Order prescription treatments for acne - we offer topical treatments and antibiotics.
You can order a treatment or ask a doctor to recommend a treatment.
If you have used a prescription acne treatment before and know which treatment you prefer, start the consultation and select your preferred treatment. One of our doctors will review you order and approve appropriate treatment.
If you have never used a prescription acne treatment before, you can use our free assessment to ask one of our doctors to recommend the most suitable treatment. Once you have received a recommendation, you will be able to place an order.
|Tetralysal||3 months (84 tablets)||£45.00|
|Oxytetracycline tablets||3 months (336 tablets)||£30.00|
|Aknemycin Plus||1 tube||£22.00|
|Isotrex||1 tube||No longer available|
|Tetralysal and Isotrex combo||3 months / 1 tube||£63.00|
|Oxytetracycline and Isotrex combo||3 months / 1 tube||£48.00|
Dispensing and standard delivery included.
Click & Collect: free (available for next-day collection in Superdrug Pharmacies)
Next Day Delivery: £3.99
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 our prescription-only medicines.
Your GP should be able to give you further advice about other treatments for your acne.
If you would like to discuss your condition with one of our online doctors, you can also book a telephone consultation for further advice.
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.
Oxytetracycline tablets are antibiotics that treat acne. They work by stopping the bacteria from reproducing. This means that the infection is contained until it dies out. They are often prescribed as a treatment for acne vulgaris and acne rosacea (known as chronic acne) in particular.
You should swallow them whole with water. It is best to take them on an empty stomach, but avoid taking them just before bed. Try not to eat or drink any milk or dairy products within two hours of taking Oxytetracycline.
You shouldn’t take complementary medicines that have iron, magnesium or zinc in them as they can stop Oxytetracycline 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.
Epiduo is an acne gel which contains benzoyl peroxide and adapalene. In combination, the two ingredients stop the overproduction of sebum (sebum causes acne) and kill the bacteria that inflame your skin.The gel needs to be applied daily and is easy to use. Just wash and dry your skin before application and avoid contact with lips and eyes when you put it on. Clinical trials have shown, that acne treatment with Epiduo improves acne in 50% of users.
Please note - we no longer offer Isotrex.
Isotrex is an acne gel which contains isotretinoin. It is thought to work by unblocking your pores and helping your skin renew. You will be advised to use the gel once or twice a day. Before you apply Isotrex, you need to wash and dry your skin. Then apply a thin layer of Isotrex to all areas of your face where you tend to experience spots.
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.