Aknemycin Plus Does It Work

(Last Updated On: May 21, 2015)

Does Aknemycin Plus Get Rid Of Acne?

Aknemycin Plus Combines An Antibiotic And A Retinoid In An Easy To Use, All In One Solution 

20150329_233715Aknemycin Plus is a topical, prescription only medication that combines both erythromycin and tretinoin.

It is used to treat less severe forms of acne but acne that doesn’t respond to milder over the counter treatments. 

Aknemycin Plus is the brand name but it is also available generically. 

How Does Aknemycin Plus Work?

The two active ingredients Erythromycin and Tretinoin work to hinder the growth of bacteria, stop blackheads and whiteheads from forming and helps to reduce the inflammation associated with acne.

Erythromycin is an antibiotic that helps to kill acne causing bacteria (known as p.acnes). Tretinoin is part of the retinoid family and is a derivative of Vitamin A and it is believed to help unblock pores so that the skin’s oil producing glands can work correctly, although its not certain exactly how Tretinoin works.

Who Can Use Aknemycin Plus?

If you have acne that hasn’t responded to other treatments, your doctor may prescribe Aknemycin to you. 

Its not suitable for pregnant women or those who want to become pregnant due to the possible risk of harm to the fetus. 

Those with eczema, perioral dermatitis, rosacea or those who have had or have a member of family who has cutaneous epithelioma (tumour on the skin’s surface) may not be suitable candidates for Aknemycin Plus. 

woman with itchy faceAknemycin Plus Side Effects

Aknemycin Plus can cause a number of side effects, many of these unwanted effects will eventually disappear as your body adjusts to the medication but some may persist;

  • Sensitivity to sunlight, increased chance of sunburn
  • Skin irritation
  • Dryness
  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Skin discolouration (usually temporary)
  • Peeling and flaking of the skin
  • Stinging/burning sensation on application

There a number of skin care products that may interact with Aknemycin Plus, it is strongly advised to avoid use of these products while you are using Aknemycin;

  • Other topical acne medicines (prescription and otc)
  • Astringents (face toners)
  • Medicated soaps
  • OTC products containing alcohol, lime or spices
  • Preparations containing benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, sulphur and resorcinol

How To Use Aknemycin Plus man applying acne cream

Aknemycin Plus is very simple to use; it consists of a special foam pad applicator to allow easy application of the solution onto the skin.

Before using, use the top of the screw top to press down on the foam pad until it “clicks” then turn the bottle upside down to allow the solution to wet the applicator then gently apply by wiping the applicator over the affected areas.

It should be used twice a day unless your doctor instructs you otherwise snd can take between 9 and 12 weeks to see a noticeable improvement.

User Reviews

There are not a great deal of user reviews online of Aknemycin Plus but the ones we did find were generally quite positive with users saying that once they had got past the initial ‘break-out’ stage that their skin did improve quite drastically, but that it did take time to work and the side effects were unpleasant.

Where To Buy Aknemycin Plus In Ireland

Aknemycin Plus is only available on prescription.

Our Thoughts

Aknemycin Plus is an effective medication but like many prescription medications it is quite caustic and for those with more sensitive skin types, it could cause the skin to become even more irritated and could exacerbate the existing acne.

woman with clearskinThere is also the issue with antibiotic resistance. Antibiotics when used for a prolonged period can sometimes stop working.

There is a lesser chance of this
when used in this kind of preparation but it is still a possibility.

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