Side Effects of Acne Antiboitcs
Know the side effects of acne antibiotics.
Many people with acne are looking for solutions to cure their acne. Acne treatments can be divided into three main categories:
- Acne Medications – These include both prescription and over the counter medications.
- Acne Antibiotics – These include both topical and oral antibiotics.
- All Natural – These include the many acne home remedies and holistic treatment systems such as the Acne no More system.
All three types of acne treatments can be effective at treating acne. In some cases, acne is brought on by significant hormone changes, and this hormonal acne needs to be dealt with by treating the hormones. Some people think they have acne when actually have folliculitis. This body acne has very similar treatment to acne, but there are some key differences.
Acne medications and acne antibiotics both have many side effects. The all natural treatments can have some side effects, but usually to a much lesser degree. That is why we recommend these holistic, or all natural treatments.
Many acne medications have severe side effects such as liver damage that may be permanent or even possibly deadly. Whenever you start taking any new acne medication, remember that treatments don’t usually take effect for up to 6 to 8 weeks, and possibly longer. Any breakouts that happen before that are usually just the acne doing its thing, so you can’t be sure if it’s a side effect or not. It’s very important not to read much into what is happening within the first two weeks of any new acne treatment, and possibly up to 8 weeks. This waiting period can be hard, but it is extremely vital in determining if you are being affected by a side effect of your acne medication. If you don’t stay on course, you will usually end up getting nowhere at all. In general, you must give most acne medications at least two to three weeks to see any changes in the appearance of pustules or papules let alone any of the side effects.
Accutane is one of the acne medications that can have unwanted and severe side effects, including but not limited to tiredness, weakness and sometimes muscle and joint pain. However, this has to be balanced with the fact that it is the acne medication most likely to give you a lasting remission from acne. It is likely that the side effects will most likely become less noticeable as your body becomes accustomed to the medication.
We want to focus here on the antibiotics and what side effects they can have. A lot of people opt to use antibiotics to treat their acne. Topical antibiotics usually come in a gel or cream and are placed directly on the skin. These work by eliminating the bacteria on the skin which causes acne. These types of antibiotics are typically used in mild cases of acne. Oral antibiotics are usually more effective as they treat the bacteria from the source, inside the body. Oral antibiotics however come with more side effects than topical, so it is a balancing act you and your doctor are going to have to weigh.
The human digestive system has billions of bacteria living inside which perform vital functions. The long term use of oral antibiotics can cause serious health problems because they are not selective about which bacteria they destroy. Oral antibiotics kill off the good bacteria as well as the bad. This leaves the human gastrointestinal system very susceptible to a wide range of possible illnesses and diseases. Excessive use of acne antibiotics is the main causes of Leaky Gut Syndrome, a very serious health problem which can literally disrupt all of the body's critical processes.
Antibiotics are used to treat acne because they kill the bacteria that cause some forms of acne. In some cases this works great, but in other cases this can spell disaster. Antibiotics can cause serious digestive problems. If antibiotics are taken for an extended period of time they can weaken the immune system. If your acne has not responded to other medications and topical or local antibiotics you can try oral antibiotics. Antibiotics can work, just be aware of what else they can do to you.
Acne antibiotics and their side effects:
- Tetracycline is the most commonly prescribed antibiotic for ance. It must be taken on an empty stomach to be most effective. Tetracycline should not be given to pregnant women or children under 9 years of age. This medication has been shown to cause major birth defects. Tetracycline also causes some sensitivity to the sun. The most common side effect of this drug is yeast infections in women.
- Doxycycline is usually for people who do not respond well to or who can’t endure erythromycin or tetracycline and their side effects. Doxycycline can cause momentous nausea and major sensitivity to the sun. Use in children under 12 can have teeth staining effects. This is a synthetic derivative of tetracycline.
- Minocycline is also derived from tetracycline. It is particularly useful for certain types of acne. This antibiotic has been known to have major side effects. Marked dizziness, vomiting and tooth discoloration are the most common. Most of the side effects are seen in people that have taken the drug for a long period of time or who have taken a very high dosage of the medication.
- Erythromycin has an anti-inflammatory that helps to reduce some redness and swelling. It can cause upset stomach, nausea, and diarrhea. Even rarer side effects are liver toxicity, cardiac toxicity, pancreatitis, and inner ear infections. This antibiotic can be used in pregnant and nursing women.
- Clindamycin is an extremely good antibiotic for acne. Clindamycin is mostly a topical gel. The side effect of this drug if taken internally is an intestinal infection caused by the bacteria in the drug.
General side effects of any acne antibiotics are:
- Increased risk of upper respiratory infections
- Urinary tract infections
- Gastrointestinal upsets such as diarrhea and indigestion
- Increased skin sensitivity to sunlight, causing the skin to burn more easily
- Increased risk of vaginal or mouth yeast infections
These side effects mentioned above are not guaranteed to happen.. A lot of people can take these medications with hardly any side effects but there are some people that are very sensitive to medications in general. This is the reason you should never take any medications that are not prescribed to you by your doctor. Never give any of your medication to other people. Some people may even have allergies to antibiotics and this could even cause death in certain people if taken.
Aside from these side effects, doctors over-prescribing antibiotics for acne sufferers have led to strains of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. This is true for all antibiotics, but advances in antibiotics make them still a very effective treatment for acne.
With all these acne antibiotic side effects, you may be a little scared. These side effects do not affect everyone, and many have been helped by these medications. However, if you would like to try an all natural approach to curing acne, and avoid and potential side effects, we recommend the Acne No More system. This is an all natural approach to curing acne, and many have reported success with it. We personally know many people who were helped by this system, which is why we stand behind it and recommend it.
The bottom line is that if you choose to go the antibiotic way to clear your acne, you can have good results. Just know what the possible side effects are and what your other alternatives are.