Acne: Get Rid of It
by Rick Hill, Ph.D.
Have acne? Get rid of it quickly, using a safe medicine that
costs almost nothing. Despite the claims of the 1001 acne
remedy breakthroughs you'll see on the internet, Tetracycline,
a basic antibiotic, works better for most sufferers than any other
Disclaimer: Im neither a medical doctor nor health practitioner.
I own no shares in tetracycline. Im just a former acne sufferer
who wants to pass on what worked so well for me.
Acne: Get Rid of It Without Expensive Medical Treatments
From my early teen years I tried the usual over the counter agents
(Clearasil, etc). I graduated to dermatology treatments, including
ultraviolet light and expensive prescription topical ointments.
None of my dermatologists ever prescribed tetracycline. I can
only guess that either they were needlessly cautious because of
reported side effects from high dosages of oral antibiotics, or
that tetracycline is such a dull, non-sexy pill that they had
to prescribe more exotic remedies to demonstrate their expertise.
Acne: Get Rid Of It Without Health Treatments
If, like me, you eventually gave up medical treatments of acne
for the health route, you need to get rid of standard health food
store notions about diet, cleansing, low-oil diets, flushing impurities
from the system, and the like. I tried them all--for years--but
I still had acne. Get rid of it? I really wanted to, but nothing
Here are some of the health remedies I tried for acne:
get rid of all chocolate and nuts in the diet, eliminate oil,
periodic fasting on water only, no meat, juice fasting, herb poltices,
herb teas, herb enemas, colonics, clay masks, chiropractic treatment,
castile soap, natural astringents, massage, sunbaths, exercise,
sauna, steam treatments.
I could go on and on, but trust me, I tried it all in the health
Acne: Get Rid of it at Last
When my acne was at its worst, I was given tetracycline for another,
unrelated infection. My acne went away, but unfortunately I didnt
make the connection. I thought the health diet and herbs did the
trick. It took me several more years of fruitless health and medical
trials before I remembered that my acne cleared up best of all
when I was on tetracycline.
With nothing to lose, I tried it tetracycline again. Sure, enough,
my acne stayed gone as long as I kept on a low dose. Tetracycline
doesnt cure the acne, it just keeps it away as long as the
antibiotic is in the system. But that effect is better than that
of any other acne remedy touted by MDs diet gurus, or heath practitioners.
The Cause of Acne
As it turns out, the main cause of acne is bacteria that tetracycline
kills easily. Get rid of the bacteria that causes acne, get rid
of the acne. Its that simple.
But doesnt Tetracycline for Acne Get Rid of good
In large doses, any antibiotic can wipe out good bacteria and
cause resistant strains of bad bacteria. But heres what
the health and medical practitioners (the ones with something
more expensive than tetracycline to sell) wont tell you:
You dont need a large dose to control acne. 250-500 mgs
per day will do it. After a while, I only needed 250 mgs every
other day. This dose is so low that none I took tetracycline almost
daily for seven years and had no yeast infection, built no resistance
to antibiotics, had no tooth discoloration, or anything associated
with antibiotics in high doses.
Could it be that your acne went away by itself?
No, when I periodically quit taking the tetracycline (remember,
I was a health nut and still am, so I dont want to take
any medication I dont have to), the acne came back. I resumed
taking the tetracycline, and the acne went away. I kept going
off and going on till my mid-forties, when the acne finally did
leave of its own accord.
Acne: Get Rid of It in Three Easy Steps
1. Tell your GP or dermatologist you want to try tetracycline
for acne. Get rid of your need for encouragement--You probably
wont get much, but thats okay. Ask for a 90 day supply,
preferably in 250 mg. pills. Tetracycline usually costs less than
ten cents per pill. Generic tetracycline works fine, and its
2. Ask your doctor if s/he approves this dosage: 500 mgs at bedtime
and on arising for the first week. Then 250 mgs twice a day until
the acne is gone. Then 250 mgs once a day for maintenance. Go
back to 500 if you have a flare-up. Follow all instructions on
the bottle about not mixing with dairy, drinking plenty of water,
no mixing with antacids, etc.
3. Aim for the lowest dose you can get away with. Stop taking
the tetracycline from time to time to see how youre doing.
Go back to the starter dose if youve been off a while and
the acne comes back.
Thats about it, except to say that it couldnt
hurt to stay on your healthy diet. I never tried a regimen
of junk food and antibiotics, and I wouldnt recommend it.
If acne lashed you into health, stay with your healthy lifestyle
and be grateful that at least you got SOME benefit from having
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