics.

So now you have a choice. To go for them and be happy temporarily (6-7 months) or to stop taking them and look for an alternative cure. Till this day I think my biggest mistake was going on antibiotics. It made my acne worse when I went off it and I wish I had the knowledge I did back then to cure myself without ingesting meds.

I know you dont wanna hear this and i mentioned i hated hearing this too but this is the sad reality.

But to answer your question - Minocycline, Keflex, Bactrim should be your next abx.

Yeah I know what you mean, I came off Lymecycline for about a week since I was pretty much clear and thought that I could simply continue to maintain the clear skin with The Regimen, but sure enough my acne came back full force- worse than before I started taking antibiotics. I know it is only a short term solution but like you, I've got to a point where I just really don't care anymore.

However I have to disagree with you when you say that 'antibiotics stop you from growing out of acne' because that is definitely not the case- it must be an unfortunate coincidence that you haven't grown out of acne yet but your siblings have. I'm really sorry to hear that, but just because you have the same parents doesn't mean that you will be exactly like them; no person is the same. My older brother took antibiotics for his acne for nearly a year and he has had clear skin ever since he stopped (his was worse than mine).

And thanks for the suggestions by the way, still unsure whether or not to go on low dose accutane or different antibiotics :/

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And if you are getting pustules around your chin and mouth area then trust me, its because of the damage antibiotics have done to your gut.

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And if you are getting pustules around your chin and mouth area then trust me, its because of the damage antibiotics have done to your gut.

Oh my gosh, that is exactly what I got (and still have) after I stopped the antibiotics. And it's true about the food sensitivities! I used to eat whatever I wanted without it affecting my skin. Life was good back then. !@#$%

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