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I’m writing this review on Doxycyline because after 4 years of trying to cure my on and off cystic acne naturally or with only topical treatments, it has been the only thing to actually help so far. I’ve tried so many topical treatments as well as natural treatments for my skin. I was insistent on curing it without any pills. I became vegetarian for 2 years, constantly exercised, ate sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, but nothing would completely clear my painful acne. My self-esteem went down and I found myself in situations where I did not want to leave my house. My whole life I’ve had very clear skin, except for the hormonal once a month zit. When I turned 18, my face began breaking out with small pimples. Skip to 4 years later and I have continued to break out on and off again with pretty bad cystic break outs and then my skin would be clear for a few weeks—then I would break out again. However, over the past 6 months, I had a mostly pimple-free face except that my face was super congested under the surface. I had small milia-like bumps that would not go away no matter what I tried. When I put on make-up, my skin was extremely bumpy and textured. I exfoliated, drank lots of water, tried several different products, cut dairy out and other unhealthy foods—but nothing worked. One day I was surfing the web and came across Retin-A (tretinoin). I started using it and within the first week, all of the bumps under my face surfaced and became these huge, cystic, pus-filled, RAGING pimples all over my cheeks, chin, and jawline. I read about the initial purging stage of tretinoin but I did not expect it to feel like a volcano erupted on my face. After breaking out with at least 2 new cystic pimples everyday for 10 days, I went to a dermatologist and he recommended pairing the tretinoin with Doxycycline. Long story short, I continued breaking out terribly for 2 weeks. During the first 14 days of Doxycyline, I kid you not, I did not leave my house AT ALL. I know this sounds extreme but my acne was THAT bad. By this point, I had at least 35 active pimples all over my face (except my forehead) and I could barely wash my face. I was literally just sitting in my house waiting for the doxycycline to kick in and clear up my face. Thankfully, by the 23rd day of persisting with Doxycyline, the left side of my face was completely smooth and all the small bumps underneath had gone. Yesterday marks 1 month on Doxycyclin and 1 month/10 days on tretinoin and all I am left with are a few tiiiiiny pimples on my right cheek and severe hyperpigmentation. However, my face has never felt this smooth in 4 years. I’m going to be on Doxycyline for another 2 months. I’m using the tretinoin to help with hyperpigmentation and the texture of my skin. I honestly don’t know if it’s going to come back after I finish 3 months but I’m really praying that it won’t!
I never ever ever ever write up reviews. But I need to share this. I've suffered from moderate to severe acne for nearly 2 years. I would have these dots all over my face, my skin was red, and it just didn't look appealing. And I have tried so many tricks in the book. This comes down to changing my diet, trying tons of skin products (including natural), drinking so much water and I do (3litres a day) and so much more. It has put my self-esteem so down, I refused to go out a lot of the times because I'd see other girls my age with clear skin and it come to a point where I decided to go to the doctor. He prescribed me with doxycycline and a cream to apply on my skin once a day. It is currently day 6 of being on this pill and cream. And I have been complimented by my peers that my acne has been reduced significantly including my hyperpigmentation. I don't know if this will work for everyone but it is worth a try. And since I have taken this pill, I have never felt so much better about myself. and the best part is, IT'S ONLY DAY 6. I will say it hasn't cleared up fully but around my chin area I had lost of cysts and pimples that had white heads everyday and it looked nasty. So far my acne has reduced in size and has flattened. I still have 22 days to go of taking this pill so I will give a heads up.
I'm a 15 year old girl who has, unfortunately, suffered from mild acne since I was 11. However, my acne has progressively gotten worse since the beginning of this year. I started using epiduo which, I believe, ruined my skin even more. I developed really bad hyperpigmentation all over my face and was always covered in pimples, mainly whiteheads and cysts. I finally went to a dermatologist in April and upon looking at my face, he recommended accutane or an antibiotic plus topical treatment. He told me that with the antibiotic/topical treatment, there may only be a 20-30% improvement. Nevertheless, I decided to trial the antibiotic/topical treatment because I was and still am wary and afraid of accutane. I was prescribed 100mg of doxycycline and 0.05% tretinoin cream to use at night. During the first two weeks of treatment, I only used the tretinoin every other day because I do have extremely sensitive skin (I blame the Epiduo). Also, I wash my face with cetaphil cleanser, moisturise with the cetaphil dry skin cream and use SPF 30 daily. Here is a brief summary of my progress thus far: Month 1/2: Lots of peeling and dryness in the first week. Saw improvements in skin texture, not that many little bumps but still had at least 5 pimples constantly on my face. Slight improvement in hyperpigmentation but I was picking my acne so this wasn't unexpected. Month 3 (current): reduction in number of pimples on face, improvement on skin texture and hyper pigmentation has started to fade. I have my dermatologist appointment soon and I am hoping to continue this treatment for at least 2 more months because I have read many reviews saying that the skin didn't clear up until 3-6 months into the treatment. I will be posting any follow up reviews. Hope this helped !
I've been using this drug for literally 5 days, and it didn't work for me at all. Yes it cleared some of my acne (mine were moderate small sort of like white heads kind of acne) every single day wither I take it in an empty stomach or a full stomach it makes me so sick and dizzy, the first time I took it I ate a small fruit before and was semi full, not even 30 minutes passed without me getting so dizzy I almost fell on the floor, and the second time I took it I ate dinner an hour before, i vomited less than an hour later. Before thinking about taking this drug you must ask your doctor about the side effects especially if you have a sensitive stomach like mine.
I've been on two, 2 month courses of doxycycline in my life, using it as a way to pump the brakes on the cycle of acne when it's been out of control. The first time, I had never ever been on any oral medication for my acne and wasn't on birth control. Doxy cleared most of my acne in that time and after getting off it, my skin was relatively under control for a year and a half, with good skincare practices and a regimen that worked for me. I got back on it recently for less severe acne than before, but just because I was switching birth control pills a lot at the time and my skin was understandably reacting. I just wanted to calm things down immediately rather than waiting for the birth control to even out, and it worked great for that. I will note that I did *not* experience any side effects, except increased redness and sensitivity when I got my eyebrows/upper lip threaded which went away in a few hours. Doxy isn't a permanent solution to your acne, but if you have out of control breakouts and don't want to go on Accutane, it's a great choice to get your skin possibly to the point where it can be managed with a good skincare regimen.
My skin is waaaay oily. I mean its still oily after I wash it. Anyway, the only thing it did was take away the little white heads on the edges of my nose. i knew it was the doxycycline because it came right back after I got off it 2 weeks later.
I gave this product a three because it generally did help with my acne. I have had acne since I was in middle school, I am now 20. My family Doctor perscribed 100mg of Doxy as a short term solution but I ended up staying on the drug for over a year. within 1 month of taking the medication my acne was noticeably better, I wasn't breaking out with any new spots. After 7 months on the drug all my acne was pretty much clear. I decided to stop the medication at this point but my acne started coming back. After 2 months of being off Doxy, I went back to it because my acne was all coming back. I used the drug for 4 months but I was still breaking out. I went back to my dermatologist and told her my issues and she doubled my dose only for 2 weeks to see if that would make any difference. Within the first week of her doubling the dose I had many negative side effects, I decided to stop taking it all together.
Where to begin? I took this because nothing else topically worked and at 25 my acne was the worst it ever had been. I was super ashamed to show my skin and my boyfriend even told me that he thought my self confidence was affecting our relationship. So even though I have always been against using drugs for my skin, I just try to avoid prescriptions at all costs generally, I went to the dermatologist and asked for anything other than accutane because I had just heard so many bad things. Short story - I was on it for 4 months, noticed some decrease in the longevity of my pimples decreased somewhat, at least the white heads. My cystic pimples I noticed no change at all and the same for the blackheads that plague my nose and temple. On top of this, my stomach for the first time became a mess. I actually lost 15 lbs while on doxy because I was always so nauseated, I guess that was a nice side effect. But it really was a horrible experience. Once I stopped, my stomach got better almost instantly. My decrease in whiteheads also stopped pretty instantly once I stopped it. They came back within 1 week. My boyfriend’s sister told me months ago about a brand she likes called Ninja. I thought it sounded like a silly name and never did anything to follow up. But when I was desperate, I gave them a call and was so surprised to actually get someone on the line and that someone was the owner! She took about 1 hour to talk to me about my skin, gave me a list of products she would recommend for me and asked me to check in if I decided to give them a shot. Best thing I ever did. Within 2 weeks of using the products, I saw more results than I have ever seen from any other treatment and I promise you, I have tried nearly everything. Now 9 weeks in, I am completely clear of cysts (except for one stubborn one on my neck that I have had for 3 months), zero whiteheads and best thing is that once I pulled the existing blackheads, no more have formed. I am totally in shock. My mom, boyfriend and little sister have all commented on my positive attitude and how much happier I seem in general. I guess I had not really realized how much acne had affected me on a deeper level but now that my skin is clear, I feel lighter, happier. And I just keep going back to my original thought that no one should do drugs for acne.
I am ending a 6 month cycle of using this drug. My acne has stayed relatively the same. I do notice that the bad spots, such as cysts, don't last as long. But the decrease in longevity is not that significant. The appearance of smaller white heads is the only thing that has decreased significantly. Just a warning to those with sensitive stomachs - this drug can be rough to digest. You must take it with a full glass of water and without food for it to be most effective. However, this will cause nausea/stomach discomfort. So you can either choose for the drug to work somewhat well and be met with debilitating nausea or you can take food with it and have it barely work at all.
Did not work for me.. if anything my acne got worse while taking doxycycline and I felt sick everyday even when I took it with food. Took it for 2 months and my doctor changed me to a different antibiotic.
I'm 22 and started getting moderate acne about two years ago. I was prescribed doxycycline and it cleared my skin in about three months, which was great. In that, you could say it actually works. I stayed on it for about nine months (which I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to do) because my dermatologist had told me that it would probably stop working once I was off the treatment. And surely enough, about three months after going off doxy, my acne is coming back as bad as it was before. I don't know why dermatologists keep prescribing this treatment when there's an 80% chance that the acne will come back afterwards (sometimes worse even). I guess that if your acne comes from your lifestyle (stress levels, what you eat/drink etc) it could work as a quick fix while you're making the changes you need, but for the ones who have hormonal acne and such this doesn't work long-term.