Quinoderm cream contains two active ingredients, benzoyl peroxide and potassium hydroxyquinoline sulphate.

What is Quinoderm cream used for?

  • Acne.
  • Rashes that look like acne (acneform eruptions).
  • Infection of the hair follicles in the skin (folliculitis).

How does Quinoderm cream work?

  • Quinoderm cream contains two active ingredients, benzoyl peroxide and potassium hydroxyquinoline sulphate.
  • Benzoyl peroxide is a type of medicine known as a keratolytic. This means that it works by breaking down keratin, a protein which forms part of the skin structure.
  • When you apply benzoyl peroxide to the skin it causes the top layer of skin cells to break down and shed. This helps break down comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) and unblocks the sebaceous glands. It also helps to prevent the formation of new comedones.
  • Benzoyl peroxide also has an antibacterial action and directly kills the bacteria associated with acne, Propionebacterium acnes.
This is a common type of bacteria that feeds on sebum produced by the sebaceous glands in the skin. It produces waste products and fatty acids that irritate the sebaceous glands, making them inflamed and causing spots. By reducing bacterial numbers, benzoyl peroxide helps bring the inflammation of the sebaceous glands under control.
  • Potassium hydroxyquinoline sulphate also has antibacterial actions, as well as antifungal actions. It is included in this medicine to reinforce the antimicrobial actions of the benzoyl peroxide.
  • How do I use Quinoderm cream?

    • Quinoderm cream should be applied thinly and massaged all over the affected areas of skin two to three times a day.
    • Wash your hands after applying the cream.
    • If you experience excessive redness or peeling of your skin after using this cream, decrease the amount of cream you use and use it less frequently (or stop temporarily). If any soreness persists consult your doctor.
    • Do not use this product excessively - this won't make it any more effective but will increase the chance of it irritating your skin.

    Quinoderm cream should not  be used by

    • People with  Acne rosacea.

    This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy.

    If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

    Pregnancy and breastfeeding

    Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine.

    • There are no known harmful effects when this medicine is used by pregnant or breastfeeding mothers. However, as with all medicines, you should seek medical advice before using this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
    • If you use this medicine while breastfeeding make sure you do not apply it to areas where it could be transferred to the baby's skin while you are feeding.

    Possible side effects of Quinoderm cream

    Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Just because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.

    • Skin irritation after application, for example redness, itching, burning or stinging sensation.
    • Skin peeling and dryness.
    • Allergic contact dermatitis.

    The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the medicine's manufacturer.

    For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.

    How can Quinoderm cream affect other medicines?

    • This medicine is unlikely to affect other medicines. However, if you use it in combination with other topical treatments for acne, such as medicated cosmetics, soaps, toiletries and other anti-acne preparations, there may be increased likelihood of dryness, peeling or irritation of the skin. Ask advice from your doctor or pharmacist before using other anti-acne products in combination with this one.







    Health Reference: Acne

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