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.
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.
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 six months.
How do you apply Skinoren cream?
Pharmacist tip: Skinoren cream should be applied twice daily, in the morning and evening. 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 a different dosage, once daily in the evening and increase to twice daily after around a week, as tolerated.
See manufacturer’s website: BAYER
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