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Things To Know Before Taking Doxycycline For Acne

There are many topical acne treatments and solutions available, and it seems like new ones are introduced to us every day. Patches, washes, scrubs, peels—take your pick.

Skin doctors frequently use a variety of treatments, from hormonal therapy (such as birth control pills and spironolactone) to antibiotics. Doxycycline, sometimes known as “doxy,” is one of the most well-known and frequently given medications among the latter group.

Keep reading for more information on this oral acne medication.

What is doxycycline?

Doxycycline is an antibiotic in the tetracycline family that is commonly used to treat a variety of bacterial infections, as well as moderate to severe acne.

The ‘moderate to severe’ part is key here, as this is not (nor is any oral antibiotic) a go-to treatment for a few clogged pores or blackheads. It should only be considered for those suffering from inflammatory acne. It is the most commonly used oral antibiotic for acne due to its low side effect profile and efficacy.

How to use doxycycline?

You’ll first have to get a prescription from your dermatologist. It’s extremely important only to take this medication under the direct guidance of a dermatologist, as it can have some serious side effects.

The dosage and duration of treatment may vary from patient to patient, but typically you can expect to be on the medication for at least six to eight weeks. The dosage is usually 50 to 100 milligrams; taken once or twice daily.

Doxycycline can have some gastrointestinal side effects, so it is recommended to take the medication with a full glass of water. 

Also important: Take it at least 30 minutes, if not an hour, before lying down to minimize the risk of developing heartburn.

It’s a no-no if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as for anyone who is allergic to tetracycline.

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Dr. DonikaAbout the Author: Dr. Donika Vata is a medical doctor from Ferizaj, Kosovo. She studied general medicine from University of Hasan Prishtina.
She has been writing about medical and skincare related issue in journals, social media websites, and books. She was working for some well reputed clinics such as Telehealth Pro- Online consultations, German Cancer Center, and AppLMD. Dr. Donika was also volunteering in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Currently, she is working as a medical doctor and researcher in a dermatology clinic.

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