MyClinic provides a range of topical preparations (Differin, Isotrex, Zineryt, Dalacin T, Duac and Epiduo) and antibiotic tablets (Lymecycline) on prescription for the treatment of acne.
Please read the important information below before ordering
What is acne?
Acne arises when skin pores become blocked leading to a build up of secretions (sebum) within the skin - this creates an ideal environment for an otherwise harmless bacteria called P. acnes to live and multiply. When a large number of these bacteria develop in the trapped sebum, the immune system reacts and causes inflammation - this causes the surrounding area to become red, and the spots become larger and filled with pus.
Acne can be treated with non-prescription topical preparations (creams, gels and solutions) bought over-the-counter or alternatively with prescription topical preparations and tablets, including antibiotics.
Acne treatment from MyClinic
Treatment should start with low dose topical preparations, before considering stronger topical preparations or antibiotic tablets. Please refer to 'Acne treatment plans' below.
Not all treatments are effective in all people. It may be necessary to try different treatments to find the one that is most effective for you.
Severe acne with scarring needs to be treated immediately by consultation with your GP or dermatologist.
MyClinic does not supply medicines for under-18s.
Ordering acne treatment online
Complete a short questionnaire to make sure treatment is suitable. You must read the manufacturer's patient information leaflet before ordering.
Sometimes different topical preparations contain the same active ingredients. Some topical preparations contain two active ingredients. You should not use more than one topical treatment at the same time without discussing this with a doctor. This includes
- Zineryt and Dalacin T - both antibiotics
- Differin (cream & gel) and Isotrex - both retinoids
- Duac - antibiotic with peeling agent (benzoyl peroxide)
Antibiotic tablets (Lymecycline) can be taken whilst using Differin and Isotrex, but should not be taken whilst using Zineryt, Dalacin T or Duac (topical antibiotics).
Diagnosis of Acne
It is important that people obtaining treatment online for acne have previously seen a doctor about it. There are other causes of spots which require investigation, and may not respond to acne treatment. In some cases acne is associated with hormonal disturbance requiring investigation, however this is rare. Women with acne and facial hair growth, and/or irregular periods should be checked for polycystic ovaries.
Length of treatment
Both topical treatments and antibiotic tablets for acne take time to work, usually at least 8 weeks and sometimes up to 4 months. It is best to use one new treatment at a time, and allow 8 weeks of continuous treatment before switching to, or adding a new one. If a treatment works well, stick with it.
The best response to treatment is usually seen after 4 to 6 months. If acne has completely gone or very much improved after 4 to 6 months, treatment can sometimes be stopped. Treatment may need to restarted if the acne comes back. If acne comes back, maintenance long-term treatment may be needed, possibly with a lower or less frequent amounts being required. If topical antibiotics (Zineryt, Dalacin T, Duac) are applied long-term (more than 6 months), bacteria may possibly build up resistance, and treatment can become less effective.
If there is no improvement or a worsening of acne after 8 weeks, a different treatment can be tried, or a new acne treatment can be added.
If acne is scarring or you are distressed by your skin problems, consult your GP straightaway.
A useful guide to acne treatment plans can be found here
HSE Acne Information site