Skinoren (Azelaic acid)
A doctor will review your order and write you a prescription, if appropriate. This prescription is then forwarded to a pharmacy. The pharmacy will have your medicine delivered to you within one to three working days. Read more about this process here.
What is Skinoren?
Skinoren cream contains the active ingredient azelaic acid, a medicine that softens the epidermis and kills bacteria. In addition, azelaic acid has the ability to lighten the skin by interfering with the production of melanin, a skin pigment that is responsible for giving the tissue its natural colour. Skinoren cream has a purifying effect on the skin and is only available on prescription.
What is Skinoren used for?
Skinoren cream is used to treat various skin conditions such as severe acne (pustules), rosacea (redness on cheeks, forehead, nose and/or chin, possibly accompanied by bumps, spots and veins that are visible in the skin as red lines) and hyperpigmentation (dark freckle-like patches). Azelaic acid softens the epidermis and unblocks the pores and sebaceous glands so that excess sebum can escape. It can also reduce and in some cases totally eliminate inflammation and discolouration, leaving the skin smooth and pure.
How to use Skinoren
Apply the cream to clean, dry skin and only to the affected areas. Avoid contact with the eyes, mouth and inside of the nostrils. If you accidentally get the cream in these areas, rinse it out with plenty of water. Wash your hands after use. If used for acne, it is not uncommon for the symptoms to worsen during the first four weeks of treatment before they improve. Continue using the cream should this occur. It may take a while before Skinoren cream has the desired effect in rosacea and hyperpigmentation sufferers. If your symptoms have not improved after several months, contact your doctor.
Unless otherwise prescribed, the usual method of administration is:
- Adults and children aged 12 and above: apply the cream sparingly to the affected areas twice a day.
Do not use this medicine for more than six months in a row without consulting a doctor. Skinoren cream is not suitable for children under the age of 12. Read the package leaflet before use.
Skinoren cream may cause side effects, including:
- Skin irritation (itching, burning, redness, dryness) at the application site. Skin irritation is usually only temporary. If severe, apply less of the cream or use it less often until the irritation has settled.
- Skin discolouration (light patches). Consult a doctor if you experience this side effect.
For more information on possible side effects, see the package leaflet.
When not to use Skinoren
Skinoren cream is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- You are allergic to azelaic acid or any other ingredient in this medicine.
Consult a doctor on the use of this medicine if you have health problems or are currently on medication.
Do not use Skinoren cream, or only with a doctor's approval, if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding. This medicine does not affect your reaction time or impair your ability to drive safely. This medicine does not interact with alcohol.