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I was taking Erythomycin prior to taking Doxy and had seen great results with that, it really clear my skin to the point where I was wearing very little make-up and stopped crying everytime I looked in a mirror. Unfortunately, as with all anti-biotics, my body got used to it and it started to have no effect and the acne creeped back. I went to the doctor and she prescribed me Doxy which seems daft seeing as the positive effects don't last but I was so upset with my looks, I just wanted it to go away. Anyway, it did nothing, not even for a short time and then all of a sudden, I started getting spots on my forehead and chin whereas before they were just on my cheeks. I've never had spots on my head/chin and they were so so sore (the massive, hard ones that ache and stay for months!). Needless to say, I came off the Doxy and have started on Dianette instead.
Ok . The first time i was on doxycycline, I was suffering from extremely light acne . Just a few blackheads and maybe 1 or two zits. I got off this medication a year or two ago and never needed anything else for my acne. Until about 1 year ago. I was sent to juvenile detention center for a while. While in the detention center my acne started flaring up to about 10 pimples a day and many black heads. After getting out of JDC, I was sent to a program for misbehaved youth. While in the program I started to develop 15 to 20 pimples on my face at a time. After going to the dermatologist , he put me on doxycycline. 5 months from that point my acne was worse than it has ever been . My 15 pimples turned quickly into 50 to 60 zits. My doctor just took me off it and prescribed me bactrim like it was no big deal he just destroyed my face . Do yourself a favor and do not take this medication for moderate acne. You will regret it. And remember . These doctors are just PRACTICING medicine.
My dermatologist prescribed me 3 months worth of doxycycline mid December last year. I took it exactly as prescribed and within a few days (~4) I already started seeing results. It was really encouraging and at around late January, my skin had been the clearest it had been in years! My tablets ran out in mid March and my acne came back early April.
It was very frustrating and I got even more self conscious because I had finally gotten a taste of what it'd feel like having porcelain skin, but it only lasted three months.
I've been using Apo-Doxy 100 mg in conjunction with Aczone topical gel, and together they've helped somewhat clear my skin. I do still break out, but my breakouts don't last as long; i'd start off with a bump and then (after spot-applying) Aczone, usually the pimple would disappear by the next morning. The acne on my back and chest have appeared to disappear (I don't use Aczone on those areas), so the pills are helping for bodily acne. But again, my facial acne hasn't completely disappeared.
Update: I used this treatment for 3 months. I have now completed my treatment and I can say that I break out a lot less, but I still have a few acne scars. I also noticed that I was a lot more moody while I was on the medication, and felt depressed some days. Another important thing is the stomach pain that comes with it. About 2 months into my treatment, I would get really bad stomach pains -- almost ulcer-like. I was then given some Prevacid pills to take 30 minutes before the Apo-Doxy. The Prevacid helped a lot. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this treatment because my skin didn't really improve as much, which makes the suffering worthless.
When I first went to see my GP with bad acne (2003) he prescribed this for me. It worked BEAUTIFULLY!!! I have always had problems with acne and this was my second time with a cycle of bad acne.
However after using this for a couple of years (Not continuously, as the doctor advised against it... every few months for a couple of years) the effectiveness stopped completely. My doctor said that I may have built up resistance towards the antibiotic, and prescribed topical Erythromycin solution. Helped for awhile but became ineffective too.
DOES NOT MEAN IT WONT WORK FOR YOU!!! It DID FOR ME!! just became less effective over time.
I took Doxycycline for 4 months, from October 2013 to January 2014. After trying out the oil cleansing method, my skin broke out like crazy, and nothing was working to clear it, so my doctor prescribed me doxycycline. From the first week I started to notice changes. Breakouts would decrease in size and the inflammation on my face would also reduce. I would still get occasional pimples popping up, but they wouldn't last long and would quickly disappear. It took a while for all of my acne to clear, it wasn't until the very end of the 4 month period in which I took the antibiotic, that I could honestly say all of my acne was gone. At the end of the 4 months, my skin was completely clear, I had no active acne, just hyper-pigmentation from old breakouts.
I actually liked doxycycline, and the other side effect I had with it, was that I would get sun burnt very easily, and would develop a rash on my chest and neck every time I went out in the sun. However, this didn't bother me too much, as the results I was seeing were incredible and I was just happy that it was working.
So after having pretty much every type of acne (blackheads whiteheads cystic etc) across my chest and shoulders my whole teen life I decided to stop hiding and see a doctor. Im allergic to natural penicillin but got an artificial derivative of this drug. Initially I had an awful break out (in places I've never had issues too) turns out that was the duac gel which I've stopped using. A month on and everything is clear! Finally I can focus on clearing up those scars! Pretty expensive in Australia and comes in really small packets but im stoked with the results and actually wear singlets now!
I was taking this on a fairly regular basis. I followed the directions exactly as the bottle said. As soon as I was done with a dose, the acne would be back in 2-3 months. Here I am 3 years later and my acne is still here. If your doctor tries this route, I'd reconsider.