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Acne is a common skin condition that occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. Struggling with breakouts, blemishes or hormonal acne?  

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Acne is common and treatable

Treatment for acne may involve topical creams or gels, oral medications, lifestyle changes, and skincare routines aimed at reducing oil production, unclogging pores, and preventing inflammation. Our subscription service takes the hassle away and can save you up to R1200 a year.

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Acne typically appears on the face, neck, chest, back, and shoulders, where oil glands are more prevalent. It often leads to the formation of pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, and sometimes deeper, painful cysts or nodules. Acne can affect people of all ages and can be influenced by factors such as genetics, hormonal fluctuations, stress, certain medications, and dietary habits.

Understanding the cause of your acne is key to finding your path to clear, radiant skin. Don’t let acne hold you back – reclaim your confidence and embrace your journey to healthier, happier skin.

Treatment for acne may involve topical creams or gels, oral medications such as the contraceptive pill, lifestyle changes, and skincare routines aimed at reducing oil production, unclogging pores, and preventing inflammation.

Our Partner Doctors are here to assist you with the medication you need for acne treatment.

Acne

What is acne?

Acne is a common skin condition that occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. It often leads to the formation of pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, and sometimes deeper, painful cysts or nodules. Acne typically appears on the face, neck, chest, back, and shoulders, where oil glands are more prevalent

What are the symptoms of acne?

Symptoms of acne can include:

  • Pimples: raised bumps on the skin that can be red, inflamed, and sometimes filled with pus.
  • Blackheads: small, dark spots on the skin caused by clogged hair follicles.
  • Whiteheads: similar to blackheads, whiteheads are small bumps on the skin with a white or yellowish appearance at the center due to trapped sebum and dead skin cells.
  • Papules: small, red bumps that may be tender to the touch.
  • Pustules: pimples filled with pus, appearing as white or yellow bumps on the skin.
  • Cysts: large, painful, pus-filled lumps beneath the skin’s surface that can cause scarring if not treated properly.
  • Nodules: hard, painful lumps beneath the skin that can be deep-rooted and may persist for weeks or months.

Acne can occur on the face, neck, chest, back, and shoulders, and its severity can range from mild to severe. It can also lead to emotional distress and affect self-esteem, particularly if it causes scarring or persists for a long time.

What are the types of acne?
  • Fungal acne: fungal acne happens when yeast grows too much in your hair follicles, leading to itchy and inflamed bumps.
  • Cystic acne: cystic acne creates deep, pus-filled pimples and lumps under your skin, which can leave scars.
  • Hormonal acne: hormonal acne mainly affects adults and occurs when your body makes too much oil, leading to clogged pores.
  • Nodular acne: nodular acne is a severe type of acne that causes big pimples on your skin’s surface and painful lumps deep under your skin.

Acne Treatment

When should I get treatment?
  • Over-the-counter remedies aren’t effective: if you’ve tried over-the-counter acne products for several weeks without improvement, it may be time to see a healthcare professional.
  • Acne is severe or persistent: if your acne is severe, characterized by deep cysts, nodules, or widespread inflammation, or if it persists despite home treatments, professional intervention is recommended.
  • Acne is causing emotional distress: if acne is significantly impacting your self-esteem, causing emotional distress, or affecting your daily life, seeking treatment can help address both the physical and psychological aspects of the condition.
  • Risk of scarring: if you’re at risk of developing acne scars due to the severity or type of acne lesions you have, early treatment can help prevent scarring or minimize its appearance.
  • Possible underlying causes: if you suspect underlying factors contributing to your acne, such as hormonal imbalances or medication side effects, it’s essential to consult a healthcare professional for proper evaluation and management.

Ultimately, the decision to seek treatment for acne depends on individual factors such as the severity of the condition, its impact on quality of life, and personal preferences. Consulting with a healthcare provider can help determine the most appropriate treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

Can acne be treated online?

Yes, a doctor can treat acne online based on your symptoms during a virtual consultation. At Contro, men and women over the age of 18 can chat with one of our Partner Doctors about their symptoms and get treatment prescribed and delivered to them.

Please note, that we are not an emergency service, and if you require urgent care please seek in-person treatment.

Our Partner Doctors reserve the right to refuse treatment based on their professional medical and ethical opinion.

Does Contro replace my primary doctor?

No, Contro’s service offering does not replace your primary doctor. We save you time and money by offering you a supplementary online delivery and subscription service, and therefore your assigned Partner Doctor does not replace your primary doctor or GP, and is not responsible for your ongoing primary care.

Can I claim through my medical aid?

Yes, but only for your medication costs. Medical aid customers are still required to pay our service fees. We are working hard to get the medical aids to cover this fee.

Our Partner Pharmacy will claim your medication with your medical aid scheme. If your claim is unsuccessful we will reach out to you and confirm you are happy to pay privately for your medication instead.

Please note, that many medical aids consider this medication ‘aesthetic’ rather than ‘essential’, and may therefore not cover your prescribed medication. If you are unsure whether your medical aid scheme will cover your prescribed medication, or allow you to use your savings to pay for your prescribed medication, please contact your provider.

When and how is my medication delivered to me?

Our Partner Doctors offer consultations Monday – Friday excluding public holidays. We aim to offer you a consultation within 2 business days.

After a successful consultation, your assigned Partner Doctor will produce a prescription for your prescribed medication which is sent electronically to our Partner Pharmacy. Our Partner Pharmacy will contact you telephonically to confirm your details and delivery address and will make a claim on your behalf if you have provided medical aid details.

Their pharmacy team will prepare and despatch your medication to your chosen delivery address. Once your order has been despatched, delivery time is 1-3 business days.

You will receive an SMS from our Partner Pharmacy to notify you that your medication has been despatched. This will contain a tracking number that will allow you to track your medication with the applicable courier service here.

Please note, that you cannot change your delivery address once payment has been processed and your prescription has been sent to our Partner Pharmacy for processing.

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