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Skinoren (Azelaic Acid) prescription cream for treating acne & rosacea

What is Skinoren?

Skinoren cream is a preparation that is applied directly to the skin to treat acne. It can also be prescribed to treat rosacea.

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How does Skinoren work?

The treatment contains azelaic acid, which works by removing the blockage from the skin pores, and it also has an anti-bacterial action.

How do I use Skinoren Cream?

Skinoren cream is usually applied to the affected area twice a day, morning and evening after the area has been washed and patted dry. For people with sensitive skin, it can be used just in the evening to start with, for a week, before starting to use it twice a day. The cream comes in a tube and is applied to the skin with the fingertips. It should not be used by children under the age of 12.

It should be used carefully on the face; avoid contact with the eyes and mouth. Creams that are applied to the skin in this way are particularly suitable for people who cannot take - or do not wish to take - an antibiotic by orally.

Skinoren cream can take around four weeks before you will see it working; and if necessary, it can be used for up to a year continuously. It should be used regularly for the best results. For acne that does not respond after a month of treatment, or rosacea that does not respond after two months of treatment, talk to your doctor as Skinoren may not be the best option for you.

Is Skinoren suitable for me?

There are some situations where Skinoren cream should be used with caution or would not be recommended, so complete the medical questionnaire carefully. It is not usually used at the same time as any other treatments for acne. If it doesn't work for you, as above, talk to your doctor as a different treatment might be better.

Tell the doctor if you are taking any other medicines, either from your doctor or purchased from a pharmacy. Skinoren Cream will not be suitable if you are allergic to azelaic acid - or any of the other ingredients.

What are the side effects of Skinoren?

Like all medicines, Skinoren cream can cause side effects, although not everybody will experience them.

Side effects that are considered to be common include a burning or itching sensation on the skin where Skinoren is applied, as well as skin dryness or redness. Less commonly, allergies or other skin reactions have been reported. Skin reactions generally improve as the course of treatment continues.

For a full list of potential side effects and other important information, please read the patient information leaflet provided in the pack before starting any course of treatment.

Acne can often cause intense feelings of anxiety and stress, which can sometimes make people with the condition become socially withdrawn. This combination of factors can lead to people with acne feeling low or anxious.

The impact your acne has on your well-being is individual to each patient and plays an important role in assessing the severity of your acne.

Treatments to address the impacts acne can have on your mood, such as depression and anxiety, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and other talking therapies may be helpful, alongside treatment for your skin.

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