My Experience With Anti-Biotics For My Skin – DO NOT Recommend.

Take a seat, kids; it’s time for mama to tell you a story.

One day, there was a teenage girl by the name of Mia. She had oily skin and, as a teenager, her hormones were raging and her skin started to break out. Mia’s mother can be somewhat of a worrier and projector and she decided that Mia had self-esteem ruining acne that needed to be taken care of. As opposed to, you know, normal teenager skin that loads of other people had and really wasn’t a big deal.

With her mother’s constant pestering (and, Lord love my mother, but the woman knows how to break a girl down) and a few bad-skin-reactions to facial products (sensitive skin that is just coming out of childhood eczema and heavy chemical products targeted at acne sufferers are not a good combination), Mia finally gave in and allowed her mother to take her to the doctor. That fateful day, that life-altering consultation, changed the course of Mia’s path forever . . .

Okay, it literally didn’t, but sometimes an entrance needs a bit more drama. Saying “my mum forced me to go the doctors for my skin because she’s incredibly self-conscious about every little thing and couldn’t fathom that, while my skin was annoying, it was annoying in the same way having small boobs is annoying in the sense that ‘sure, it’d be nice to have awesome double-Ds, but it hardly keeps me up at night’ as opposed to the ‘I have crippling depression because my acne is ruining my life’ way. I mean, sure, they were days like that, but if this is almost-adult Mia, I’m sure you can guess that teenage-Mia sometimes had a flair for the dramatic. Ah, 15-year-old moodswings . . . I do not miss you.

Hi guys! If you’ve followed my blog for a while, a. congratulations; you have great taste in web content. B – you’re welcome. And c – you know that I rarely, if ever, post about beauty. If I do, it’s pretty much always skincare, or hair. Today is no different; we’re going to be talking about my experience with anti-biotics for my skin.

First, of all – disclaimer. Antibiotics will affect everyone differently; everyone will see different results. Just because I didn’t like it and it didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. Now that’s out of the way . . . let’s go.

First off, antibiotics to treat acne? When did that become a thing?

If you’re like me a few years ago, the idea of treating acne with anti-biotics is foreign. Well, I don’t really know what to tell you: it happens and it happens quite often. My doctor took one look at me, didn’t ask me about my diet, skincare routine or anything like that and pushed me those pills!

Okay, so how bad was your skin?

You’d be forgiven for thinking my skin must have been terrible for this poor doctor to immediately squeal in terror and throw tablets at my face, but this isn’t really true. Obviously, my skin wasn’t amazing, but I didn’t suffer from cystic acne or anything like that. My doctor called my acne “inflammatory” and said it was probably hormonal; basically, I just got spots.

Looking back on it through the lens of experience, I was just a teenager with teenage skin that was prone to breakouts. I would consider it acne because my skin was very prone to spots and usually I would have one or two – but, at the same time, I have oily skin and a good skincare routine can fix that issue, so I don’t necessarily think it needed treatment.

Now, I don’t want to say my next bit to make anyone feel bad about their skin, but purely because different treatments respond to different skin types. It’s important for me to show you what my acne was like (and what it wasn’t like) so that if your skin type is different to mine you can really take all my advice with a pinch of salt.

After dragging in my mother and asking her how she remembers my skin being compared to my memory (I have pre-based opinion of my skin’s severity and that it didn’t require anti-biotics; because of this bias, I could have been over-dramatising or rose-tinting, so a second opinion was needed), we agreed that this is best representation of my acne:

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It was really mild and, as I’ve said, a total pain-in-the-fucking-ass, but it was by no means severe. I’d usually have one or two spots, some redness around them and that’s it. If I were having a really bad breakout, it may be like this in a couple of areas on my face. Now we’ve got an idea of my skin type, let’s go onto my experience with the anti-biotics.

Quick fire – you clearly didn’t like the anti-biotics; what were your issues with them?

I’ll explain all of these in further detail, but here were my biggest issues:

  • Lack of long-term effectiveness.
  • Immediate side effects
  • Long term legitimate health side effects
  • Lack of information given to me about the medication I was taking and the implications of it
  • Lack of discretion/caution when handing out antibiotics
  • Anti-biotic resistance

What anti-biotics did you take?

So I took anti-biotics over probably about 3 years. I stopped a few months ago and started taking them, at the latest, in my last year of secondary school.

In this time, I took 2 types of anti-biotic; Doxycycline and Lymecycline. I was on Doxycycline for around 2 years until I went into the doctors, saw a new doctor and said “I don’t want to take anti-biotics anymore; is there something else I can do?”. This doctor then went on to inform me that the tablets I had been taking were actually pretty ineffective compared to Lymecycline and that I should try a course of that for a few months (again, an anti-biotic).

  • Side note: The recommended usage for these anti-biotics is 3 months. With Doxycycline, not only did my doctor not tell me this, my prescription would run out and need to be resigned by her and she would do it without seeing me. For 2 years.
  • Also, I would like to point out: I specifically requested to not be on antibiotics. While I completely agree that it’s up to me to be more firm or refuse to take them, I went in and asked for alternatives and clearly stated that I was willing to try other forms of treatment and my doctor basically said to me “I’ll recommend those to you if anti-biotics don’t work, but those are what you need” completely disregarding the fact I’ve been on them for two years. This length of use, by the way, is a real health risk – and increases the chances of your acne becoming anti-biotic resistant and therefore pretty much fucking untreatable.
  • And again, at this point, nobody has asked me about any of my habits related to skincare. Literally, all any doctor asked me – and this was the first doctor, not the second one – was: “oh, do you cleanse your face?”. Uh . . . yes? But what about toning, moisturising, etc? A wider skincare range? Sleep? Stress? Exercise? Diet? Allergies? Also, I had just started wearing makeup to try calming down the redness of my skin (which she could see as I went after school, so I had it on), so how was I cleansing? Just with water? Soap? A wet-wipe? This doctor is a practising dermatologist; when I went to my clinic, I was referred to her because she was meant to be the best when it came to dealing with skin. She didn’t even ask my skin type. As a 15 year old tomboy who literally had only just started wearing a bit of BB cream to try tame my skin without resorting to foundation, I didn’t know anything about skincare past “wash face in morning and at night”, so I’m sure a lot of my acne (in all likelihood caused by my oily skin being oily as it wasn’t being dealt with properly) could have been managed with a skincare routine. As a dermatologist should know.

 Side effects I experienced

Now, I didn’t experience any side-effects from Lymecycline, but Doxycycline and I had a real tough relationship. On Doxycycline, I would get:

  • Incredibly nauseous. There were a lot of times I would throw it straight back up because, as soon as it went down, my stomach went “no, no thank you”. For daily tablets, this is no fun. This wasn’t an instant “tough it out for five minutes”, either. I had to take to them at night because it was genuinely disrupting my schoolwork, being nauseous and dizzy for the first couple of lessons every day. Annoyingly, you can’t lie down for 30 minutes after taking these, so right before bed was out.
  • Dizziness.
  • Migraines. I never got migraines until I started taking these and I have been suffering with them for the past few years.
  • Increased skin sensitivity. Again, this is a big issue I had – this isn’t just a possible side effect, this is guaranteed. I thought it was just my skin being annoying until one day I went to the pharmacy to restock and the chemist said “you are making sure to wear suncream out, yes?” and I was like ” . . . huh?”. Again, this would be fine . . . if my doctor had told me about it.

These, however, are all short term side effects. They weren’t even my main concern – beauty is pain, after all. My main concern was all the really fucking serious health concerns of using anti-biotics long term.

Long term health concerns of using anti-biotics

Really quickly, I am obviously not a doctor – so I’ve been sure to be really vague with these so I can’t get them too wrong. Look them up yourself or discuss them with your doctor.

  • Antibiotic resistance. Long story short, if you develop this, you’re fucked and it becomes possible that you can die from something that should be easily treated with anti-biotics because the illness has developed resistance to anti-biotics through your continued exposure. Slight hyperbole, but a legitimate concern.
  • Can destroy the good bacteria in your body – and prevent your body from being able to naturally produce more. This has been linked to an increased risk in bowel cancer, as it most often affects bacteria in your digestive system.

But did the antibiotics help my skin?

In all honesty, yes, the antibiotics did help my skin . . . but they didn’t help long-term; as soon as I stopped taking them, my skin would break out 10 times worse. When I was deciding to stop taking them, I actually googled it to see if I’d had that response because I’d stopped them too early, but I found a few forums where literally everyone complained of the same thing. The general consensus was that the first few months, while your body adjusts, sucks. Your skin is so used to depending on anti-biotics that it goes haywire . . . but after a few months, it’ll even out and be more manageable.

Plus, as I’ve gotten older and become more interested in skincare and learned more about my skin type, I realised that the results the anti-biotics gave me could be achieved through a good skincare routine and taking care to prevent acne. They never cleared my skin up to perfection; my skin never looked like an Instagram model or flawlessly air-brushed.

What’s your skin been like after stopping your tablets?

Honestly, the best it’s been since I started getting acne. I don’t know if this is because my hormones may finally be settling down (please), I’ve learnt how to control my skin and take care of it properly, or if it’s because I’ve been eating much more healthily and been focusing more on my overall health . . . maybe a combination of the lot. Or maybe the Lymecycline really worked at clearing the rest of my acne out and left me with a good slate . . . who knows?

This is a completely unedited photo of me on the day of writing this with no skin makeup on – except for under eyebrow concealer because my brows are a mess – my mum actually complemented my skin and inspired this post! As you can see, there’s still some scarring from those blasted teenage years (if I could jump to the past and slap past Mia for popping her spots, I would), but it’s flat and healthy!

Slight plug here, though – if you have oily skin, I genuinely attest a lot of my skin’s improved condition to Mario Badescu Acne Starter Kit, so check out my (linked) review if you’re looking for something new to try. It’s not a sponsored post, or anything like that, it is just genuinely a brilliant skincare regime.

Obviously, this is – again – dependant on your skin type. As I’ve mentioned above, I don’t think my skin needed anti-biotics and I think a lot of the struggles I’ve had with it have, in all likelihood, probably been because I’ve taken them and it’s aggravated the situation. For some people, antibiotics might be absolutely necessary.

Look, I know a lot of people write these posts to discredit anti-biotics and plug their own holisitic lifestyles or vegan diets (I’m sorry, I’m friends with a lot of vegans and I think it’s a great diet, but it is not a be-all, end-all and it doesn’t cure acne.) and their skincare ranges or herbal supplements . . . I’m not here to do that. I don’t care what skincare you use, what food you eat, how you deal with your acne. I’m not even necessarily saying don’t try anti-biotics, but I want you to be really prepared for what you’re getting yourself into and understand all the things that my doctors apparently didn’t think were important enough to disclose.

Anyways, that’s my story! What do you guys think – have you ever been offered anti-biotics to try dealing with your skincare? What do you think has the biggest effect on your skin? And can we please rant about the incompetence of those doctors? I absolutely love the NHS, and I don’t even necessarily hold it against the doctors (I’m sure with dealing with a lot of patients and most of which will have far more serious issues than acne, things just get overlooked and that’s totally understandable) – but I don’t appreciate being given something potentially harmful to my long-term health as a minor (I was 15 when these were prescribed!) and not being told anything about the medication. Let me know your thoughts down below!

Peace,

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43 thoughts on “My Experience With Anti-Biotics For My Skin – DO NOT Recommend.

  1. Yep. Hope you’re ok. Survived Roacutaine and then active medical (legal on twice as good cos they’re doctors) advice against joining a globally successful class action.
    So when I rant one of these just think Bart Simpson… I DIDN’T DO IT

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    1. Oooh, Roacutaine sounds horrible…at least these didn’t have any mental health side effects, I know a lot of people that try Roacutaine do experience that. My doctors never tried prescribing that thankfully! Hope you’re doing better 🙂

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      1. Yeah I was section 10’d. Ruined my life. Though having survived so much…
        Are you serious??? You’ve been talking to me and you don’t reckon I have mental health issues??? You clearly aren’t stupid… must be as kind as a saint 😅😄😄😂

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      1. I get paid to blog like this, go to gym, volunteer cos I can’t be stuffed drinking… etc these days. Oh and meditation. That’s what tax dollars buys people for these medical disasters. Difficult to sign a disclosure agreement when the same clowns also declare us insane… I mean who does that make really insane?
        Besides summer is here and the time is ripe for being the fittest street person sleeping out with very cool kung fu
        He wouldn’t dodge my zit shurikanjutsu….
        Anyway having survived side effects of suicide etc… my skin is incredible. Only reason I ain’t a movie star is because the damn cat has held me back

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  2. This is such an informative post, so so helpful! I’ve never had to experience anything like this, I just try and ignore my horrendous spots but at least now you’ve been through using these antibiotics you have learnt from that time and now you know how NOT to get rid of your spots. I think this post is going to help a lot of people struggling with acne!

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    1. Thank you lovely! I’m so glad you think so – and eurgh, to be honest, all I really needed was a good skincare routine. Not THREE YEARS of medication that makes your skin worse because it makes it reliant on them… angry mia rant over xD xx

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  3. Thank you for sharing, I used to have really bad skin when I was a teenager as in my whole face so much so that all antibiotics didn’t work from the doctors anyway over years and eventually I had to see a dermatologist, where it took two seperate courses of roaccutane to clear them up. It did effect my mood etc at the time but the side effects although bad were no where near what it sounds like other readers here have experienced and also other people I know who took it.

    I think it totally depends on your situation, it seems like you were relatively happy with your own skin situation in the first place which means it’s completely understandable you didn’t have a great experience or see the benefits.

    In my case however, my skin really was crippling my confidence hugely and I wanted to do anything to change it. As in I didn’t want to eat certain foods just in case people judged me for eating unhealthily causing my spots. And yes although nothing from the doctor worked and roaccutane did have side effects, in the long run I’m very glad I did what I did to clear up my skin.

    So basically if anyone has read this lengthy comment, I just wanted to add that working around the pharmaceutical industry for my day job too, with any antibiotics or medication they react and affect people in completely different ways so it really is a case of trying what works for each individual person and making the best decision based on if the positives outweigh the negatives. Luckily it seems like medicine and antibiotics etc is going in a direction where they can be more personalised with what antibiotics they give people and getting to a stage which is less trial and error.

    Anyway, thanks for sharing this post, as you can probably tell from this lengthy comment it’s an issue that I know really crippled peoples confidence and is really difficult to deal with in a lot of cases, so thanks for sharing your experience and bringing the topic up

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    1. Damn, sorry to hear that – although, it’s great you didn’t get the harsh side effects from roaccutane.

      Yes, that’s my point exactly – I think every situation is different and potentially harsh medicines shouldn’t just be thrown out for everyone when certain people may not benefit or require it. I think a lot of people with mild acne that doesn’t necessarily NEED anti-biotics can get prescribed them, so maybe this will help them 🙂

      Fair enough! If it helped you, that’s great. I can definitely imagine how having severe acne could be absolutely devastating for your self-esteem (on days when I have a breakout, I’m prone to a mini “THE WORLD CANNOT SEE ME LIKE THIS” performance 😀 ) so if medication helped you that’s fab.

      And I agree; medication for acne can be great, but I think it needs to be monitored. My issue isn’t so much with trying anti-biotics, but being left on them for years and not being told anything about them. I think for some people they’ll be brilliant, but not so much for me 😦

      Thanks for the detailed response!

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      1. It’s very true, there does seem to be a lot of over prescribing and giving people drugs for things which in fact could be solved by other lifestyle changes in some cases. Don’t worry I had a bit of a nightmare with them too constantly getting my hopes up with the latest thing the doctor prescribed only for them not to work. Once again thanks for sharing anyway, really interesting post that got me thinking about things I haven’t in a while!

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  4. A good friend of mine also experienced the same with antibiotics for skin face. She took it and felt reall bad and caused all side effects. Damn, I’m glad you stopped and your skin is really good. Take care of your skin, sleep well and also drink a lot of water. They say its really healthy and good for your skin 💜

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    1. Thank you lovely girl! And yes I agree; a lot of lifestyle habits can massively help your hair out 🤸🏻‍♀️ I know some people have acne that isn’t caused by lifestyle or diet or anything like that but I really think it should at least be considered BEFORE handing out antibiotics. Hope your friend is doing better and thank you so much for the lovely comment ❤️❤️

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  5. Antibiotics used to be “just another medicine” but I’ve become a lot more wary of taking them. Only if I absolutely have an infection that a topical treatment cannot resolve (ie when my leg had oozing sores for no apparent reason and swelled up and I couldn’t walk!)
    But yes, I experienced nausea, headaches and also diarrhea while taking antibiotics. Sounds like the source of your skin issues weren’t just a bacterial cause. I’m glad you’ve found what works for you now!

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    1. I’ve always been scared of doctors and hospitals (probably THE MOST irrational fear but there you go) so I’m
      A big believer in letting your body fight illnesses itself mainly because I don’t want to go to the doctors – but I agree. And omg that sounds painful😭😭 definitely worth the trip!

      I’m sorry to hear that – glad you’re off them now! And thanks lovely so am I 💕

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  6. As someone who suffers with oily skin I can totally relate to this. But I have never heard of using antibiotics to treat acne. Sounds interesting and I guess that if you really struggle with self conciousness you should do what it makes you feel better, but those side effects doesnt sound like it is worth it for me.

    Like you, I stick with to skin regime and I also try to eat a healthy, balanced diet. I am not a vegan (actually I am a vegetarian) but in my case eating a lot of junk food makes the worst of my skin, and is hard because I am addicted to snacks. I live in Mexico so we eat a lot of spicy stuff and I have read that spicy, greasy food can cause acne.

    Anyway, thank you for visiting my blog ^^ I am new to the WordPress family so it is always appreaciated the opportunity to see a great blog like yours. Thank you for sharing your story and I hope to read more about you soon.

    I send a big hug ❤

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  7. Preach girl preach! I especially LOVE that you mentioned how unique our skin is and how what works for one won’t work for another. Something doctors seem to have forgotten. I never took antibiotics for my skin (which is due to hormones), but I did see a dermatologist who told me there was nothing she could do unless I took antibiotics. I told her heck no and peaced out of there. I am not against antibiotics or anything, if they are needed. And I feel like a lot of doctors just throw them at patients as a one stop cure all kind of plan and it does NOT work. We are all different thus all need different treatments. Thanks for an amazing post beauty! ❤

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  8. All of the stuff dermatologists and doctors prescribed me during my teenage years only made my skin worse. I was on some medication (I don’t remember the name of it), but it made my skin literally peel off in chunks. I have multiple scars on my legs because when I would shave, the skin would just come off. It was awful, and honestly, my skin didn’t even clear up until I ditched EVERYTHING the dermatologists told me to take, smear on my skin, and do. I started just using all natural skincare products, stopped using acne products altogether, and my skin has been doing better than ever. I know everyone is different, like you said, but in so many experiences, it sure seems like the doctors are just prescribing us stuff that does more harm than good. You are beautiful and I am so happy you are finding ways that work well for your skin! ❤

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  9. Crazily when I was teenager my skin was so fuc*ing clean, it was absolutely incredible. I started getting acne at age of 22, which is strange, why then. Till this day I have problems with hormonal acne on my chin and nothing really works for them, I really don’t know what to do, but I decided to give my skin some time, just to see what will happen. Thank you for sharing your experience, this will be really helpful to most people who consider using anti biotics for acne. xx

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  10. I’m the type of person who never takes painkillers or antibiotics unless I absolutely need to (which is still really rare to be honest lol). I rarely get sick (touchwood) but when I do, depending on its severity I either sweat it out/let it do its own thing or I’ll take some cold meds but I won’t over-do it.

    I remember when I was 12, that’s when my eczema nightmare started and it was really, really bad (I’ll have to write a post about that at some point…something I want to share to sufferers). My skin (not my face, body) was really broken, watery, painful and just all definitions of gross. I went to see the GP with my mum who as well as prescribing steroid creams or the E45 cream, gave me these capsule pills to take. Now I have no idea what they were cos I was so young but I feel the symptoms are very similar to what you have described so maybe they were antibiotics. I was SO ill from taking them. I even developed a migraine and fever to which I was bedridden for a day or 2, of which I just stopped taking the pills altogether. I also remember being incredibly nauseous. It was just an all-round bad experience.

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    1. I actually really agree with you (which can be really bad – I ended up in A&E at 3am once because i put off going to the doctor for rib pain for a month and woke up not able to breathe properly). I think it’s just a lot better for our overall health if our bodies learn to fight sickness off themselves – that way, if we are ever seriously ill, medicine will likely be more effective because we aren’t used to it.

      Oh, you poor thing! Thankfully, my eczema was limited to my younger years, but I remember the back of knees would bleed and it was so horribly painful…. I’m so sorry you had to go through it as a teen 😦 And that sounds a lot like the side effects I got from Doxycylcine; maybe you were prescribed anti-biotics xx

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      1. Honestly, because of that experience, I am never going back to the GP since it really seems like all they do is prescribe one or the other (painkillers or antibiotics). There are even people who have become so dependent on them and abuse them like a drug.

        Oh and the acne…I promise that it gets better with time, after your teens and when your hormones decide to calm down. Your acne definitely looked inflammatory. Have you ever tried aloe vera? I like using aloe vera gel and have drank aloe vera before in the past (tastes nasty though, I warn). Both can be found at Holland and Barrett. 🙂

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  11. I’ve been incredibly lucky with my skin so far (Especially as a 16 year old with no skin care routine and a horrid diet) but I personally think that there is an epidemic of prescribing antibiotics to people. Every time I go to the doctor (which is a lot, mind you) they try to shove some form of antibiotic down my throat. Recent studies have shown that bacteria is becoming resistent to antibiotics because of the amount we take. We really need to find a way to treat people without using these antibiotics or else were going to be immune to them and subsequently SOL.

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  12. This is such a good post; I’m so so lucky as (touches wood like 376566764397 times) I basically never get spots apart from maybe the occasional under the skin lump around my t zone area. My skin is really dry though, but managed perfectly well with a really moisturising skincare routine. I’ve tried mario badescu’s drying cream for any of those under the skin lumps that I experience every so often and when that goes on overnight, they’re basically gone by the morning – the stuff is magic.

    I’d have been so weary of going on anti biotics for acne, I think it’s weird of doctors to recommend it to you so much. I suppose a few years ago anti biotic resistance wasn’t such a huge thing, it’s been in the news recently and stuff but still, it’s kinda strange? I know they don’t prescribe penicillin for bacterial tonsillitis anymore which is such a pain for me cos I get it kinda regularly but I can get why they wont, I don’t wanna die from being untreatable.

    Amazing and really informative post xx

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    1. Thank you lovely! You’re so lucky! The only solace I take is in that apparently oily skin doesn’t get wrinkles as easily… but knowing my luck i’d be the one to get em x_x

      I LOVE mario badescu – and i totally agree; i love both their drying cream and their drying lotion. I’m trying out the silver powder (and reviewing!) and it’s AWESOME too.

      Yeah, to be honest, I live in London and our doctors are all stretched really thin, so I think they were just trying to send me away with SOMETHING to try and do it quickly. I think the second doctor was doing what she thought was best – they did work at clearing my skin, I just didn’t want to use them (and was getting side effects) so I think she went “well, anti-biotics work so instead of trying something else we’ll try something more effective with no side effects and if you STILL want off them come back after this “. It’s unbelievably annoying, but in the scheme of things acne isn’t as important as people in pain etc. to doctors so I guess they just wanted it handled ASAP.

      And definitely a good thing! Thanks again lovely xx

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      1. Ahhh okay, I live in the middle of nowhere which is shit most of the time, but the doctors in my village are so so lovely and have helped me so much – I’m on the pill and any concerns I’ve had they’ve been through them w me like weight gain and rested my mind to know that it doesn’t effect my weight gain. I guess it shows it depends on where you are!

        Can’t wait to read your review on the silver powder, I totally wanna try that out as it looks so good!

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  13. I had similar experiences to you – acne wasn’t so bad that it was hugely crippling my self esteem but bad enough that I wanted it fixed or at least minimalise it. I tried so many things – topical creams, prescription creams, all different types of cleaners – natural and chemical, tried oil cleansing, proactive and finally went on roaccutane. The dermatologist took me off it after 3 months as my liver lipids (i think) were increasing. Not to a harmful stage but increasing none the less. Now I have to have blood tests and ultrasounds on my liver to check it all out which is frustrating. Did the roccutane work? Yes it did to an extent. I still get the occasional pimple and they don’t last anywhere near as long as they used to. I’ve started using a very minimal skin care routine – washing only with water in the morning, applying face cream only to the dry spots on my face, no make up as I don’t wear it anyway, sunscreen, then washing it off with a cleanser at night time and using 2 drops of jojoba oil to moisturise my face. It’s made a world of difference. I’ve also noticed that my skin only seems to react when I eat foods that don’t agree with me or drink a lot of alcohol. I’m going to stick to this very minimal routine until it no longer works for me!

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    1. Oh my god, that sounds terrible! I’m glad they didn’t grow to a harmful degree, but I can imagine needing to go for blood tests and ultrasounds is NOT your idea of a good time. I’m glad it worked for you though 🙂

      I have to admit, I’ve seen a lot of the same results – by getting a more natural skincare routine and watching what I ear, my skin is 1,000 x better than the antibiotics made it xx

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  14. Vvv interesting post, I was prescribed antibiotics for my acne when I was much younger (like v early teens) so I hardly rememeber what it was like… however, (Millie the medical nerd is about to strike sorry) do you know why you can’t lie down for 30 minutes after taking them??? (Don’t Google it)

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    1. Ahh, hope they worked for you! And I think it’s something to do with your stomach lining. To be fair, they made the throw up when I was standing and taking them; I can imagine lying down could cause some issue . . . but I can’t say I’m sure! Why can’t you take them lying down? 😉 xx

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      1. Because it takes some time for them to travel down to your stomach and if you lie down they can get stuck AND LITERALLY BURN THROUGH YOUR ESOPHAGUS (this literally almost happened to me once when I had antibiotics for sinusitis and took one with no water I honestly thought I was dying it hurt so badly) fun fact though hey? 😉 xx

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  15. I don’t trust antibiotics unless I absolutely need them lol. I heard about how your body can develop immunities to it, and that scares me honestly. I once took an antibiotic for strep throat and then found out I didn’t even have strep throat, it was allergies. And I panicked over that lol. Kudos to you for getting yourself off those antibiotics and finding other methods to keeping your skin clear. I, personally, don’t think I would’ve wanted to try anything like that, but my skin was never that bad either (I guess I got lucky in that sense, I’d have pimples, but again, I think it was my lack of proper knowledge in skincare).

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  16. Doxycycline makes your skin super sensitive, you’re meant to stay out of the sun when you’re on it. I was taking a dose to get over a sinus infection a couple of years ago and the sun from sitting in a car was enough to break the skin on my legs out in hives or something similar. My legs were in a terrible state for weeks. If I get offered Doxycycline now, I refuse it.

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  17. I’m a aesthetic practitioner (skin expert) and always hate when people go on antibiotics or roacutaine! Means I can’t help them for such a long time with products and treatments! Everyone’s skin is different needs to be treated in different ways! Good luck with your skin journey! If you ever want skin tips let me know xx

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  18. Love, you look glowing! I don’t think I would ever love to try antibiotics even if my mom would push me on that. Aside from being ezpenzive, I’d rather look for some skin care routine that would work for me. 😂 Love your brows too!!

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