Acne.ca is a secure, confidential, internet-based system that connects people desiring effective acne therapy with formally trained board-certified dermatologists. The dermatologist uses digital pictures and information to formulate an individual treatment plan for your acne (which typically includes prescription medications). The service occurs entirely online; there is no “in-office” visit. The service is quick, reliable, and secure. Your acne is managed by authentic skin experts irrespective of your location.
For most people, a consultation takes around ten to fifteen minutes. You answer some general questions about the severity of your acne, things you’ve tried, general health etc. After that, you submit a few digital photos of your skin using your smartphone, tablet or webcam. You can choose your pharmacy (or your prescription can be sent to the nearest pharmacy based on your location), and pay the consultation fee (credit card or PayPal).
Absolutely. Dermatology is a “visual specialty”. Almost all conditions that a dermatologist sees are based on visual cues and acne is no different. The Acne.ca service allows for rapid, direct access to a specialist without the need for a referral. An optimal treatment plan is prepared for you, generally within 24 hours. There is no waiting in the doctor’s office, no time taken off from work or school. Think about how much your time is worth.
Once you submit your consultation, you will be directed to your “dashboard”. Your dashboard includes:
After electronically uploading your consultation, a board-certified dermatologist will examine your photos and information and will create a customized treatment plan, specifically for your skin type and acne severity. If your treatment plan includes a prescription (and it usually does), we electronically send it to your preferred pharmacy, and you can pick it up at your convenience. The dermatologist typically completes your consultation within 24 hours. No in-office visit is required.
All of the doctors on Acne.ca are board-certified dermatologists, the authentic skin care experts.
The doctor will review your information and will create a treatment plan that is individualized for you. Prescriptions (oral medications and topical creams) are often but not invariably required for treating acne. You can indicate medications that your do not want to take. An option for non-prescription general skin care advice is also available. Accutane is not available through Acne.ca.
Ordinarily side effects can be anticipated and prevented. If there is an issue that is related to medications, a new prescription can be sent to your pharmacy of choice.
The initial prescription is ordinarily between two and four months and refills can be added on if it is deemed necessary.
If the prescription is proving to be effective without side effects, it can be renewed.
Dermatology is a visual specialty. Much of the training to be a dermatologist relates to visual pattern recognition. Dermatologists are trained to recognize the subtle visual cues of all skin disease. Ordinarily, the diagnosis of acne is straightforward. The mindset of the Acne.ca team is that early, active therapy by authentic skin experts:
Yes. In your profile, you can directly and securely message your doctor or Acne.ca team member about your treatment plan or your condition.
To submit a follow-up consultation, you will need to upload new photos of your skin and answer a few questions about your experiences with the medications and non-prescription creams, lotions et cetera that you have been using. Your dermatologist will perform a new examination and either refill your prescription or modify treatment plan if he or she decides that you would benefit from a approach. A follow-up also costs $49.
On occasion, this is a necessity. Not all treatment protocols work all of the time of course. Occasionally, patients may require Accutane, chemical peels, and/or laser therapy. Cortisone injections are often necessary for inflamed acne cysts. These situations cannot be handled over the internet. However, the Acne.ca team can co-ordinate an appropriate referral.
No. However, some health spending accounts may cover this service.
Yes. Prescriptions from this service are treated identically to traditional prescriptions (i.e. from an in-person doctor visit).
Yes. Your parent or legal guardian must give you permission with an e-signature. Also, the name on the credit card used to pay for your consultation must match the signature name.