What is Acne?

Acne is a skin condition caused by blocked pores which result in pimples. A pore contains an oil gland-when there is too much oil it can block the pore, trapping dirt, dead skin, and bacteria. Acne may be the result of hormones, medications, or oily cosmetic products.

Treatments for acne can include topical and oral medications. Some drugs used to treat acne include retinoids (Retin-A, Accutane), sulfa antibiotics (sulfacetamide/sulfur), tetracycline antibiotics (Solodyn, Minocin), macrolide antibiotics (benzoyl peroxide), and birth control for balancing hormones.

Savings Tips for Acne

  • Differin for Acne Now Approved Without a Prescription

    July 20, 2016

    Differin (adapalene) 0.1% gel for acne is the latest prescription medication to make the jump over the counter, with approval from the FDA in July 2016.

    There are many prescription and over the counter (OTC) options out there to treat acne, but most of the OTC products have one of two active ingredients: benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

    Differin has been a popular prescription treatment, and you’ll now be able to find it on the shelves of your local pharmacy without a visit to your doctor. See More

  • 10 Tips to Help You Save on Your Skin Meds

    January 13, 2016

    Do you use a prescription for rashes, acne or rosacea, or other skin conditions? Then you know that those creams and ointments can cost you. If there’s ever a time you should be angry at the cost of a medication, here it is.

    How can you keep your costs down? Can you just use an over the counter mild steroid instead? Does it matter if you use a cream or ointment? Well, here is what do you need to know, and some tips to help you save money on your topical steroids. See More

  • 40+ Brand-Name Drugs Dropped By Insurance in 2015

    August 20, 2014

    For many Americans with health insurance, more than 40 popular brand-name drugs may no longer be covered starting in January 2015. Express Scripts and Caremark, companies that handle pharmacy benefits for more than 200 million Americans, are removing over 40 drugs from their formularies at the end of 2014. This is in addition to the more than 50 drugs removed last year.

    What are Express Scripts and Caremark?

    Express Scripts and Caremark are companies that administer prescription drug benefits for many health insurance companies and Tricare. See More

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Popular Acne Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Lincosamide Antibiotics 38 See Prices
Lincosamide Antibiotics 38 See Prices
Tetracycline Antibiotics 18 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

Acne Drug Classes

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