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Acne and antibiotics

Posted by David on October 20, 1998 at 17:52:48:

I have horrible acne on my back and I can't get rid of it.
Are there any types of antibiotics that I can request from my doctor for this problem? I have tried over-the-counter creams and scrubs, but they barely work. I don't want to take any of those liver damaging drugs for acne, nor do I want side effects of dry, scalpy skin associated with other perscription medications. Thank you

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Re: Acne and antibiotics

Posted by Walt Stoll on October 21, 1998 at 12:31:58:

In Reply to: Acne and antibiotics posted by David on October 20, 1998 at 17:52:48:

Dear David,

There are some that would give temporary benefit with significant long term risk. Since they would not do anything about WHY you have it, you would have to take them for as long as you want results--with recurrence as soon as you stop them.

If you want to resolve it permanently, go to the archives for this bb & read everything you can find about acne, accutane & accutane side-effects (since many of the things you need to know were posted there).

THEN, if you still have questions, write again.


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Re: Acne and antibiotics

Posted by dani on November 03, 1998 at 02:16:26:

In Reply to: Re: Acne and antibiotics posted by Walt Stoll on October 21, 1998 at 12:31:58:

I have read a lot of your archives and now come to you with the following q: I have had cystic & other acne for many years (now 23). i've been into natural medicine lately and really believed in going about things the "right" way (i.e. finding out why my body was producing the symptom rather than bandaiding the symptom). unfortunately, in the midst of my "natural" attempts, my psychological suffering became caused me to wimp out and i started taking antibiotics. i figured i wasn't helping myself anyway if i was so stressed about the symptoms that i didn't have the energy or drive to do anything about them! so i figured that i'd deal with the symptoms first. then i read your archives which address the need for good diet, exercise, & relaxation, and i really want to pursue this to its end. but here's my Q: i'm not willing to stop taking the antibiotics right now (but i know there are long-term risks...), and i'd like to become super healthy to where my system is more balanced and i no longer need the antibiotics. i'm wondering if this is even possible, and if it is, how will i know when it is time to stop taking them? because i started on tetracycline, and also started exercising more & drinking more water, etc. (and also using retin-a) and one day i felt things had improved so i stopped taking the tetracycline. then my acne came back full-force so i tried to start again but i had built up a resistance so now i am on doxycyline, and i'm scared about stopping too soon once again. what's your view on mixing a limited course of antibiotics with your suggested life changes in order to glide from being artificially symptom-free to naturally symptom free?


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Re: Acne and antibiotics

Posted by Walt Stoll on November 04, 1998 at 10:41:30:

In Reply to: Re: Acne and antibiotics posted by dani on November 03, 1998 at 02:16:26:

Hi, Dani.

Join the rest of the human race (grin). Your experiences are typical of those who are just learning that there are options. You are to be congratulated for being ahead of about 95% of the acne population.

It will not hurt your wellness process to take the antibiotics (at least not enough considering your present mental state about is) while doing the "wellness".

However, only a superhuman can do all of the 3 legs of the stool at the same time. If you were superhuman, you probably wouldn't have acne now would you?

Anyhow, the most important single thing for you to do RIGHT, right now, is the skilled relaxation. THEN, when you are good at that, consider the diet (see Robert McFerran's notes).

You would be interested in reading the notes about "What WILL people do?" posted just this week on this BB.

As you have already learned, the antibiotics will not work forever. It behooves you to get going with the relaxation ASAP since you probably have no more than 3-6 months of effectiveness left and it will take at least that long for the relaxation to help a lot. YOU will know when it is time to get of the antibiotics.

Let us know how you do. Accept the support of those on the BB who have survived what you are going through.


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