How do you use minocycline for acne?
Minocycline comes in two forms: topical and internal. The internal variation is a pill, much like the tetracycline pills you can get at the pharmacy. These generally cost more than tetracycline, however, and aren't always as effective. So it might not be worth your while to take it. Minocycline might be applied topically as a cream, gel or liquid, depending on what the doctor prescribes. Oh, and perhaps I should have mentioned before - you can get minocycline for acne by prescription only. Thus, you'll have to make a doctor's appointment to procure any for the topical or internal variation.
How much does minocycline cost?
Minocycline is about 10 times the cost of tetracycline. Ouch, right? Tetracycline might only cost $4 or $5 per bottle. But minocycline costs at least $40, and that's just for the pills. It's definitely not the most cost-effective method of getting rid of acne.
Is minocycline effective?
Yes and no. Minocycline is thought to be good for moderate acne, perhaps too strong for mild acne, and not strong enough for severe acne. And at $40 a pop, there are more effective options for moderate acne if that's all you have.
Is it safe?
As with any prescription treatment, there are always risks. Taking minocycline for acne can lead to mild side effects, like itching, peeling, redness and irritation. You might experience vomiting if you don't take it with food, so take it with lunch or before dinner! You'll only waste money if you throw the stuff up. Plus, vomiting is no fun.
And of course, there are plenty of severe reactions. Difficulty swallowing, rashes and death are just three that are on the list. But as with most medications, very few people experience the really severe reactions, so don't let that hold you back if you're thinking it's a good option for your skin. Over time, minocycline can build up inside your body and create purple blotches beneath your skin. Make sure you regularly see a doctor to make sure you don't get this buildup, and that you can clear it if you do contract it.