If you have more than just a few pimples or if your pimples have become infected, you likely need more than just the medications you use topically on your skin. You may need oral antibiotics that can help knock out the bacterial infection that's causing your acne to worsen. If this is your situation, your dermatologist may prescribe Vibramycin to treat your acne.
You can blame oily skin, combined with an irregular pattern of skin cell shedding, for your pimples, according to the Mayo Clinic. When your skin's sebaceous glands make more oil than your skin needs for lubrication, the excess combines with dead skin cells to clog your hair follicles. Once these clogs—blackheads and whiteheads—are firmly in place, bacteria can begin to grow in the follicles. Bacterial infection can turn a mild case of acne into a severe case.
Vibramycin, a form of the common acne medication doxycycline, helps to kill the bacteria in common acne. Physicians also prescribe it for acne rosacea, a different disorder caused by the skin condition rosacea. If your physician prescribes Vibramycin for your acne, you need to take it exactly as described. If you miss doses or quit taking it too soon, the bacteria in your acne can develop resistance to Vibramycin and it no longer will work for you.
Some people can't take Vibramycin due to an allergy to doxycycline. If you're taking Vibramycin and you suddenly have trouble breathing or see hives appear on your body, get emergency medical help: You may have developed a severe allergy to the medication. Less serious and more common side effects to Vibramycin include difficulty swallowing, sores in your mouth, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting and sores or swelling in your rectum or vagina.
Doxycycline antibiotics such as Vibramycin can treat inflammatory acne very effectively, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. In a study reported in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology in 2008, researchers treated 50 moderate facial acne patients with daily doxycycline, and then compared them to 50 patients taking a placebo. The patients who took the doxycycline for three months experienced improvements in their acne that ranged from 84 to 90 percent.
People using Vibramycin and other forms of doxycycline report on the website Acne.org that the drug works quickly and effectively to keep their acne at bay. However, many doxycycline users report that they must take the medication with food or it causes a bad stomach ache. Some women also experienced vaginal yeast infections, which can be a common side effect of antibiotic therapy.