Lorem iDoxycycline is used to treat many different bacterial infections, such as acne, urinary tract infections, intestinal infections, eye infections, gonorrhea, chlamydia, periodontitis (gum disease), and others.
Doxycycline is also used to treat blemishes, bumps, and acne-like lesions caused by rosacea. It will not treat facial redness caused by rosacea.
Some forms of doxycycline are used to prevent malaria, to treat anthrax, or to treat infections caused by mites, ticks, or lice
Doxycycline works by preventing the growth and spread of bacteria.
Like all antibiotics, doxycycline will not treat colds, the flu, or other infections caused by viruses or fungi.
A 2014 study found that a low dose of 40 milligrams (mg) of slow-release doxycycline daily could be an effective and safe therapy for ocular rosacea, or rosacea that affects the eyes.
The drug company Pfizer developed doxycycline in the early 1960s, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug in 1967 under the brand name Vibramycin.
In 1994 the FDA also approved the drug to prevent malaria.
Doxycycline for Acne
For many years, doctors have prescribed doxycycline to treat acne.
It's sometimes used as an alternative to another acne drug with more side effects, minocycline.
However, a study published in 2015 found that people with acne who used an antibiotic-free facial gel had greatly improved acne, according to MedPage Today.
The study suggests that using the facial gel containing adapalene/benzoyl peroxide might be a better alternative than using antibiotics such as doxycycline for acne.