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Acne Medication Brands

Acne Medication Brands

We deliver all generic and name brand Acne Control Medications for as low as $0 with insurance1 or as low as $30/month without insurance.

We deliver all generic and name brand Acne Control Medications for as low as $0 with insurance1 or as low as $30/month without insurance.

Topical Acne Treatment

Mild & moderate acne is best treated with prescription topical acne medication. Topical acne medication works by “normalizing” the skin (less greasy & smaller pores) or killing Acne bacteria.

Oral Acne Treatment

Moderate and severe acne is treated with prescription oral and topical acne medication. Oral antibiotics work by attacking acne bacteria from the inside out and decreasing inflammation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What acne treatments are best for me?

That depends on many factors: how severe your acne is, and what type of acne you have: is it whiteheads, blackheads, pustules, does it leave hyperpigmentation, do you have scars? Our doctors can provide several options that work much better than anything you can get over the counter.
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For mild to moderate acne, most doctors will start with a  topical cream or gel containing a retinoid and add benzoyl peroxide.If there is inflammation (redness) then they will add a topical antibiotic (clindamycin, usually). For more severe (back/chest) and inflammatory acne, an oral antibiotic (usually doxycycline) may be added. For acne associated with your periods or time of month, women may choose birth control pills or vaginal ring to keep their hormone levels smooth and to decrease the circulating testosterone. The birth control pill or vaginal ring has a hormone which results in another hormone going up (SHBG = Sex Hormone Binding Globulin) which causes the Testosterone level that’s circulating around to go down, which results in less acne).  If the hormonal component is really severe, then the doctor might consider prescribing drug spironolactone, a “water pill” a.k.a a diuretic (which makes some people pee a lot) which also blocks male hormones.

The most severe cases of acne may be treated with the drug isotretinoin, which is very effective. However, side effects and blood abnormalities must be monitored monthly and requires registration with the FDA to obtain a prescription. There are also various types of light, laser, or photodynamic therapies available for those with scars.

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Will my acne ever go away?

Most acne will go away on its own at the end of puberty, but some people still struggle with acne in adulthood. Almost all acne can be successfully treated, however. It’s a matter of finding the right treatment for you.

However,

  • 51% of women 20 -29 years old, 
  • 35% of women 30-39 years old, 
  • 26% of women 40-49 y/o 

have acne per a study in 2008

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Why do only some adults have acne?

Although the hormonal fluctuations that cause acne are most common during the teen years, they can also happen to adults. Those with uteri experience hormonal swings during their menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause that result in acne breakouts.
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Certain medications, such as anticonvulsants and steroid drugs (not the inhalers used for asthma) can cause acne. In some people, genetics contributes to their acne. One study found that 50% of those with acne if you have a parent, brother/sister, or child with acne.

  • 51% of women 20 -29 years old, 
  • 35% of women 30-39 years old, 
  • 26% of women 40-49 y/o 

have acne per a study in 2008

Almost everyone has had at least mild acne at some point. Acne is the most common of all skin problems, affecting ~ 1 in 6 Americans. 85% of people from 12-24 years old experience acne. You are not alone. People used to think that eating too much sugar or greasy foods caused acne. Now doctors know much more about why acne breakouts happen and how to treat them.

Can what I eat cause acne breakouts?

Generally, no. The main cause of most acne is hormonal fluctuation. Mainly it’s the “male” testosterone hormone that stimulates the oil glands to produce more sebum, which then blocks pores, which = a zit or acne. Bacteria can grow within the sebum, causing the zit/lesion to become inflamed (red) and large and full of pus.

Acne happens at times of major hormonal change, like during the menstrual cycle and during the teenage years, no matter what you eat.

Some research has shown associations between certain foods and acne.

A low-glycemic index diet has been associated with less acne. This was found coincidentally in a 2009 study for those people trying to lose weight on a low-glycemic index diet. The diet reduced acne: 87% said they had less acne and 91% said they needed less acne medications. In 2 studies, one of young Australian men 15-25 years old and another of Korean men/women 20-27 years old for 10-12 weeks, a lower glycemic index diet less to significantly less acne than their normal diet. Some examples of low glycemic index foods: whole grain bread, steel cut oats, apples, peaches, plums, pears, raspberries, strawberries, non-starchy vegetables, legumes (lentils, chickpeas, beans). It’s important to note that there are no glycemic index for foods that do not contain carbohydrates; for example, beef, chicken, fish, eggs, herbs, spices, nuts, olive oil.

Many studies have shown that those who drink more cow’s milk have more acne than those who do not. Per the American Academy of Dermatology Association there is “no evidence that yogurt or cheese cause acne breakouts.”

Still other studies of acne’s relationship to nutrition have shown that a diet with a high glycemic index, such as white breads, waffles, and other carbs, worsens acne.

Does acne mean I’m not keeping my face clean enough?

No. In fact, scrubbing too hard at your face or washing too much can make your acne worse. The more you wash, the more oil your body makes to replenish what you washed off! Alcohol-based astringents can dry out the skin. Hormones trigger acne. With mild acne, gentle and regular cleansing with soap and warm water can sometimes be enough. For more severe acne, you need stronger stuff.

Why does acne appear most often in teenagers?

The main trigger of acne is extra hormones — specifically, testosterone, often referred to as the “male hormone,” (However, Women have testosterone too.) When teenagers hit puberty, their hormones start surging — and then, the acne acts up. However, acne is not just in teenagers.

  • 51% of women 20 -29 years old,
  • 35% of women 30-39 years old, 
  • 26% of women 40-49 y/o 

have acne per a study in 2008

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Should I stop wearing makeup if I have acne?

No. You don’t have to stop wearing makeup. However if you notice your makeup is giving you acne, try switching brands or going with a different type. Look for the words “non-comedogenic,” which mean doesn’t make acne/zits. If you have acne on the sides of your temples, hair creams or gels might be causing your acne. 

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1. Please check your insurance coverage; the final medication price may vary based on your insurance, so this estimated pricing is not guaranteed.