Acne is a disease caused by the action of hormones on the hair follicle, sebaceous gland, and a hair. Because of acne, the follicle becomes obstructed and its linen is affected badly. This causes inflammatory response. Antibiotics are effective therapy to treat acne. They work in several directions: Decrease the number of bacteria in follicle. Decrease an amount of irritating chemicals produced by white blood cells. Reduce the concentration of free fatty acids in the skin, leading to essential reduction of inflammatory response.
Usually doctors prescribe the antibiotics from the list below in order to treat acne:
In fact, Tetracycline is prescribed the most often to treat acne. As a rule, you will have to start from 500 mg twice a day, and take this dose until a significant cease in visible acne lesions. After this your doctor will probably reduce the dose to 250 mg twice a day or tell you to stop treatment with antibiotics for some time. Note, that you should take Tetracycline on empty stomach for best effect. Do not take Tetracycline if you are pregnant. If you are teenager and eat frequently, please ask your doctor to prescribe you another antibiotic, for example Erythromycin.
Erythromycin is a very common antibiotic used to stop symptoms of acne. It helps to reduce redness and inflammation. Besides, you may accept the pills of Erythromycin with food. This absolutely benefits people suffering from emotional eating. Also there are no restrictions for using this antibiotic. It can be used even by pregnant women. Sometimes it causes stomach upset. The usual dose is 500 mg daily, 250 mg twice a day.
There are other alternatives to treat acne. For example, Minocycline.
Minocycline is an antibiotic that represents tetracycline derivative. It has shown its effectiveness in millions of patients who has cure there acne with it. It is especially effective for pustular type acne. It is better to take this antibiotic without food, but if you fail to do so, its action won’t reduce significantly. Usually it is prescribed to take 100 mg two times a day. You may experience dizziness, nausea, vomiting, skin pigmentation changes, and tooth discoloration while you are treating with Minocycline, but it is not obligatory. Do not take Minocycline for a long time without prescription.
If you have a problem that you do not respond to or cannot tolerate Erythromycin or Tetracycline, maybe it is a right decision to try Doxycycline. Take as rescribed: 50 to 100 mg twice a day, with food. If taken on empty stomach, it can cause nausea. Also do not pend too much time at the sun while taking this antibiotic.
Another very useful topical antibiotic use to cure acne is Clindamycin. It is used in amounts of 75 to 100 mg daily.
We wish you all the best in your efforts to overcome acne. With antibiotics there is nothing impossible. Good luck and be healthy!