You Can Now Get Prescription Acne Treatment Online, Thanks To PocketDerm

You Can Now Get Prescription Acne Treatment Online, Thanks To PocketDerm (Source: PocketDerm, ThinkStock)
Blame it on our crazy schedules, but we can't remember the last time we went to the doctor for an annual physical, let alone see a dermatologist who could assess our occasional breakouts (don't judge). So when we heard about PocketDerm, a brand-new online acne-treatment service that grants you access to customized prescription formulas via virtual consultations for $29.95 per month, our busy-bee ears perked up.

Here's how it works: First, you fill out a short questionnaire that asks you about your skin type, where and how often pimples crop up, your history with both OTC and prescription acne products, and where in the U.S. you live (PocketDerm is currently available in 36 states). Based on your geographic location, you'll be assigned to a board-certified dermatologist—including co-founders Dr. Nancy Satur and Dr. David Lortscher (below)—whose educational and professional credentials are detailed on screen beside a headshot.

You Can Now Get Prescription Acne Treatment Online, Thanks To PocketDerm (Source: PocketDerm)After you create an account, you'll be asked to securely upload at least three photos of your face (taken from the front and each side), plus any detail shots of affected areas. Within 24 hours, you'll get an email from your doc with details on your regimen, which is formulated in PocketDerm's San Diego offices and delivered to your doorstep in just a few days.

Since we only suffer from mild and infrequent blemishes, we were prescribed a gentle topical cream containing tretinoin, clindamycin, and azelaic acid—ingredients we wouldn't normally find in our usual drugstore products. While the once nightly treatment has been working for us just fine thus far, we're not sure how effective the overall process would be for someone with a much more serious case that might require some old-fashioned tactile examination.

What do you think? Would you try teledermatology to treat your acne, or are you sticking to in-office appointments with your derm?
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