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Old 05-22-2005, 03:49 PM   #1
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Hi! I've been suffering from severe acne for a couple of years now, and I was wondering, "Are antiobiotics the only solution?" It seems that there are no other alternatives. I've tried numerous facial cleansers, over-the-counter acne medications, and a prescribed topical cream, but nothing seems to do any good. I tried ProActive and was only able to use it for about 2-3 days because my skin became so dry I couldn't stand it, and I was using the minimal amount. I just finished trying the Clean & Clear acne kit consisting of facial cleanser and moisturizer with salycilic acid, and it made my skin worse than I've seen it before in my life! My doctor prescribed Tetracycline, but I'm just weary of antibiotics. Besides, I've heard that antibiotics are only a temporary fix, meaning you would have to be on antibiotics permanently to have lasting results. There seems to be no hope! Are antibiotics the only way out and even if you try it and they work, what do you do when the acne comes back? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Old 05-22-2005, 05:42 PM   #2
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Re: Are Antibiotics Necessary?

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Hi! I've been suffering from severe acne for a couple of years now, and I was wondering, "Are antiobiotics the only solution?" It seems that there are no other alternatives. I've tried numerous facial cleansers, over-the-counter acne medications, and a prescribed topical cream, but nothing seems to do any good. I tried ProActive and was only able to use it for about 2-3 days because my skin became so dry I couldn't stand it, and I was using the minimal amount. I just finished trying the Clean & Clear acne kit consisting of facial cleanser and moisturizer with salycilic acid, and it made my skin worse than I've seen it before in my life! My doctor prescribed Tetracycline, but I'm just weary of antibiotics. Besides, I've heard that antibiotics are only a temporary fix, meaning you would have to be on antibiotics permanently to have lasting results. There seems to be no hope! Are antibiotics the only way out and even if you try it and they work, what do you do when the acne comes back? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Sadie
Antibiotics are commonly used because acne is often caused by bacteria trapped in skin pores. Bacteria can only be killed (thus eliminating acne) with an antibacterial agent, such as an oral or topical antibiotic.

Most people have success with antibiotics, and not everyone has to take them for the rest of their life.

 
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Old 05-22-2005, 05:58 PM   #3
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Re: Are Antibiotics Necessary?

Hi Sadie12,
I just want to let you know that I had the most success with topical antibiotic. It's the clyndamicin pledgets that I apply twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. Before, I had moderate acne for 4 to 5 years. My skin was soo dull and bumpy. I tried many things including expensive acupuncture (twice) and nothing worked. I was very hesitant trying anything that has to do with antibiotics because I heard that antibiotics only worked temporarily and your acne might end up getting worse than it already is. That's why I never went to see a dermatologist. After trying and trying numerous times, I decided to go see one, and he prescribed me this along with retin A. I have to tell you that this is the only thing that worked for me. I have been using for more than a year, and it still works fine. I have also received lots of comments about my skin too, and so therefore, I realized that I cannot live without it. I wished I had tried this alot sooner and stuck with it. My face still has these little spots, and a few scars due to previous acne. Imagine if I had tried these 2 years ago, my face now would be completely flawless. Anyways, my point is: everybody's different. Many people think topical antibiotics did not work for them, but to me, they work wonders. So please give it a try and see how your face reacts to it.
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Old 05-22-2005, 06:16 PM   #4
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Re: Are Antibiotics Necessary?

what is meant by "antibiotics" -> does that just mean medicine you take orally (pills?) ?

 
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what is meant by "antibiotics" -> does that just mean medicine you take orally (pills?) ?

Not all oral pills are antibiotics. "Antibiotics" refer to the classes of drugs that kill bacteria; in this case, prescription drugs that kill bacteria. Antibiotics come in pill, topical (cream, ointment, etc), and injectable forms. Most common for acne treatment are the pill and topical forms. Examples for acne are doxycycline, tetracycline, and clinamycin.

 
Old 05-22-2005, 08:23 PM   #6
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Hi Sadie,
If you truly do have sever acne you need to be on accutane sever acne could cause premanent scarring.Dont waste your time with antibiotics Sever acne requires accutane

 
Old 05-22-2005, 08:30 PM   #7
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I don't know much about acne, but I would try to avoid oral antiobiotics. I knew several people in high school who took tetracycline, and it worked, but it's been linked to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome later in life. Believe me, you'd rather have acne, as awful as it seems. Topical antiobiotics sound far less dangerous. You shouldn't have to take them forever.

 
Old 05-22-2005, 10:37 PM   #8
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Re: Are Antibiotics Necessary?

Thank you so much for your comments, guys! The only problem with oral medications like Accutane, tetracycline, etc. is that I'm just so scared of them because many of them have some very dangerous potential side effects like liver damage and, like what Kerry1 said, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, amongst other things. I know these side effects are rare; I guess I'm a little paranoid (my mom's the same way; it's hereditary ). I would feel much better trying a topical antibiotic. But if none of these work, I don't what I'll do.

Anita1982: I'm not 100% sure, but I think the topical cream my doctor prescribed was clyndamicin. I'll have to check with my pharmacist to be sure; it was quite a while ago when I tried it. If it's not, I'll try to get a prescription for it. However, I've heard that Retin-A can be very drying to the skin and increase skin sensitivity, and considering the fact that my skin got terribly dry when using ProActive, there's a good chance my skin may not react well to this medication as well. But I'm willing to give it a try. Have you ever had any problems with dryness or sensitivity?

Thanks again to all of you for your feedback! It's so nice to have someone to turn to who understands.

Sadie

 
Old 05-22-2005, 11:24 PM   #9
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Re: Are Antibiotics Necessary?

I've been using retin-a and doxycycline for 10 months and my face is almost completely clear. I definitely recommend trying these perscriptions before trying Accutane (in fact, I think you'll have trouble getting an Rx for accutane from your derm before you try practically every other possible option first).

If you decide to take retin-a, just make sure you closely follow the instructions. When you first start taking it, only use it at night maybe once every 3 days, then gradually once every other day, and finally once everyday after your skin has become used to it.

 
Old 05-23-2005, 12:15 AM   #10
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I don't think long term courses of anti-biotics are worth it.. Look into the correlation between using then long term and stomach/intestinal problems later like IBS.

I took tetracycline in 9th grade for a long time, then something else, can't remember, then doxy after I graduated.

The gastro specialist(stomach intestinal etc. specialist) says there is a correlation, and so did the nutrionist I visited.

 
Old 05-23-2005, 03:47 AM   #11
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Re: Are Antibiotics Necessary?

are Ampicillin pills considered antibiotics?

 
Old 05-23-2005, 05:48 AM   #12
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Yes NM80 Ampicillin pills are antibiotics. But dont worry they wont harm you.
There are alot of fanatical people online that can scare the living daylights out of you. The phsycological effects of acne with cause more harm then the meds you are on. Plus dont stress - That causes acne
Good luck

 
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Re: Are Antibiotics Necessary?

No one is trying to scare anyone.... But why not tell people the possibilities of things that can happen with long term courses of anti-biotics?

They aren't necessarily going to happen if you use them long term, but there is always that chance.

So please dont descredit someones statement

 
Old 05-23-2005, 03:56 PM   #14
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Re: Are Antibiotics Necessary?

yeah im taking those amp pills along with some topical stuff - how long until the antibiotics take effect?

 
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