Minocycline for Acne

For the treatment of acne, many healthcare providers prescribe minocycline, an antibiotic. Because the drug can help control the growth of bacteria and reduce inflammation, fewer pimples and less redness are often the result. Although several other oral antibiotics are available, minocycline is usually the preferred option, because it usually responds better than other antibiotics, is easier to take, and generally has fewer side effects.

Acne and Minocycline: An Overview

Minocycline is a prescription antibiotic that is licensed to treat acne. The medication is part of a class of antibiotics called tetracyclines. Two products in particular (Solodyn™ and Ximino™) are specifically approved to treat moderate to severe inflammatory lesions of acne (red, inflamed, or pus-filled bumps). Minocycline is not recommended for the treatment of other types of acne (such as nodular acne).

How Does Minocycline Treat Acne?

Acne is a disease that affects the skin's oil glands. When the follicle of a gland gets clogged with oil, skin cells, and bacteria, it's called a pimple. Several pimples occurring in the same area are known as acne. If left untreated, acne can present a number of problems, including:
  • Surface pain
  • Infections
  • Scarring.
Minocycline is thought to help control acne by curbing the growth of bacteria and reducing inflammation, which results in fewer pimples and less redness.

How Does It Compare to Other Antibiotics For the Treatment of Acne?

Several acne treatment options are available, depending on the severity of the condition. One treatment for moderate or severe acne is oral antibiotics. Common antibiotics used as acne medicine in addition to minocycline include:
Minocycline has proven valuable for the treatment of acne because it usually responds better than other antibiotics used to treat the condition.
Several different brand-name and generic versions of minocycline are available. Depending on the type of minocycline, it may be taken once or twice a day, in either a tablet or capsule form. Although most forms of minocycline are approved to treat severe acne (as well as many other infections), only two products (Solodyn and Ximino) are specifically approved to treat moderate to severe inflammatory acne as a once-daily tablet or capsule. In general, treatment for 12 weeks is recommended.
You can read more about various acne treatment options by clicking the following eMedTV articles:

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