my experience on doxycycline
I was prescribed doxycycline monohydrate for my acne at the start of quarantine. My acne had reached a point where I felt helpless, depressed, and insecure. When I had my teleappointment with my dermatologist, she gave me a four month supply of this medication. In theory, doxy was supposed to act as an antibiotic for my skin that would flush out any bacteria and fungi that was living in my pores. It seemed like it would be a pretty quick fix to my problems.
I have come to the realization that my acne is actually hormonal. My acne has nothing to do with bacteria or dirt on my skin; I break out in areas associated with hormonal imbalance. However, since I thought doxy could entirely eliminate that possibility of dirt as a factor in my skin impurity, I decided that it wouldn't hurt to give it a shot.
I say this all the time, but I really do have a long way to go before I get my skin where I want it to be. With that being said, I am also tremendously proud of the progress and healing it has gone through. Here I am 4 months later with skin that is in incredible shape compared to where it started. I do believe doxy helped my complexion, since it fought hard at any bacteria that may have been residing in my pores, but to say it is the only reason for my progress would be false.
While on doxy, I also used tretinoin, eliminated gluten and dairy from my diet, and started birth control for hormonal balance. I understand that this does not work for everyone, but I truly believe this combination is what made the biggest difference in my complexion.
I feel that doxy is a really good medication to start off with, due to its targeted fight towards bacterial infections in the pores. Doxy is not a cure for acne; it helps fight it and helps prevent it, but it is not a strong enough medication (like Accutane for example) to provide a solution to the problem.
All in all, I had a very positive experience with doxycycline. It is such a light medication, which results in no side effects. This medication did no harm to my body or skin, which is a huge plus! For anybody seeking advice or researching doxy, I definitely think it would be smart to give it a try. I also think for some people, doxy can be seen as a step on the stairway to Accutane in the future. I am very pleased with my 4 month journey with doxy!
WEEK 1 ON DOXY
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