Skinoren 20% Cream

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Skinoren 20% Cream

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Skinoren (Azelaic Acid) Cream for Acne

Are you struggling with acne? If so, you can buy Skinoren topical acne cream from The Independent Pharmacy today, following a short consultation with our medical team. Skinoren can benefit all acne types, including mild, hormonal, cystic and severe. Get acne treatment delivered straight to your door with our fast and discreet UK delivery and competitive prices.

  • Suitable for age:18 years +
  • Maximum per order:3
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Skinoren Information

  • What is Skinoren cream and what is it used for?

    Skinoren is a topical cream used to treat acne. Among its ingredients, Skinoren cream contains the active ingredient azelaic acid. Azelaic acid has a dual mode of action; it reduces the growth of the keratin cells that block pores and sebaceous glands causing spots, as well as killing the bacteria that live on your skin that can be responsible for acne. It is available to purchase from The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor following a free consultation.

    Where can you buy Skinoren cream?

    Skinoren cream is available to buy online from The Independent Pharmacy – a UK-based online pharmacy service – following a free consultation, to help to treat acne. A prescription-only cream, it is not available over the counter. To find out more about acne and see all the available treatments, see our Acne page.

    Skinoren 20% cream is a prescription-only medicine (POM) used for reducing the symptoms of acne. Acne symptoms will present as blackheads and whiteheads, which are often referred to as spots or pimples. Skinoren gel contains the active ingredient azelaic acid and is manufactured by Bayer Plc.

    How does Skinoren cream work?

    In the treatment of acne, azelaic acid works in two ways. It acts to reduce the growth of keratin surface skin cells. These surface cells can mix with sebum, which is a natural oily substance produced by the skin in the sebaceous glands. When keratin skin cells mix with sebum they can form a plug, blocking the pores on the skin.

    This can lead to blackheads and spots developing. By reducing the growth of keratin skin cells, Skinoren reduces the chances of pore-blocking plugs from forming.

    Skinoren cream also kills the bacteria associated with acne (propionibacterium). This common bacteria feeds on the sebum produced by the skin. This feeding causes propionibacterium to produce waste products and fatty acids that irritate the sebaceous glands, causing them to become infected and inflamed and resulting in acne symptoms.

    Azelaic acid works to decrease the number of propionibacterium by reducing the sebum on which they feed. This reduction in bacterial numbers reduces the irritation and inflammation of the sebaceous glands, allowing the skin to heal naturally. Azelaic acid also has the ability to lighten the skin by affecting melanin production, which is why some people use it to treat hyperpigmentation or dark underarm skin.

    Skinoren cream is sometimes prescribed for rosacea, acne scars and dark spots. It has many benefits, in that it reduces inflammation, soothes and moisturises the skin, improves microcirculation, and lessens localised redness. Research also suggests that it may be used to treat hair loss (alopecia) in men and women. The Independent Pharmacy also stocks Finacea, another azelaic acid product, which is used to treat mild to moderate acne and rosacea.

    How long does Skinoren cream take to work?

    Skinoren cream is suitable for the treatment of mild to moderate acne, including cystic acne. To obtain the best results it is recommended the gel be applied over a period of several months, but for no longer than twelve months continuously.


  • Skinoren warnings

    Skinoren cream should not cause a harmful interaction with any of your other current medicines. Please read the Patient Information Leaflet enclosed with your medicines for further information.

  • Skinoren directions

    • Skinoren cream should be rubbed into the affected areas twice daily, after washing.
    • Those with sensitive skin may wish to apply Skinoren cream once daily in the evening for the first week of treatment.
    • Skinoren cream should not be used for more than 12 months continuously.

    When using Skinoren cream, a single dose of about 2.5cm (roughly 1 inch or 0.5g) should be enough to cover the entire facial area. If other areas are affected the amount used should be judged accordingly depending on the size of area affected.

    To get the best effects from Skinoren cream it is important that it is used regularly for a number of continuous months. Improvement should be seen after around 4 weeks.

  • Skinoren side effects

    Like all creams, there is the potential that you may be allergic to Skinoren cream. We recommend you do a spot test before commencing treatment.

    If you do experience side effects from Skinoren cream, they can include:

    • a burning, stinging or tingling feeling
    • dry skin
    • itching
    • redness
    • a rash
    • skin sensitivity to light

    Please read the Patient Information Leaflet enclosed with your medicines for a full list of side effects.

  • Skinoren ingredients

    Skinoren cream contains the following ingredients: azelaic acid 20% w/w (the active ingredient), Arlatone 983 S, Cutina CBS, Cetearyl octanoate, Propylene glycol, Glycerol, Benzoic acid & Purified water.

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Skinoren 20% Cream FAQs

  • Skinoren cream contains azelaic acid 20%. Azelaic acid has a dual mode of action; it helps to reduce the excess growth of skin cells that block pores as well as reducing the number of acne-causing bacteria living on the skin.

  • In adults and children 18 years and over, you should apply Skinoren to the affected areas of acne twice daily. You should cover the whole affected area, not just the individual spots. If you find that Skinoren causes irritation to your skin initially, reduce the applications to once daily until the irritation passes and then slowly increase back to twice daily applications. You should not use Skinoren for more than 6 months consecutively.

  • You can combine Skinoren with antibiotic acne treatments such as Tetralysal (lymecycline), Minocin (minocycline) or Erythromycin tablets. Skinoren should not be used with any other acne creams as it may cause excess drying or irritation to your skin.

  • Redness and irritation of the treated area can occur when you use Skinoren Cream for the first time. This is not usually serious and normally subsides within a week. During this time reduce the frequency of Skinoren application to once daily to allow your skin to recover and then slowly build up to using it twice daily.

  • Skinoren is an prescription-only acne treatment. 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. Skinoren treatment is normally judged for effectiveness after 8-12 weeks. This means that if you do not find Skinoren 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 to give you up to 6 months treatment.

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

  • Yes, as long as you are buying from a website that is a legally operating and regulated pharmacy it is perfectly safe to buy Skinoren Cream 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 acne treatments through our Online Pharmacy & Online Doctor.

  • It simple! 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 Skinoren to you. It all takes around 3 minutes and your treatment can be delivered to your door.

  • There are many advantages to buying Skinoren 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 Skinoren/azeliac acid and other acne treatments, in easy to digest formats, at a time to suit you.
  • Temporary itching, burning or a tight sensation is common when you first start using this cream. However, once your skin adapts, these side effects should subside. If they do not, consult our online doctor or your local GP for more advice.

  • This topical treatment lacks the potential to bleach or lighten clothes. However, it is recommended that you use this cream at night to avoid soiling your clothing.

  • There are a number of other topical treatments that can be used to treat acne if this cream does not work for you. Benzoyl Peroxide (Panoxyl), Zineryt and Duac are just some of your options. Consult your doctor to discuss your options.

  • There have been no formal studies carried out on the effects of azelaic acid in pregnant or breastfeeding women. However, animal studies do indicate the potential for effects with respect to pregnancy, embryo-fetal development and postnatal development. However, dose levels without observed adverse effects were well above the maximum recommended human dose.

    It is advisable to avoid using Skinoren on the chest while breastfeeding, in case the cream is ingested by the baby

  • Skinoren is sometimes prescribed to treat Rosacea or Melasma (brown hyperpigmentation marks). It is also often believed that this cream can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, but we do not prescribe it for this purpose.

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