Acne is a very common skin disorder causing pimples, whiteheads, blackheads and inflamed, red patches of skin (cysts). Acne which is commonly referred to as ‘zits’ can be a very embarrassing skin disorder.
Acne usually occurs during puberty and reaches it’s peak in teenagers around the ages of 17-19 year of age. High levels of hormones in the body usually cause this.
It is less common as people reach adulthood however very sensitive adults can still suffer from acne in their late 40’s. Depending on the severity and frequency of an outbreak it can cause psychological distress, mainly seen in teenagers and lead to scarring on the skin which can be permanent.
If treatments are started early you have a lower risk of lasting psychological and physical stress caused by acne. Acne can be treated with prescription medications or over the counter products that are applied to the skin or oral tablets.
How do acne treatments work?
Most acne treatments take several weeks for a noticeable improvement in the skin. In some cases your skin will become worst before it gets better. Creams and gels are applied to dry skin, usually at night. Antibiotics can fight the bacteria in the body preventing multiplication of certain infection causing bacteria. Minocin and Oxytetracycline are two very popular oral medications used to treat acne. Retin-A gel is another acne treatment prescribed. Other medications available to treat acne include; Doxycycline, Erythromycin and Skinoren.
What is acne?
Acne is an infection caused by small oil glands being inflamed. These are known in medical terms as sebaceous glands. The glands surround your facial hairs and also chest, back and upper arms hairs. When boys and girls go through a stage of their life called puberty, the body produces an increased amount of male sex hormones known as androgens. This can stimulate the small oil glands (sebaceous glands) to produce more sebum. In some people the small oil glands are very sensitive to androgens. These people can have outbreaks that are so severe they require medical attention.
Propionibacterium acne is a common bacterium that causing pimples. This bacterium produces bad acids on the skin that irritate the small oil glands causing them to become inflamed.
Hormonal changes in women due to pregnancy or menstrual periods can also cause or contribute to acne. Environmental irritants such as intense heat, pollution, and humidity or cold weather can also contribute to an outbreak.
How can acne treatments be purchased online?
You can buy acne treatments online, safely and securely. You will be asked to complete a free online consultation form, which will include relevant medical details. Our specialists can then make sure this is the right medication for you and your prescription will be sent to the pharmacy for next day express delivery. There are also over-the-counter products available online without filling in a consultation form.