Dermatology Handbook

The professional's guide to product selection

Acne treatments

Acnecide

Acnecide

Acnecide is a 5% preparation of benzoyl peroxide, which is an established and effective keratolytic agent with antibacterial properties. It has been shown to be effective in reducing the local population of Propionibacterium acnes, leading to a reduction in the production of irritant fatty acids in the sebaceous glands

Akincare

Akincare

Akincare contains triethyl citrate 4% and ethyl linoleate 2%

Aknemycin Plus

Aknemycin Plus

Aknemycin Plus is a combination of a retinoid and antibacterial in an alcohol base that dissolves sebum. The retinoid tretinoin acts topically as a keratolytic agent by markedly increasing cell turnover in the cornified epithelium, including the epithelium of the follicular ducts and comedones. In the first instance, skin irritation, erythema and increased vascularisation occur, followed by thickening and desquamation of the epithelium. The renewal time of the cornified epithelium is therefore shortened. Erythromycin is a macrolide antibiotic with bacteriostatic action on all pathogens involved in the development of acne. When applied topically, it also effects a reduction in the concentration of skin surface lipids and shows a direct anti-inflammatory effect

Antiac Activ

Antiac Activ

An intensive natural acne spray formulated to deal with moderate to severe acne on the face and body. It is 97% natural, with sea buckthorn for skin rejuvenation and healing, rosemary for skin toning and cell regeneration, and lavender for its antibacterial and balancing properties

Clairette

Clairette

Clairette 2000/35 Tablets contains an oestrogen, ethinylestradiol and an anti-androgen, cyproterone acetate, and used to treat skin conditions such as acne, very oily skin and excessive hair growth in women of reproductive age. Due to its contraceptive properties it should only be prescribed if treatment with a hormonal contraceptive is appropriate.

Dalacin T

Dalacin T

Dalacin T is an anti-infective treatment for acne. The active constituent, clindamycin, is a known antibiotic. When applied topically, it is found in comedone samples at sufficient levels to be active against most strains of Propionibacteria acnes.

DCL Acne Healing System

DCL Acne Healing System

The system includes: Active Cleanser, which deeply cleanses, exfoliates and purifies with lactic and salicylic acids; Clearing Hydrator, which hydrates the skin without greasiness; Nighttime Treatment, which clarifies and balances with salicylic acids and botanicals; Spot Therapy, which targets existing blemishes to lessen healing time and prevent recurrence

DCL Spot Therapy

DCL Spot Therapy

An ultra-concentrated, clinically proven anti-acne treatment powered by 2% salicylic acid that helps clear breakouts instantly, while helping to prevent future blemishes from forming. Natural antiseptics, astringents and exfoliants help eliminate excess oils, keep pores clean and battle acne-causing bacteria. Skin-calming botanicals help relieve redness and irritation, while helping to correct post-pimple dark spots. Precise and potent, this targeted therapy leaves skin perfected, purified and completely at peace.

Differin

Differin

Adapalene is a retinoid-like compound that has been demonstrated to have anti-inflammatory properties

Duac Once Daily

Duac Once Daily

Duac Once Daily gel has a combination of mild keratolytic and antibacterial properties that act  against inflamed lesions of mild to moderate acne vulgaris. Benzoyl peroxide is mildly keratolytic, acting against comedones at all stages of their development. It is an oxidising agent with bactericidal activity against Propionibacterium acnes, the organism implicated in acne vulgaris. It is also sebostatic, counteracting the excessive sebum production associated with acne. Clindamycin is a lincosamide antibiotic with bacteriostatic action against Gram-positive aerobes and a wide range of anaerobic bacteria

Effaclar A.I. Breakout Corrector

Effaclar A.I. Breakout Corrector

Targeted breakout corrector for individual blemishes. For oily, blemish-prone skin. An
easy-to-apply, quickly absorbed, targeted SOS treatment to help reduce the appearance of localised imperfections and blemishes and prevent residual marks. Suitable for sensitive skin. Enriched with Niacinamide, Piroctone Olamine and LHA.

Effaclar H

Effaclar H

A soothing moisturiser with clinically proven efficacy on acne-prone skin made fragile by over drying treatments. Restoring comfort and suppleness, with a minimalist formula that is tolerance tested under dermatological control containing no parabens.

Effaclar K+

Effaclar K+

Specifically formulated for sensitive skin, this gel refines the skin texture of combination to oily, imperfection prone skin and reduces the appearance of blackheads whilst mattifying the skin for 8 hours from the very first application. The ultra-fresh aquagel texture is refreshing on application and is ultra-light with quick absorption, providing a smoother looking skin texture with pores looking unclogged and controlled shine. The gel provides all-day comfort and gives a moisturised/hydrated feel.

Emergency gel lotion

Emergency gel lotion

Targets persistent, resistant acne with benzoyl peroxide and other anti-blemish ingredients to help control the spread of the acne-causing agents. Oil-controlling and oil-absorbing ingredients help prevent oil build-up on skin’s surface that can lead to clogged pores so that skin looks fresh, not oily or shiny. Anti-irritants such as green tea extract, sea whip extract, kola nut extract, caffeine and sucrose help soothe irritation associated with breakout. Exfoliates dead skin cells that can contribute to clogged pores with acetyl glucosamine leaving skin looking cleaner and clear. 

Epiduo Gel

Epiduo Gel

Epiduo contains a combination of adapalene and benzoyl peroxide. Adapalene is a retinoid-like compound that is a potent modulator of cellular differentiation and keratinisation and has anti-inflammatory properties. This profile suggests that the cell-mediated inflammatory component of acne is reduced by adapalene. Benzoyl peroxide has been shown to have antimicrobial activity, particularly against Propionibacterium acnes, which is abnormally present in the acne-affected pilosebaceous unit. In addition, benzoyl peroxide has demonstrated exfoliative and keratolytic activities and is sebostatic, counteracting the excessive sebum production associated with acne

Eucerin DermoPurifyer Oil Control Adjunctive Soothing Cream

Eucerin DermoPurifyer Oil Control Adjunctive Soothing Cream

A moisturising, non-greasy cream that alleviates the side effects often associtaed with acne medication and improves compliance. Ceramides support the skin’s protective barrier and reduce moisture loss. SymSitive helps to calm irritations, such as stinging and burning directly at source, and Licochalcone A helps to soothe irritations. The formula helps to bring demanding, blemish- and acne-prone skin under control.

Exuviance Blemish Treatment Gel

Exuviance Blemish Treatment Gel

Contains Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Acetyl Mandelic Acid, Tartaric Acid and Citric Acid. Has beneficial antioxidant properties and helps promote normal cell turnover to help uncover a healthy-looking, smooth complexion while minimising the inflammation that occurs with acne lesions

Finacea

Finacea

Finacea contains azelaic acid, an antimicrobial that has a direct effect on follicular hyperkeratosis as a therapy for acne

iS Clinical Tri Active Exfoliant

iS Clinical Tri Active Exfoliant

iS Clinical Tri Active Exfoliant is an invigorating facial exfoliant, which transforms the appearance of dull, congested skin. The powerful blend of Salicylic Acid, botanical enzymes and natural microbeads work to effectively unclog blocked pores and remove excess oils and dead skin cells. Copper PCA controls sebum production, reducing the formation of breakouts and keeping skin clear

M&M Systems

M&M Systems

This is an optimal combination of ingredients using the glycolic acid base and benzalkonium chloride to remove excess oils and pore clogging debris from oily and acne-prone skin.

Mene and Moy acne gel

Mene and Moy acne gel

Contains 8% glycolic acid to loosen and remove dead skin cells and excess oil from within the pores, plus benzalkonium chloride, which kills acne causing bacteria to prevent and reduce the severity of breakouts

NeoCeuticals Acne Spot Treatment Gel

NeoCeuticals Acne Spot Treatment Gel

NeoCeuticals Acne Spot Treatment Gel penetrates pores to quickly eliminate most acne blemishes and allow skin to heal. Patented NeoHydroxy Complex combined with 2% salicylic acid, and pro-vitamin A

Nicam Gel

Nicam Gel

Niacin (nicotinic acid) is an essential B complex vitamin (B3). Nicotinamide (niacinamide) is the physiologically active form of niacin and has been shown to have beneficial effects on inflammatory acne. It is considered that these effects are related to its significant anti-inflammatory activity

PCA Skin Acne Gel

PCA Skin Acne Gel

PCA Skin Acne Gel contains 2% Salicylic Acid. Blemishes are dried up and pores cleared to prevent build ups of spot causing bacteria. Azelaic Acid and a blend of botanical extracts work to clear the complexion and improve the appearance of any post-acne pigmentation

Quinoderm Cream /Quinoderm Cream 5

Quinoderm Cream /Quinoderm Cream 5

Quinoderm contains a combination of the mild keratolytic properties of benzoyl peroxide and the antibacterial and antifungal properties of potassium hydroxyquinoline sulfate in a specially formulated bland water-miscible base. 

SEQuaderma Acne Prone Skin

SEQuaderma Acne Prone Skin

Reduces excess sebum on the skin, a primary cause of acne, to prevent formation of spots and blackheads. By removing the bacteria’s nutrient source, it also decreases the number of bacteria present on the skin to reduce the spread of infection. By providing hydration and supplementing the skin, SEQuaderma supports the skin’s natural recovery processes. It also improves the appearance of spots and skin blemishes in acne-prone skin

Skinoren

Skinoren

Skinoren contains azelaic acid, which inhibits the growth of the Propionibacteria involved in the development of acne and the production of acne-promoting fatty acids. Azelaic acid also reduces the multiplication and keratinisation of keratinocytes, and therefore restricts the formation of comedones.

Treclin

Treclin

Treclin is a combination therapy of clindamycin and tretinoin. Clindamycin is a semisynthetic derivative of the parent compound lincomycin that is produced by Streptomyces lincolnensis and is predominantly bacteriostatic. Topical tretinoin has both comedolytic and anti-inflammatory effects. Tretinoin decreases cohesiveness of follicular epithelial cells resulting in decreased microcomedone formation. Additionally, tretinoin stimulates mitotic activity and increased turnover of follicular epithelial cells, causing extrusion of the comedones.

Zineryt

Zineryt

Zineryt contains a combination of erythromycin and zinc. Erythromycin is known to be efficacious, at 4%, in the topical treatment of acne vulgaris. The topical use of zinc is established as an aid to wound healing. The zinc acetate is solubilised by complexing with the erythromycin, and delivery is enhanced by the chosen vehicle.