Dermatology and Anti-Aging
Our specialized compounding pharmacists can customize individual treatments for dermatological issues that make up a wide range of the spectrum. We can prepare cosmetically appealing creams, topical sprays and powders, and a variety of oral delivery forms. We utilize specialized equipment that allows us to compound unique and high quality formulations. Below are few of the products that Foothills Pharmacy specializes in:
- Skin and Wound Care
- Topical Anesthetics
- Chemical Peels
- Barrier Creams
The skin is the largest organ in the human body and serves as a protective barrier for the body. Below are some dermatologic conditions that your custom compound may be prescribed to treat.
- Acne: a skin condition that causes pimples or “zits.” That includes whiteheads, blackheads, and red inflamed patches of skin (such as cysts).
- Actinic Keratosis: small, rough, raised patches found on areas of your skin that have often been exposed to the sun for a long period of time. Some actinic keratoses may develop into a type of skin cancer.
- Dermatitis: skin inflammation, but includes a variety of skin conditions. In most people, the early stages of dermatitis are characterized as red, dry, and itchy skin. More serious dermatitis may result in crusty scales or blisters that ooze fluid.
- Melasma: patches of dark skin that appear on areas of the face which have been exposed to the sun.
- Psoriasis: a skin condition that causes skin redness and irritation. Most people with psoriasis have thick, red skin with flaky, silver-white patches called scales.
- Vitiligo: a skin condition in which there is a loss of brown color (pigment) from areas of skin, resulting in irregular white patches that feel like normal skin.
Commonly used bases in your compound
Versapro Cream: an odorless, highly penetrating transdermal cream. This unique oil-in-water formulation has excellent drug compatibility with a wide range of active ingredients. It contains Aloe Vera and Vitamin E making it highly moisturizing.
VersaBase Cream: an elegant, yet extremely durable, cosmetic cream. It stimulates the natural moisturizing barrier of the skin through its emulsion system, it can be used for a variety of pharmaceutical and cosmetic applications.
Lipoderm Cream: an elegant alternative to traditional pluronic lecithin organogels, (PLO), with a smooth and creamy feel, in contrast to the tacky feel of most PLO’s. Lipoderm contains a proprietary liposomal component that may increase the permeation of a variety of actives.
Pracasil Plus: a unique topical silicone base designed for scars and other skin conditions. It contains Praci Oil that is derived from the Praci tree found in the Amazon rainforest. Pracasil Plus works to improve the overall appearance, texture, and color of scars.
Key Characteristics of all Bases
- Hypoallergenic/Non Irritating
- No Parabens
- Long-lasting moisturizing effect
Salicylic Acid (SA): helps exfoliate the skin and reveal the healthy, new skin underneath. SA causes the skin to shed more rapidly, open up clogged pores and neutralize bacteria.
Tretinoin: A derivative of vitamin A, Tretinoin irritates the skin and causes the cells of skin to grow (divide) and die more rapidly, thus increasing the turnover of cells. It is used to treat acne, hyperpigmentations, wrinkles, and other dermatologic conditions.
Fluticasone/betamethasone/hydrocortisone: these are corticosteroids indicated for relief of inflammatory and pruritic manifestations. They decrease inflammation, swelling, itching, redness, and suppresses the immune system. Long-term use or overuse can cause thinning of the skin.
Hydroquinone: is a chemical typically used in skin lightening creams to reduce dark skin patches such as melasma. It is thought that the hydroquinone reduces the production of melanosomes (pigment granules responsible for skin pigmentation) and causes them to deteriorate. This chemical also blocks the production of tyrosinase, an enzyme that is necessary in the production of melanin.
Kojic Acid: better known by its Japanese common name Koji, is produced by several species of fungi. It is a potent antioxidant used in treatment of melasma.
Imiquimod (Aldara, Zyclara): used to treat certain skin growths and tumors, including actinic keratoses and warts. It stimulates the immune system to fight abnormal skin growths.
5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) : FDA approved and the most widely used topical treatment for actinic keratoses, it is effective against both surface and subclinical lesions.
Lidocaine: a local anesthetic that works by causing immediate numbness to the application site. It helps relieve symptoms such as: itching, burning, and pain.
Sodium Sulfacetamide: an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent; it topically interferes with the growth of bacteria on the skin. Sodium Sulfacetamide is often used to treat acne vulgaris, acne rosacea and seborrheic dermatitis.
Sulfur: used to kill bacteria on the skin’s surface, reduce itching and irritation. It is used in many conditions such as acne and dermatitis.
Calcipotriene (Dovonex): a synthetic form of vitamin D that works by slowing down and regulating the growth of skin cells.
Tacrolimus (Protopic): a Calcineurin inhibitor that is similar to corticosteroids without the unwanted thinning of the skin. It works by weakening the immune system and disrupting the production of substances that cause allergic reactions.
Pseudocatalase: has been shown to lower levels of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) on the skin, as well as improve the body’s natural defenses. This is important because it helps to stabilize the lightening of the skin in patients with Vitiligo. Pseudocatalase also helps with pigmentation of the skin.