Welcome to Qoctor’s online prescription service, which provides treatment for Acne. Before proceeding, we recommend you take a few minutes to learn more about this condition- there’s lots of helpful health information below.
Acne is a common cause of spots for people in their teens to mid twenties, though older people may be affected too. It usually occurs on the face, but may also affect the back and chest. It can vary in severity- in certain cases it can lead to permanent scarring, so early treatment is recommended
Our products & prices
Qoctor can guide you safely through the process of getting treatment for acne
You can choose to have a paper prescription sent to your home, workplace or local pharmacy. Or for added convenience, order your medication online- Qoctor can send it to you via express delivery, wherever you are in Australia!
- Qoctor’s online doctor fee is just $19.99- this includes standard postage for your prescription or medication.
- If you’re just getting a paper prescription, that’s it!
- If you order medication for delivery, the pharmacy price of the product you choose will make up the rest of the cost
- If you want express delivery for any of these, it’s an extra $4.99
- And we’ll always let you know about cheaper generic versions, where available!
If you’d like to try a medication for your symptoms, simply select one of the medications below and we’ll take you through a series of important questions to make sure it’s the right choice for you.
Compare medications and select the one you want
Qoctor can prescribe a number of treatments for Acne.
- There are many topical acne creams and gels- the best one depends on the type of acne you have. Click here to find out more about choosing topical acne treatments.
- Oral antibiotics such as Doxycycline can be helpful if topical creams and gels have not worked.
- If you have used an acne treatment before, and just want a repeat prescription, you can search for it in the list below.
- If you think your acne is severe you should see a doctor to discuss it
|Image||Name||Active Ingredients||Dosage(s)||Qty||Repeats||Price||Cheaper Alternative/s||Buy|
|Dalacin T Lotion||Clindamycin 1% solution||1%||60mL||2||$19.99 – $41.24||none||19.99|
|Differin Cream||Adapalene 0.1% cream||0.10%||50g||2||$19.99 – $99.98||none||19.99|
|Differin Gel||Adapalene 0.1% gel||0.10%||50g||2||$19.99 – $99.98||none||19.99|
|Doxylin - for Acne||Doxycycline 50mg||50mg||25||5||$19.99 – $28.49||none||19.99|
|E-Mycin||Erythromycin 400mg||400mg||25x2||5||$19.99 – $36.99||none||19.99|
|Epiduo Forte Gel Pump||Adapalene 0.3% /Benzoyl peroxide 2.5%||0.3%/2.5%||30g||0||$19.99 – $56.98||none||19.99|
|Epiduo Gel Pump||Adapalene 0.1%/Benzoyl peroxide 2.5%||0.1%/2.5%||30g||3||$19.99 – $51.98||none||19.99|
|Retrieve Cream||Tretinoin 0.05% Cream||0.05%||50g||2||$19.99 – $72.49||none||19.99|
|Stieva-A 0.025% Cream||Tretinoin 0.025% Cream||0.03%||25g||2||$19.99 – $41.98||none||19.99|
|Stieva-A 0.05% CREAM||Tretinoin 0.05% Cream||0.05%||25g||2||$19.99 – $43.24||none||19.99|
Common Questions and Answers
- Acne is a common cause of spots on the face, back and chest in the teens and twenties, though some people get it later in life.
- Normal skin has sebaceous glands which produce natural oils.
- During puberty, the skin produces more of these oils, causing blockage of the sebaceous glands.
- The trapped oils in the glands allow bacteria (Propionibacterium acnes) to multiply.
- This in turn results in an immune reaction and inflammation of the skin.
- Acne may be associated with other medical conditions such as polycystic ovaries
- Some medications may make acne worse such as progesterone only contraceptives, steroid creams used in eczema, anabolic steroids and some antiepileptic medications.
Yes. Some people get scars. If your acne seems severe, especially if you have large painful acne cysts, it’s vital to speak to a doctor, as you may need a referral to see a dermatologist to get stronger treatment.
Every person is different. Some people will control their acne with over the counter creams and gels from the pharmacy. Others may need stronger “prescription only” creams and gels. These work in a variety of ways, and depending on the type of acne spots you have, certain ones may be more effective. To read our guide to choosing the best topical acne treatment for you, click here
If topical creams and gels don’t work, or only partially help, an oral antibiotic is worth considering. These are usually taken for a few months, and can be stopped once the acne settles. It’s recommended to continue a daily topical preparation such as Benzoyl Peroxide at the same time, to stop the bacteria becoming resistant to the oral antibiotic over time.
Yes, in some girls and women it does seem to help. If contraception is also needed, it may serve two purposes at the same time!
This is a strong acne medication, which is chemically similar to Vitamin A. It’s used when other options have failed or if acne is severe, particularly if there is scarring. It can be very effective, but may have serious side effects in some people, so it’s always prescribed by a dermatologist.
You’ll need a referral letter from your GP. Or Qoctor can provide you with an online referral https://www.qoctor.com.au/product/acne-new-referral-letter/
Qoctor can also give you a repeat referral letter https://www.qoctor.com.au/repeat-specialist-referral/ to return to see a dermatologist you’ve attended before.
Health Library- Acne
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