Compare Benzamycin vs. Minocycline

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Topical treatment for acne.

Benzamycin (Benzoyl Peroxide / Erythromycin) is a topical combination acne treatment that may work better for people who didn't see an improvement when taking either medicine alone or simply don't want to take pill medication. You need to be careful because it can bleach your hair, clothing and other fabrics. It also needs to be stored in the refrigerator and is only good for three months..

3.4/ 5 average rating with 146 reviewsforBenzamycin
Treats bacterial infections.

Solodyn (Minocycline) is an effective way to treat certain skin infections, acne, and rosacea, but you'll need to use barrier methods of birth control since it can make birth control pills less effective and cause birth defects.

4.0/ 5 average rating with 17 reviewsforMinocycline
Upsides
  • Benzamycin works better to reduce bacteria in oil glands and improve overall signs and symptoms of acne than either medicine alone.
  • Reduces bacteria on the skin, which "calms" the skin down (lowers the inflammatory response) in acne.
  • Combining an antibiotic with benzoyl peroxide lowers the chances of Benzamycin not working as well over time.
  • Although Benzamycin can irritate the skin, a true skin allergy is rare.
  • Can be used in combination with acne pill medicine if your doctor thinks you need it.
  • Clinical studies show it's effective against MRSA, a common skin infection, and it's commonly used to treat acne and rosacea.
  • Available as a generic, so it should be reasonably priced.
  • Solodyn (Minocycline) is less likely to cause sunburn than other tetracycline antibiotics.
  • Bacteria are less likely to become resistant to Solodyn (Minocycline) than other tetracycline antibiotics.
Downsides
  • There's a risk of irritation with anything you apply to your skin and this is no different. Benzamycin, contains a topical antibiotic and can cause redness, peeling, abnormal dryness or stinging, tightening, or burning sensations.
  • It's rare, that a serious allergic reaction would occur, but it's a good idea to test a small area of skin before using on any larger or sensitive areas
  • Can cause severe inflammation of the large intestine (pseudomembranous colitis).
  • Not the best choice if you're pregnant. Benzamycin is categorized as pregnancy Category C (weight risks vs benefits) because of the benzoyl peroxide part.
  • Can cause bleaching of hair and clothing.
  • You'll need to stay out of the sun or apply a sunscreen if you go outdoors.
  • It can make birth control pills less effective, so people should use barrier methods of birth control like condoms or diaphragms while on Solodyn (Minocycline).
  • Can stain your teeth, mouth, and gums if you're using the tablets, or your skin if you're using the topical version, but this is temporary.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Extended release capsule
Price
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Reviews
146 reviews so far
54%
saidit'sworth it
26%
saiditworked well
12%
saidit'sa big hassle

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17 reviews so far
53%
saidit'sworth it
59%
saiditworked well
18%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
2possible side effects
  • Dyness
    3%
  • Urticarial reaction
    3%
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The Solodyn (Minocycline) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Bleaching effects
  • Skin irritation
    • Using other medicines or products that irritate the skin
    • Eczema
    • Extreme temperatures (hot or cold)
  • Allergic reaction
  • Development of more serious infections
    • Long-term use of Benzamycin (Benzoyl Peroxide / Erythromycin)
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  • Changes in teeth
    • Age 8 years or younger
  • Decreased effectiveness of birth control pills
    • Using oral birth control pills
  • Diarrhea from a superinfection (an infection that happens after, or in addition to, an earlier infection)
    • Long antibiotic treatment period
  • Rash
  • Sunburn
  • Harm to fetus
    • Women of childbearing age
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