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    Old 02-20-2006, 03:00 PM   #1
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    Does TetraCycline Work for Acne????

    My Dermatologist prescribed TetraCycline 500mg/ 2 per day.
    I have been using this since 5 days... He told it will show its effect in 3 to 4 days. It might be too early to ask this Question.But out of curiosity I'm just asking.
    Will Tetracycline work?
    In 5 days the difference I saw ... is more acne on my face... than 5 days back..
    Please tell me ..Does this TetraCycline has any Negative effects?

    Please advise.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Old 02-20-2006, 08:45 PM   #2
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    Re: Does TetraCycline Work for Acne????

    No-one here can answer that tetracycline will work in your case because, unfortunately, antibiotic treatments for acne don't work for some people, and do for others. I can tell you that tetracycline did not work for me, but by the time I started it I had already been on at least 1 other kind of antibiotic for my skin, so there may have been some resistence built up.

    The fact that your acne's getting worse after 5 days is to be expected - usually when you start a new treatment it'll flush a lot of the bacteria out of your skin, meaning that you'll break out. That should clear up within a couple of weeks, but it'll be about 4 weeks from when you started the treatment before you see any positive effect (usually).

    I can't remember any specific side effects I had while on tetracyclines .. I know that with all the antibiotics I was on, my skin was much more prone to having long-lasting red marks when spots healed - something I never had before. Besides that, your skin might get quite dry, especially if you're combining the treatment with a topical gel or cream, so using an oil-free moisturizer may be an idea. There may be some issues with getting any lengthy amount of exposure to the sun, but since I live in Ireland I didn't need to pay much attention to that

    Take care, I hope the tetracycline works for you!

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