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Acne usually starts in puberty, but it affects adults too. Around 80% of teenagers get some form of acne, and there are many myths about what causes it. Here are facts and details of acne treatments and products.

Acne consists of spots and painful bumps on the skin. It's most noticeable on the face, but can also appear on the back, shoulders and buttocks. Severe acne can cause scarring.

The most common cause is when the skin reacts to hormonal changes. Skin contains sebaceous glands that naturally release sebum, an oily substance that helps protect it. 

Adult acne is caused by raised levels of the hormone testosterone, which can cause too much sebum to be produced. Its the sebum that can block hair follicles. 

When dead skin cells mix with the blockage, it can lead to the formation of spots. Bacteria in the skin multiply, which can cause pain and swelling (inflammation) beneath the blockages.

There are different kinds of spots:

  • Blackheads – small, blocked pores
  • Whiteheads – small, hard bumps with a white centre
  • Pustules – spots with a lot of pus visible 
  • Nodules – hard, painful lumps under the skin

Inflammatory acne is when the skin is also red and swollen. This needs to be treated early to prevent scarring.

Try not to pick or squeeze spots as this can cause inflammation and lead to scarring. Spots will eventually go away on their own, but they might leave redness in the skin for some weeks or months afterwards.

The Doctors at Medical Specialists® can help you buy acne treatments, after a successful online consultation, and our in house NHS Pharmacy will dispense your order to you within 24 hours.

Acne Products

Dianette

Dianette (Acne & Hirsutism Treatment)

Dianette is a well known and medically proven treatment for acne and other androgen related skin disorders such as hirsutism and hairloss in females and is a combination of an oestrogen and an anti-androgen called cyproterone acetate. Dianette is recommended for use in women for the treatment of severe acne and moderately severe hirsutism. Complete remission of acne is to be expected in nearly all cases, often within a few months, but in particularly severe cases treatment for longer may be necessary before the full benefit is seen.

Treatment from as little as £9.95* a month
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Yasmin

Yasmin

Yasmin is a combined oral contraceptive (COC) pill used to prevent pregnancy and is a medically proven treatment for acne and hirsutism. Each tablet contains a small amount of two different female hormones, namely drospirenone and ethinylestradiol. One tablet is taken every day for 21 days and you then have a seven day break from pill-taking. Yasmin is also ideal for patients who have been taking Dianette and now wish to change to another low dose COC.

Prices from as little as £19.15*
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Yasmin Yasmin

Spironolactone

For patients who do not wish to use a topical ointment or an oral contraceptive (Dianette) for their treatment, our Doctors may prescribe an oral treatment which is non hormonal and has been medically shown to reduce the appearance of acne and hirsutism, and reduce hairloss in females. Although this medication is approved by the FDA it is unlicensed in the UK.

Treatment from as little as £15.00* a month
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Minocin

Minocin

Minocin MR capsules contain the active ingredient minocycline hydrochloride, which is a type of antibiotic called a tetracycline. This prescription oral medication is used to treat infections caused by bacteria. The Minocin MR brand of minocycline is used to treat acne by stopping the infection from spreading.

Prices from £0.29* a tablet
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doxycycline Yasmin

Tetralysal / Lymecycline

Tetralysal / Lymecycline

Tetralysal / Lymecycline is a prescription drug and contains the active ingredient Lymecycline, which is a type of medicine called a tetracycline antibiotic. It is used to treat bacteria infections by interfering with the ability of bacteria to produce proteins that are essential for them to survive.

Prices from £0.23* a tablet
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tetralysal-lymecycline Yasmin

Doxycycline

Doxycycline

Doxycycline belongs to a class of medications called tetracycline. This prescription oral medication is also known as a broadspectrum antibiotic and may be used to treat a wide range of infections caused by bacteria causing skin conditions such as Acne and facial Rosacea.

Prices from £0.07* a tablet
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doxycycline Yasmin

Retin-a

Retin-A Gel 0.01%

Retin-A contains tretinoin which is a derivative of vitamin A. It has been medically proven to be effective for the treatment of acne, and prevention of scar formation.

Anti Wrinkle Treatment

treclin gel

Treclin Gel

Treclin contains the active substances clindamycin and tretinoin. Clindamycin is an antibiotic. It limits the growth of bacteria associated with acne and the inflammation caused by these bacteria. Tretinoin normalizes the growth of superficial skin cells and causes normal shedding of the cells that clog the hair follicles in areas with acne.

Prices from £14.35* a tube
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Differin Cream

Aknemycin Plus (Tretinoin 0.025% / Erythromycin 4.0%)

Aknemycin Plus (Tretinoin 0.025% / Erythromycin 4.0%) is a prescription only medication and is used in the treatment of acne. It has the same active ingredient as Retin-A (Tretinoin 0.025%) plus a topical antibiotic (Erythromycin).

Prices from £9.15* a bottle
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Differin Cream

Differin 0.1% Cream

Differin Cream contains the active ingredient adapalene, which is a form of vitamin A and is similar to tretinoin. Differin cream helps unblock pores and reduces the formation of blackheads and spots, and is therefore an effective treatment for acne. It also increases the turnover of the skin cells and has been shown to be an effective anti-wrinkle treatment.

Prices from £17.95* a tubet
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Differin Gel

Differin 0.1% Gel

Differin is also available in gel form with the same active ingredient adapalene, which is a form of vitamin A used in acne treatment. Differin gel is very similar to Retin-A (tretinoin) which is another treatment for acne. Differin gel is used on the face, chest or back for acne, where the skin has lots of blackheads, spots and pimples. The active ingredient in Differin has also been shown to be effective in anti-wrinkle treatment.

Prices from £17.95* a tube
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Duac Once Daily Gel 30g

Duac Once Daily Gel 30g

Duac once daily gel 30g is an effective treatment for acne and contains two active ingredients, clindamycin phosphate and benzoyl peroxide. Clindamycin is an antibiotic which kills the bacteria involved in acne while benzoyl peroxide reduces blackheads and whiteheads. It also kills the bacteria involved in acne and makes the skin less oily.

Prices from £13.25* a tube
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Duac Once Daily Gel 60g

Duac Once Daily Gel 60g

Duac once daily gel 60g belongs to a group of medicines known as ‘antiacne preparations’ and it is used for treating mild to moderate acne. Duac once daily gel contains two medicines: clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide. Clindamycin is an antibiotic which kills the bacteria involved in acne while benzoyl peroxide reduces blackheads and whiteheads, and makes skin less greasy.

Prices from £13.25* a tube
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Epiduo

Epiduo Gel

Epiduo is a relatively new, effective and lasting acne treatment available in the form of a once-daily gel. Epiduo contains two active ingredients: adapalene (similar to tretinoin) and benzoyl peroxide. Epiduo is used to treat mild to moderate acne, blackheads, whiteheads and inflamed pimples. Epiduo's active ingredient has also been shown to be an effective treatment for anti-ageing and wrinkles.

Prices from £21.95* a tube
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Isotrex

Isotrex

Isotrex Gel (Isotretinoin) is used topically as a gel to treat mild to moderate acne. It may also help improve wrinkles or be used to prepare for skin laser treatment or as an aftercare treatment. Its main ingredient is isotretinoin, which is a type of retinoid derived from vitamin A.

Prices from £19.50* a tube
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It is prohibited to accept returns of prescription medication - we therefore cannot accept returns or refunds - please be sure that the medication you order is what you actually want / need by discussing with your own Doctor / Physician.

It is always advisable for the patient to see a qualified Doctor, and at Medical Specialists® we have all the staff trained to deal with your problems. Should you wish to speak to a Consultant, please do not hesitate to contact us by clicking here.

 

References:

1. Ting W. (2010) "Tretinoin for the treatment of photodamaged skin." Cutis. 86(1):47-52.PMID 21049767

2.Darlenski R. et al (2010) " Topical retinoids in the management of photodamaged skin: from theory to evidence-based practical approach." Br J Dermatol.163(6) PMID 20633013

3 .Lee JY. et al (2010) "Loss of elastic fibers causes skin wrinkles in sun-damaged human skin. " J Dermatol Sci. ;50(2):99-107.PMID 18201872

4. Khunger N. et al (2011) "Evaluation of CROSS technique with 100% TCA in the management of ice pick acne scars in darker skin types." J Cosmet Dermatol. 10(1):51-7. PMID 21332915

 


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