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)
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 :/