Dermatology Compounding

Dermatology Compounding

Dermatology compounding allows your pharmacist to create personalized dermatological medications by combining individual ingredients to make a medication that is tailored to your specific needs.

Every person has his or her own skin type and preferences and compounding allows your physician and pharmacist to work together to create the best product for your skin care needs, without losing any of their effectiveness.

What are the benefits of dermatology compounding?

The use of compounding to tailor medications to each individual allows for flexibility in the way a product is made, which can offer several benefits:

  • A customized approach to delivery – there are many reasons why someone may prefer one type of product, like a gel, over another, like a lotion, and medication is only affective if the patient uses it, so sometimes, this tailored approach simply comes down to personal preference.
  • Allergies or sensitivities – some patients or may have allergies or sensitivities and compounded medications can be made without certain ingredients or unnecessary additives and preservatives
  • Dosing – compounded medications can provide the best dose, one that will deliver the needed benefit with a reduced risk of side effects
  • Specialized formulations – some patients require a unique blend of ingredients to achieve the results they are looking for, and dermatology compounding provides the personalization so these goals can be achieved

What is conditions can be treated?

Dermatology compounding products come in a variety of formulations to treat different conditions. Some of these products are topical formulations, such as, creams, lotions, ointments, gels, sprays, solutions, and foams that can be used on the skin to treat various conditions, including:

  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Rosacea
  • Warts
  • Scarring
  • Sunburns
  • Wrinkles and aging
  • Blisters
  • Vitiligo
  • Diaper rash
  • Nail fungus

Medicated shampoos and lip balms are other common formulations that can be compounded to meet a specific need.
Talk to your pharmacist or doctor if you’re interested in learning more about dermatology compounding and if it could be right for you.


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