For decades, doctors have prescribed antibiotics as a core treatment for acne. Today they are still considered a powerful treatment to quell breakouts, however the combination of benzoyl peroxide (BPO) and antibiotics is considered even more effective as well as healthier in the long term. We break down everything you need to know about BPO and antibiotics below:
Everything you need to know about minocycline acne treatments:
Minocycline is an antibiotic that is primarily taken orally as a pill. It is in the tetracycline group along with doxycycline, another common antibiotic prescribed for acne. When taken properly, these medications reduce the number of acne-causing bacteria in your pores, while also minimizing the inflammation of your skin. Specifically, these medications don’t actually kill bacteria, but stop them from reproducing.
Minocycline is typically only prescribed for moderate to severe acne, and is almost always combined with benzoyl peroxide or topical retinoids.
Hormones affect your complexion. In particular, your sex hormones (called androgens) have the greatest effect on your sebum levels than any other hormone. Therefore, taking oral contraceptives can indeed clear up your skin, but it’s no guarantee.
Some people experience the occasional breakout that they spot treat or ignore. Many others deal with a constant struggle to keep their skin clear of acne. This latter group can find some salvation in over-the-counter products, but many consider getting help from a dermatologist. Below we explain when one should make the jump to seeing a derm, as well as why one should.
The most common steroid used to treat severe inflammatory acne is cortisone. Typically injected, cortisone can quickly reduce swelling, help heal blemishes, and ultimately reduce scarring.
Everything you need to know about doxycycline for acne:
Doxycycline is an oral antibiotic, which can come as capsules or tablets. Among other things, doxycycline is frequently used as an acne medication. When taken properly, this medication will target and kills the acne-causing bacteria in your pores, while also minimizing any inflammation of the skin. Doxycycline is typically only used for moderate to severe acne, and is almost always combined with topical retinoids or benzoyl peroxide. Doxycycline, as with all antibiotics, should not be taken for extended periods of time, as the acne-causing bacteria can build up a resistance to the treatment. Continue reading