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Old 08-09-2003, 08:50 PM   #1
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Cool Don't want to take Antibiotics....should I take probiotics??

I've done a lot of reading on this site...and quite a bit of contemplating different things to lessen my rather moderate case of acne.

Right now I've been taking zinc + using the mint julep daily, and that has really improved the quality and clarity of my visage, but I think I could lessen the infections even more through the use of either antibiotics or probiotics.

I've read a lot on antibiotics, and they just seem to "risky" and "dependent" for me..

Probiotics, as far as I know, also work to kill the bad p.acne bacteria, but will (for obvious reason) sustain and improve the amount of "good" bacteria...

So why don't more people just use a probiotic supplement?

This is what I've come to the conclusion of...So here are my questions:


1. Is what I have said factual?

2. What probiotic supplements work the best (ensure that they reach the proper part of the digestion).

3. Do you need a prescription?

4. Has it helped you at all?


I would really love to hear of some recommendations...

 
Old 08-09-2003, 09:46 PM   #2
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I just started taking Acidophilus two days ago. I heard it's supposed to help with acne. You can find it at any health food store or drug store. I'll keep you updated as to whether it helps or not.

 
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Old 08-09-2003, 10:21 PM   #3
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Ok, well most of the probiotics on the market today, are crap.
It is a well known fact that your stomach acid kills about 95% of the healthy bacteria in those pills. However, there are pills that contain a coating on them, that will let the pills pass through the stomach, and open in the intestines, where they do their job. If your bottle doesn't mention that the pills will actually get released in your intestines, then they won't.
Acidophilus, is just one of littereally dozens of bacterial strains that help break down and digest food in your intestines.
I had always heard about them, but never did anything about them till I started taking Zithromax, an antibiotic that kills ALL of your healthy bacteria. Most antibiotics out there do this, however It was specially noted with Zithromax.
I don't know if simply taking these pro-biotics will cure your acne, but I think they are a good idea health wise.

PS, Zitthromax did very little for my acne, and I suspect caused me to have stomach problems. A waste of $200 in my opinion, and hurt my digestive track. Oh, and there was that pesky liver damage... but thats another story that is also unprovable.

 
Old 08-09-2003, 10:43 PM   #4
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Are there any specific pills (such as the ones mentioned by you and the person above) that actually have a coating and will be released in the intestine?


 
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1. Is what I have said factual?

Almost all of it, the probiotics don't kill the bad bacteria, rather they add good bacteria (of various cultures depending on brand) and that in turn stops the bad bacteria having so much room to grow, limiting them. The typical high sugar/simple carb diet gives BAD bacteria an environment to flurish in, one of the reasons diet is a huge factor in acne

2. What probiotic supplements work the best (ensure that they reach the proper part of the digestion).

After searching the internet for the UK, where I live, I found the best to be "seven seas multibiotic" a review showed it to be the best of around 2 dozen brands saying it had exactly what it says it has in it. Its also coated so the bacteria make it to the intestine and its a multi-vitamin.

3. Do you need a prescription?

No

4. Has it helped you at all?

I was already virtaually clear after radically changing diet, so its hard to say.

 
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I live in the US, do you know if they sell Seven Seas Probiotic over here? Also, can you find probiotics at places like walgreens?

 
Old 08-10-2003, 09:15 PM   #7
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A company called "Nature's Way" makes a pro biotic that has a 'Enteric Coating' The pills are very cheap, and I belive wallgreens carry Natures Way products. But any health food store should have at least one type of pro biotics with the coating.

 
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