It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Acne Message Board

My dilemma (I'm back)

Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11-27-2003, 09:13 PM   #1
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: California
Posts: 262
anth0r HB User
My dilemma (I'm back)

I started taking Minocycline (an oral antibiotic that kills bacteria infecting clogged skin pores) around April of last year. As you may or may not know, Minocycline is derived from Tetracycline and is a member of the Tetracycline family of antibiotics including doxycycline, tetracycline and oxytetracycline which all have a similar antimicrobial spectrum of activity against a wide range of gram-positive and gram-negative organisms. All of them are simply modified versions of the Tetracycline antibiotic created to overcome bacterial resistance. The problem arises when an antibiotic manufacturer modifies an existing antibiotic to overcome resistant bacteria, that resistant bacteria already possess the gene to resist and or destroy the antibiotic thus making it easier for the bacteria to gain mastery over the new antibiotic. This, in the case of Tetracyclines, doesn't necessarily render them totally ineffective; However, it does significantly reduce their effectiveness. Once resistance develops all offspring (daughter cells) of that bacterium inherit that resistance. Once the resistant strain is made, everybody who is infected with it will have a resistance problem. Basically it just gets worse. This is known as cross-resistance and it is frequent with the Tetracyclines. For the first 9 months the antibiotic worked wonders, it cleared my skin 100%; However, I became resistant to it around month 10 and everything came back. I'm now taking doxcycline (Member of the tetracycline family) and it's working; However, I am debating whether or not it's worth it to take this medication until my body becomes resistant to it and start back at step 1 with a face that looks like a pizza.

I have two choices: Accutane or another systematic approach using topical ointments and antibiotics

Accutane Pros:
Clears skin completely for years and is considered a cure.
Not an antibiotic
Convenient, 2 pills a day. No need for topicals.

Accutane Cons:
Very expensive
Possible, but not probable serious side effects such as depression, increased pressure in the brain leading to loss of hearing/vision (less than 1% of people experience these effects)

Antibiotics Pros:
Less expensive
Less serious side effects
Can clear acne for a given amount of time

Antibiotics Cons:
Bacterial resistance
Cross resistance to other antibiotics
When you become resistant it's basically useless

So what should I go on?

Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 11-27-2003, 10:44 PM   #2
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: NYC
Posts: 0
sunfell HB User
Re: My dilemma (I'm back)

You actually have a third choice, friend. Refer to the thread "Acne is caused by Diet".

Diet Pros
Clears acne completely forever
no side effects that aren't healthy ones

Diet Cons
somewhat inconvenient at first
requires sacrifice

Old 11-27-2003, 11:07 PM   #3
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 84
TheWildSide HB User
Re: My dilemma (I'm back)

Another con to antibiotics is that they are bad for your gut. There's something about them that is bad for your stomach if they are taken over a long period of time. I'm not exactly sure what, but it's definetly worth looking into.

Old 11-28-2003, 11:11 AM   #4
Junior Member
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Houston
Posts: 26
trev511 HB User
Re: My dilemma (I'm back)

i feel you on all that. I learned about exactly how antibiotics become resistant and how their offspring will be resistant making the stuff ineffective. It was a bummer and made me lose hope of antibiotics. A plus though is that vitamins such as nicomide can help with acne maybe not as much as the tetracycline family but your body wont produce its own antibodies to it, because it is a vitamin. Also it can be taken longer amounts of time with no side effects.

I hope that helps you some in your decision. But good luck either way!!

Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Dilemma mitch512u Multiple Sclerosis 7 10-30-2008 07:19 AM
A real, first-time dilemma for me ... canscribe Sexual Health - General 7 03-31-2008 02:16 PM
BIGGEST Dilemma ever, is this WRONG???!!! Please help! kaydenxo Pain Management 2 05-18-2007 03:54 AM
Another scheduling dilemma Archie343 Thyroid Disorders 2 07-16-2006 03:51 PM
Dilemma on choosing a surgeon in NYC IPExpert Cosmetic / Plastic Surgery 1 09-01-2005 11:01 PM
a major relationship dilemma goldfish1 Relationship Health 16 06-04-2005 10:42 PM
Dilemma, where are you? Worried! Charlyssa Eating Disorder Recovery 5 11-18-2004 03:45 PM
The Lipitor Dilemma SafetyJ2006 High Cholesterol 29 06-08-2004 02:53 AM
Desperate Dilemma SeekingSanity Relationship Health 17 04-30-2004 01:26 PM
Dieter's Dilemma suej1946 Weight Loss 1 10-04-2003 11:45 AM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:27 PM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
© 1998-2018 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!