Tablets for Acne

Acne Tablets At A Glance

  • Best Results4-8+ weeks
  • Treatment Recovery0 days
  • Procedure TimeNA
  • Skin SpecialistClinician
  • Duration of ResultsMonths-Years
  • AnaestheticNA
  • Back to WorkNA
  • Cost$

Tablets for Acne

There are many types of tablets used to treat acne, ranging from vitamins, supplements, thru to antibiotics and special tablets prescribed by dermatologists. Depending on the severity of your acne, your previous success and failures, our team will come up with an effective solutions to treat & in most cases cure your acne. In most cases we combine a tablet with a retinoid creams. We can also combine tablets with chemical peels, or even laser treatment.

FactsFacts on tablets for acne control

  • Acne that progresses beyond comedonal or mild stage usually requires tablets
  • Tablets are usually used in combination with creams/chemical peels to provide optimal improvements
  • Tablets for acne include anti-inflammatories such as EES & doxycycline

What types of tablets can be taken to control my acne?

There are 3 main groups of tablets for acne:

  • Antibiotics/Anti-inflammatory tablets
  • Hormonal pills
  • Oral Retinoids- isotretinoin (Roaccutane, Accutane/Oratane)
Anti-hormone treatments include the OCP or pill, anti-androgens such as drospinone, c. acetate & spironolactone. Your medical dermatologist will discuss the best option for your acne.

How long will I need to be on tablets for?

Treatment usually needs to be continued for 3 months. Isotretinoin treatment generally lasts 6-12 months, whereby treatment with antibiotics and hormonal pills may be variable durations based on response.

Length of therapy is extremely variable. Your dermatologist will discuss options for your acne subtype.


Are there any side effects of tablets for acne?

All medications have their own potential side effects. However, as long as your treatment is prescribed and monitored by a specialist, these risks can be minimised.

Everything is in your control. If you are experiencing side effects, you have the control to cease medications. Your treating dermatologist will discuss side effects of medications prior to prescription.

Antibiotics may cause gastrointestinal problems, sun sensitivity and thrush.  Hormonal pills may cause weight gain, mood disturbances and have an effect on menstrual cycle.

Isotretinoin has its own set of side effects, the main ones being skin/lip dryness & sun sensitivity.  Less common side effects do exist and this is a drug that requires prescription by a specialist dermatologist – as long as a tailored treatment plan is followed and side effects monitored, this is the most effective medication for acne treatment.

Can tablets for acne be combined with other treatments for my acne?

Tablets for acne are usually combined with topical creams & chemical peels or laser and light treatment modalities to provide the most effect and rapid improvement.  Your dermatologist will tailor a program for your skin concerns.

What is the best acne treatment if I want to avoid tablets?

AviClear is a new laser for acne. It is due in Australia in 2023. AviClear has an extremely high success rate in treating all forms of acne including mild, moderate & severe cystic acne. It requires only 3 sessions, spaced one month apart.

AviClear offers a drug free solution to treat all forms of acne.
AviClear targets the cause of acne whilst sparing normal skin.

Davin’s Perspective on Tablets for Acne

Tablets are a vital part of treatment for hormonal or inflammatory acne.  Dermatologists usually prescribe a combination of oral antibiotic tablets & the hormonal pill, along with topical vitamin A creams to give the quickest, optimal improvement for patients.

Not uncommon, can be fixed. See my medical colleagues at Cutis Dermatology for an effective solution.

If acne is stubborn or scarring, many dermatologist will consider the use of Roaccutane/Oratane.  This is extremely effective and can change the long-term outcome for many patients, and prevent significant scarring.  Like any other treatment, it has a specific set of side effects and requires close monitoring by a dermatologist – however results may be exceptional and life changing. Remember that the number one predictor for acne scarring is the time taken for effective control of this chronic condition called acne vulgaris.

accutane cystic acne
Be guided by your treating dermatologist. This patient of mine had severe cystic acne. I treated him with oral retinoids & anti-inflammatories over 9 months. Once under control I use RF nano, a non-invasive treatment for scars. Treated early & effectively, scars can be prevented.

Disclaimer: I do NOT treat acne. I am a procedural dermatologist. If you have acne, please see my colleagues @cutis_dermatology

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