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Doxycycline for Acne – Doxycycline can be used to treat moderate to severe inflammatory acne. It can also be used for milder inflammatory acne that is not getting better with other treatments.

Doxycycline Dosage for Acne

The typical dose to treat acne is 50 mg or 100 mg twice daily or 100 mg once daily. But some forms of doxycycline are taken as 20 mg twice daily or 40 mg once daily. It is always best to consult your doctor.

Side Effects

Some of the side effects of doxycycline may include nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, loss of appetite, diarrhea. Doxycycline can also cause skin rash, itching, or darkened skin color.


How long should I take doxycycline for acne?

Usually doxycycline treatment for acne can last up to 3 months. After this period of time acnes may become resistant to doxycycline  which means that the medication no longer kills them.

What is the best antibiotic for acne?

Usually tetracyclines such as doxycycline are the first choice to treat acne. However, it is recommended to use oral antibiotics for the shortest time possible to prevent antibiotic resistance. Doxycycline and other tetracycline antibiotics are best used with topical retinoids and benzoyl peroxide to reduce the risk of developing antibiotic resistance.

Can doxycycline make acne worse?

Sometimes the acne becomes worse before it starts getting better.

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