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What Do Antibiotics Do to Your Skin?

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At some point in our lives, we’ve taken antibiotics, for sure!

Antibiotics are a necessity in our daily lives. Getting sick with a bacterial infection, or recovering from an open surgery, would usually require the use of this medication.

Some people even use antibiotics for the littlest of illnesses—even if this isn’t recommended.

But for all the good they can do for our body’s healing, are antibiotics also our skin’s friend? Or should we be more wary about possible dangers they pose to our body’s largest organ?

In this article, we’ll talk about everything related to antibiotics and the skin.

Let’s start!

What are Antibiotics and What are They For?

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Antibiotics are medications made to fight against bacteria.

They help fight bacterial infection either by eradicating bacteria, or slowing and decreasing their growth. Specifically, antibiotics may attack the wall surrounding the bacteria, interfere with their reproduction, or block the bacteria’s protein production.

Antibiotics are powerful medications, and they typically work right after ingestion. However, it may take some more time before you feel better. Nonetheless, patients are required to take antibiotics for around 7 to 14 days for best results.

Currently, antibiotics come in many forms. We are familiar with their tablet, capsule, and liquid forms, as these are the ones we usually ingest.

However, there are also topical antibiotics—bacteria-fighting medication that come in creams and ointments. These are applied to the skin, rather than ingested.

What Do Oral Antibiotics Do to the Skin?

Now that we know what antibiotics are, it’s time to dissect what exactly their effects are to the skin. Are they always good? Can they cause problems for the skin?

Let’s find out more.

Antibiotics as a Treatment for Acne

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Acne is primarily caused by an interplay of four major factors:

  • Clogged pores – whiteheads or blackheads form when the hair follicles get filled with oil, bacteria, and/or dead skin cells.
  • Oil production – higher oil production makes a person more susceptible to acne. This is especially true when hormones spike during puberty, leading to more oil secretion from the sebaceous glands.
  • Bacterial growth – an increase in oil levels in the skin causes bacteria to multiply.
  • Inflammation – more bacteria in the skin means higher chances of inflammation. In time, acne can become bigger nodules or cysts as it goes deeper into the skin.

Now, what do all of these have to do with antibiotics?

You see, oral antibiotics are sometimes prescribed to patients struggling with severe acne.

The reason? Antibiotics can help target two of the major factors outlined above.

Why are Antibiotics Prescribed for Acne?

Antibiotics can fight against acne-causing bacteria Propionibacterium acnes, and ultimately reduce their number on both the skin surface and even the follicles. This also helps alleviate inflammation caused by the sheer number of these bacteria, apart from the anti-inflammatory properties that some antibiotic classes exhibit.

Usually, antibiotics used to treat acne include Tetracyclines, Erythromycins (which also help reduce inflammation), Minocyclines (for pustular type acne), Doxycyclines, and Septra or Bactrim.

However, dermatologists around the world currently warn against over-using antibiotics in treating acne. 

Antibiotics, though extremely effective, should not be taken for extended periods of time. This is because, in the past few years, certain types of bacteria, including P. acne, have started getting more resistant to antibiotics.

The culprit? Using antibiotics for months, or even years on end in treating chronic skin conditions like acne.

Now, antibiotic resistance is known to spread to people around them, such as family members and neighbors. Aside from this, different strains of bacteria can also acquire resistance genes—so, later on, you won’t only have to worry about P. acne bacteria getting resistant to your antibiotics!

Hence, it’s wise not to simply rely on antibiotics in treating your acne!

After all, acne first and foremost is an inflammatory disease. Other factors, like oil production, come into play in the development of acne, and these aren’t necessarily solved by antibiotics. So long as you have problems with limiting the sebum on your face, you may still have to deal with acne… despite taking oral antibiotics.

Moreover, although antibiotics can help fight acne, they also pose negative side effects to the skin. Let’s learn about this in more detail.

Effects of Taking Oral Antibiotics on the Skin

Regardless of whether you’re taking antibiotics for your acne or for a tooth infection, taking antibiotics can affect your skin in different ways.

Here are a few things to watch out for:


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A major issue when using antibiotics is how it makes the body more sensitive to light. In fact, you might see light as brighter than usual, all because of their photosensitizing effect.

But more importantly, antibiotics also make the skin react more to ultraviolet light. This means that, for the duration of your prescribed antibiotic intake, you will be at a higher risk of sunburn, blistering, and peeling when exposed to the sun. Your skin cells will also be more easily damaged upon sun exposure!

What’s more, certain types of antibiotics can even interact with sunlight, leading to a red, itchy rash for as little as 15 minutes of exposure.

Imagine, if you use antibiotics for your acne on an extended basis, that means you can’t go out in the sun, even for just a few minutes!

Sun Protection Tips

That’s why, if you’re taking antibiotics for other illnesses or infections, it’s important to keep your skin protected. To start with, it’s recommended that you avoid prolonged sun exposure. Ultraviolet rays are strongest and harshest between 10 AM to 2 PM, too, so try to stay indoors during those times.

If you must go out, make sure to wear protective clothing, and to use accessories like sunglasses and umbrellas to help shield you from the sun. Most importantly, always wear a reliable sunblock or sunscreen if you have to step outside, even for just a short amount of time!

Not sure what sunscreen to use? Check out OROGOLD’s 24K Skin Tone SPF 30. This sunscreen provides adequate protection at SPF 30, and also feels silky and comfortable on your skin. It’s lightweight, sheer, and non-greasy, so you surely won’t get telltale white cast that comes with sunscreens! More importantly, you won’t have to worry about your face oiling up in the middle of the day due to applying sunscreens.

Want an added bonus? Your face will look dewy and glowing, too!

Just don’t forget to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, especially if you’re going to spend a long time outdoors!

Skin Rashes or Allergies

People are probably more likely to have an allergic reaction to antibiotic much more than you think.

In fact, around 6.67 percent of the general population (that’s 1 in 15 people!) have some sort of allergy towards antibiotics, particularly penicillin and cephalosporins.

Now, allergic reactions to antibiotics may take different forms, such as coughing, wheezing, tightness of the throat, and rashes on the skin.

Rashes that come from allergic reactions to antibiotics are usually raised, red, and itchy, such as in the case of urticaria or hives. These can usually go away after some time, especially with the help of anti-allergy medication such as antihistamines. However, they can still be uncomfortable, and picking at your rashes may leave scars or dark marks on your skin.

How to Soothe Your Skin

To help calm and soothe your skin, consider applying mild moisturizers with soothing properties. A good bet is OROGOLD’s products, which contain gold as their star ingredient. As an ingredient, gold is known to help boost circulation for the skin, which does wonders to the complexion.

What’s more, gold is great at soothing skin allergies and getting rid of blemishes. This makes products with golds perfect to use during allergies, in helping alleviate the itching; and post-allergies, in order to get rid of blemishes (if any) left on the skin.

Our personal recommendation would be OROGOLD’s 24K Classic Body Butter—it’s meant to be used on the whole body, so you’re sure to cover all problem areas! Made with nourishing oils such as sunflower oil and shea butter, you’ll certainly feel the difference they can make on your skin in no time!

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (Rare)

A serious, but incredibly rare disease, Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) causes complications with the skin’s mucous membranes—the most linings of certain parts of the body.

SJS starts with fever or sore throat—symptoms usually encountered with other common illnesses, like flu. However, these symptoms are later followed by the presence of blisters and painful rashes all over the body. The top layer of the skin may also shed.

Although SJS can happen as a reaction with any medication, it occurs more often with antibiotics like beta-lactams and sulfamethoxazole. However, other important risk factors to note for this disorder include a family history of SJS, having this illness in the past, or having a weakened immune system.

This condition cannot be prevented, but you can certainly take steps to reduce the risk of contracting SJS. To start, it would be wise to consult with your doctor prior to taking antibiotics, especially if you’ve had the risk factors outlined above.

Are Topical Antibiotics Beneficial?

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We’ve mostly talked about oral antibiotics, but topical antibiotics, in the form of creams and ointments, also exist. Though topical antibiotics can be used for a longer period of time, they still come with their risks and downsides.

Let’s find out more about their uses and possible side effects.

What are Topical Antibiotics Used For?

Topical antibiotics are applied on the skin to treat minor wounds (such as cuts, scrapes, or burns), or treat and prevent skin infections. As with oral antibiotics, topical antibiotics work by fighting bacteria or curbing its growth.

Aside from this, topical antibiotics may also be used for acne.

Topical antibiotics are usually used to treat mild to moderate acne, in conjunction with other medicines, such as benzoyl peroxide. Together, these reduce the likelihood of the emergence of the development of P. acnes bacteria.

However, topical antibiotics may also contribute to antibiotic resistance, as they are used less regularly and more sparingly than oral antibiotics. Hence, it would be best not to rely on this as treatment, even for acne, for which it is recommended to be used for a maximum of three months.

Effects of using topical antibiotics on the skin

Topical antibiotics certainly sound less daunting than their oral counterparts. However, as they’re directly applied to the skin, it’s no surprise that a host of issues can arise from their use.

Here are some of the most common side effects of using topical antibiotics on the skin:

Skin Dryness

It turns out, using topical antibiotics can dry out the skin, and is in fact one of its most common side effects. This usually occurs only on the area where topical antibiotics are usually applied.

In some cases, the dryness will go away once you’re done with the antibiotics. However, if the skin is visibly flaky and scaly as a result of dryness, you may try applying a light, gentle, and non-oily moisturizer to the affected area.

Want a reliable moisturizer to use? You can never go wrong with OROGOLD’s 24K Classic Hand and Body Cream. This moisturizer will provide your skin with enough hydration to reduce flakiness, and help keep it moisturized.

Skin Irritation

Sometimes, using topical antibiotics may irritate the skin; however, these are usually not severe. It’s best to consult with your dermatologist if you feel any discomfort upon application of the ointment.

In some cases, it might be best for your skin to discontinue use of the antibiotics, and to switch to something less irritating instead.

Contact Dermatitis

Seemingly a combination of the side effects outlined above, contact dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin, causing it to get irritated. This ends up making the skin dry and flaky, and even causing redness, rashes, and extreme itching.

However, this problem is easily treatable with corticosteroids such as hydrocortisone creams, so it’s not a huge cause for worry.

Well, there you have it! That’s everything you need to know about using oral and topical antibiotics, and how they can possibly affect the skin in any way.


As you can see, our body’s organs are vastly interconnected—what you do to address issues with one body part, may end up affecting other parts of your body, too! You may think you’re only taking medication for an infection, but you don’t know what that can do to your skin in the process.

That’s why, it’s best to take care of each part of our body to the best of our abilities. For the skin, there’s no better way to pamper it than to use products made to boost its health. To that end, you may want to drop by OROGOLD Cosmetic’s website, and check out the variety of products available to rejuvenate your skin.

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A healthy lifestyle is key when it comes to a long and happy life, but when it comes to making healthy lifestyle choices, many people end up struggling, and then give up on their healthy lifestyle aspirations. If you have been looking to make a few healthy changes in your life, here are seven rules to get you started.

Regular Exercise 

Regular exercise is key when it comes to healthy living, with the recommended amount being 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least five days a week. Even if you do not enjoy working out at the gym, make the effort to take a brisk walk every evening, as even this small step will have a huge influence on your overall health.

Diet and Nutrition 

The food that you eat has a direct impact on your health, and you should really be trying to eat as many fresh and whole foods as possible. From a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, in a wide range of colors, to brown rice and whole wheat bread, instead of the refined alternatives, start making healthier choices when it comes to the food that you put into your body.

No Smoking 

Every year in the USA, smoking kills one in five people, and even if you would only consider yourself to be a social smoker, smoking occasionally is still causing irreparable damage to your body. This is the most preventable cause of death and disease out there, so, if smoking is one of your vices, then this is a habit that you need to kick as soon as possible if you are trying to be healthier.

Get Enough Sleep 

Sleep is just as important as nutrition and exercise when it comes to healthy living, as sleep deprivation will quickly lead to a variety of health problems, from heart disease to diabetes. The average adult needs about seven to nine hours of sleep each night, and you should wake up feeling fresh and energized rather than tired and groggy.

Manage Your Stress Levels 

Chronic stress keeps the body’s cortisol levels elevated, which then results in a range of health issues, from a decreased metabolism to depression. There are many ways in which you can manage your stress levels, and the key here is to find the method that works best for you, whether this may be doing some exercise or spending time on a hobby that you love.

Drink Enough Water 

Water plays so many crucial roles within the body, from eliminating toxins to increasing energy to stimulating brain functions, and is actually your most important nutrient. The recommended water intake for the average person is two litres a day, so make sure that you are drinking at least that.

Take Some Time Out 

Your brain works so hard each and every day, and deserves to have a breather once in a while. Whether you regularly enjoy a weekend getaway, or take up yoga and meditation, try to find ways in which you can encourage your brain to relax and unwind.

Healthy living does not need to be difficult, no matter how unhealthy your current lifestyle may be. By setting yourself small, achievable goals, you will slowly be able to work towards a healthier, and happier, lifestyle.

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There are certainly many issues that arise as an individual ages, but there are also many advantages to this too. From physical health to emotional health, these are some of the aspects of growing older that you will no doubt find some joy in.

Emotional Stability

Recent studies have shown that seniors have far better control over their emotions than younger age groups, and are able to prevent themselves from focussing on negativity. Rather than allowing negativity from others to affect them, those who are older are able to transform this anger into motivational thoughts, using them to achieve personal goals.

Declining Allergies

While the exact cause of allergies is still not known, research has shown that symptoms decrease in severity as an individual ages. Allergies tend to peak during childhood, and then again in a person’s 30’s, but, after this, symptoms die down, and, once you reach your 50’s, will become extremely uncommon.

Greater Sexual Satisfaction

While this may be hard for some to believe, there are several studies out there that show that people over the age of 60 experience far greater sexual satisfaction than younger generations. Experts put this down to the fact that, as a woman ages, she tends to have less insecurities, enabling her to better express her sexuality.

Decrease in Migraines

Migraines can be extremely detrimental, not only physically but also mentally, as they can really take their toll and grind an individual down. However, as you age, not only will the frequency of your migraines dramatically decline, but so will the intensity of the pain experienced, as well as the duration of the actual migraine.

Brain Plasticity

While it was once believed that brain cells die off as the body ages, science has now disproved this, showing that the opposite is actually true. Instead of declining with age, the brain continues to produce neurons, shaping itself in response to what it is learning. This means that you can have a direct impact over everything from your memory to your hand movements as you age, by training your brain with new activities, whether this may be learning a new language or learning how to play a new instrument. Vocabulary also becomes richer with age, meaning that you will be able to express yourself much better than before. In addition to this, brain scans have shown that while younger people only use one side of their brain for certain tasks, those that are older use both hemispheres, meaning that they are able to harness the full power of their brain to solve problems.

There is no denying the fact that aging can often bring about many downsides, but there are still many positives that you can look forward to. From an increase in brain function to greater sexual satisfaction, these are just a few of the reasons as to why you no longer need to dread growing older.

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It can be all too easy to develop unhealthy lifestyle habits, and while this may not seem like too big of a deal in the short run, they can have severely detrimental effects on your overall well-being in the long term. From Courtney Cox to Madonna, these are some lifestyle tips from some of those ageless stars out there.

Physical Exercise

When it comes to the stars out there who never seem to age, regular physical exercise is usually always their main secret. While many choose to spend hours at the gym, there are several others that enjoy a more diverse range of physical activity, such as Sheryl Crow and her love for sports, from paddle surfing to tennis. Courtney Cox recommends physical activities such as yoga, martial arts and bike riding, while Liv Tyler encourages others to find a way to make exercise fun, which is what she did when the hula-hooping craze recently came around.

Mental Stimulation

As important as regular physical exercise may be when it comes to your health, mental stimulation is just as vital, as your brain needs to be constantly challenged in order to truly thrive. There are many different activities out there that will help to give your brain a workout, whether this may be reading, which is what celebrities such as Will Smith and Emma Watson turn to, or chess, which is one of Madonna’s favorite games.

Healthy Diet

It goes without saying that a healthy diet is essential for a healthy lifestyle, and this is something that almost all of the ageless stars out there have recognized. A whole foods, low sugar diet is popular amongst many of those who seem to be ageless, while others, such as Sharon Stone, take it a step further by avoiding caffeine and excess alcohol. There are also many celebrities out there that have adopted a plant-based diet, from Natalie Portman to Alicia Silverstone, and they have all reported significant health benefits from doing so, with the latter proclaiming that a vegan diet helped do away with her acne, puffy eyes, insomnia and asthma.


There is no denying that meditation has become so much more mainstream in recent years, and this is hardly surprising when you take into account the number of scientific studies now available that prove the many health benefits that meditation can have. Some of the most ageless celebrities out there, from Jennifer Aniston to Hugh Jackman to Katy Perry, regularly practice meditation, keeping their mind, body and soul in top shape.

When it comes to adopting a healthier lifestyle, the key is to make small and subtle changes, building up on these until you have reached your goal. Put together some short milestones that you know that you will be able to achieve, so that you are setting yourself up for success in the long run.

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Dermatologists are trained to care for a wide variety of issues, from skin diseases to cosmetic problems to issues relating to the nails, hair and scalp. Even if there may not be a specific issue that is bothering you, it is extremely important to check in with a dermatologist at least once a year, as it could potentially save your life.

Skin Cancer Screening

Skin cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer, and, for a better chance of successful treatment, early detection is a must. Visiting a dermatologist for a skin cancer screening is recommended on an annual basis, as your derm will not only be able to detect whether there is cancer present in your skin, but will also be able to advise you on ways that you can prevent it from developing in the future. A dermatologist that you see on a regular basis will also be able to keep track of any moles or sun spots on your skin, measuring them with each visit to ensure that they are not growing at an abnormal rate. Skin cancer can show itself in a number of ways that you may not even be aware of, from itchy spots to scabbing to pain to non-healing sores, making an annual skin cancer screening absolutely essential.


Acne is an extremely common issue, even in adults, but all too often, adults blame their acne on stress and assume that it will eventually clear on its own. While there are many acne creams and over-the-counter treatments available, a dermatologist will be able to diagnose whether or not you need a more aggressive form of treatment, as many are only available by prescription only. There are also a variety of skin conditions that closely resemble acne, but are actually not acne, meaning that any products you may be using to target this would be completely ineffective. Your dermatologist is the best person to diagnose this, and correctly advise you on the treatments that you could most benefit from.

Chronic Skin Conditions

If you have noticed that your skin has been red, itchy or flaky, then this could be a sign of a chronic skin condition, such as eczema or psoriasis. A dermatologist will be able to quickly diagnose and treat these conditions, prescribing strong moisturizing lotions and steroid treatments, both of which will significantly relieve the itching and minimize any damage. Even if you may already be using specific creams for your red patches, it is possible that you have diagnosed them incorrectly – some conditions, such as lupus, can cause red patches, but also have a whole host of internal symptoms.

Many people consider dermatologists to be ‘acne doctors’, but they are actually trained in so much more than this. From giving you comfort by relieving chronic skin conditions to spotting a cancerous mole early enough for you to take advantage of the best forms of treatment, visiting your derm regularly is hugely important, so if this is not something that you do, then it is time to make an appointment immediately.

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Digestion and Your Skin Infographic

The statement reads “you are what you eat” and it couldn’t be more true. By the time you discover that what you eat is one of the most important things for your skin and decide to get serious about your diet, it could already be too late. But, at the same time, you can take pleasure in the fact that it isn’t too late to start repairing the damage that has already been caused to your skin. The only thing that you need to understand is that it is no longer about what you eat. It has more to do with what your digestive system allows you to eat! This beautiful infographic from OROGOLD Cosmetics highlights the connection between digestion and your skin.

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One of the articles to look forward to this week is an article titled “How Vitamins Affect Your Appearance”. This article shall be posted on OROGOLD.com later on during the week and it shall offer you with insights on what role vitamins play in beautifying your skin and exactly how each vitamin affects your overall appearance.

When there are so many vitamins out there, how can you know which ones you need? OROGOLD is here to help! OROGOLD WordPress shall be discussing the answer to precisely this question with the “Which Vitamins are Worth Taking” article.

Another article that we are really excited about is scheduled to be posted on OROGOLD Stores. Titled “Historic Look at Vitamins”, this article takes you back into time and talks about how these vitamins were first discovered by mankind. Researcher William Fletcher might have discovered the importance of vitamins while researching on the causes of a disease known as Beriberi in the year 1907, but there were a few others who also played a huge role in bringing vitamins to the forefront and educating the world about their importance.

How To Use OROGOLD is scheduled to post an article titled “Can you Overdose on Vitamins?” This article is a must read for anyone using skin care products to treat their skin because it helps you to understand how important it is to use skin care products as directed by specialists. In this article, OROGOLD tells you why the excessive intake of vitamins can have negative consequences on the body and helps you to choose the right amount of vitamins for your skin care routines.

An article titled “Vitamin D Helps Your Mood” that will be posted on OROGOLD School shall talk about the importance of Vitamin D in the human body. Although the sun’s rays can be quite damaging to our skin, they are the best source of Vitamin D. And it turns out that Vitamin D has now been linked to a chemical known as Serotonin. For those of you not in the know, Serotonin is a brain chemical that is extremely crucial to fighting anxiety and regulating your moods.

Finally, OROGOLD Giveaway features Vitamin E in an article titled “A Vitamin That Fights Aging?” In this article, OROGOLD helps you to understand exactly why Vitamin E is so important for your skin as well as your health.

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Anti-Aging Drinks Infographic

There are many drinks out there that you may reach for to quench your thirst. If you choose wisely those drinks may offer more benefits to you, including anti-aging! Reach for the beverages in our handy infographic to drink your way to a younger mind and body. The first and most important beverage is water. People really do not drink enough water. You do not need to feel thirsty to drink water, just drink it throughout your day. If you wait until you actually feel thirsty you may already be dehydrated. 6 to 8 fluid ounces of water are recommended per day. If you are active or spend a lot of time in the sun you should drink even more! Juices are also great for better healthy and younger looks. Try carrot or pink grapefruit juice. Pink grapefruit juice contains lycopene which enhances cell communication and protects your body’s supply of collagen. Drink about 7 ounces a day for maximum benefits. Just be aware that pink grapefruit juice may interact with certain medicines, please consult with your doctor if you are any medications. We all know that carrots, and carrot juice, is good for our eyes, but did you know that this natural source of Vitamin A reduces problems caused by skin conditions such as Eczema and improves collagen levels? Drink about 12 ounces a day for a healthy glow. If you love to drink milk or have it with your cereal try using soy milk. About 3 cups a day will provide you with isoflavones to help prevent collagen breakdown. On the other hand, if you like a nice cup of tea with breakfast than grab a mug of green tea. Studies have shown that the antioxidants in green tea reduce inflammation and may even enhance sun protection. Go for 2 – 3 cups a day. Finally, for a nice treat go for a glass of red wine. Resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant found in red win helps protect skin from UV damage and reduces the appearance of aging. But more is not better, you should only indulge in 1, maximum 2 glasses of wine per day.

Next time you reach for a beverage to refresh yourself, choose one of our anti-aging drinks to keep body and skin looking and feeling great!


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