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Tetralysal 300 (Lymecycline) Capsules

Tetralysal 300 (Lymecycline) Capsules (28 capsules)

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Tetralysal (lymecycline): once daily acne antibiotics

If you are suffering from moderate to severe acne and have found over-the-counter medications to be ineffective, prescription acne treatment Tetralysal 300 (lymecycline 408mg) capsules are available to buy from our Online Doctor following a free consultation. Prescribed Tetralysal (lymecycline), and other antibiotics such as clindamycin or oxytetracycline, are some of the most popular ways to treat comedonal acne and are available to buy online with fast, discreet delivery.

Tetralysal - important information

  • Age: 18 years +

    Maximum per order: 3

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

One of the best antibiotics for acne: Tetralysal (lymecycline) capsules

Buy branded Tetralysal 300 capsules from The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor service, following a free consultation, to help treat severe or difficult adult acne.

Tetralysal 300 is an oral medication used to treat acne, and it’s part of a family of antibiotics known as tetracycline antibiotics. It treats skin infections and inflammations caused by bacteria by preventing the bacteria from producing the protein that allows them to reproduce and grow — essentially killing off the bacteria from your skin.

Tetralysal acne treatment is often prescribed when over-the-counter acne treatments have proven ineffective. Before and after studies and patient reviews have shown Tetralysal to be an effective treatment for adult acne. (About 5% of women and 1% of men continue to have acne over the age of 25 in the UK).

Note: this is not a suitable treatment for pregnant or breastfeeding women or anyone with a liver or kidney disease (pregnant women are sometimes prescribed Zineryt instead). Tetralysal can also make oral contraceptives ineffective during the first 10 days of treatment, so extra precaution is needed. 

For more information on lymecycline uses and successes read our detailed guide.

To find out more about acne vulgaris and to see all the available treatments, see our acne treatment page.


Dealing with problem skin: acne symptoms

Severe adult acne can be very painful, and can affect people's confidence and self-esteem. Reliable acne treatment is a must-have to help your skin clear up.

Acne symptoms can present themselves as blackheads, whiteheads (known as spots or pimples), pustules, papules, blisters, nodules, and even as hard lumps and cysts.

If not treated effectively, your acne skin condition could deteriorate; acne can spread and acne scars could form on your skin that may require removal. 

Acne symptoms do not only appear on the face. Blackheads, whiteheads and other symptoms of acne can appear anywhere on your skin, including your back, chest, neck, and even your scalp. 

If your acne regularly affects other areas of your body, lymecycline may be the treatment for you, as it is ingested orally and can work effectively to prevent breakouts all over. 

Tetralysal acne tablets are a good alternative to try for those looking for a non-topical treatment and can be particularly convenient to treat back acne, which is hard to self-treat with creams and gels.


More about Tetralysal (lymecycline) & how it works

Tetralysal 300 capsules are manufactured by Galderma. The active ingredient, Lymecycline 408mg, belongs to a group of medicines called tetracycline antibiotics. It is a prescription-only medicine and the standard dosage is 408mg/300 and is taken once a day.

Lymecycline is a broad spectrum antibiotic that's effective against a wide variety of bacteria. Tetralysal is predominantly prescribed for the treatment of acne. However, your GP may also use it to treat other bacterial infections, such as chest infections, urine infections, skin infections, mouth infections and chlamydia. 

Tetralysal 300 hard capsules contain the active ingredient lymecycline, an antibiotic. It can make you more sensitive to light and UV rays, so avoid being in direct sunlight for long periods of time during your course of treatment.


How Tetralysal tackles acne

Acne isn’t cured, but it can be treated and managed with tetracycline antibiotics, such as Tetralysal.

For treating acne, Tetralysal works to inhibit the bacteria associated with causing acne, propionibacterium acnes. This common type of bacteria feeds on sebum produced by the sebaceous glands in the skin. This causes propionibacterium to produce waste products and fatty acids that can irritate the sebaceous glands. This irritation will cause the sebaceous glands to become inflamed, causing spots to develop. 

Lymecycline interferes with this bacteria's ability to produce proteins that are essential for their reproduction. This action stops the spread of the infection, reducing the inflammation of the sebaceous glands and allowing the skin to heal. Any remaining bacteria are killed by the immune system or eventually die.

Tetralysal acne capsules are suitable for treating mild to moderate acne where there is an active infection and visible inflammation. They can also help with cystic acne, acne rosacea, and hormonal acne. The duration of treatment will depend on how quickly your condition improves.

For acne, Lymecycline will normally be taken for at least eight to twelve weeks continuously. Treatment periods shorter than this, or taking the capsules intermittently, are less likely to be effective and more likely to cause resistance - meaning they won't be effective in the future. If you have seen no improvement in your acne after 3 months you may wish to discontinue Tetralysal and try a different acne treatment as you should have seen some positive results by then.

Antibiotic treatment works really well when combined with compatible topical creams such as AcnecideSkinoren, Epiduo, or Differin — combined therapy with Tetralysal and one of these topical treatments has been shown to be more effective.


Other acne remedies & how to get rid of acne

Here are the commonly prescribed acne treatments:

  • topical retinoids (containing retinol)
  • topical antibiotics
  • azelaic acid
  • oral antibiotic tablets (of which Tetralysal is one)
  • the combined oral contraceptive pill (for women)
  • isotretinoin tablets

Tetralysal capsules can be used with other topical acne creams and over-the-counter treatments that contain the antiseptic benzoyl peroxide (Epiduo, Quinoderm & Acnecide), or azelaic acid (Skinoren) that helps to dry out the skin, reducing the amount of sebum present. 

National guidelines recommend that you should use a topical acne treatment alongside Tetralysal (lymecycline) for better results than you would get with either product used individually. Topical acne treatments that work well with Tetralysal include:

Tetralysal should not be taken at the same time as other antibiotic pills or topical antibiotic treatments. Other popular antibiotics prescribed for acne include Oxytetracycline and Minocycline. There are also some other acne pills on the market — speak to your doctor to find out more.

Tetralysal should not be taken with other acne treatments that contain antibiotics. These include:

Speaking to a dermatologist may also be a good idea, and there are some over-the-counter acne remedies like products containing Salicylic acid (Proactiv being a popular one) or Glycolic acid, or natural treatments like tea tree oil that you may want to consider. If you need help getting rid of acne scars, you will need to speak to a specialist — cortisone injections are an option for severe cases.

Tetralysal capsules do not contain penicillin and are not related to penicillin.



*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.


  • You should take one Tetralysal capsule daily, preferably in the morning.
  • Tetralysal capsules should always be taken with a full glass of water.
  • For treating acne, you will normally need to take Tetralysal for at least 8 weeks continuously. Treatment should be assessed after 3 months to determine whether it has been effective. If your treatment has been effective, you can continue to take Tetralysal for another 3 months where you should see further improvement. If there has been no improvement in your acne, you should stop taking Tetralysal and consider a different acne treatment.
  • Tetralysal should be used with a non-antibiotic topical treatment for best results and to reduce the chance of bacterial resistance.

Side effects

Like all medicines, Tetralysal capsules can cause side effects including nausea & vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach ache, visual disturbances and dizziness. In rare cases, Tetralysal can also cause fungal infections such as thrush, skin reactions, photosensitivity, colitis and pancreatitis. People with liver problems should take this acne medication with caution and on the advice of a medical expert.

If you experience any adverse effects from taking Tetralysal it is important to let us know immediately. Please log in to your online account and message one of our healthcare professionals or alternatively call us on 0333 220 0519. In a medical emergency, you should contact the emergency services or go straight to your local Accident & Emergency.

Find out more about Tetralysal side effects here.


Each Tetralysal 300mg capsule contains lymecycline 408mg.

Each capsule also contains gelatin, titanium dioxide (E171), erythrosine (E127), quinoline yellow (E104) and indigotine (E132).


Tetralysal can interact with certain medicines. These include medicines used to thin your blood (e.g. warfarin) & diuretics (used to treat kidney disease, heart disease or high blood pressure). It can also interact with other acne antibiotic medicines. If any of the above interactions apply to you please notify us immediately.

Do not take the following medicines at the same time as Tetralysal as they can affect how well your acne medicine works. Wait at least two hours after taking Tetralysal before you take these types of products:

  • Indigestion remedies
  • Ulcer healing tablets
  • Quinapril (for high blood pressure)
  • Supplements containing calcium, aluminium, magnesium, zinc or iron.

You should contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms whilst taking Tetralysal:

  • Severe, persistent headache
  • Double or blurred vision
  • Yellowing or the skin or eyes (jaundice)
  • Unexplained bruising
  • Persistent sore throat
  • Fever

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.


UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.


Royal Mail


  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.




  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.


Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.


BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.


Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50


We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3


We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
PH30, 41 - 44


Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.


International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

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Tetralysal 300 (Lymecycline) Capsules Reviews

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does Tetralysal contain?

    Tetralysal capsules contain lymecycline 408mg per capsule. For a full list of ingredients see the 'Ingredients' tab.

    Lymecycline is a tetracycline antibiotic that helps to kill the bacteria that overgrow on the skin and contribute to acne.

  • How do I take Tetralysal/Lymecycline?

    In adults and children 18 years and over, the dose of Tetralysal is one capsule daily, usually in the morning. You should not take more than one Tetralysal capsule in a 24-hour period.

  • Why can I only buy three months of Tetralysal online at one time?

    Tetralysal is a prescription-only antibiotic. For that reason, to ensure the safety of our patients and the legal operating of our pharmacy, we only supply a maximum of 3 months treatment at one time. Tetralysal treatment is normally judged for effectiveness after 3 months. This means that if you do not find Tetralysal as effective as you would like, you are not stuck with an excess of medication. If you are happy with the results you can log in and re-order another supply.

  • Should I take Tetralysal with food?

    There are no specific instructions on whether you need to take Tetralysal with food or not, however it should be taken with plenty of water.

  • Is Tetralysal available for next day delivery?

    Yes, we understand that sometimes you want to get your treatment as soon as possible. If ordered before 4pm Monday to Friday, Tetralysal capsules are available for next day delivery.

  • Is it safe to buy Tetralysal (Lymecycline) capsules online?

    Yes, as long as you are buying from a website that is a legally operating and regulated pharmacy it is perfectly safe to buy Tetralysal online. The Independent Pharmacy is an NHS Online Pharmacy based in Bristol and has all the necessary regulation to be able to safely provide convenient access to genuine prescription treatments through our Online Pharmacy & Online Doctor. We only provide genuine branded Tetralysal capsules sourced from reputable UK wholesalers.

  • How do I buy Tetralysal online?

    Tetralysal is available from our online doctor here at the Independent Pharmacy. We ship across the UK, offering next day delivery.

    Just select 'Start Consultation' above, you will need to fill in a simple health questionnaire so our GPs & Pharmacists can ensure it is safe for us to supply your Tetralysal to you. It all takes around 3 minutes and your treatment can be delivered to your door.

  • What are the advantages of buying Tetralysal online?

    There are many advantages to buying Tetralysal capsules online, some include:

    • It's quick & easy - there is no need to spend time at the doctor or pharmacy.
    • Fast delivery - We offer same day dispatch before 4pm and fast delivery to your address of choice with Royal Mail.
    • Great prices - we are able to offer very competitive prices and we guarantee to beat any other Online Doctor service.
    • Tons of information - we provide all the information you could need on Tetralysal/lymecycline and other acne treatments, in easy to digest formats, at a time to suit you.
  • How long does it take for Tetralysal (Lymecycline) to work?

    Tetralysal is normally taken for a minimum of 8 weeks to treat acne. After 8 weeks you should be able to tell if it has helped to improve your skin and then make a decision as to whether they should be continued or not. Short courses of Tetralysal for fewer than 8 weeks are usually less effective and is unlikely to give you an accurate picture of whether it will be an effective treatment to clear up your acne.

  • How does Tetralysal/Lymecycline work?

    Lymecycline is an antibiotic. Acne is often caused by the bacteria that naturally live on your skin overgrowing and creating by-products that build up and block pores over time turn into spots and breakouts that can spread to other parts of the body if not treated correctly. Lymecycline helps to keep the levels of bacteria living on your skin under control which helps to unclog your pores and clear up the symptoms of acne.

  • Can I use other Acne treatments with Tetralysal/Lymecycline?

    You can combine Tetralysal with creams such as containing benzoyl peroxide (Epiduo, Quinoderm & Panoxyl) or azelaic acid (Skinoren). Tetralysal should not be taken with any other products containing antibiotics such as erythromycin, tetracycline or minocycline. Generally, Tetralysal is not used with any other acne antibiotic treatment as they have a similar method of action and usually do not provide any additional benefit. Simultaneous use of multiple acne antibiotics may also increase the risk of experiencing side effects. 

  • How severe should my Acne be to take Tetralysal?

    Tetralysal should be used to treat moderate to severe acne on the face, neck, shoulders or back. Because it is ingested orally, Tetralysal can be used to treat larger areas like the back or neck, and can be more convenient than applying topical treatments. Lymecycline is a good treatment to try if regular cleansing of the affected areas does not alleviate symptoms, particularly if the acne is causing self-esteem issues or depression.

    Moderate acne is defined by NHS Choices as where there are multiple papules and pustules (red spots and whiteheads) that are mostly confined to the face. If this describes your acne, or it is more severe, Lymecycline may be a suitable treatment for your acne.

  • What causes skin to break out?

    Acne, known as acne vulgaris, is a skin condition involving the oil glands at the base of the follicles. It commonly occurs during puberty when the oil glands reach peak activity, but can continue into adult life. Hormonal fluctuations throughout a woman’s menstrual cycle are often known to cause acne. Tetralysal (lymecycline) can be an effective method to combat these breakouts.

  • Does Tetralysal affect the Contraceptive Pill?

    Tetralysal may affect the contraceptive pill making it less effective. You may wish to consider using additional methods of contraception, such as condoms, whilst taking Tetralysal.

  • Can you drink alcohol while taking Tetralysal?

    Tetralysal capsules should be taken once daily in the morning. They are unlikely to be affected by alcohol consumed later in the day.

    Read our Tetralysal uses page for more information on using Tetralysal and alcohol.

  • Does this treatment cause hair loss?

    There are no proven links between Tetralysal 300 and hair loss. However, if you experience this symptom, you should seek medical advice.

  • Does Lymecycline kill good bacteria?

    Tetralysal capsules should be used as a short-term treatment for acne. Repeated use of any antibiotic can build resistance, reducing the treatment’s effectiveness. Long-term use of lymecycline can upset the body’s natural bacterial cultures. If your spots persist after completing your Tetralysal treatment, you should seek medical advice and consider trying alternative methods.

  • What if Tetralysal doesn't work?

    If lymecycline treatment does not cure your acne, there are many other options for you to try. You may wish to try a different antibiotic treatment such as Dalacin T or Zineryt, or alternatively a different method with topical treatments such as Differin or Skinoren. Different people find that their acne responds to different treatment depending on their skin type, what causes their acne and any other skin conditions they may also suffer with. It is therefore important to try a range of treatments and give them time to have an effect to allow you to find a suitable and effective treatment for your acne.

  • Should I stop taking Lymecycline as soon as my Acne clears up?

    If you find treatment with Tetralysal successful and your acne improves, you should continue taking Tetralysal for a few months before stopping your treatment. This will ensure that any remaining excess bacteria on your skin are removed and give you the best chance of keeping your skin clear of spots by cleansing alone.

  • If I stop taking Tetralysal will my Acne return?

    It is possible for Tetralysal to reduce your acne to levels where it can be controlled by cleansing alone in some cases whereas for other people they may find that their acne returns after a period of time. It is generally not advised to take Tetralysal for very long periods, if your acne has cleared up you should take a break from the capsules after a few months to see if they are still required and to give yourself a break from constantly taking the medication.

  • Is Tetralysal only effective for Acne on the face?

    Acne is most common on the face, although it does also occur on the neck, shoulders, back, and other places affected by excess oil from the sebaceous glands. As Tetralysal (lymecycline) is taken orally and is absorbed into your system, it is effective wherever there is an overgrowth of bacteria causing acne, whether it is your face, neck, shoulders or back.

  • Can Tetralysal cause weight gain?

    There are no links between Tetralysal acne treatment and weight gain. This puts Tetralysal at an advantage compared to other acne treatments, such as the contraceptive pill, which is often associated with weight gain, among other symptoms.

  • I can't swallow capsules, can I open the capsules up?

    Tetralysal capsules should be swallowed whole with plenty of water.  If you open the capsules, you may cause them to be ineffective due to the medicine being exposed to the contents of the stomach.

  • I'm under 18, can I take Tetralysal?

    Tetralysal is licensed for use in those aged 12 years or over. The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor service is able to prescribe Tetralysal to people aged 18 years and over for the treatment of acne. If you are aged under 18, you will need to see your GP for Tetralysal to ensure it is appropriate for you and your condition.

  • It cleared up my Acne but it has now come back, can I use it again?

    If you stop taking Tetralysal and your acne comes back, you may restart treatment at any point. If your condition improves then you should continue with lymecycline treatment however, if it is less effective during subsequent rounds of treatment you may wish to try a different acne treatment.

  • Is there anything else I can do whilst I am taking Tetralysal to help my Acne?

    As well as using antibiotic acne treatment such as Tetralysal (lymecycline), you should also get into the habit of cleansing the affected areas regularly. You should wash them twice daily with warm, not hot, water using a mild cleansing agent. When washing, ensure you do not scrub the area too hard so as to irritate the skin as this can make acne worse. Over washing can also aggravate acne further due to stripping the skin of its natural oils, so limiting your cleansing routine to a maximum of twice daily is recommended. If you use moisturisers or make-up on the affected area, try to ensure they are non-comedogenic (oil-free) so that they do not contribute to your acne.

    You should also use a topical, non-antibiotic ance treatment, such as Skinoren, Acnecide, or Differin, alongside Tetralysal for best results.

  • What are the side effects of lymecycline?

    Like all medicines, Tetralysal capsules can cause side effects including nausea & vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach ache, visual disturbances and dizziness. In rare cases Tetralysal can also cause fungal infections such as thrush, skin reactions, photosensitivity, colitis and pancreatitis.

    Read more about Tetralysal and lymecycline side effects here.

  • What is the best antibiotic for acne?

    This depends on what’s causing your acne, as well as your gender, and medical history. We have a detailed guide here that compares the best antibiotics for acne. Your doctor can help you choose the best course of treatment. If you are unsure about which acne treatment is best for you, contact our support team and they will be happy to help advise you. Alternatively, you can read about acne treatment here.

  • What is the best acne treatment?

    This is a difficult one to answer, and depends on individual factors such as the severity of your acne, other skin conditions, and other medicines you take. Usually a combined treatment of an oral antibiotic and a topical cream is most effective for moderate to severe acne, whereas for mild acne a topical cream or topical antibiotic on it's own is normally enough to clear the skin.

  • Do antibiotics help acne scars?

    Acne antibiotics can help to prevent further scars by clearing your acne but they will not heal existing acne scars. These usually fade over time, however if they are prominent and cause your distress you should speak to your GP about treatment options.

  • Can I take Tetralysal when pregnant?

    We would not recommend taking Tetralysal during pregnancy, or whilst breastfeeding. If you have acne that requires treatment in this time, Zineryt is a topical antibiotic that is safe to use.

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Dr Donald Grant

MB ChB DRCOG MRCGP Dip.orth.med

Published on: 02-02-2017

Last modified on: 22-11-2019

Dr Don Grant is a GP with over 30 years experience and is the Clinical Advisor at The Independent Pharmacy

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Leanne Sinclair


Reviewed on: 22-11-2019

Next review date: 22-11-2021

Leanne is a clinical pharmacist with years of experience working in pharmacy.

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