If you suffer from acne and over-the-counter products don’t work, get free advice from one of our doctors.
Fill out our short questionnaire and upload two photos. Our doctors will then advise you on whether the prescription acne cream Differin or an antibiotic treatment with tetralysal may help you.
Once our doctor has approved your order, you will be sent your prescription via post.
Your Superdrug Online Doctor prescription allows you to buy your prescription acne treatment at any pharmacy in Ireland.
Side effects from the antibiotics we offer are rare but can include:
There are lots of products available over-the-counter in your local pharmacy that may help treat your acne. You should try these products before trying a prescription-only medicine.
Your GP should be able to give you further advice about other treatments for your acne.
Lymecycline capsules are antibiotics that treat acne, an infection and inflammation of the skin. It works by killing the bacteria that cause acne. Lymecycline is also sometimes known as Tetralysal.
The doctor will normally ask you to take two capsules a day, one every twelve hours, for at least 8 weeks, but it depends how severe your acne is. You should take it with a glass of water.
You shouldn’t take complementary medicines that have iron, magnesium or zinc in them as they can stop Lymecycline from working properly. You need to finish the course for it to work properly, even if your acne clears up whilst you are taking it.
Acne causes spots on the face, back and chest. These spots can range from mild whiteheads and blackheads to very sore boils and cysts. Most people get acne at some point in their lifetime. It is particularly common in teenagers and younger adults.
For most people, acne disappears as they get older. Acne runs in families, so if your mum and dad had it, you’re likely to get it too. Hormones can also cause acne, so some women find that they get acne at points during their menstrual cycle or pregnancy.
Acne can’t be cured, but it can be controlled. There is plenty of choice when it comes to acne treatments and most can be bought in a pharmacy. If you have acne on your back or chest though, an antibiotic or stronger cream/gel on prescription might be more effective. The treatments normally take between a few weeks and three months to work. If your acne is making you feel unwell or distressed, it is definitely worth a chat with a doctor. You should also ask the doctor if you have cysts, so that they don’t scar.
You can also reduce your chances of getting more spots by washing your face, back or chest with a gentle soap twice a day. Try not to scrub your skin too hard in case this makes it sore. Don’t pop your spots, but use a gel or cream to dry them out instead. Avoid wearing heavy make-up and make sure you take your make-up off before you go to bed. You can also wear loose clothing if you have acne on your back or chest and shower after exercising.
Use our online assessment to order. A Superdrug Online Doctor will complete your prescription for collection at your local pharmacy.