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Old 09-25-2001, 02:30 PM   #1
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Do antibiotics work for cystic acne? Or, are they a waste of time?

I have two very large cysts on my chin area right now. (I usally have at least one decent sized cyst on my chin). My derm. gave me Accutane (40 mg I am 115lbs.) I took one pill and totally went spaz-matic and told myself that I would not take it anymore. I am just to afraid of the side effects. I know it's awful but I read somewhere that Accutane is radioactive and it causes your hair to fall out. Not to mention that it really has not been on the market all that long. I know I shouldnt believe it, but I am always like, "What if?".
I never went on antibiotics because the derm. told me it would render my birth control pill practically useless. And my husband told me they never worked for him. My husband totally does not want to wear a condom (I agree) so I didnt do that route. Right now though I am just so depressed about my skin that I dont know what to do. I have been taking B5 for a few months that has seemed to help with the oil, but that's about it.
If antibiotics will work I will take them. Please let me know of anyone with cystic acne has been helped by antibiotics, and if so how long it took to work.
<IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/frown.gif"> I wish I had enough courage to take Accutane, I would probably love the results! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/frown.gif">
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Old 09-25-2001, 03:35 PM   #2
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Re: Do antibiotics work for cystic acne? Or, are they a waste of time?

Chevyfan,

Someone once told me that antibiotics do not help to prevent cysts. But for the two years (yes, that long) that I took Erythromycin religiously, I didn't have any bad cystic breakouts. Nothing ever had a chance to get really inflamed (unless I ate something I shouldn't have).

I stopped antibiotics for about 1.5 months and have now returned to them because the cysts came back.

I once tried Accutane, but one week's worth of 40 mg caused me pain in my stomach muscles. So, I stopped taking it.

My husband and I always use a condom. And, according to my trustworthy ob-gyn, using antibiotics with birth control is still more effective that no BC pills at all. In fact, he said that antibiotics effects on BC has been somewhat exaggerated, especially since you can stagger the times at which you take the two.

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Old 09-25-2001, 03:55 PM   #3
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Re: Do antibiotics work for cystic acne? Or, are they a waste of time?

Just like JenK, I was antibiotics for awile. I took mino for about three months which helped clear up my cysts. But then it felt like my skin was becoming resistant to the antibiotic. My cysts all came back. The doc told me to then up my dosage. I looked at him and wanted to puch him in the face. I don't want acne forever...I stopped antibiotics and realized it was the worst thing that I ever did in my life. Antibiotics only suppress the problem and then you acne comes back and it might come back even more. Then I switched to topicals and better health. It worked temporarily and then I broke out with painful cysts again. I'm now on accutane. I've used everything and anything and hopefully accutane will save my face. I'm sick of going to derms who won't prescribe me accutane. My dad took me to a doc who did. The only thing is that he wasn't a derm but instead a general doc. The doc told me that many derms just want to get rich of you. They don't prescribe accutane because they are afraid that it will work as well as they don't want to deal with any lawsuits if anything happens to you. The doc also told me that only accutane can cure cystic acne. Nothing topical will work and antibiotics will only be a temporary solution. I've been on it for 1 week now and I have way more cysts that before I started. But everyone has told me that your skin will get worse before it gets better. I just know with accutane that at the end of the course, I don't have to put up with cysts like the way I do now. It's the pimples and zits that I can handle, it's the cysts that I hate. I was wondering (JenK or anyone else), what should I do with my active cysts on my face right now? Do you guys have any advice. As far as I know, I shouldn't be putting anything on my face, as it can be irritating while on accutane. I have a cyst that has come to a head but the cyst actually has two heads. Also there is another bump under my cyst which is scaring me. I was also wondering, when cysts come to a head, is that a good thing? And what should I do?

 
Old 09-25-2001, 05:27 PM   #4
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Re: Do antibiotics work for cystic acne? Or, are they a waste of time?

Thanks for the reply. I am sick and tired of these cysts. I am 22 and my acne has only gotten worse. I get so sick of hearing people say "Accutane is awful and you will loose your hair, vision etc.., try the natural route." Like I want to take Accutane? Hell no!!!! I am scared to death of this pill and now I feel that I may HAVE to take it because it is my last resort. A lot of people that I talk to are telling me that it is poison for your body. But give me a break, I am 22 and it has only gotten worse, I have tried the natural route, and it did ok, and then I broke out bad in cysts again. I am so glad though that there are people like you that can relate! I know what you mean about the cysts, I totally would not mind having "normal" little acne. The people that have that do not realize how lucky they have it! I dont ever mind when I have a few little pimples, it's just those quarter sized cysts.
How many cysts on average did you get before the Accutane? --And how old are you?
Relating to your question, I took Accutane for only one day and it dried out my skin and brought some stuff to the surface. I dont care what anyone says, if I continue to take it I will "spot" treat the big cysts. I hate those things, I am not puttting the stuff all over my face, just the cyst, which I dont think will matter, because if you cysts are anything like mine, they take forever to go away.
Do you like Accutane so far? Any bad side-effects?
Thanks!

 
Old 09-25-2001, 05:46 PM   #5
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Re: Do antibiotics work for cystic acne? Or, are they a waste of time?

They are only a temporary solution...they simply prevent your cysts from getting inflammed...

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Old 09-25-2001, 05:49 PM   #6
 
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Re: Do antibiotics work for cystic acne? Or, are they a waste of time?

Listen Chevyfan,
I hate to be the bringer of bad news... but most likely, your only resort is Accutane. Sure, "home remedies" work for some, antibiotics work for some, but accutane will be the best chance you have. It's normal to be skeptical about taking medicine, especially something as powerful as accutane, but you've only tried it one day. You are miserable because of your face, yet you think about your hair falling out? I was afraid of the same thing before I went on accutane last year... but in the end, I figured I would much rather wear a wig than have to deal with a broken out face.[just kidding, but you know what I mean..] And yes, I did experience hair loss. For about three months my hair fell out in handfulls, or at least that's what I thought. Everything is ok now.. my hair does not shed like it once did, and I have a clear face. And it feels good. It will boost your confidence so high to see and feel baby-butt smooth skin. I really think you should give accutane another chance, it's really not bad as you may think.... don't listen to everyone else's horror stories... it could work wonderfully for you.. just give it a try, you can always stop taking it if you don't feel comfortable about it. Good luck
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Old 09-25-2001, 06:02 PM   #7
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Re: Do antibiotics work for cystic acne? Or, are they a waste of time?

Hey,

It looks like me and you are on the same level. Good to see you wrote back. I'm 24 right now and have been suffering from cystic acne since 20. The last 4 years acne has taken over my life. I recieve cysts only on my forehead. I have never had one anywhere else. My temples and forehead are scarred pretty bad from prior cysts. Over the years I have used topicals like retin-a micro mainly for scars rather than cysts. Then what happens?? I break out with cysts again. It's a visious cycle. So now I have decided to take care of the acne once and for all. Let me remind you as well, I don't have any pimples or zits...just cysts. Can you believe that? At least GOD spared me that. After years putting up with different derms, I decided to go on accutane. No derm ever wants to put me on accutane. They always say "take this pill (usually an antibiotic) and put this on your face every night. NONE of the topicals I've used: erythro, bp, retin-a micro, do squat for cysts. The orals are just temporary. I did some research on accutane, and it works great if you have cystic acne. It's actually only prescribed to cure cystic acne rather that mild to moderate acne. In that case, I have a cure. So far I have been experiencing a cystic breakout (2 cysts...in the same place), dry lips, itchy skin, back ache, and problems sleeping. As far as the oiliness...my skin is oilier than ever. I think its all the toxins pushing out of my skin or it's my body adjusting to it. I'm using no moisturizer and I have tried to spot treat the cysts and all it did was irritate it and make it more inflammed. So I wouldn't advise you to spot treat, especially with antibiotics. As far as the side effects go...there's a lot more out there that people suffer thru. I weigh 140lbs but only on 20mg. I will be on 20 for 2 months and then 40 (20 twice a day) for the next 2 months. As far as scarring, I heard that accutane will help since it peels off your skin thru cell turnover. I wash two times a day with purpose cleanser and then dry. Oh, I forgot...My cysts usually last about 2-3 weeks until they flatten and they are very deep and the size is about a 1/2 inch...hope this info helps...

 
Old 09-25-2001, 07:03 PM   #8
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Re: Do antibiotics work for cystic acne? Or, are they a waste of time?

It sounds like you haven't had children yet so this is your big chance. But it sounds like your mg. is too high to start out with. I've heard of people even taking 10mg at first then moving to 20mg and being cured of acne. I also know that if you take antibiotics during the first few months of accutane it can help stop the initial breakout from accutane. I feel you should talk to your doctor and have him give you a lower dosage.

 
Old 09-25-2001, 08:00 PM   #9
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Please CF, take the accutane... the bad (and overtly exagerrated) aspects of medicine always frequent the internet... especially now since america turned all herbal (in a stupid and ignorant way)

Of course reading about accutane in this board will also result in more bad than good,because if accutane did work for them, there is a less chance that they would be looking for answers than people who accutane didnt work for.

If you know your derm fairly well, and think that he/she is competant, then trust his judgement. They will do frequent checks on you to make sure nothing is wrong

Please try it, i know my brother is regretting his choice of not taking it.

 
Old 09-25-2001, 08:16 PM   #10
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Re: Do antibiotics work for cystic acne? Or, are they a waste of time?

Thank you all for your advice. I really dont think you guys know how much I appreciate your support. I dont know what I would do without this board. Thank you again! I hope I can get enough courage up to take another pill. Thank you again!! I cant say it enough!
Also, sorry to bug you all, but do you think Accutane is ok for me? My skin is not that oily in the first place, actually almost a little dry sometimes.
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My derm is an idiot, cant really ask him questions.

 
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Re: Do antibiotics work for cystic acne? Or, are they a waste of time?

I've been on 3 different antibiotics. Not one of them worked! At first I would have an improvement, but then my face would break out all over again. I have cysts on my lower cheeks and my derm wants to put me on Accutane. I believe it's not worth it. The acne will still always come back. I've read that Accutane does more damage to your body than good and might even be taken off the market. It may work for some people, but I'm not ready to take that risk.
Chevy Fan, I have the same type of skin as you(not really oily and sometimes dry) Hope I helped. Good luck to you! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

 
Old 09-26-2001, 07:17 AM   #12
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Re: Do antibiotics work for cystic acne? Or, are they a waste of time?

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ANTIBIOTICS DON'T DO JACK **** FOR CYSTS, PLEASE DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME WITH THEM! I was on antibiotics for a year, they only made things worse (tetracycline for 6 months and erithromycin (however u spell that) for 6 months), didn't do ANYTHING, I mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. However, I have been on accutane (80mg/day) for about 8 weeks, and am finally starting to notice results! I'll update in another couple of months, hopefully my body will be clear by then.

 
Old 09-26-2001, 07:19 AM   #13
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I am with the ones opposing antibiotics. I have used several in the past and they didn't do anything for me in the long run. Besides, I think they do more harm than good over time. As far as Accutane, I won't touch the stuff either. I'm sure it's negative effects are hyped up, but I'd like to have children in the next 2 years and I'm not taking any chances. I don't even know if Accutane would be my best bet anyway because as like several of you, I don't even have oily skin. Some areas are even a little dry.

I really don't know what to tell you. I guess you just have to weigh the pros & cons and go from there. Good luck!

 
Old 09-26-2001, 07:42 AM   #14
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Hey Chevy,

Are you male or female?? If your a male, "I think" you shouldn't think twice. The main side effect is birth defects and liver. The birth defects only happen if taken by a women and pregnancy occurs while or 2 months after. But on the safe side you should wait at least a year. That's why many docs prescribe the drug to males in our age rather that females.

 
Old 09-26-2001, 07:53 AM   #15
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I am a female, I know it's hard to tell by my name. I never had cystic acne either untill I was about 20 also. I never got it untill I took Orto Tri Cyclen. I hate that pill, and wish I had never taken it! I had wonderful skin, but than I had to go and take that pill two years ago! I am so torn on what to do. I think I may take it again, I mean it has been on the market for more than 10 years, they would have found out by now if really bad stuff did happen. --You know like those weight lose pills they had on the market? They yanked those things off the shelf fast after a few people had serious side effects. I guess people with out cystic acne just dont understand, especially when you are in your 20's. I have a decent job and when I see clients it is so imbarresing to have big bumps on my face. All that I can think of is that they are looking at the cysts I have. I know I dont have horrible acne, just a few cysts, but they hurt and leave scars. I guess if I want them gone, I have no choice but to take the Accutane. Thanks everyone for the advice on antibiotics, I am glad I didnt waste my time!

 
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