Antibiotics for acne for over a year not working. what next?

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Hi, i have been on oxytetracycline and zineryt for 2 months and there was no difference in acne, so was moved to doxycycline and zineryt and this showed little improvement however i am still taking both for over a year and acne has come back and doctor said that he is giving doxycycline and zineryt one more month and then will consider options.

my acne is not severe but it is moderate and persistent, will not go away no matter what.

after a year of antibiotics, is accutane next step or is there something else that can be done?

many thanks.


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    There are more potent oral treatments but I think you need referral to a dermatologist (if you're not already under the care of one) for a proper assessment.

    Tarun (pharmacist)

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    Hi Tarun, many thanks for the advice, once the doxycyline has run out i will ask to be referred to a dermatologist and hopefully, the issue can be resolved finally.

    thanks for your advice

  • Posted

    Antibiotics are bad for you. I'd advise 3+ sessions of Microdermabrasion and or chemical peels from a good private cosmetics surgery firm (research properly online feedbacks and their websites) + go for the cosmetics they recommend when you have the treatment and study it to use is properly. It does cost money, it can be a lot depending on your condition, but that's what works and may end up costing you less than stuff that doesn't.
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    To the OP - before you consider anything like what is mentioned in the comment above I would strongly suggest seeing a dermatologist for an expert opinion. Antibiotics are not bad for you, but unfortunately for some people who have resistant acne it doesn't always produce a significant or noticeable benefit.
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    I have had a similar issue with the antibiotics not working, I would recommend going on the pill as hormones could be the issue with the acne. I see you are male? and so the pill would not be for you. I would make an appointment to see the doctor and ask if they have any hormonal pills for male's. If anything, try and deal with the acne without going on accutane but if you exhaust all avenues, this may be the option. I'll be honest I tried all these creams and lotions but they were no use, the acne is within the body so some type of oral medication is the best! I found creams just marked and ruined my skin. I went to a private dr about my acne and they told me exactly what my NHS doctor told me, so if you can best to stick with your dr. Also be persistent, I think a lot of dr's think we are being moany but keep going back and say you want to see a specialist! Hopefully it goes well, but try not to worry about it too much, we are all in the same boat smile

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    The hormonal agents are only used in women with acne ! There are no similar treatment options for males. I think if the acne is persistent then it may be time to consider giving up the Zineryt and seriously consider isotretinoin (Accutane). It would be best to be under the care of a dermatologist for this although it's normally a 4-6 month course.
  • Posted

    Acne is a common problem for women. So there are many treatment of acne. But I have a choice for my skin care product. That is Obagi product. Obagi kits are all in one. It is very effective for acne and any skin problem. It also fights against the anti aging. I have been using it last one year. So I think you can try it. For getting more details and Obagi discount visit igetadeal[dot]com
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    microdermabrasion and other abrasive treatments can cause mor harm to the skin when skin is sensitive and red/has acne. A qualified therapist would not perform such treatments, it should only be used after acne has already been treated and you wish to eliminate scarring or even your skin etc.

    personally, tetrlysal was effective with my own acne , as is Quinoderm as a topical, over the counter treatment, which contains benzoyl peroxide as the main active substance. hope this helps.

    also try not to over exfoliate, use gentle faces washes, nothing with alcohol and nothing with chemical foaming agents

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    Antibiotics, especially in long term use, are damaging your immune system, making it harder on your body to fight the acne causing bacteria and the inflammation.

    Have you heard about blue light therapy? It's proven to be very effective for killing acne causing bacteria and is natural and side effect free.

    I would combine this of course with healthy nutrition and cleaning using the "oil cleansing method".

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    Usually people face this kind of problems and are given various suggestions that really do not cover the basic problem that need to be tackled with. The skin really needs to tackled smoothly and you just cannot apply products to it and hope that you can be fine with that. I use Skinue Argan Cream that helps to reduce sebum and make your skin free from acne. I really enjoyed discovering this product as it has made my skin better.

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