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Skinoren is an antibacterial cream that should clear up your acne and leave your skin spotless. You should start to notice results after a month of using it.

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What is Skinoren?

Skinoren is an acne cream. It kills the bacteria on your skin causing acne and reduces the overproduction of keratin, which can block pores and make your skin oily. You can only get it on prescription.

You’ll apply it to the affected area twice a day, and you should start to see a difference after a month of using it. This cream is for treating what’s known as “common acne” and shouldn’t be used to treat any other kind of skin condition.

How does Skinoren work?

Skinoren works by stopping the bacteria that causes acne from reproducing. The glands in your skin, commonly known as sebaceous glands, produce an oily substance called sebum. They do this to keep your skin and hair nice and healthy. But sometimes hormonal changes can cause the production of sebum to increase. Large amounts of sebum cause the perfect breeding ground for bacteria to develop. Although this bacteria is usually harmless, it can clog up the pores in your skin when it gathers in large amounts. Spots start to appear when the pores become blocked.

The active ingredient in Skinoren is called azelaic acid, which is an antibiotic. This targets a bacteria on your skin called Propionibacterium acnes, and weakens it by stopping it from making a protein it needs to grow. This helps your body’s immune system to kill it, and clear your acne.

What doses of Skinoren are there?

There’s only one dose of Skinoren available: 200mg per gram, or 20% cream. How much you use depends on where the acne is and how much of it there is. For the whole of the face, you’ll normally use around 0.5 grams of the cream each time.

If you find that this treatment doesn’t help your acne, then you might need to try another treatment. Let us know if you don’t see the results you would expect after a couple of months of use.

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How to use Skinoren

Always read the leaflet before you use Skinoren.

  • Use as recommended by our prescriber
  • This should be two applications per day, unless our prescriber recommends otherwise.
  • Wash the affected area before use and dry.
  • If you have sensitive skin, we might suggest starting with a once-a-day application in the first week, before increasing to twice a day.
  • The amount you use will depend on the size of the area being treated. If you’re applying the cream to your whole face, you should use around 2.5cm or 0.5g. You may need to use more (or less) if you’re using it elsewhere, like on the chest or back. Our clinician can give you advice on this.
  • Gently rub the cream into your skin.
  • Wash your hands after use.
  • In most cases, you should begin to see an improvement in symptoms after a month of daily treatment.
  • Don’t use it for more than 12 months. If your symptoms don’t improve in this time you should speak with your prescriber about alternative treatments.


What should I do if I make a mistake when using Skinoren?

If you use too much Skinoren, it shouldn’t affect how well it works, but you may get some side effects like skin irritation. Continue to use the medication as normal, but if you notice any significant side effects, then contact our clinician for advice.

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FAQ: Skinoren Cream

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How is Skinoren different to other treatments for acne?

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Skinoren is an antibiotic cream, so has antibacterial qualities. This makes it more effective than non-prescription acne treatment for acne caused by bacteria. 

Some combined contraceptive pills can also help to ease acne symptoms in women, and these work by adjusting hormone levels in the body, which affects sebum production. Skinoren is different to these options in that it works on the surface of the skin, and can also be used by men.

The active ingredient in Skinoren has also been shown in one study to help with post acne skin problems, like pigmentation and scarring .

Is Skinoren similar to any other treatments?

Answer:
Skinoren is a brand name for azelaic acid. There’s a similar treatment available called Finacea, but this contains 15% of the active ingredient, while Skinoren contains 20%. Both are made by the same pharmaceutical company. Finacea is used for a specific type of acne called rosacea.

Who is Skinoren for?

Answer:
This cream is for people with mild to moderate symptoms of acne caused by bacteria, and it can be used by men as well as women. It can be used for up to 12 months. If you have very severe acne, or a different type than common acne, a different treatment may be better for you.

Do I need a prescription for Skinoren?

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Skinoren requires a prescription. This is to make sure that it’s the right treatment for your specific type of acne, and that it’s going to work. It shouldn’t be used for more than a year, so our clinician will check in with you when you’re using it to make sure it’s working.

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