Acne

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Acne

Prescription-only Skinoren or Differin for acne which can, if appropriate, be prescribed without a visit to a doctor.

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Almost every teenager will experience some degree of acne or blemishes and more people aged 25 and over now have acne than in the past. It can be difficult to manage acne and many people may have tried lots of different skincare products, without much success.

You can always ask our Boots pharmacists for advice and support, to see what you might be able to do to help your skin. Whether its options to help with blemish-prone skin or treatments for acne, our pharmacist may be able to help you.

If you have acne Boots can help you get access to prescription medicines via an online consultation and without having to visit your doctor.

One of our online clinicians will assess if the treatment may be suitable for you, and if appropriate, we can arrange for you to receive your prescription medicine without going to your doctor (subject to stock availability).

Help with acne at boots

Of course, if you already have a prescription from your doctor we can dispense it for you, either at your local Boots pharmacy, or via our online prescription service.

However, if you are not ready to get a prescription and would like to find out what other options are available, please visit our health shop.

Boots Online Acne Clinic: What prescription treatment is available for acne?

At Boots, we offer two different prescription treatments for acne called Skinoren and Differin. Skinoren or Differin are creams which may not be suitable for everyone. Our online consultation can help our team of clinicians assess if the treatments may be right for you.

How much are the treatments

To receive either Skinoren or Differin you need a prescription, which you may already have from your doctor. You can access Skinoren or Differin via this service after completing an online consultation without visiting your doctor (subject to stock availability).

Who are Skinoren and Differin suitable for?

The guide below gives you more information about the two treatments and who they may be appropriate for.

Skinoren Differin cream
How often do I apply the product? Twice daily Once daily
How long can I use the cream for? Six months Three months, then assess. If it is working it should be continued until skin is no longer symptomatic
Can I use if I'm pregnant? No No
Can I use if I'm breastfeeding? No Yes
What are the most common side effects? Redness, irritation, burning sensation Dry skin, skin irritation, redness, burning sensation
Other information Exposure to sunlight or artificial UV light should be avoided

How much do they cost?

Customers can obtain up to four tubes per order and a maximum of 12 tubes in total for up to six months of treatment (Skinoren), or three tubes per order (Differin) for as long as is needed.

Cost of Skinoren 30g Cost of Differin 45g
1 tube £14.90 £24.60
2 tubes £18.72 £41.70
3 tubes £24.33 £58.80
4 tubes £29.94

We recommend first-time users of Skinoren and Differin request only one tube initially to check if it's right for you.

Skinoren and Differin should not be used together.

Skinoren patient information leaflet

Differin patient information leaflet

Click here to find out more about our online clinics.

Click here to read a copy of the patient guide

To purchase Skinoren, get started below.

Get started

To purchase Differin, get started below.

Get started
What do I do next?

Click here if you already have a prescription.

If you don't already have a prescription, Skinoren and Differin are prescription medicines that can help treat acne. You can order either one of these from Boots.com. However not everyone is suitable for these treatments, so first of all we will need to assess through our online consultation whether we can provide you with a treatment.

You must be aged 16 or over, are not currently seeing a skin specialist and not be pregnant.

When you click "Get Started" if you are an existing customer you will be asked to log in to your account. If you don't have an account, you will be asked to register for one. This only takes a few minutes and you will then be able to complete the online consultation.

You will then follow three simple steps:

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3
Complete the online consultation If appropriate, choose your treatment, select delivery option and make your payment online Collect your treatment from your chosen pharmacy or have it delivered to you

Skinoren patient information leaflet

Differin patient information leaflet

Click here to find out more about our online clinics.

Click here to read a copy of the patient guide

To purchase Skinoren, get started below.

Get started

To purchase Differin, get started below.

Get started
What other treatments are available from Boots to help with acne?

There are two prescription medicines available from Boots called Skinoren and Differin. You can obtain either one of these treatments online without visiting your doctor. We will assess your suitability and if appropriate you will be able to access either one of these treatments.

As well as the two prescription medicines Skinoren and Differin, we also sell products with Benzoyl peroxide as well as other options in our Boots pharmacies or online at Boots.com. Benzoyl peroxide is used in a number of different treatments for acne It works by introducing oxygen, which helps to kill the bacteria which causes acne breakouts. Visit the health shop to find out more about these products, including Freederm Gel which can be bought without a prescription. Always read the label.

Who are Skinoren and Differin suitable for?

The guide below gives you more information about the two treatments and who they may be appropriate for.

Skinoren Differin cream
How often do I apply the product? Twice daily Once daily
How long can I use the cream for? Six months Three months, then assess. If it is working it should be continued until skin is no longer symptomatic
Can I use if I'm pregnant? No No
Can I use if I'm breastfeeding? No Yes
What are the most common side effects? Redness, irritation, burning sensation Dry skin, skin irritation, redness, burning sensation
Other information Exposure to sunlight or artificial UV light should be avoided

Please remember that your Boots pharmacist will be available to give you advice and support that you need to help you decide on the right products and treatments for you. Just pop into your local Boots pharmacy and ask.

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