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    Perioral Dermatitis - how long does it take for minocycline to start working?
    LauraS345 posted:
    I've been suffering with perioral dermatitis for 4 months now. It started beside my mouth and then spread to the sides of my nose and under my nose where I felt burning even on tbe inside of my nostrils. It got wayyyy worse in the past 2 weeks when it spread to one eye. This week it spread to the other eye. It is really severe around my eyes to the point where my I can't fully open one eye - it's so inflamed and swollen and dry, and burning! I am getting some relief from natural tears eye drops and ice packs. I tried 'every' topical cream or treatment under the sun but it kept on getting worse. Standard treatments such as metrocream (metronidazole) didn't help at all, nor did popular home remedies or natural treatments such as apple cider vinegar, calendula creme, zinc supplements or zinc baby rash ointment, hydrogen peroxide, or any type of 'organic' , low ingredient moisturizers. Finally this week I went on minocycline as prescribed by my dermatologist - one capsule per day for at least 6 weeks and possibly as long as 4-6 months. I have been taking minocycline for all of 4 days now and just wondering, does anyone know how long it takes to START working? - even a little. At this point, even a fraction of improvement would feel like a breakthrough to me!

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    danarochelleh responded:

    I know this is an old post, but I just wanted to share my story as well. I have been dealing with perioral dermatitis for over 10 years. I have been to the derm who told me to quit using toothpastes with whitening and tartar control I them. I did that, no luck. Used "organic" everything with no luck! I was only getting relief by living on doxycycline and topical steroids (cultivate) and then protopic. The doxy made me sick if I ate it without food so half the time I would forget and would get another nasty flare up. Mine were so bad at times it would even be in my eyebrows. I have used all the yucky toothpastes and even changed all my hair/body products to fluoride and SLS free just trying like crazy to determine what I was allergic to. I finally broke down in Aug 2013 and went to an allergist. Had all the test (prick and skin tests) done and nothing was found!! I was so upset since I had to spend all the extra money (insurance only covered a small portion for allergy testing) only to have zero answers. Well here it is Jan 2014 and I have had no flare ups AT ALL since Dec 2013, right after Christmas. You see, my friend finally convinced me to try Plexus products because I was trying to lose some weight. One of the products I was using in conjunction with that was their ProBio5. I had only been using the products for a couple weeks when I went out of town after Christmas. I was gone for 3 days and when I got home it dawned on me that I hadn't taken my doxy the entire time I was gone and my face had no signs of flare up. So I continued to NOT take my doxy and I have still NOT had the first sign of a flare up even coming. I KNOW it is the Probio. I swear, any of you out there that are and have been suffering and dealing with this MUST try the ProBio. I actually signed up to share the products so if you have any questions PLEASE contact me. I am not a scammer, I am living proof that it works. You can go to and get my email if you want to message me. You can also get the product from that site. I have been FREE of the flare ups FINALLY!!!!!

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