Last Updated on November 12th, 2019
Doryx, or doxycycline, is an antibiotic pill used to treat acne and many other kinds of bacterial infection. It is the acne treatment of choice in some parts of Europe, and it is available worldwide.
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Doryx has advantages and disadvantages over other antibiotic pills for acne:
Over a period of 12 weeks, Doryx usually gets rid of about 60% to 65% of blemishes, which is approximately equal to the performance of the best antibiotics and almost as good as Ziana, which combines another antibiotic and the lotion form of Retin-A. If you don’t have Asian, brown, or black skin, and you don’t get freckles, Doryx is often a great choice for fighting acne. If you tend to get any kind of skin discoloration when you go out into the sun, however, Doryx is not a good choice for you, especially if you have Asian skin tones.
If you have skin that does not “spot” when it is exposed to sun, then Doryx can make a big difference in certain situations.
There are a few users of Doryx who complain that it has left them with acne that is worse than ever before. This almost always happens when users of Doryx suddenly stop the medication without taking any other measures to reduce the number of bacteria on the skin.
Especially in Korea and northern Mexico, there are some strains of acne bacteria that are resistant to the doxycycline in Doryx. These bacteria are kept in check by other bacteria in the skin, and even they struggle when Doryx is used every day. If Doryx is stopped suddenly and there is no other antibacterial treatment, these resistant bacteria are left on the skin with no natural competition. They multiply rapidly and cause even worse breakouts than before.
The way to prevent this result is to taper off your use of Doryx. If you were taking a tablet every day for months, then take a tablet every other day for one week, and a tablet every three days for the next week. When you stop using Doryx, start using benzoyl peroxide and/or tea tree oil. Always take all the antibiotics you are prescribed, and never, unless your doctor tells you otherwise, stop taking an antibiotic before it has a chance to do all of its work.
There are also people who should not use Doryx because they have liver disease. The body eliminates Doryx through the liver. Taking Doryx can trigger liver symptoms such as darkening of the urine, yellowing of the skin, headache, blurred vision, dizziness, and confusion. Don’t take over-the-counter Doryx if you have a history of liver disease, and be sure to tell your doctor if you have had liver disease when you go in for acne treatment.
There are a very few people who break out because of the dyes used to color the capsule. Doryx is manufactured with FD and C blue No.1, FD and C yellow No. 6, and D and C yellow No. 1. The medication is mixed with titanium dioxide (which is usually harmless) and sodium lauryl sulfate so it will dissolve in the stomach. Sometimes sodium lauryl sulfate will make the skin around the mouth break out.
Doryx is used to treat an astonishing range of infections other than acne. It is used to prevent malaria and as the emergency antibiotic for anthrax. It treats conditions as different as elephantiasis (extreme swelling of the legs due to parasitic infection) and food poisoning, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and chlamydia, ear infections, sinusitis, and syphilis.
You may never get any of these infections. But if you do, you may be glad that you let your immune system fight acne and saved antibiotic treatment for an even worse disease.
The way to let your immune system do the work of keeping acne under control is to all the other work supporting skin care, such as cleansing, exfoliation, moisturizing, and probiotic support, with an all-in-one acne treatment system such as Exposed Skin Care.
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