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    Old 10-16-2001, 07:02 PM   #31
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    Re: Do antibiotics work for cystic acne? Or, are they a waste of time?

    antibiotics don't work for ANYONE...it's a temporary solution, eating time...and if you think it worked for you, it's probably because when you got off of it, your skin would have cleared up by then anyway. Think about it!----once you get off of them, what are you going to use to keep it clear now??

     
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    Old 12-26-2001, 04:36 AM   #32
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    Re: Do antibiotics work for cystic acne? Or, are they a waste of time?

    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by ChevyFan:
    <B>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">
    Thank you!</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    MY CYSTIC ACNE WAS HELPED A LOT BY USING THE ANTIBIOTIC DOXYCYCLINE! I had used it for four months before my acne improved a lot. My dermatologist had tried to get me to take accutane when I first saw him but I refused because I had done research on it and found out it can cause horrible side effects. Recently my dermatologist said to me the words I was hoping all along he would say to me. He said "I am glad I did not put you on accutane because your acne has improved so much with the doxycycline and I am surprised". I also had taken ortho tri cyclen and it had made my acne so much worse. You should try the doxycycline. I know a lot of people said on here antibiotics did not work for them but everyone's face is different. It might work for you. I have read a bunch of people said on the boards that doxycycline helped their acne too so I am not the only one. I am just glad doxycycline got my acne under control. I hope I helped. Good luck.

     
    Old 12-26-2001, 05:39 AM   #33
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    for me, doxycycline do work when i was on it for about 8 months, it helps to keep the cystic acne at bay but then after i stopped on the medicine some 3 months later, i have acne coming back again. right now i'm on this supplement herbanacine, a combination of herbs and antioxidant and the effects is far so surprising, you don't have the side effects which doxycycline have and it really work wonder, i would suggest after you stopped taking doxycycline perhaps you should start consuming antioxidant because it's not possible to keep consuming doxycycline for ages.

     
    Old 12-26-2001, 04:08 PM   #34
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    Re: Do antibiotics work for cystic acne? Or, are they a waste of time?

    My daughter's 13 yo friend took Accutane. She had no ill effects at all. Oh, I guess she couldn't wear contact lenses for a while. She took it for 2 months and then went off. She cleared completely after she went off for some reason but it was probably the Accutane. Just wanted you to know that the stories don't always have unhappy endings. This child took all kinds of antibiotics before settling on Accutane.

     
    Old 12-27-2001, 08:55 AM   #35
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    Hi there!

    Well, I am pro antibiotics. I'm almost 38, and have cystic acne. Have for almost 10 years. I was on topicals and anti's initially, and it worked great. As time went on, it stopped working. What I have found is, that our systems get used to the antibiotic, and it must be switched, or we need to cycle off for a month or 2. They can work. It depends on the severity of your acne. I only get cystic, and currently have it under control with tetracycline. Also, what my derm and I have talked about, and has worked for me before, is to not take it daily, but only when you feel a cyst coming, then take it til the cyst clears. Everyone is different. I certainly wouldn't rule it out if I were you. Good luck!

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    Old 12-27-2001, 10:32 AM   #36
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    Accutane is not bad at all. When I took it my face became perfectly clear, I hardly had any side effects besides chapped lips. My acne has come back a little bit and I am not hesitating to try it again, it was sooooooooooooo worth it for the amazingly perfect smooth clear skin that I had!!! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

     
    Old 12-27-2001, 10:35 AM   #37
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    And another thing, I was on antibiotics for 10 years before I took Accutane. I had to take higher and higher doses of them until they stopped working...and when I went off them my face broke out horribly. I finally went on Accutane for 5.5 months and that was IT. No more $100 bottles of Minocycline. Just smooth skin.

     
    Old 12-27-2001, 12:20 PM   #38
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    Hi! I actually feel the same way you do. I have cystic acne too and have been on minocin 3 times in the last 4 years. It works great while I am on it but the couple of times I have come off of it, the acne has come back. It hasn't come back worse, but it has come back, so I am not sure if the bacteria is more resistant or not. I too am afraid of accutane. My derm thinks I should only need to take my minocin for a while longer because with age my skin should produce less oil anyway (I am currently 23). I only have cysts on my right cheek, no where else. I do get the odd little pimple in other places but that's no big deal. Right now accutane isn't an option for me anyway because I am out of school and no longer covered under my dad's medical insurance, so I'd have to pay for it out of my pocket and I hear its very very expensive. I am not going to tell you what to do, to take the antibiotics or the accutane. I am only sharing with you my story and you can derive from it what you wish. I think as for the side-effects of accutane it all depends on the person, but that's the case with any medication. Some people have bad side-effects and some have more managable ones. I guess the only way to find out is to try! This board is a good way to help you make up your mind. You can read people's stories and make up your own mind. OH yeah, as for the antibiotics rendering your birth control useless: I have asked my family doctor, my dermatologist, and my gynecologist and all three say that when you take antibiotics with a birth control pill (bcp) your risk for pregnancy is increased but the risk is only small! My derm says that the bcp reduces the effectiveness of the pill only a little. Whether or not you use an extra form of birth control depends on how bad it would be if you were to become pregnant. I think saying it renders the bcp useless is a little extreme! It does reduce its effectiveness, so there is a risk for pregnancy, keep that in mind. I haven't read the other posts to your topic, because there are so many. I am not sure if anyone else has suggested it, but I would like to throw out the idea of trying the birth control pill Diane 35. I was on it for about two years and it worked great to control my cystic acne. I am not sure where you live but it might or might not be available there. I had to stop taking it because I started to experience breakthrough bleeding towards the end of those 2 years. Again, don't think that means Diane causes bleeding but it did in MY case, it might not in others. That way you wouldn't need to worry about antibiotics or accutane. It's just a thought! Well, I think I have babbled on for enough now. I am sure there are other things I could tell you but I can't think of them right now. i hope my story has helped a little. Good luck with finding out what you want to do. Take care. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

     
    Old 01-07-2002, 08:22 PM   #39
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    I wish I had NEVER taken accutane. I have experienced some terrible side effects that doctors told me would probably not happen to me and if they did, they would be temporary. NOT TRUE! Again, I wish I had never taken it. I am still waiting for these side effects to disappear and I have been off of accutane for over a year.

     
    Old 01-07-2002, 10:21 PM   #40
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    Antibiotics kill the bacteria that is in the cystic acne. They do help in large doses and some work better than others. Some make you sensitive to the sun and some make women get frequent yeast infections. If your having a really bad breakout with lots of open lesions than antibiotics would maybe help. But other than that, they are not good for our bodies.

     
    Old 01-08-2002, 04:13 PM   #41
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    cysts on chin or around jawline are usually a hormone imbalance.maybe not for everyone but for a lot. I would look into diet, maybe the do nothing approach and exercise. I would have my hormone levels checked and my own experience with antibiotics is also only a temporary cure and then your body brings on more oil etc. trying to level back out. You need to bring your body into level. hormones, diet etc.
    smoking, a lot of people react to dairy, some to red meat can be culprits of acne. Preservatives and hormones added to food can also be a culprit. I know a lot of people won't agree, but this is what has worked for me. zoning ( a book by barry sears called the zone) and cutting out dairy and only washing face with a oatmeal soap once a day.
    and drinking lots and lots of water.
    just an alternative you might try.
    good luck

     
    Old 01-09-2002, 05:42 PM   #42
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    REENY: What side-effects haven't gone away yet??? That's scary...

     
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