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What is Acne?

Acne is a skin condition that causes spots and oily skin. It is very common and most people are affected at some stage in their life. It most commonly manifests in the face, but more severe acne can also affect the back and chest area. The types of spots found in acne range from blackheads and whiteheads to more painful papules, pustules, nodules and cysts. Many mild acne outbreaks can be treated with over the counter preparations, available from pharmacies. If your acne becomes more persistent and can't be controlled with over the counter treatments or is impacting the way you feel about your appearance, there are other prescription only topical treatments available to help.

Our doctors can prescribe topical treatments for mild to moderate acne if you have been previously diagnosed by your GP or specialist dermatologist. In the first instance it may be recommended that a topical antibiotic such as Zineryt, or a topical retinoid such as Differin are tried. If these are unsuitable, Skinoren (azelaic acid) may be prescribed, which works in a similar way to the peeling agent benzoyl peroxide. If your acne is still persistent after 8 weeks, you may be suitable to step up to a combination treatment. We offer two types of combination treatment. Duac Once Daily which contains the topical antibiotic clindamycin and the peeling agent benzoyl peroxide, and Epiduo which contains the topical retinoid adapalene and the peeling agent benzoyl peroxide. Our doctors will advise if you are unsure which treatment you need.

All services provided by Anytime Doctor are safe, fast and confidential. You can obtain treatment within the privacy of your home and without the inconvenience of waiting for an appointment.

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  • Genuine medication prescribed and dispensed by UK GPs and pharmacy
  • Free next day UK delivery
  • Discrete service, no face to face appointments needed
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Treatment Options

  • Topical antibiotic with active ingredient erythromycin
  • Works by treating infections of the skin to reduce acne
  • Solution is pre-mixed by your pharmacist
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  • Topical retinoid with active ingredient adapalene
  • Good for unblocking pores
  • Available as gel or cream
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  • Topical antibacterial with active ingredient azelaic acid
  • Reduces growth of keratin surface skin cells that can block pores
  • Do not use alongside other acne treatments
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  • Combination treatment containing topical antibiotic and peeling agent
  • Contains the active ingredients clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide
  • To be considered if single treatments (Differin or Zineryt) have not worked
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  • Combination treatment containing topical retinoid and peeling agent
  • Contains the active ingredients adapalene and benzoyl peroxide
  • To be considered if single treatments (Differin or Zineryt) have not worked
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Medicines at a glance

Zineryt Solution
Active Ingredient: erythromycin

Differin Cream and Gel
Active Ingredient: adapalene

Skinoren Cream
Active Ingredient: azelaic acid

Duac Once Daily Gel
Active Ingredients: clindamycin, benzoyl peroxide

Epiduo Gel
Active Ingredients: adapalene, benzoyl peroxide

How the service works

Complete consultation

Complete a free online medical consultation. Your answers provide our doctors with the information they need to safely recommend the right treatment for you.

Choose treatment

A doctor will review your consultation and, if it is safe to do so, approve you for treatment. Our doctors will suggest suitable treatment options, including dosage and treatment duration. Select your medicine and complete your order using our secure payment system.

Prescription issued

All prescriptions are sent electronically to our UK based partner pharmacy, ready for dispatch. Our partner pharmacy is regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council and only dispenses genuine branded medicines licensed for use in the UK.

Medicine delivered

Medicines require a signature upon delivery. Most orders are dispensed and dispatched for delivery the next working day. All orders are sent using discrete packaging with no mention of Anytime Doctor or the parcel content. Upgrade to same day delivery for orders within the M25.

All of our prices are fully inclusive. When buying your treatment online our price includes the cost of the consultation, the issuing of a private prescription, dispensing of the medicine itself, free delivery and doctor after-care. There are no hidden extras.

We aim to offer you similar pattern of healthcare as if you were to visit your normal GP for a face to face consultation. We believe it is important that you complete a medical consultation to ensure that the treatment option you are requesting is appropriate for your needs. Our GMC registered doctors are also able to suggest treatment options for you if you prefer. Once a doctor has approved you for treatment all prices are clearly displayed. Your medical consultation and registration is free and you are under no obligation to purchase any treatment after your consultation.

In order to manage some conditions online, we are required to inform your GP about the medicine you have been prescribed. This will be clearly highlighted during your consultation. We will not contact or share this information with your GP without your consent. You are required to provide consent each time you order, so you remain in full control of when we contact your GP on your behalf.

Your Anytime Doctor medical record is confidential and securely stored on our UK data servers. We will never share your details unless you expressly ask us to do so.

If over the counter treatments have not helped your acne, you may be suitable to try prescription only topical treatments. There are many to choose from and many have different active ingredients. You may wish to consider trying topical treatments one by one in the following order (not at the same time), moving up one level if the previous treatment has been unsuccessful after 8 weeks of use.

  • 1Zineryt (topical antibiotic) OR
    Differin (topical retinoid) OR
    Skinoren (azelaic acid) which works in a similar way to the peeling agent benzoyl peroxide
  • 2Duac Once Daily (topical antibiotic and peeling agent benzoyl peroxide) OR
    Epiduo (topical retinoid and peeling agent benzoyl peroxide)
  • 3Antibiotic tablets for acne (not available through Anytime Doctor)

Our doctors will advise if you are unsure which treatment you need.

Results should be noticeable within four to eight weeks of starting treatment. Topical treatments need to be used regularly for several months. The length of treatment will vary from person to person, depending on how bad the acne is at the beginning of treatment.

Last Reviewed  17/11/2019   Authored  24/01/2010

How our service works

  1. 1

    Complete a free online consultation

  2. 2

    Choose your preferred treatment

  3. 3

    Prescription issued by a GMC registered doctor

  4. 4

    Medicine delivered the next day

Why choose Anytime Doctor

  • UK based doctors and patient co-ordinators
  • Genuine & licensed medicines only
  • No hidden fees
  • Free discrete delivery
  • Genuine medication prescribed and dispensed by UK GPs and pharmacy
  • Free next day UK delivery
  • Discrete service, no face to face appointments needed
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