Acne and Antibiotics: How Antibiotics Can Make Your Acne Worse

If you have ever visited a dermatologist for acne, you were likely given antibiotics to treat your acne. It seems to be the only solution most doctors offer for acne, and truthfully, in my professional holistic opinion, it’s the worst solution.

The human body contains trillions of microorganisms, about 200-500 different species, outnumbering human cells by 10 to 1. These microorganisms are known as our microbiome or microbial ecosystem. One round of antibiotics disrupts the ecosystem that live in our gastrointestinal tract. These microbes make up a very delicate, highly organized network that support bodily functions (digestion, protecting against infections and regulating the immune system). The biggest problem with taking antibiotics is that they don’t just kill the bad bacteria, they also kill the good bacteria that live in our gut. This good bacteria is essential for optimal health, and without it, we’re far more susceptible to disease. To take antibiotics for acne, when there are far better, healthier treatment options, just doesn’t make sense.

While acne is caused by bacteria, we have to ask what’s causing it in the first place, then treat the root cause. A strong, healthy gut is vital for long-term, full body health, along with a balanced nervous system, healthy lymphatic system, and a VERY minimalist skin routine that respects the skin’s microbiome (this is a whole other microbiome).

When we take antibiotics for acne, it destroys the gut microbiome. And we know an unhealthy gut in an acne-prone person will very commonly lead to even worse acne later on down the road, creating an extremely vicious cycle that can last several years, especially if the person’s lifestyle and emotional health does not change during this time.

I always strongly advise against any of my clients taking antibiotics for acne. Acne is a symptom of a deeper imbalance (hormonal, emotional, detoxification). It is really necessary to treat the root cause, not attack the symptom itself. Sadly, conventional medicine and conventional skin care create bandaid effects when it comes to any skin condition… they only treat the symptom itself, not the root cause.


About Rachel Devine

Rachel Devine is the founder and skin care formulator of R Devine Organic Skin Care. With a passion and deep understanding of the skin from the inside-out, Rachel goes against beauty industry standards to treat the skin from a holistic, whole-body approach, with focus on the nervous system and lymphatic system in particular. Rather than forcing the skin to act in unnatural ways like most skin care lines, R Devine Skin Care supports the skin's natural processes. The skin is the body's largest organ and it's important to respect that. Rachel is also a certified breathwork coach and guided meditation teacher. She believes that the mind-body-soul alignment is vital for both skin health and overall whole body health.