Savings Tips for Acne

Get the latest updates on this condition from the GoodRx medical team.

  • 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

  • Ten Things You Can Do to Prevent Illness from an Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

    November 20, 2013

    Antibiotic resistance is a big problem. You’ve all heard about Methicillin-Resistant Staph Aureus (MRSA) causing skin and soft tissue infections but now there is a growing group of resistant bacteria. What this means is many folks may face treatment with an intravenous antibiotic or older more toxic antibiotic to treat common infections like E. Coli urinary tract infections. This is because the bacteria have gotten smart and know how to resist penicillins, ciprofloxacin and Bactrim among others. See More

  • A New Topical for Acne: Rosacea Gel Killin’ It on Acne Treatment

    October 30, 2013

    Finacea (azelaic acid 15% gel) works just as well as a topical retinoid (similar to Retin-A) called adapalene (Differin) for women with adult acne. Finacea was tested for 9 months against the topical adapalene gel in a 2014 study.

    Results showed that Finacea gel was similar in effectiveness to adapalene 0.1% gel and that Finacea had a clear advantage in terms of tolerability. Skin redness, dryness and scaling were much lower in the Finacea (azelaic acid) treated group. See More

  • Acne Wars

    June 20, 2013

    Many new combination Retin-A + antibiotic (either clindamycin or benzoyl peroxide) gels exist. They do kick butt against acne but there are a confusing number of gels to chose from. If you and your doctor have decided to use a Retin-A + antibiotic gel combination to fight your acne then it would help to know which one works best, at the most reasonable cost.

    Topical retinoids cause drying, and the itchy, red, dry skin is the main reason people discontinue them. See More

  • Dude, Where’s My Doxy? Tips to Survive the Shortage of Doxycycline

    June 04, 2013

    In the states most affected by Lyme disease, there have been shortages of doxycycline, resulting in panic and high costs. If you are unlucky enough to contract Lyme disease this year you may pay a ton for your doxycycline, if you can find it. But I think I can help.

    Doxycycline is used for the treatment of early Lyme disease and as a result, there is a shortage in states like Maine where Lyme disease is common. See More

  • Capsule or Tablet?

    May 14, 2013

    One of the most glaring examples of random pricing of medications is the varying price of capsules vs tablets. Most physicians and pharmacists know that the same medication will work just as well in a capsule or tablet form, but many don’t know there is such a huge price difference. Listen up.

    Aside from some obvious differences (capsules can’t be crushed or split while tablets often can) here are some surprises in the capsule vs tablet discussion. See More

  • Absorica: New Pill for Acne Hits the Market

    November 15, 2012

    Better than Accutane? Yes, a new pill will be hitting the market that works better for acne than Accutane. Absorica (isotretinoin) is a retinoid capsule that dermatologists in the U.S. think will be a game changer in terms of improving acne and preventing relapse.

    Why are dermatologists and primary care doctors excited? Absorica is more effective and easier to take than any currently available treatments. See More

  • Acne Stinks, But Treatment Doesn’t Have to Cost You Hundreds

    March 29, 2012

    Here are some commonly prescribed meds for acne that cost big bucks
, along with some secrets to help you save money. First, meet the players in the fight against acne: topical (to rub on your face) Retin-A derivatives, topical antibiotics and oral antibiotics.

     

    Retin-A Derivatives (Topical Retinoids):

    Topical retinoids are a compelling option for maintenance therapy of acne instead of oral antibiotics. See More

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