hi i need some help. i had bad acne in high school and went to the Dr. who put me on accutane . it did the trick ...that was about 10 years ago. now im 28 and about a year or two ago i started getting a few pimples and wanted to get it stopped so i went make to a different Dr. and she put me on minocyline antibiotic 100mg at night. was on this for 30 days. around day 25 my face just started getting worse and would not heal so i stopped taking it. been off for about a week and my face is the worst it has ever been in my life. pimples are everywhere. mostly on my cheeks and chin. everyday more and more keep coming. my whole face is covered and i dont know what to do. im going crazy with this. does anyone have any advice or experience with this. im thinking that the antibiotics messed up my body. i am a male and it seems all the pimples are in my facial hair. why would something like this happen???
It sounds like you need to go back to the doctor; sorry that's probably not what you wanted to hear but it does sound like you've had a serious reaction and only the doctor will know if that's normal? Hopefully the experts on here will get back to you.
Are you using any topical treatments to try and control it? Sounds too severe to be a food intolerance but have you changed washing powder/introduced new food/ cleanser etc that could have inflamed it? Something could have reacted with the antibiotic maybe?
Seems I've asked more questions than answered, sorry just trying to help brainstorm different possibilities :-/
I agree with GBloom that you should again, consult the professionals; however, I will give you my hypothesis. I don't know if it's been medically proven but many people in the natural health community believe that the digestive system and diet (which affects hormones) is linked to acne formations.
GBloom mentioned food intolerance, which could very well be what began your acne; also, if you have a diet that consists of hormone-laden foods such as non-organic milk *although all dairy has hormones* or soy *contains phytoestrogens* this could have made your hormones to go amuck and cause acne. Also, there have been links to high glycemic diets contributing to acne, because of spikes in blood sugar and therefore, insulin, which relates to other hormones in your body that have an effect on acne formation.
Many natural health advocates believe that yeast overgrowth in the gut can also cause/aggravate acne. Antibiotics can disrupt the natural flora in your gut, thus allowing opportunistic yeast to overgrow. I'd suggest taking probiotics/ eating yogurt with bacterial cultures/ eating probiotic food anyways simply because you have been taking antibiotics for a month. Antibiotics can work for some people's acne, but not for everyone's. Read the label how to take probiotics if you go back on antibiotics; maybe the antibiotics were actually working, but a yeast overgrowth caused more eruptions.
Perhaps if you had some yeast overgrowth in your gut beforehand, you started to get acne again; and once you began the round of antibiotics, your acne became worse. I don't think many medical doctors believe in this (such as when I tell them I always get a vaginal yeast infection after a round of antibiotics, they say it's a "myth" except for the fact that this happens to all the women in my family =/ ), so I'd avoid mentioning it so they don't think you're ridiculous. But, maybe try going to a naturopath who practices natural medicine and see what they say (if your acne is really terrible, you might as well try all avenues right?).
I suffer with acne and I find it gets a lot better when I avoid dairy, keep my blood sugar stable, take Omega 3 fish oil and multivitamin and maintain my skin care regime *I am currently using Murad's acne system, don't like the moisturizer, switched back to Aveeno*. Acne is terrible. Not only in appearance, but it literally hurts your face and your self-esteem. Try making "green smoothies" (smoothies with leafy greens mixed in) and see if there is some improvement. At one point I took the same antibiotic as you for my acne which resulted in a terrible yeast infection and more problems than benefits. I took birth control pills for a long time, with some improvement, and then angry inflamed acne everywhere. I don't take internal medication for my acne anymore, and it's the best thing I've done for it. Try to keep your blood sugar stable, eat and live healthy, and hopefully your acne will clear. Obviously, this is a female's perspective and there are differences between how my body works and how yours works, but I think you should try to avoid foods that help with yeast overgrowth (refined sugar) and see if things get better. That, along with another perspective from the healthcare community. *I suggest avoiding antibiotics if you can.
Hi there! I can emphathize with what you're going through now. I've been on antibiotics for acne treatment before and got side effects such as nausea and loose stool which made me really uncomfortable! And the disappointing part was having the acne back within 2 months after I stopped consuming the antibiotics. Truth is, acne is really a systemic problem that manifests from a body that's hormonally not well-balanced. That's why all the medications and creams don't work or work only for a while before acne recurs. You need to get to the root of the problem and address acne from the inside of your body.
I would recommend an e-book "Acne No More" by Mike Walden, a certified nutritionist and former acne sufferer. His program has helped thousands of readers with mild to severe acne on both the face and the body overcome their condition and keep acne at bay. If you're looking for quick results, try the "quick results mini program". The long-term program requires a lot more perseverance as it includes some lifestyle and diet changes but I assure you the results will be more than worth it.
The e-book, some really gentle skin care products and my personal experiences can be found at my humble website www.acnepimplehelp.com
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thanks for all the tips. ill keep all things in mind and see what works for me. i have always thought that my hormones were out of wack, just not sure how to fix it. So the other day i was all out of options and doing research on the antibiotics and from what i read most people had good results so i restarted taking the minocyline but doubled up on the amount. 100mg in the am and 100mg before bed. within two days things cleared up a lot . the craziness that was going on has seemed to slow down for now. i was amazed and relieved, but i am still breaking out in spots. i just hope i dont have that reaction again and that things will continue to get better. i plan on goin back to the Dr. when i can. thanks for all your comments ill keep yall updated.
Hey, sorry to hear with what you are going through, I have also suffered greatly from acne for almost 13 years!!!, have gone through what you have, tried lots of different dermatologist to say the least to going all the way to try out antibiotics prescriptions, to different pharmaceutical drugs and a whole lot more. But truthfully had come to a realization that all acne is produced cause of the blockage of some dead cells out of the body system, and it's mostly due to some organic substances in our body. And so my all permanently cure came from using an all natural treatment towards acne. That is using some natural stuffs and methods that are so easily available in our life. and with those I have managed to permanently end all my acne and other breakouts that could result from that. And now I am all free from acne and enjoy my life confidently.
My question is have you ever tried natural stuffs to this and if you haven't do so, would you consider that as an option???
no i have not tried anything natural. i havent really tried much at all other than proactive and regular face wash stuff . things were never that bad after i got through accutane. i would try it. i want to get off these antibiotics cause it doesnt seem to be working and i dont like taking pills.
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