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Acne Treatments at Simple Online Pharmacy

There are a number of Acne treatments available from our Online Doctor and Online Pharmacy. Acne can be a massive nuisance. Through our teenage years, it can present itself at the most awkward times, and just as we think we’re too old to be dealing with spots anymore, back it comes. At Simple Online Pharmacy, you can be prescribed antibiotics for acne by our online doctor. Differin and Duac once daily gel are also available for acne treatment. No prescription is required, as once you complete your assessment, we can generate this free of charge.

Simply fill out our online medical assessment, and our doctor will review your suitability for you choice of medication. The online doctor will then generate a prescription for our pharmacy team, who will dispense and post your medication.

Get your acne breakouts under control today with one of our effective treatments.


To read more about acne and its treatments, visit the NHS choices website. If you have not used any of the treatments before, you should read the Patient Information Leaflets before use, available at


Causes of Acne

Acne is caused when hair follicles, which are tiny holes on the surface of your skin, become blocked. Sebaceous glands are tiny glands found near the surface of your skin. The glands are attached to hair follicles, which are small holes in your skin that an individual hair grows out of. Sebaceous glands produce an oily substance called sebum to lubricate the hair and the skin to stop it drying out. When the glands produce too much sebum, it can mix with dead skin cells, and plug the follicle. This can also result in very oily skin (Clean and Clear have a wonderful oil blotting sheet to help with this!) If the plugged follicle is close to the surface of the skin, it will bulge outwards, creating a whitehead. Alternatively, the plugged follicle can be open to the skin, creating a blackhead. Sometimes harmless bacteria on the skin can then infect the plugged follicles, which can result in more angry and inflamed papules, pustules, nodules or cysts.


Acne Treatments

Prescription medications that can be used to treat acne include:

  • topical retinoids
  • topical antibiotics (such as Zineryt or Duac)
  • azelaic acid
  • antibiotic tablets (such as lymecycline)
  • in women, the combined oral contraceptive pill
  • isotretinoin tablets  (Roaccutane)

In cases of severe acne, where you may have a large number of large papules / pustules on your chest and back as well as your face, your GP may refer you to a consultant dermatologist. In most acne cases, a course of antibiotic tablets combined with some topical treatments can often help the symptoms if acne. Sometimes these treatment can take 2-3 months before they start to work. It’s important to be patient and persist with a recommended treatment, even if there is no immediate effect.


Acne Myths

Although Acne is one of the most widespread skin conditions, it is also one of the most poorly understood. This results is many misconceptions and myths about what causes it, or how best to treat it. Some common myths are listed below.
“Acne is caused by a poor diet.”
So far, research has not found any foods that cause acne.
“Acne is caused by having dirty skin and poor hygiene.”
Most of the biological reactions that trigger acne occur beneath the skin, not on the surface, so the cleanliness of your skin will have no effect on your acne. Washing your face more than twice a day could just aggravate your skin and can sometimes result in worsening the symptoms.
“Squeezing blackheads, whiteheads and spots is the best way to get rid of acne.”
This can often make symptoms worse. More importantly however, it can result in life long scarring. However tempting it is to pop a spot, (and we know it’s tempting!) it’s best not to.
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