Skinoren cream is available to buy from The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor service, following a free consultation, to help to treat acne. 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 to help reduce the symptoms of acne. Acne symptoms will present as blackheads and whiteheads, which are often referred to as spots or pimples. Skinoren cream contains the active ingredient azelaic Acid and is manufactured by Bayer Plc.
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.
Skinoren cream is suitable for the treatment of mild to moderate acne. To obtain the best results it is recommended the cream be applied over a period of several months, but for no longer than six months.
Pharmacist tip: Skinoren cream should be applied twice daily, in the morning and evening. It should be applied to the affected areas after they have been washed and patted dry. People with sensitive skin may wish to begin using the cream once daily in the evening and increase to twice daily after around a week, as tolerated.
- 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 6 months continuously.
When using Skinoren cream, 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.
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 or skin sensitivity to light. Please read the Patient Information Leaflet enclosed with your medicines for a full list of side effects.
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 cream contains the active ingredient azelaic acid 20% w/w.
It also contains: Arlatone 983 S, Cutina CBS, Cetearyl octanoate, Propylene glycol, Glycerol, Benzoic acid & Purified water.