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Can taking doxycycline for acne worsen my skin?

It has been around 4 weeks that I have been taking doxycycline 100 mg once daily. My skin has got a bit worse actually with many new pimples and cysts sprouting up and the dark red marks on cheeks are not fading. Is it normal or should I stop using it from now on?

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Nov 6, 2018.

Official Answer


Often for people who take doxycycline for acne, the acne can become worse before it starts getting better, this is sometimes described as the "purging phase".

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