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Understanding Acne

Acne is a common skin condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It usually develops when pores become clogged with impurities like oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria which results in the formation of pimples.
Although many cases of acne are mild enough to resolve without professional medical intervention, severe breakouts are common and may require more complex treatment.
Treating acne can become a frustrating process, especially if you feel like you’ve tried every option on the market and you’re still not seeing the desired results. Before you can get your acne under control, you first have to understand what your skin needs to overcome breakouts for good.
At LifeMD, licensed medical professionals can help you take the first step toward a blemish-free future. Speak to a board-certified doctor or nurse practitioner through a telehealth visit today.

How It Works

1. Schedule

Book a telehealth appointment from wherever you are. No insurance necessary.

2. Chat

Meet with a board-certified doctor or nurse practitioner from your mobile device.

3. Pick It Up

Get a prescription if needed (save up to 90%), and pick it up at your pharmacy.

Popular Medications Prescribed for Acne

Topical Retinoids (Tretinoin or Adapalene)

Topical retinoids are derived from vitamin A and are applied directly to the skin. They work by unclogging pores and reducing inflammation associated with breakouts.

Retinoids are also used to promote faster skin cell turnover. This means that the skin can replace damaged cells, unclog pores, control oil production, and clear acne more efficiently.

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Azelaic Acid and Salicylic Acid

Azelaic acid and salicylic acid are both commonly used ingredients for the treatment of acne. Azelaic acid reduces bacteria growth and inflammation, and also helps to normalize skin cell shedding.

Salicylic acid exfoliates the skin, unclogs pores, and reduces inflammation.

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Oral Antibiotics (Tetracycline or Doxycycline)

For moderate to severe cases of acne, your healthcare provider may prescribe oral antibiotics. These are designed to reduce bacteria that cause breakouts.

Antibiotics can also reduce acne-related inflammation, which helps to reduce the pain and swelling associated with breakouts.

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Common Questions About Acne

Why is it so difficult to treat acne?

Acne is controlled by several factors, which makes it difficult to treat if you don’t know the underlying cause. Hormonal changes, genetics, and age are a few things that can have an impact on the severity of breakouts. Since these factors are largely beyond our control, it can be difficult to manage them.

Each person also has a different skin type and varying acne triggers. This means that acne treatments will likely become a trial-and-error process before you find what works for you.

Seeking professional guidance is often the best way to access the right products to effectively treat acne. By consulting with a licensed healthcare provider and receiving a professional diagnosis, you can ensure that you start your acne treatment journey the right way.

Are online acne treatments worth it?

Online acne treatments typically involve a video consultation with a licensed healthcare provider. During the consultation, you can discuss your skin concerns, provide your medical history, and even share photos of your breakouts to help your provider make a diagnosis.

You’ll then receive a personalized treatment plan based on your skin’s needs, with product recommendations and any necessary prescriptions. Your healthcare provider may also recommend lifestyle changes and routine modifications to help you achieve clear skin.

How do online acne treatments work?

Online acne treatments typically involve a virtual consultation with a licensed healthcare provider. During the consultation, you can discuss your skin concerns, provide your medical history, and even share photos of your breakouts to help your provider make a diagnosis.

You’ll then receive a personalized treatment plan based on your skin’s needs, with product recommendations and any necessary prescriptions. Your healthcare provider may also recommend lifestyle changes and routine modifications to help you achieve clear skin.

What should I tell my doctor during the virtual consultation?

It’s important to be open and honest during your skin consultation to help your healthcare provider make an accurate diagnosis. Be sure to provide your doctor with detailed information, such as:

• Your acne symptoms and how long you’ve been experiencing them
• Any triggers you may have noticed that have led to a breakout
• Previous treatments you’ve tried and their outcomes
• Underlying health conditions or any allergies

The more information you can provide, the better your doctor can assess your symptoms, make an effective diagnosis, and tailor a treatment plan to your needs.

Can I get prescription acne medication?

LifeMD offers online acne treatments and can provide you with the prescriptions you need. You can have these sent to your local pharmacy, where your medication will be prepared for pick-up.

How long will it take before I see results?

When it comes to treating acne, patience is key. Remember that it can take awhile for the skin to heal and renew itself. That’s also why the time it takes to see results from online acne treatments will vary, depending on the severity of your condition and the strength of your treatment plan.

In most cases, it may take anywhere from a few weeks to up to two months before you’ll see visible results. If you have a severe case of acne, you may require up to six months of treatment before you start seeing significant changes to your skin.

It’s important to keep following your recommended treatment plan. Also be sure to communicate with your provider if you have any concerns about your progress along the way so that any necessary adjustments can be made.

Do I need insurance coverage for online acne treatments?

LifeMD currently does not accept insurance for our memberships, however memberships are HSA/FSA eligible. Here are some other facts, tips, and pointers to help ensure you're saving on your medical care through LifeMD:

Prescription Medications: We strongly recommend using the health insurance you have to pay for your prescription medications. If you find that your copay is too high, try out our prescription discount card - you could save up to 95% off wholesale price!
Labs: Most labs are covered by insurance. LifeMD also offers significantly discounted lab pricing - up to 92% off! In many cases, we'll cover the cost of your labs.
Visits: While you can't use your insurance for LifeMD visits at this time, thankfully some (or all!) visits are included for free with LifeMD memberships. With the TotalCare plan, your first visit is on us. And the Concierge plan provides you with unlimited visits on us.

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