Zineryt lotion 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.
Zineryt solution is a prescription only medicine (POM) used to treat the symptoms of acne vulgaris. Acne symptoms will present as blackheads and whiteheads, which are often referred to as spots or pimples. Zineryt solution contains two active ingredients, erythromycin and zinc acetate. Zineryt is manufactured by Astellas Pharma. Once the solution has been prepared, it can be applied using the pad dispenser provided.
Zineryt solution attacks the bacteria associated with acne (Propionibacterium). This common bacteria feeds on the sebum produced by the skin in the sebaceous glands. This feeding causes the bacteria to produce waste products and fatty acids that irritate the sebaceous glands, causing them to become infected and inflamed. This results in acne.
Erythromycin contained in Zineryt solution is an antibiotic and works to inhibit propionibacterium’s ability to produce proteins that are essential for their production. This action stops the spread of the infection, reducing the inflammation of the sebaceous glands and allowing the skin to heal naturally. Any remaining bacteria are killed by the immune system or eventually die.
Zineryt solution also contain zinc acetate. Zinc is renowned for having skin healing properties and in an acetate form it effectively combines with erythromycin to form a chemical complex. This chemical complex is designed to be efficiently absorbed by the skin.
Zineryt solution is for external use only and is suitable for the treatment of mild to moderate acne. To obtain the best results it is recommended the solution be applied over a period of 10-12 weeks.
Zineryt lotion is a good option for those wishing to treat their acne using antibiotics that do not want to take oral tablets due to interactions with their current medicines or side effects. Using Zineryt lotion you can get all the benefits of antibiotic treatment without any of the possible negatives associated with the oral antibiotics.
Zineryt lotion should be applied all over the affected area, not just to the individual spots. It should be applied twice a day (morning and evening), unless side effects are experienced at the beginning of treatment where it can be reduced to once daily and increased after a week. Treatment with Zineryt is normally around 10 - 12 weeks.
Zineryt needs to be mixed prior to use. The contents of the packet will include a white crystalline powder and a clear colourless liquid for cutaneous solution. It will also include a dabbing applicator cap that will need to be fitted after the solution is mixed. To prepare:
Remove the caps from both the powder and the solution bottles, retaining the cap of the larger powder bottle.
Pour the contents of the solution bottle into the powder bottle.
Recap the bottle using the retained powder bottle cap.
Immediately shake the mixture vigorously for one minute.
Remove and retain the cap from the thoroughly mixed solution.
Open the plastic holder containing the dabbing applicator cap assembly. Use the plastic holder to position the applicator cap over the neck of the freshly mixed bottle. Firmly push the applicator assembly into the neck of the bottle, ensuring the dabbing applicator fits firmly into the neck of the bottle.
Replace the retained powder cap over the dabbing applicator on the now constituted solution.
Add the “Use Before” date to the bottle label; this date will be 8 weeks from the date of preparation.
Ensure you read the patient information leaflet prior to use.
If you forget to use Zineryt you should use it as soon as you remember as a missed application can slow down your acne healing. If your next application is due soon, leave at least 3 hours before you re-apply it. If you apply too much Zineryt, blot the excess off wiht some tissue paper.
If you need to apply make up when using Zineryt, ensure the application has completely dried before you apply any cosmetics. Remember that make up can contribute to clogged pores and therefore help to cause acne so it should be avoided where possible.
Zineryt lotion can cause some mild side effects in some poeple. They do not affect everyone and occur most frequently at the start of treatment as your skin adapts. The most common side effects are temporary stinging or redness in the area where treatment is applied.
It is possible for Zineryt lotion to cause allergic reactions in very rare cases. If an allergic reaction occurs, you will experience symptoms including rash, itching, swelling of the face, mouth, tongue or lips, and difficulty breathing. In the case of any of these symptoms you should see you doctor immediately.
You should not use Zineryt lotion if you:
- are allergic to erythromycin or any of the macrolide antibiotics.
- are allergic to any of the other ingredients in Zineryt.
Zineryt solution contains the active ingredients erythromycin 40mg/ml and zinc acetate (12mg/ml).
It also contains di-isopropyl sebacate and ethanol.