Q&A: how effective is doxycycline for acne?

February 18, 2012 by  
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Question by : how effective is doxycycline for acne?
ok so I’ve been suffering from moderate acne and really oily skin since I was around 13. I’m now 18 and nothing has worked (only works short-term). I was on erythromycin for about 8 months and my skin really cleared up, but as soon as i got off, things went back to normal. My dermatologist then gave me tetracycline and I used that for 3-4 months, but there was no difference in my acne. She’s now prescribed me doxycycline. Has anyone used this before? was it effective? side effects? Please help guys!! Also I’m getting really tired of being on antibiotics all the time, it’s obviously gonna be harmful for me in the long term, so are there any herbal remedies?
any advice is appreciated, thanks xx

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Answer by erbs2005
Doxycycline acne is used for more severe cases of acne, like the other tetracycline related antibiotics of which it is a derivative.

Some suggest that minocycline and doxycycline are slightly more effective in treating acne than tetracycline itself. All of these antibiotics treat acne by affecting the growth of bacteria that is involved with acne infections.

Some things that affect the absorption of doxycycline acne treatments include vitamin and mineral supplements like calcium, iron, magnesium, and sodium bicarbonate, as well as antacids.

These should be taken at least two hours beforehand. Also, medications like warfarin, the contraceptive pill, and penicillin do not mix well with doxycycline. The pill may not be as effective and so should not be relied upon to prevent conception whilst taking doxyxyline.

Potentially serious symptoms from doxycyline acne treatments are: rash or itching; severe diarrhoea or sunburn; flaking skin; swelling of the face, lips or tongue; bruising more than normal; and urinating less often.

If any of these symptoms develop, go to a hospital or doctor immediately.

Also, if any of these symptoms occur, get immediate medical attention – severe stomach cramps; watery and severe diarrhoea, which may be bloody; and fever. Even if these symptoms develop after discontinuing use of doxycyline acne treatments, they could indicate serious problems. They relate to the fact that doxycyline can disturb the balance of bacteria in your bowel, causing disease relating bacteria to multiply.

Less serious symptoms, that usually signify an allergic reaction, associated with doxycycline acne treatments include hives, a skin rash, or itching; fainting; facial swelling which can cause difficulties in breathing; or asthma, wheezing or breath shortness.

If you suffer symptoms of an allergic reaction, you should see your doctor as soon as possible. If they develop into a severe allergy, they can affect our air passages and make breathing difficult.

Pregnant and breast feeding women should not take doxycycline acne treatments as it can cause liver problems with pregnant women, and bone problems with developing babies. Plus teeth discolouration and swelling of the brain in children.

Symptoms of liver damage are – yellowing of the skin or eyes, dark urine, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and abdominal pain. Anyone taking doxycycline acne treatments should seek immediate medical attention if these symptoms occur.

If you’re sick of taking acne medications where the acne returns when you stop using them, then check out this safe and popular natural acne treatment .

There are no side effects, its natural so no harm is done to your liver or skin. And best of all, people report their acne clearing up permanently after an average of three months. That may seem a bit unbelievable but they have a proven, three year track record. With all types of acne.

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Home Remedies For Eczema – What Natural Herbal Remedies Can Help With Your Eczema?

February 18, 2012 by  
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Home Remedies For Eczema – What Natural Herbal Remedies Can Help With Your Eczema?

Article by Erica Porter

Home remedies for eczema are typically pastes, lotions and oils that are made from natural or herbal ingredients. Unlike prescription or over-the-counter medication, the herbal approach to treating eczema is generally milder and gives little or no side effects.

There are many herbs known to be beneficial to anyone suffering from the skin disease known as eczema. Some herbs such as dandelion, chamomile, lime flowers and rosemary herbs possess cleansing properties. Lavender, marigold, thyme and fennel are herbs that are known to possess antiseptic properties.

Among these herbs, sage, marigold and chamomile are the three most popular herbs that can treat eczema. These healing herbs can be drunk several times a day, applied as a topical treatment, or used with water to clean the affected area.

Other effective home remedies for treating eczema include using herbs like birch leaves, dried bilberries, watercress, cabbage in different forms. Many herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables possess natural healing properties so they can cure minor symptoms.

Some other known herbal remedies for eczema treatment are:

Applying a mixture of ground garlic and some amount of honey to the infected area.Camphor mixed with sandalwood paste.Remedies made from extracts of chamomile, liquorice and witch hazel.Oils prepared from herbal extracts. Some popular oils used in herbal skin care are tea tree oil, lavender oil, borage oil and primrose oil.

Note: Before you try any topical herbal product, check first with your doctor if it is safe for you to use because some herbs like chamomile may cause dermatitis.

Benefits of Using Natural Remedies to Treat Eczema

Natural remedies and herbs and eczema specific nutritional supplements offer your skin all of the vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants necessary for looking and feeling its best.Natural remedies for eczema help re-build the immune system which in turn may reduce or eliminate irritating skin conditions.

Researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York reported that treatments consisting of Erka Shizheng Herbal Tea, a bath additive, creams and acupuncture, effectively treated patients with persistent atopic eczema. This shows that alternative medicine along with some natural home remedies can work very well.

Whether you believe these natural treatments (herbal remedies or home remedies) for eczema are as effective as doctor-prescribed medications, they offer a natural healthy alternative with little side effects and may be worth trying.

For more information about the best home remedies for eczema and the benefits of using natural eczema remedies, visit http://HomeRemediesEczema.blogspot.com

How can I stop being resentful towards my mom for having me with my awful father and scarring my life?

February 17, 2012 by  
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Question by usfreezemaiheart: How can I stop being resentful towards my mom for having me with my awful father and scarring my life?
She had me when she was (still) poor and when she was in her 40’s and with a sociopath dude. I try to look past it…but I get resentful at times…
As a kid she would yell at me nearly daily for things that were out of my control (ex. money problems, being overweight, not being married, being older, etc.). Even when I was tormented for three years in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade for my bad looks/dress and I cried to her about wanting to look normal…she just complained about how she looked…and when I visited a childhood friend for instance, afterwards she would be like, “she is sooo exotic and gorgeous.” and then tell me that I was (pretty much) the opposite. Now I have horrible self-image…even when she gained weight and needed to go on diets she would say, “WE need to diet.” although I’m size 00. I always think how fat and ugly I am…
Also…the rest of my family is blonde…but i’m brunette and the color looks awful on me so I have to bleach my hair a bit lighter (my dad had dark hair sooo)
My mom gave me strange motos as a kid such as, “marry a rich man.” and would tell me how awful men were (such as my father) and stuff…so I still have trust issues because of that.
As a kid she made me visit my father who wouldn’t even let me have stuffed animals and was in solitary confinement for many years etc…
I wanted to play sports, but she forced me to learn guitar…I appreciate it now…but I still wish I had been allowed to do sports instead.
She always had weird people in my life…and forced me to hang out with her friends…like some stalker lady etc.
I did all the house work…as a kid she scared me into doing it by telling me that if I didn’t clean the house that the neighbours would call child services and I would be placed in an orphanage and abused.
Anyways…what brought this up again is that i am almost 19 and finally out of the house…but my acne from when i was 13 is still horrible and my mom always refused taking me to the dermatologist because HER acne as a kid cleared up at around 16/17/18 (it always seemed to change as I grew older)…She doesn’t know about my father/his families skin…I always wonder if his family had awful skin…
Anyways…sometimes I get flash backs and stuff and feel fat and ugly…I know I have distorted self image although the acne is apparent…my boyfriend’s mom points it out before giving me herbal remedies *sigh*
Sorry for the length and for this being more of a rant…
but seriously…How can I get over this stuff? I still haven’t found a way to do it…Thanks ^^

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Answer by Fashion911
you should see a counselor or move in with a friend and you also could try proactive:)) hope i helped:))

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The Hidden Truth About Medicinal Herbs For Skin Care

February 17, 2012 by  
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The Hidden Truth About Medicinal Herbs For Skin Care

Article by William Colbert

Did you know that by simply mixing some milk with a few drops of lemon juice, you can use it for bleaching your skin? All you have to do is apply it directly and leave for about twenty minutes and then wash it off. This is just one of the many home remedies using medicinal herbs for skin care.

I bet you did not know that many types of seaweed are used in herbal skin care products too. Seaweed goes by various names. The most popular one from Ireland, where I come from, is called carrageen moss. There are others from Japan, known as kelp or sometimes called dulse as well.

Why is seaweed so important for treating the largest organ of our bodies? First, it is really a great agent for getting rid of toxins. Secondly, it is so rich in vitamins and minerals that it is can be a great source of nourishment.

The Japanese seaweed or kelp (Wakame) can counteract the negative effects of an enzyme called hyaluronidase which harms the hylauronic acid. That acid is actually essential to collagen and elastin doing their job of maintaining the suppleness and firmness of the epidermis.

Other medicinal herbs for skin range from rose petals which can be a great agent for rejuvenating, mositurizing and soothing sensitivity. Aloe vera can be great for helping hydration.

Medicinal herbs for skin care are now firmly established as the best way of restoring balance and hydration levels and encouraging re-growth of collagen. They are favored above the chemical substances which puts money into the cosmetic companies’ bank accounts. The downside of all that is that they sometimes have harmful effects such as irritation and can cause rashes and allergic reactions. Some of them have been linked to cancer. Because they lengthen shelf life, the companies cannot be bothered with herbs or natural oils. That is the hidden truth!

However, if you are tempted to make your own home remedies, remember that there is a lot of research that has been done on both the chemical substances and the medicinal herbs for skin care. By now, we know that we should look carefully at any products we buy and steer clear of alcohol, fragrances and mineral oils.

There is a whole new brave world of research being done on medicinal herbs for skin and there are natural substances which can transform skin care. Why not learn what these herbal skin care products are and take the guesswork out of home concoctions? The company which is mentioned on my website is committed to extremely high standards in the purity and quality of its products.

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Does anyone know of a great medicated shampoo for dogs?

February 16, 2012 by  
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by Vietnam Plants / Cây cỏ Vietnam

Question by spidermonkeyfingers: Does anyone know of a great medicated shampoo for dogs?
I have an English Bull Dog with skin allergies and I am trying to find a really good medicated shampoo. Just so everyone knows…my vet has tried many different types and we haven’t found the right one for her. So please do not write back saying for me to ask a vet. I have obviously already done that to no avail. Now I am just looking for people that hae used good shampoos and can recommend one. I also love herbal remedies and would be very open if anyone has any home remedies for dog baths. I use cinnamon to keep fleas away in tandem to her monthly flea pill and it works great. Any suggestions?

Best answer:

Answer by julie d
I have a 6 year old Bulldog. (The breed is NOT called an English Bulldog, BTW) Try this one: Magic Coat, made by Four Paws….Hypo Allergenic medicated shampoo for pets with aloe vera & coal tar, use by Veterinarians for the relief of dandruff, dermatitis, itching and dry skin. (this is what it says on the bottle)

Add: Sly Kitty, I’m sorry but if you go to the AKC website, you WILL see what the breed is called. BULLDOG IS what my AKC registration papers say. Go check it out if you don’t believe me. I *KNOW* for a fact that I’m 100% correct on this one! French Bulldog…yes. English Bulldog…..no.

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Natural Hair Loss Remedies

February 16, 2012 by  
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Natural Hair Loss Remedies

Article by alleysmith

This is the first and most important recommendation when considering natural hair loss remedies. We live in a fast-paced society where everything occurs at a rapid rate to include the food we eat. As a result, we often neglect consuming the appropriate amount of vitamins and minerals that we so desperately need. One of the areas that is affected most is our hair growth and maintenance.

The Herbal Hair Solution is a secret natural herbal hair remedy. This natural hair loss remedy consists of a secret Indian recipe that can cure male pattern baldness and has established a good reputation already among many balding men. Besides the great benefits of the Herbal Hair Solution by stopping baldness and regrowing your hair, this natural hair loss remedy offers a herbal hair solution against dry scalp and dandruff as well.

A natural polyphenol compound derived from green apple is found to be effective in promoting the growth of the hair. This is especially beneficial for men in their male pattern baldness. Research has shown that the appropriate and continual usages of this naturally derived polyphenol for a minimum period of 6 months can effectively prop up both vellus and terminal hair growth in a significant fashion.

Amla oil is helpful. Boil several dry pieces of amla in coconut oil and it acts as a helpful hair tonic. It is simple and possibly the best cure for hair fall. Mix amla and lime juice in equal quantities and use it in shampoo to prevent hair loss.

Biotin is another well-known natural remedy that you should know about. It is part of the B-vitamin family and is known as a major component of the natural hair growth process. This vitamin is essential if you want to grow new hair and keep it longer because it promotes hair growth.

Another natural hair loss remedy comes from the intake of Saw Palmetto extract. In men, receding hair is connected to the prostate and saw palmetto has been known to fight benign diseases of the prostate by lowering DHT levels. Saw Palmetto extract is a potent anti-androgen and is an effective treatment for hair problems. However, women who are on hormone therapy or oral contraceptives should not take Saw Palmetto.

Natural hair loss remedies are aloe vera and jojoba. These ingredients have a long history of use to prevent dandruff, stop hair loss, and encourage hair growth. Apart from these characteristics, jojoba and aloe vera are also used for cleansing and moisturizing the scalp and hair. They leave your scalp feeling fresh and revitalized after careful and deliberate massaging and washing.


There have been recent studies conducted that have shown that there are certain formulations of the topical zinc that can actually inhibit DHT in the skin which is known to be leading to the actual reduction of oil as well as helping it to grow. You need to be careful so that you do not overdose that could accelerate your hair loss and it can also cause the loss as well.

Read about hair loss products, and also read about hair styling tips and hair styling spray

This is the first and most important recommendation when considering natural hair loss remedies. We live in a fast-paced society where everything occurs at a rapid rate to include the food we eat.

Is Acne the worst in America vs. foreign countries?

February 15, 2012 by  
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Question by marblebeaches: Is Acne the worst in America vs. foreign countries?
This may be going out on a limb, stereotyping, or whatever you would want to call it, but I feel like america has such an outbreak (so to speak) of acne cases and bad skin, versus places like Japan where the skin is beautiful (i mean i know there IS acne there, but it seems like it’s a lot less than here,) and India (where they have nice, wholesome, herbal remedies and yada yada.)

My question to you is: Is this a completely generalized view that Ihave…
and why does it appear that many people’s skin in foreign countries is so much more beautiful than here? Whattttttttttttttt do they do right! lol Because I have medium acne and for some freaking reasno can NOT get rid of ittttt!!!!!!

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Answer by HunterB
You’ve obviously never met an African. YIKES!!!

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6 Of The Best Herbal Acne Treatments

February 15, 2012 by  
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6 Of The Best Herbal Acne Treatments

Article by Houa Yang

Did you know that most acne treatments can worsen your acne condition because it contains harsh chemicals that can aggravate or irritate your acne?

Well, if you’re looking for an acne treatment that can clear your acne without any harsh chemicals then you’re reading the right article.

I discovered about 6 herbal acne remedies that not only clears your skin but also has nourishing affects on your skin.

Here they are:

Yellow Dock – helps clear and prevent acne due to the large amount of astringent qualities it contains.

Just mix yellow dock powder with water and apply it to affect areas.

Chamomile – contains anti-inflammatory properties that treats acne, clears acne scars, and reduces puffiness.

Instructions: place chamomile tea bag in a cup of hot water (just like making tea) and apply to affected areas using a cotton ball. Drinking it will also help clear acne.

Calendula – also contain anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that can shrink pimple sizes or completely eliminate it. Calendula will also assist your body in healing skin damages caused by acne.

Get calendula in oil form and applied directly to acne prone areas of your skin using your fingers.

Tea Tree Oil – is very effective in killing acne causing bacterias. It has been known to be more effective than benzol peroxide when it comes to treating acne.

Instructions: mix 1 part tea tree oil with 9 parts water and apply to your skin using a cotton ball.

Aloe Vera – if you apply it on your skin, it can reduce swelling and redness in acne-prone areas due to the anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties it contains.

If you consume it, it can help balance and regulate hormones which can prevent acne breakouts.

You can get aloe vera in gel, soap and consumable liquid form. For best results, try getting 100% pure aloe vera and apply it both internally and externally.

Burdock Root – purifies your skin and reduces redness and size of pimples.

Instructions: Boil burdock roots in water and apply it directly to acne affected areas using a cotton ball.

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small,red,itchy,irritating pimples/bumps on my forhead never seem to go away! :'(?

February 14, 2012 by  
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Question by sabrina: small,red,itchy,irritating pimples/bumps on my forhead never seem to go away! :'(?
i hav little bumps that i have picked on my forehead that’s like acne and now it has turned red and it looks soo disgusting..ive dried washing it..it turns dry and then goes back to being red,itchy. it started out as 20-30 little tiny bumps but then i picked at it and now some of them are red and some of them are brown..i’ve tried oil of olay witch hazel cleanser,multani mitti [itz this herbal mask someone recommended i use,] but itz not helping,it just makes it dry for the time i use it..and today it was really hot so it hurt a lot too along with my bangs touching it..can u guys suggest some home remedies to cool it down or soothe the pain it’z causing ? like cucumbers? or something i can buy out there to get rid of them..my t-zone is the most oily part on my face..i hav combination skin ..thanx

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Answer by esechica
If you have bangs they could be bothering your skin. try doing your hair differently.

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Skin Care: 5 of the Best Herbs You can use

February 14, 2012 by  
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Skin Care: 5 of the Best Herbs You can use

Article by Sean Prenderville-Finn

Are you happy in your skin or does it feel dry and uncomfortable? As winter bites many people have to deal with dry, itchy and irritated skin. What you need is a moisturizer lotion made with a natural emollient to replace the lost moisture. The most natural emollients are advocado oil, olive oil and lanolin. But first it is recommended that you give serious consideration to the value of herbs and include them in your herbal skin care routine. Here are five of the best.

It may surprise you that one of the finest herbs is a bulbous plant which has a strong smell, not unpleasant and it makes your eyes water. It is the humble onion.

As you are well aware the onion is used in many cooking recipes and can be eaten raw if you wish or if you can bear it. But when the juice is extracted from the onion it contains an anti-inflammatory compound which may not suit your taste buds.

All is not a nasty taste, however, because when you decide to make a vegetable soup again just ad the brown papery skins to the pot to simmer. These skins add quercetin, which is an antioxidant containing anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory properties. Remove them before eating the soup.

One of the best known remedies for burns is the gel extracted from the leaf of the aloe plant. You can have a plant in your home but if this is too troublesome the gel can be purchased in a health store. The gel is effective in treating dry skin and some forms of dermatitis.

If you are partial to curries you will be familiar with turmeric, an Indian spice, which gives your curry that fellow colour. Its real benefit to you is in its powerful anti-inflammatory action contained in a compound called curcumin, an antioxidant, which has cancer fighting properties. Recent results from studies carried out on curcumin suggest that it may also be good for your brain. Your skin will be the better from using turmeric in your cooking.

When your skin is hot and inflamed the best astringent is witch hazel. It has a special compound which soothes your skin. The herb is not expensive and there are no side effects caused by its use.

Finally, there is evening primrose which has essential fatty acids. It is a wonderful moisturizer. It is ideal for dry skin problems. It gives great relief to itchy skin when taken in capsule form. The contents of the capsule can be rubbed into the skin like an oil. If you do not have evening primrose plants in your garden, health shops will have the capsules in stock.

Although the use of these herbs helps enormously in eliminating skin problems, you need to add a scientifically proven natural top quality product into your daily herbal skin care routine.

Sean Prenderville-Finn is a keen researcher of skincare health and products. He shares his findings on his website http://beauty-skin-site.com If you have any unwanted skincare problems visit http://beauty-skin-site.com now to learn the skincare line Sean personally recommends.

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