What is Minocycline?

Minocycline is a tetracycline antibiotic. Unlike other medications, it is not used to prevent or treat infections.

What Does Minocycline Treat?

Minocycline is a topical foam that is used to treat moderate to severe acne as well as the inflammatory lesions (red bumps and pimples) caused by rosacea.

How to Use Minocycline

Always follow your doctor’s instructions when using this medication. Do not use it more often than recommended. Do not use this medication on broken or damaged skin, scrapes, or burns. Do not get this medication in the eyes, nose, mouth, or vagina.

For oral: Take this as directed, usually with a full glass of water every 12 hours and at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. Do not lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking this medication.

For foam: before applying minocycline, wash your hands with soap and water. Shake well and apply a thin layer of the medication to the affected area of skin. For acne, gently rub the foam into acne-affected parts of the face and body. When using minocycline for rosacea, apply to the entire face.

It is best to use this medication at the same time each day, at least one hour before bedtime. Do not shower, bathe, or swim for at least one hour after application. Do not use cosmetics or other skin care products on the treated areas.


If your symptoms do not improve within a few days, or if they become worse, speak to your doctor. Do not use this product if you are pregnant or may become pregnant. Minocycline may cause diarrhea, dizziness, lightheadedness, sensitivity to sunlight, and intracranial hypertension. Always speak to your doctor about your medical history and current medications.

Side Effects

The most common side effects of minocycline include:

  • Dryness
  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Peeling
  • Discoloration of the treated area
  • Headache
  • Burning or stinging when applied
  • Darkening of the skin in the treatment area
  • Raised, red spots on the skin (especially the face)

If you experience these side effects and they are persistent or become worse, speak to your doctor immediately.

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