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Reviews for Doxycycline to treat Acne
Review by AssassinMarto:
doxycycline: I'm 14 and I have been suffering from acne since I was 11.5, over the years it got bad so mum got me Proactiv and Clearasel and other acne creams and they did work to a point but they would come back with more and more redder and all over my body! I had had enough so I went to my doctor and he gave me this tablet and it's completely changed my life I am acne free! I was taking them once a day (50g) for six months! And I saw a difference in about the first to 4 weeks. When it cleared up my doctor told me to stay on them because the hormones might not have been settled yet.
Doryx (doxycycline): I suffered from cystic acne for years. Doryx totally and completely has changed my life. I rarely even get a pimple around the time of my period anymore. When I first started Doryx, (5 months ago) I was taking 150 mg daily. Now, I take 75mg every other day. I can't praise this drug enough! Life changing, I wish I had started taking it years ago.
doxycycline: Got my confidence back. Doxycycline really worked for me. After a long time suffering from all kind of acne from normal pimple to cyst, and huge black and white heads. I am 35 and had tried all type of creams and also pill like Accutane. Nothing worked until I tried Doxycycline. Since the first week taking the pill, I saw my skin improving and my family and friends noticed the skin was looking better. Its been 5 weeks of taking the pills, no more pimples and even the scars are disappearing. I thanks Doxycycline. Only one side effect which is dry throat and feeling more thirsty than usual. I recommend.
14 users found this comment helpful.
doxycycline: I have had a overactive thyroid disorder for 3 years which i had radiotherepy treatment for. Then it went underactive. So 10 years on i have been on levothyroxine & regular blood tests. This is now for life. I have every symptom going for thyroid disorder,including raging acne. Hard lumps with red tops that stay for months at s time. Its hard NOT to try squeezing them ( even though we know we shouldnt) but thats mainly how it spreads. With the thyroid disorder,a lot of symptoms are hormonal. I thought at age 34 i shouldnt STILL be struggling with acne. So my doctor tried me on many creams,tablets ect. Until he gave me doxycycline. 100mg once a day. I must say these are brill. Just be patient.
Review by KristieAustralia (taken for 1 to 6 months):
doxycycline: So I've just turned 33,
I have been battling with acne since puberty, I have tried ever medication topical and oral over the years and I can safely say this stuff actually works, and I'm wondering why the doctor has only prescribed this to me six weeks ago.
It is for me a life saver,
Or should I say a self esteem saver.
When we have clear skin we are confident.
I hate wearing caked on makeup at my age and thanks to doxylin a little foundation is all I need now till my scars completely disappear ,
My skin has changed so much in six weeks, no more breakouts , Well one pimple at period time is not bad at all.
I'm so grateful to have found this medication and just in time for Australian summer.
I highly recommend it to anyone :)
14 users found this comment helpful.
doxycycline: Awful. I went to my dermatologist and she had prescribed me it in July. I have been taking it for about 3 months. It hasn't done much at all. If anything, my acne is actually starting to get worse than before. I am very disappointed. However, this worked miracles for my sister.
doxycycline: I've used it 3 times and I've been taking them for 1 week or less and it does help a lot with acne, my face is instantly cleared up by acne, it's actually great but usually when I stop using it and after a while my acne starts again. I am a little bit worried because it's an antibiotic and I don't think it's good to take it often but it's the only thing that does clear my face from acne.
18 users found this comment helpful.
doxycycline: I have been on Doxycycline for 7 and a half weeks. It says it takes 6-8 weeks to work and that is absolutely true. I still have acne right now but its definitely clearing up in this week. I made the mistake of touching my face a lot and picking at my acne which will not help it clear up. I am taking one tablet of doxycycline 100mg a day with Clearasil foam wash twice a day with Aczone in the morning and Epiduo at night. Just be patient and it will work in 6-8 weeks.
17 users found this comment helpful.
Doryx (doxycycline): I am 37. After my last child was born, I started getting these really deep, painful pimples all around my mouth and nose. According to the dermatologist I have a type of acne that's actually some kind of hybrid between rosacea and acne. The pustules hurt so much and they looked so gross. I was wearing a ton of makeup to hide them but even with all the cover up, you could still see my skin looked terrible with huge bumps and crusted over scabs from the ones I popped. I tried all sorts of OTC stuff before I finally went to the dermatologist. He put me on Doryx and within a week, the pustules were all gone and I have not had any new ones in the two months since I started this medication. I can't believe how quickly, and how well, it worked.
28 users found this comment helpful.
doxycycline: I have been on this medication for one month and my cystic acne is completely gone as a result, but it didn't clear up completely until week 3. I give this a 10 for the results. However, there is a long list of bad side effects for this medication and I suffered many of them. I had severe stomach pains. The pain wouldn't last long but it came on quick and strong before stopping. I also had some digestive issues, and an upset, gurgling stomach non-stop for the first week or two. I also got bad headaches and had no appetite for two weeks. It also made me nauseated at first. After week two, the side effects stopped, but it was a rough start.
12 users found this comment helpful.
Doryx (doxycycline): I had tried every combination of topical skincare routines for years and had had no luck with clearing up my acne. Doryx cleared up my acne almost overnight and I have been taking it for several weeks and have been almost completely clear--I can't even remember the last time I was!. Very satisfied!
29 users found this comment helpful.
doxycycline: I've only been taking it for about a week or so, so far, but I have to say my skin has showed a LITTLE results so far but not major. The redness went down a bit but that's it. I'm going to stick with it and hope for the best.
doxycycline: I use to have really bad cystic acne on my forehead, between my eyes and on my jawline. I started using this medication my senior year in high school along side Accutane and my problems were solved. My prayers answered. I quit using it after high school and I began to break out again. Just last year I began taking it again, Just the doxycycline and I feel happy with the results. My acne is not totally cleared up. But I rarely, almost never get cystic acne. Just a few little ones here and there. I find that benzoyl peroxide acne wash is best pared with this medication for me. But everyone is different.
10 users found this comment helpful.
doxycycline: I thought this medication wouldn't be that effective but I was WRONG. It cleared my skin in 5 days and even got rid of large cystic acne that I had for like 6 months and nothing helped! I Am amazed. Everyone is saying how my skin is glowing and beautiful. Well I didn't really think it was the Doxycycline doing it until I stopped and bam broke out all over again. So I started back on it and in 2 days it is clearing the large cystic acne that came back. The only down side is it gives me stomach cramps and pain. I think it helps to drink a lot of water. If you are skeptical of this just give it a try. It works well for adult hormonal acne.
35 users found this comment helpful.
doxycycline: This really works. Battled with acne, pimples, rosacea most of my life. Been taking this for 8 months. The difference is so good. I am 44, in Australia it is a cheap medication. Doctor says to stay on it as a low dose. Worries me a bit, but having been off it only a week, my skin is awful. Chin outbreak of awful hard pimples. So I am going back on it. Hope that's not a bad thing on my body but I am far less stressed and happy.
13 users found this comment helpful.
doxycycline: I suffered from horrible acne on my chest and back and mild acne on my face and was prescribed Oracea. At first I was really against taking a pill for acne, but this stuff worked. It is to this day the ONLY medication that works to take my acne away. No side effects, worked great with my birth control, and you could skip a day or two and it wouldn't cause breakouts. I used this with a topical cream known as Aczone. These two together work WONDERS! So sad that I can't take it anymore it's really expensive if your insurance doesn't cover it. I'm on Minocyclin at the moment and it's not working and I'm having horrible side effects :( if your insurance covers Oracea and you suffer from acne--HIGHLY RECOMMEND getting this!!!
doxycycline: A year ago my doctor prescribed Doxine (doxycycline) and I found that after about 2 weeks of taking a tablet a day and increasing my usual water consumption, my skin started getting better and much more clear. A relief after struggling with mid-teen acne. Eventually my skin was fine (3 months after starting) and I stopped, thinking that it was now my body and not the medicine that was healing my skin. But soon afterwards my acne started appearing once more, and so I began taking doxycycline again about 2 months ago. It's been great and I've really got my confidence back as my skin naturally is quite oily and acne prone. Note that while taking the medicine it is still common to get a tiny pimple or two sometimes as the drying process of the skin isn't so intense on this medication. My only side effects were my increased desire for water and a slight aversion to strong sunlight.
13 users found this comment helpful.
doxycycline: Doxycycline cleared my skin up after 6 weeks. It's been such a relief to be completely clear for almost 3 months. This is the second time I've used doxycycline and I think it actually worked even better this time around. It finally gave some of my scars a chance to heal and lighten because I wasn't continuously breaking out on top of them. Now, let's see how long my skin will stay like this (fingers crossed). If other people out there are like me and have lived for years just putting up with the breakouts, something like this is worth trying.
22 users found this comment helpful.
doxycycline: I have been using doxycycline for moderate and persistent acne for two weeks and have noticed a slight difference. I seem to have less breakouts than before taking this medication. I haven't seen any dramatic results though and I didn't expect to in such a short space of time. Hopefully after another month or so on the medication I'll see better results. I haven't got any side effects other than a slight stomach cramp when I take the medication without food. I am waiting for a referral to see a dermatologist so hopefully I will get this problem sorted.
11 users found this comment helpful.
doxycycline: I had bad cystic acne around my jawline and cheek bones so my doctor put me on doxycycline with Tazorac cream to use at night. I have been on it for about 4 months and have improved but I am definitely not clear (which is the ultimate goal obviously). I didn't experience any side effects but was disappointed with the results.
doxycycline: I've always had mild teenage acne since middle achool and nothing worked. I finally decided to go to the dermatologist to get rid of my acne once and for all. Once I got the prescription I was told to avoid dairy. I was so nauseous every day throwing up at school for a week straight. But other than extreme nausea and occasional vomiting within 2 months of diligent pill taking 95% of all my facial, shoulder, chest, back, and cystic acne has cleared. Other than take with food and dairy or prepare for some side effects this has worked wonders. Highly recommend.
Doryx (doxycycline): I'm 38 and have acne since 13. I have tried everything and finally a few years ago, just decided to live with it. I had a spot on my forehead that never seems to clear up, so the dermatologist put me on this and my acne has cleared up, similar to the results I had years ago from being on birth control pills. Although my acne is cleared up, the spot I was concerned about hasn't changed, and next dermatologist appointment I'll have to have it biopsied. The only side effect is that I have more hair loss than what I consider normal in a day. My Dermatologist had a $25 coupon for the prescription. Otherwise even with insurance it is very expensive.
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