Doxycycline for treating acne
There are special synthetic derivatives of natural antibiotics like tetracycline that can be used for treating acne. There are a lot of generic and branded variations of these drugs you will find in your local pharmacy so if there's no specific label you may want to try another one. Some may be more effective, others – a bit less. But these antibiotics all serve the purpose of preventing the spread of bacteria, which cause acne development.
Doxycycline is a popular wide-range antibiotic available in oral forms such as pills, capsules, syrups and suspensions. This drug is very easy to take as it requires only a full glass of water to swallow the pill. You may also need a full meal if your stomach is sensitive and you experience disorders after taking this antibiotic.
This drug has a couple of positive aspects that make it more preferable than other similar antibiotics such as minocycline. Not only Doxycycline is cheaper, but it also doesn't deliver any serious negative side effects such as dizziness, skin disorders and vertigo.
Another great factor that makes this medication so easy to use is that its absorption is not affected by the food you have taken. So you can easily enjoy your regular schedule with meals and eat the type of foods you like when taking this drug. When treating mild forms of acne, it's enough to take one or two pills daily for a course of up to two weeks. In cases of moderate or severe acne breakouts, you will need a larger dosage – 200 mg to initiate the treatment followed by 100 mg taken every 12 hours to achieve maximum effect. In the next few days the dosage may be lowered depending on your personal tolerance to the drug.
In terms of side effects, it's really hard to find a drug that doesn't have them, right? And this antibiotic also has certain effects that can be outside of the expected range of us.
Fortunately, Doxycycline is generally a well-tolerated drug in most cases. Some of the most common side effects include nausea, diarrhea and discomfort in the stomach. This drug makes part of the tetracycline antibiotic group, meaning that it can lead to teeth discoloration when taken by children younger than 8 years. So it is advised to avoid giving this drug to small children and use antibiotics from other drug groups.
Still, there are downsides of using this antibiotic when treating acne. And the biggest disadvantage is that the skin becomes very sensitive to sunlight and there can be sunburns after you have taken a course of medication when exposed to direct harsh sunlight. While this can be not as severe in many cases, it is still recommended to avoid spending too much time in harsh sunlight some time after you have taken the drug. Which can be quite problematic for people living in sunny areas.
The medication is usually taken in small doses to prevent the development of acne. This is done to avoid bacterial resistance buildup, since 20 mg of Doxycycline taken daily do not harm the bacteria promoting acne directly, but rather stop the inflammatory effects that manifest in the form of acne. Moreover, this medication was also tested in cases of rosacea – a skin condition similar to acne but not involving bacterial activity – and it was observed that small doses of the drug also promoted significant improvements.
When the use of topical lotions and creams has failed, the use of an antibiotic like Doxycycline will often reduce acne or completely cure it.
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