Acne is a common skin condition that is caused by hair follicles becoming blocked by oil secretion from the skin, and dead skin cells. Acne may sometimes cause inflammation and scarring which can affect a person’s self-confidence. The condition can affect teenagers and adults of all ages. Many people develop acne for the first time as adults.

MedsNow have a range of acne medications to address your concerns.

95% 20s 3%
of people aged 11-30 are affected by acne to some extent Acne is most common in your teens, and it often disappears when you reach your mid Almost people over 35 years old have adult acne



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Acnamino 100mg (Minocycline)

Acnamino (Minocycline) is an antibiotic medication that is known to treat a variety of infections including acne. The primary role of the drug is to prevent bacteria from growing and multiplying which helps to stop acne worsening or spreading as well as treating current outbreaks and bringing them under control, to leave you with clearer skin. It belongs to the tetracycline family of drugs.

Acnecide 5% Wash Gel

Acnecide Wash Gel is a topical treatment which is used to treat acne breakout on the skin. The medicine contains the active ingredient benzoyl peroxide, which helps destroy the bacteria that cause acne and hence reduce inflammation.

Clairette 2/35mcg

Clairette, a prescription-only medicine for acne, works well in acne conditions which are resistant to antibiotics or other skin treatments. Mainly caused by excessive production androgen responsible for hair growth and grease glands, reversing acne effects requires anti-androgen medications.

Dalacin T Topical Lotion

Dalacin T is a topical antibiotic lotion that has clindamycin as its active ingredient. It is useful to treat acne outbreak which is a result of bacteria.

Dianette 2/35mcg

This is a contraceptive tablet which is an effective treatment for acne in females. It contains estrogen and an anti-androgen called drospirenone for women who are thought to be suffering from hormonal acne, or who have not experienced any significant results with other medications.

Differin Cream (Adapalene)

Adapalene, the active ingredient in Differin Cream, is a proven spot and inflammation reducing medication for acne. Adapalene belongs to a group of drugs called the retinoids – vitamin A derivatives and limits the growth of acne-causing cells. It is applied once a day on dry skin.


Acne is a skin condition that arises when the skin pores get clogged, leading to a build-up of sebum within the skin. There are varying degrees of severity ranging from mild or moderate cases of acne that cause a few pimples, to severe or cystic acne that can cover the face and back. It is usually associated with teenagers, but it is common in adults too.

Acne manifests in different forms – comedones, blackheads, pustules, papules, nodules, and cysts. Mild cases may not be painful, but severe cases of acne can be quite painful. It can also be detrimental to someone’s psychological well-being as acne and acne scars can affect self-confidence.

Acne can often be easily treated with medication such as topical gels, ointments, and oral antibiotics. MedsNow offers a wide range of prescription-only treatments for acne.

Acne usually appears on the face, chest and upper back as these areas of skin have the most oil glands. Four of the leading causes of acne include:

  • Excessive oil production in the skin
  • Bacteria
  • Hair follicles clogged by oil and dead skin cells
  • Hormonal changes

When the glands produce too much sebum, it mixes with dead skin cells and blocks the follicle. This may also cause oily skin and if the plugged follicle is close to the surface of the skin, it can cause a whitehead or blackhead. If there are bacteria on the skin, it can infect the plugged follicles and result in severe types of acne such as cystic acne, papules, pustules, or nodules.

Hormonal imbalance can lead to acne, as can stress, chemicals in skincare products,  pregnancy, or women’s menstrual cycle. The causes may vary from one person to another, so it is advisable to make a note of what triggers the acne and try to prevent it accordingly.

When teenage boys and girls hit puberty their bodies start producing sex hormones which include testosteroneAlthough testosterone is produced at higher levels in males, females do also produce testosterone. The oil glands become stimulated by hormones and grow bigger, and release more sebum during puberty. This sebum is the oil mentioned above which can then lead to increased acne levels.

Certain lifestyle changes can help in preventing acne. These include:

  • Washing the face with a mild cleanser
  • Moisturizing regularly (try to avoid very oily moisturizers)
  • Using skin care products that are suitable for oily skin
  • Using makeup sparingly
  • Not touching the face constantly
  • Maintaining a healthy diet
  • Regular exercise

Our team can diagnose acne with a simple visual inspection of some photos if you are unsure of the diagnosis. There is no particular test as such to diagnose acne. Blood tests are not usually useful unless it is suspected that there may be an underlying hormonal cause e.g. polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Acne is a treatable condition. There are many ways that you can successfully manage the symptoms of acne and reduce the number of breakouts. There are a wide range of different medications from oral pills to topical gels and ointments that you can use to tackle acne. The course of treatment depends upon the type and severity of acne. The team at MedsNow are here to review your case, discuss with you and prescribe the treatments most appropriate for you.

MedsNow has a range of medicines and topical creams that will help you treat acne with excellent results.

Acne treatment includes:

  1. Clearasil Rapid Action Cream 

  1. Oxytetracycline 

The duration of acne treatment depends upon the nature, distribution and severity of the case however it may need 8-12 weeks to control a flare. It is often challenging to find a treatment to rapidly control acne symptoms.

One of the primary benefits of treating acne is the prevention of scarring, which can be lasting, and sometimes permanent - hurting self-confidence. Acne can also cause psychological stress, which can be addressed by using the right acne skincare products.

The potential side effects of the treatment will depend on which medication you would like to have. We will be able to discuss this with you in more detail once a treatment plan has been agreed upon.

  • Is acne hereditary? 

Acne can sometimes have underlying genetic, hormonal and lifestyle contributing factors. If the parents had acne, it may increase the chance of their children getting it, but it may not occur. Acne is not generally considered hereditary. Most cases of acne occur irregularly, without any particular reason or cause.  

  • Will sunbathing improve my acne? 

Some wavelengths of sunlight can kill acne-causing bacteria, but it is not a recommended practice. In fact, sunlight contains wavelengths that are damaging to the skin. Walways suggest a consultation to discuss the best acne products for you. Many acne products would often be recommended to use with a sunscreen regime, and excessive sun exposure would be discouraged 

  • Is acne infectious? 

Acne can be bacterial in nature, but those organisms often cause inflammation. Acne cannot be transmitted from one person to another. If you have a severe case of acne, the use of good acne products can control the condition.  

  • Is smoking causing my acne? 

Smoking can be a risk factor and flare some types of acne.  

  • How can I prevent scarring? 

Acne may lead to scarring and early treatment can prevent this. The earlier you manage acne with appropriate treatment it will hopefully minimise the chance of scarring. Remember not to pick or squeeze the acne spots as it can cause more damage and inflammation, which increases the risk of scarring.  

  • At what age does acne stop? 

There is no particular age for acne to stop. It is the most common in teens, but it is prevalent in adults as well. It can occur at any age. While some people are more prone to getting acne, others aren’t 

  • What foods cause acne? 

Certain foods can promote or worsen existing acne, but none of them actually cause it. These include refined grains and sugars, dairy products like milk and cheese, fast food, and oily food. 

  • Does drinking water help acne? 

Hydration is really good for the skin. Some people do report that drinking lots of water helps them feel their skin is clearer, and it also has lots of other health benefits so drinking lots of water should always be a priority.

  • Does toothpaste help acne?

There is a popular rumour that applying toothpaste can help treat acne, but it is not advisable to do that. Toothpaste may irritate the skin and flare up the acne. It is important to use an appropriate medicated treatment to see the best results. 

  • How do I know if my acne is hormonal? 

One way to tell whether you are dealing with hormonal acne is by its location on the face. If there are inflamed cysts around the chin and jawline, you may have hormonal acne. MedsNow can provide hormonal acne treatment if we believe this may be a factor. 

  • What is the difference between acne and pimples? 

Acne is a skin condition and pimples are one of its symptoms. With the right acne care, you can help prevent it from getting worse.

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