Why Minocycline for Acne is Not Recommended

minocycline for acne

Minocycline has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties which can treat acne. Propionibacterium acnes, the bacteria which is the main cause of acne blemishes can be restrained with anti-bacterial properties.

It was believed that minocycline is most effective antibiotic for treating acne inflammation. Anyhow, after studies it was proved that other tetracycline antibiotics can treat acne without side-effects. Though minocycline has properties to treat acne, it’s now not first line antibiotic acne treatment because of its adverse effects.

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Below listed are few points disclosing why minocycline for acne is not recommended.

  1. Minocycline belongs to tetracycline antibiotics and it can treat bacterial infections, skin infection, severe acne and urinary tract says Drugs.com. However it’s very expensive when compared to other oral antibiotics.
  2. Drugs.com doesn’t recommend minocycline for pregnant women, as this may harm unborn baby and may permanent cause tooth discoloration.
  3. Minocycline neutralizes birth pills. Experts don’t recommend minocycline if you’re taking birth control pills.
  4. Makes your skin sensitive to sun.
  5. Long term use of minocycline may cause hyperpigmentation. (Source: pubmed.gov)
  6. This antibiotic treatment may induce hypersensitivity reactions affecting liver, kidney, and lungs, also may cause autoimmune reactions. (Source: pubmed.gov)

Considering its adverse effects with its efficacy in treating acne, experts don’t recommend minocycline for acne as first line antibiotic treatment.

Note: Anyway if you want to give this pricey antibiotic a try then don’t do it without doctor’s prescription.

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3 thoughts on “Why Minocycline for Acne is Not Recommended”

  1. I am 17, and took minocycline for awhile last year, until i started developing alopecia. I visited a dermatologist annd she told me it was a side effect of minocycicline. I went off until my hair stopped falling out. Just recently my mom suggested i was put back on it because of my acne. I really did not want to, but she insisted so i did anyways. So i started up again..it made me feel ….sluggish and queasy. I told my mom i should stop but still she insisted. Since then, it has been HELL. I’ve been having hypertension, sensetivity to light and sound, exhaustion, weakness, alopecia again (im sware going to be frigging bald!) nausea, vommiting, headaches, body aches, trouble breathing, chest pain, severe gut pain. swollen lymph nodes, discolored teeth, smelly and gross fingernails, diarrhea, tinnitus, rashes. Not to mention on top of that I’ve had mental distress such as confusion, anxiety, convulsions and mood changes. I have been feeling utterly depressed and have been out of school for 2 weeks. I just want to feel better again….. I wish i had never started taking Minocycline

    1. We feel sorry and worried about your health Emmy. Try some natural remedies under the supervision of experts. This is why we recommend to consult dermatologist before trying minocyline.

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