Skinoren for Acne 20% Cream
If you’re struggling with acne breakouts, Skinoren cream might be the answer: Skinoren is a prescription-only topical treatment for acne that contains azelaic acid, a naturally-occuring acid that kills acne-causing bacteria and reduces the growth of keratin skin cells.
What is Skinoren cream?
Skinoren is a topical cream used to treat acne. It contains the active ingredient azelaic acid, which has a dual mode of action: it helps to reduce the growth of the keratin skin cells that block pores and sebaceous glands (often leading to skin breakouts) and kills the bacteria that live on your skin and can be responsible for causing acne.
What is Skinoren cream used for?
Skinoren is used in the treatment of mild to severe acne, a common skin condition (affecting around 1 in 3 adults in the UK) that causes oily skin, spots, crusting, and often scarring of the skin. It’s more prevalent in young people, but many adults experience acne in later life. Skinoren helps to prevent and reduce acne breakouts by killing acne-causing bacteria and stopping the growth of keratinocytes that clog pores, resulting in clearer, less oily skin.
Skinoren cream is sometimes used to treat acne scars, rosacea, and dark spots. It has many clear benefits: 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)
How does Skinoren cream work to treat acne?
Skinoren contains the active ingredient azelaic acid, a naturally-occurring acid which treats acne symptoms in two ways:
- Reducing the growth of keratin surface skin cells. Keratin skin cells can mix with sebum (an oily substance produced by the skin in the sebaceous glands) and form plugs, blocking the pores and leading to spots developing. By reducing the growth of keratin cells, azelaic acid reduces the chances of pore-blocking plugs forming.
- Killing the bacteria associated with acne. Common bacteria (propionibacterium) trigger the production of waste products and fatty acids that irritate the sebaceous glands, causing them to become infected and inflamed. Azelaic acid works to decrease the number of propionibacterium by reducing the sebum on which they feed, 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.
How long does Skinoren cream take to work?
Most users will see an improvement in their skin condition within 4-8 weeks of using Skinoren cream, but this can vary from person to person; the speed at which it produces results will depend on the severity of your acne symptoms (among other factors). For optimal results, Skinoren should be applied consistently over a period of several months.
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
Skinoren side effects
As with any cream, it’s possible to be allergic to Skinoren cream. We recommend you do a spot test before commencing treatment to ensure the cream does not produce an allergic reaction.
Skinoren does also come with some potential side effects, although the majority of users will not experience them. If you do experience any side effects from using Skinoren cream, they can include:
- A burning, stinging or tingling feeling.
- Skin dryness.
- Skin irritation.
- A rash.
- Skin sensitivity to light.
Skinoren during pregnancy or breastfeeding
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, think you may be pregnant, or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine. This is due to limited information around the use of the active substance azelaic acid during pregnancy.