How to get an acne prescription without a dermatologist

Reviewed by Theresa H. Care Delivery Manager & Family Nurse Practitioner

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Blemishes. Pimples. Zits. Whatever you call it, acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the United States. In fact, every year upwards of 40 million people – both teens and adults – struggle with this persistent condition.

How to get rid of acne

When it comes to treating acne, there’s no one-size-fits all solution. Treatment options vary greatly depending on the severity of your condition.

Mild or moderate acne can often be managed with over-the-counter products and a healthy skin care routine. But, for those who suffer from severe or stubborn acne, prescription treatments may be more effective. Experienced care providers will take into account a number of factors to create a plan that works for you.

Common acne treatments

  • Topical retinoids
  • Diet modification
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Hormonal birth control

When to get help for stubborn acne

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you can't control acne on your own. If that's the case, don’t wait to seek help from a medical professional. Not only can acne leave permanent scars and discoloration on your skin, it can also take a toll on your emotional health and self-esteem.

How to get fast acne treatment

You’re finally ready to get help for your acne, but the wait for a dermatologist may take months. No worries! Online clinics like Virtuwell offer many of the same treatment options you’d get at the dermatologist without the wait. Just upload a few photos, answer some questions, and a nurse practitioner will follow-up with a personalized treatment plan.