i took minocycline for almost 5 years for moderate acne on face and moderately severe acne on my scalp(scalp folliculitis), everyone knows you are not supposed to take anitbiotics for this long, but since it was working while i was on it, my derm keep telling me to be patient, but came back within few days when dosage was reduced, so my derm would go back to the dosage that worked and wanted to try various different topicals(benzaclin/differin/tretinoin/clindamycin) while keeping the minocycline the same. During this long period, i also changed about 4 derms, and all of them seemed to be a big fan of this 'waste-of-time-and-money' drug, i dont know why. Now I changed my derm for the 5th time, the new derm said i shouldnt have taken any antibiotics for this long, and he immediately changed my oral to sulfamethoxazole/trimethaprim with benaclin in the AM, and tazorac(0.1%) before bed, its been my 3rd month on this combo, it is already working like a charm, my derm has already lowered the dosage of oral(after the first two months of two pills a day), i am on one pill a day now, so far so good, i did not get acne so far, which is good because this wasnt the case with minocycline, i feel like i finally found a break, lets see. Even if this doesnt work and if my acne seems to slowly come back in the future, then i will have no other option but to seek Isotretinoin.
Bottom line is that there are lots of medications (topical and oral) out there, also over the counter stuff, which only work on people with mild acne and non-oily skin type, even though they advertise it for oily skin.
if you have anything moderate acne or more with oily skin, please dont waste your time, money and dont push drugs into your system/body and become a testing ground for medical statistics, instead educate yourself at this wonderful website and similar ones, and ask your derm/doctor staright away for preffered ones, tell them straight away, you read these and you are confident in t