Use Aknemycin Plus to help treat your acne and get clearer skin. The antibiotic and retinoid in Aknemycin Plus actively gets rid of spots, blackheads and whiteheads.
Aknemycin Plus is an easy to use liquid acne treatment manufactured by Almirall Ltd.
The antibiotic in Aknemycin Plus is erythromycin and it helps kill bacteria that cause acne. Combined with tretinoin, a type of retinoid, Aknemycin Plus helps to peel away dead skin and unblock your pores.
To treat acne, you apply Aknemycin Plus onto your skin every morning and evening for up to 12 weeks.
You can request Aknemycin Plus from Asda Online Doctor today. Fill out an online questionnaire and one of our doctors will check if Aknemycin Plus is right for you. Choose delivery to your doorstep or collect your Aknemycin Plus from an Asda Pharmacy nearby.
About Aknemycin Plus
How to use Aknemycin Plus
To use Aknemycin Plus, you need to clean your face with a gentle cleanser and then:
- Press the Aknemycin Plus screw cap on the foam pad until you hear a ‘click’.
- Then, gently turn the bottle upside down a few times, so the liquid soaks the applicator pad.
- Glide the applicator over the affected areas on your skin to apply a thin coat of Aknemycin Plus. Avoid your eye and under eye area.
- Wash your hands after you apply Aknemycin Plus. If you get Aknemycin Plus in your eye, flush it out immediately with cold water for a few minutes.
You should use Aknemycin Plus twice a day before you apply any other products to your skin. The first few times you use Aknemycin Plus, your skin might feel sore or irritated, so you can apply less or use it every other day to start with. Once you get used to Aknemycin Plus, you should see your acne improve within a few weeks.
A full treatment course for Aknemycin Plus is 9 to 12 weeks. You can always speak to a doctor if you want to use a different acne treatment.
Lifestyle while using Aknemycin Plus
There are situations where you need to be careful about applying Aknemycin Plus.
- You should wait a few minutes for Aknemycin Plus to absorb into your skin before you apply any moisturiser, serums or makeup.
- If you’re going to have an X-ray, make sure you do not use Aknemycin Plus and wash it off completely. This includes going to the dentist to get an X-ray of your teeth.
- Avoid using sunbeds or sun lamps at any time while using Aknemycin Plus.
- Do not use Aknemycin Plus before swimming.
If you use too much Aknemycin Plus
Using too much Aknemycin Plus can cause skin irritation, may your skin feel dry or look red. If this happens, you should use Aknemycin Plus a few times per week rather than every day. You can message a doctor in your patient account, if your skin does not improve.
Never use extra Aknemycin Plus to make up for a time you forgot to apply it.
Aknemycin Plus is a liquid that contains 2 medicines, an antibiotic and tretinoin. You can use Aknemycin Plus once or twice a day to treat acne.
The erythromycin (an antibiotic) and tretinoin (a retinoid) work together in Aknemycin Plus to:
- kill bacteria
- reduce oil production
- stop new acne spots, blackheads or whiteheads coming up
Aknemycin Plus works using 2 active ingredients to heal acne spots and prevent them from coming back. The 2 active ingredients are erythromycin and tretinoin.
Acne is caused by a buildup of oil, called sebum, on your skin. Bacteria can also cause acne as they feed off the sebum your skin produces. This mixture of bacteria and sebum leads to red spots, blackheads and whiteheads on your face.
The antibiotic erythromycin can kill bacteria that cause acne, such as Cutibacterium acnes. Erythromycin in Aknemycin Plus reduces the production of red, pus-filled pimples or pustules.
Tretinoin is a retinoid, or type of vitamin A, that helps even out the surface of your skin by encouraging dead skin cells to peel off. This is how tretinoin stops your pores from getting clogged up, so you get fewer acne spots.
You should not use Aknemycin Plus if:
- you’re allergic to the antibiotic erythromycin or any other ingredients in Aknemycin Plus
- you currently need to treat eczema or rosacea
- there are any cuts, sores or damaged skin on your face
- you have sunburn
- you use an exfoliator or other products that peel your skin
- you are or might be pregnant
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
You cannot use Aknemycin Plus if you’re pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant. Also, you should not use Aknemycin Plus if you’re breastfeeding, as the active ingredients may get into your breast milk. There are alternative treatments for acne that a doctor can recommend.
Women who are using this treatment should make sure they are using effective contraception if they are sexually active. Long acting reversible contraception such as the implant or coil are recommended. If using a contraceptive pill, condoms should also be used. This is because of risks to a baby if you become pregnant when using this.
Speak to a doctor or healthcare professional for advice on whether Aknemycin Plus is the right option for you to treat your acne.
Some temporary side effects when you use Aknemycin Plus include:
- your skin becoming sore
- dry skin
- red skin
You should stop using Aknemycin Plus and contact a doctor immediately if you get:
- a red, scaly rash
- blisters or bumps under your skin
- an allergic reaction such as hives, difficulty breathing or face swelling
There are more details in the patient information leaflet inside your pack of Aknemycin Plus.
Broken or damaged skin
Do not use Aknemycin Plus on broken or damaged skin, as the alcohol in the liquid can cause irritation or burning.
Sunlight and UV light
Aknemycin Plus may increase your skin’s sensitivity to light (photosensitivity). You should wear high factor sunscreen, wear a hat and use sunglasses to protect your face if you go outside.
Your skin may become more irritated if you’re exposed to UV light, so you should not:
- spend a lot of time outside or sit next to a window in direct sunlight
- use sunbeds or sunlamps
Interactions with medicines and other products
Aknemycin Plus can interact with medicines and other skincare products. Please speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice before you use Aknemycin Plus, mainly if you use:
- creams, gels, tablets or other skincare products that contain vitamin A, retinoids, retinol, adapalene, tretinoin or isotretinoin
- other treatments for acne with benzoyl peroxide or similar peeling agents
- antibiotic treatments for acne such as clindamycin
Other acne treatments available on Asda Online Doctor include:
- Differin cream or Differin gel
- Epiduo gel
- Epiduo gel and lymecycline capsules combination
- Differin gel and lymecycline capsules combination
Which active ingredients does Aknemycin Plus contain?
The active ingredients in Aknemycin Plus are erythromycin and tretinoin. In 1g of Aknemycin Plus solution, there is 40mg erythromycin and 0.25mg tretinoin.
The 3 other ingredients in Aknemycin Plus are ethanol, glycerol and copolypovidone. For any updates to the ingredients list, check the patient information leaflet for Aknemycin Plus.
How should Aknemycin Plus be disposed of?
Aknemycin Plus should be disposed of at your local pharmacy. Do not throw away your Aknemycin Plus in the bin or pour the liquid down the drain at home.
How should Aknemycin Plus be stored?
You should store Aknemycin Plus below 30°C and away from light. Aknemycin Plus contains alcohol and is flammable, so keep the bottle away from any open flames or sources of heat.
What does Aknemycin Plus look like?
Aknemycin Plus is a clear solution and looks like a liquid in a dark glass 25ml bottle with a white cap on top.
In which pack sizes is Aknemycin Plus available?
Aknemycin Plus is available in 1 pack size of 25ml. Aknemycin Plus comes in a bottle with an applicator already attached.
Information on the manufacturer
The marketing authorisation of Aknemycin Plus is Almirall Hermal GmbH, Scholtzstrasse 3, D-21465 Reinbek, Germany.
Almirall Hermal GmbH manufactures Aknemycin Plus.
Dr Kathryn Basford
Dr Kathryn Basford is a qualified GP who works as a GP in London, as well as with ZAVA. She graduated from the University of Manchester and completed her GP training through Whipps Cross Hospital in London.Meet our doctors
Article created: 13 Oct 2021
Last reviewed: 13 Oct 2021
Aknemycin Plus information leaflet [Reviewed 04/2020, accessed 09/2021]
British Association of Dermatologists Acne leaflet [Published 07/2020, accessed 09/2021]