If you have suffered or are still suffering from acne, you will know exactly how frustrating it can be. Over the years, doctors have sent acne patients on their way with a prescription of antibiotics to treat the affected skin, whether it be in the form of a topical cream to apply or an internal medication to take. Whilst many antibiotic creams have a great effect on reducing the symptoms of acne and often oral antibiotics can be of some use, there are many different reasons as to why it might be best to avoid taking antibiotics when it comes to treating acne. Here are just a few of the top reasons to say no to antibiotics and give other treatments a try instead.
Possible Side Effects of Antibiotics
Although almost all medication – certain herbal remedies included – can have some nasty possible side effects, taking antibiotics, especially in order to treat a long term condition such as acne, can result in some horrible side effects – many of which never go away.
Anyone who’s studied human biology will know that there are many different bacteria which live inside your gut. Whilst some of this bacteria are good, others are dangerous to your body. Over time, the use of antibiotics can actually be harmful to good bacteria and encourage the dangerous bacteria to proliferate, leading to worse case scenarios of dangerous bacteria rapidly multiplying and causing serious health issues and diseases such as colonic perforation or toxic megacolon, both of which can cause severe discomfort and pain. And, it’s not always necessary to take antibiotics for a long period of time to cause damage – in some cases, a short course of antibiotics lasting just a few weeks can create antibiotic resistance lasting anything up to two years or more.
Since the majority of antibiotic courses prescribed for acne are often over long term periods of a few months, the risks of side effects are greatly increased.
Do Antibiotics Even Treat Acne?
Although your doctor may send you out of his office with a course of antibiotics for the next couple of weeks or even months, are they even going to work that well? With studies showing that around 80% of acne patients in the United Kingdom do not respond to antibiotic treatments, is it really worth wasting your hard-earned money on a prescription that is highly likely to be useless based on these statistics?
The fact that antibiotics tend to have a significantly low success rate when it comes to treating acne is also another reason why they may end up doing you more harm than good. Since acne has become more and more resistant to antibiotic treatments over the past few decades, doctors are prescribing one type of antibiotic after the other, leaving you to deal with the possible side effects of long-term exposure to this medication.
Short Term Gain
Although certain antibiotics may work well for clearing up acne, this victory tends to be small and short-lived, with the acne returning as soon as the course of antibiotics is finished. Even if you have found an antibiotic which can keep your acne at bay when you are taking it, it’s simply not practical to your health to take antibiotics every day.
Some antibiotics can indeed clear acne up fast, and for this reason they can be a good ‘quick fix’ to getting rid of your acne. However, a ‘quick fix’ is all that they are – for many patients, as soon as you stop taking the antibiotics, you will relapse and the acne will come back exactly how it was before. Given the side effects mentioned earlier, relying on the constant ingestion of antibiotics to keep acne at bay could well result in your experiencing a range of dangerous health issues and even long-term damage to your body.
Alternative Treatments Are Available!
When it comes to successfully treating acne, there’s absolutely no need to rely on the pills provided to you by your doctor. In fact, as science and technology evolves, new and exciting discoveries are cropping up everywhere when it comes to getting rid of acne and acne scars for good. Alternative medicines are gaining popularity again, and an increasing number of acne patients are turning to natural and organic products in a bid to rid themselves of this condition.
For example, aloe vera is becoming a hugely popular product amongst many acne patients. Although it has not yet been proven able to cure acne for good, it can definitely soothe any open sores and many patients have had great success when using it to help fade old acne scars and marks. Not only that, patients do not have to worry when using products such as aloe vera as it is an all-natural, organic product which does not carry the same risk of side effects as prescription antibiotics.
With topical creams and holistic products available to treat acne right at the root cause, it’s really not worth relying on antibiotics and risking the side effects.