“ Brand: Quinoderm / Skin Care Type: Blemish Control „
I decided to use Quinoderm BP as part of acne.org's regimen. I suffer from cystic acne in my early 30s. To start with it's best to use the product before bed as it is an intense product. I used alongside a thick moisturising face cream and fragrance free facewash.
The cream initially can sting and leave redness. It's important to avoid the eye area. I would recommend applying your eye cream prior to the Quinoderm to avoid accidentally rubbing it into your eyes. Apply a small amount to start with and leave to dry for 5-15 minutes before applying a moisturiser. Moisturising is a must. It is also very important to wash your hands after using the cream, as if you touch your eyes it will sting!
After two weeks I saw significant improvement in my skin. No cystic acne and only a couple of pimples around the worst areas. There has been a lot of dryness, which I've been told will correct itself with type and plenty of moisturiser. After a week I started using twice daily, eventually increasing the amount applied each time.
It is important to apply it over the skin and not just directly on a spot, as it prevents rather than cures.
Being a dancer is the hardest thing in the world - not only do you have to work your butt off to dance at your best, but you also have to work your butt off to LOOK your best all the time. So imagine, if you will, my horror, when once a month (yes, ladies, at that wonderful Aunty Flo time), my face erupts into the worst spots I had ever experienced! A quick dash to the chemist last year resulted in me picking up this 25g tube of wonder, and now, it is my best friend, and comes everywhere with me!
What is Quinoderm?
Quinoderm is a cream, containing benzoyl peroxide, specifically created to clear up acne. It's an over the counter cream, and the chemist usually checks with me that I have used it before, before selling it to me at a bargain price of £2.55!
What does the product look like? What can I expect?
A pretty purple coloured squeeze tube, with a screwtop white lid, contains the cream, with the funny little Quinoderm logo in orange, and white writing. The cream comes in a matching cardboard box, with instructions on usage, in a handy little leaflet inside.
Quinoderm's active ingredients are:
- Benzoyl Peroxide, hydrous 10% w/w
- Potassium Hydroxyquinoline Sulphate 0.5% w/w.
It also includes ;acetic acid, white soft paraffin,edetic acid, sodium dihydrogen phosphate dihydrate, maize starch, cetostearyl alcohol, sodium cetostearyl sulphate, macrogol 40 castor oil and purified water.
How do I use it?
Using Quinoderm is easy enough - the recommendation is to apply a thin layer to the effected area two or three times a day. You should gently massage the cream until it all blends into the skin, avoiding the mouth and eye area. You should probably also avoid dyed fabrics too - the cream is very good at removing colour from my pillow cases when I use the cream before night, so it's best to avoid your favourite jeans!
I use so little an amount that the 25g tube lasts me ages!
Does it work?
The most important question! And the answer, for me,is a big fat YES! Quinoderm helps me to keep my skin a lot clearer - I get a lot of acne around my mouth, and a few days of using Quinoderm, and I can instantly see results. Check out my photo - this is after having a bad break out just two weeks ago, and my skin is ten times better!
There are a few downsides to Quinoderm, however. The main thing I have found is that it dries your skin out massively - which then leaves you with the dilemma of do I put cream on, or moisturise?! I find that I only need to use Quinoderm for a few days until my spots are cleared, and so then I moisturise for a good week with a heavy moisturiser, and balance is restored.
The other is the smell - it really does give the idea that you're putting chemicals straight onto your face! It tingles once it's on, and this shows how strong this concoction really is! But that tingling soon settles down, and the pungent smell soon subsides.
All in all, the advantages certainly outweigh the disadvantages of this product, and it really is the best cream I have come across to treat my skin quickly and efficiently.
Quinoderm is available at all good leading pharmacies throughout the UK. They also have a website, which is currently under construction, and the range also includes face wash, and a weaker strength cream, specifically for sensitive skin.
Overall rating = 4.5/5 - would be 5, but the dry skin can be a pain!
Puberty, was to blame for my greasy slicked back hair style, when I was told off for wearing hair products at school - they didn't get close enough to me to realise the grease was self made and I cultivate it naturally. Washing it just made the grease seep from my scalp. Vosene medicated shampoo, was just about medicated enough to fluff up my hair for six hours, before the grease returned - emulating the mist on the moors from the book: 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'. Initially it was the greasy hair and then it was the incessant pimple on the tip of the nose that obscured my vision, and not forgetting the small crusty clumps that resided in the corners of my mouth, and top lip. Young elfin girls would shy away from me, believing I had herpes. By my late teens, like me, the pimples were growing and becoming boils. They seemed to magnetise all the fatty cells, skin debris and unwanted toxins into a mound and within days the pimple i.e. the castle would stand erect. Two places were their favourite haunts; on the cheek bones and on the temples. I would without fail have a boil or a raised blemish visitor every five weeks or so, until January 2009. The same time I discovered the discrepancies in the claims, concerning the so called facial cleansing products containing Benzoyl peroxide.
Behind the face of Quinoderm
Normal acne and spots are exterminated because Quinoderm has two active ingredients; benzoyl peroxide, and potassium hydroxyquinoline sulphate.
Most reputable brands of facial products do indeed have the Benzoyl peroxide agent in its ingredients. It is incredibly common and well sourced in the health and cosmetic sector. The agent is prevalent in creams and gels and face washes - usually at a concentration level of 2%. A higher dosage of 11% which is apparent in some products doesn't mean the Benzoyl peroxide more concentrated - hence, being more effective for your skin against acne. In fact the 2.5% level is as effective as the agent gets. Hereby the fallacy of thinking the agent isn't as powerful due to quantity is a myth. Each agent has properties that deliver variable strengths comparing to other agents, it is impossible to list ingredient quantities in these kinds of products efficiently. Therefore viewing the quantity listings on the ingredients is not a valid approach to skin safety - although manufacturers tend to disregard this fact while printing it on the packaging, it is highly misleading. When it comes to the risks you take while entrusting a health or cosmetic product to be 100% effective; you got to remember the more effective the product is, the greater the side effects and downfalls.
My experiences of getting systematic boils especially around the temples stopped, because I became less skin conscious. Vanity wasn't as important, like what it was in my early twenties. Because I'm not so conscious of my appearance, I'm less stressed; and in the meanwhile, it has eliminated blemishes and spots. My skin was overtly cleansed made me susceptible to swellings and boils. I now use this face wash occasionally, averaging it out at once a month, by then, my skin is still noticeably carrying extra oils - one cleanse by Quinoderm defaults the balance level. Manufacturers 'Ferndale Pharms Group' fatuously claim Quinoderm Face Wash should be used twice a day - morning and night. Heightening the dosage to the level Ferndale Pharms' claim; damages the epidermis (top layer of the skin) for all skin types, and make it prone to irritation, peeling and swellings. The advice lacks clarity and is irresponsible on the grounds of consumer health-care; especially if a consumer has a serious skin problem. Such as: Acne rosacea. A fair number of consumers don't know they have the skin condition - partly because the threads are variable - blushing easily is one variable, the more obviously visual ones are broken capillaries in the cheeks and chin. Both conditions could be put down to an excess in alcohol either daily, or through a lifetime of consumption. Visibility wise, it can be misinforming.
Health Warnings are: 'avoid contact with eyes'; or 'keep away from ears and lips. A smidgeon tough considering it is a face wash. The reason why they say to not get it into the ears is due to the fact it can give you temporary hearing loss. The agent: salicylic acid in Benzoyl proved to cause deafness in 'zinc deficient' laboratory rats. Hopefully, no consumers are zinc deficient. An odd agent to have in a face wash, you would think - no wonder 'Quinoderm' doesn't widely advertise itself as being connected with such harmful agents. Keep away if you are breast feeding or pregnant - Again not noted on the vendor websites. Oxyquinoline is a bactericide and fungicide agent used in complexion cosmetics to rid epidermis bacterial irritations - large doses of face washing can temporary hinder conception and is in your system until the agent is urinated out. Consult your GP or check it out on NHS Direct if you're currently facial cleansing with face washes. Quinoderm is the brand packaging pseudo identity for agents that have not been given the vote of confidence on safety checks (the results were inconclusive); especially as a face wash product whereby your dosage will exceed safety measures.© 1st2thebar 2012. Even the package name: 'face wash' sounds friendly and harmless, and because of this fact, consumers will overdose on the product, ingest the agents by accident in small quantities on each dosage can be a factor for temporary poor hearing. The matter isn't helped when 'Ferndale Healthcare Inc' (part of the Ferndale Pharms Group) sets the dosage at 'twice a day!' - Total complacency.
On balance, if you're prone to sporadic mild acne - Quinoderm can efficiently clear up pores in a timeframe of a three day period. Done sparingly, and administered with heed - the product shouldn't be treated as a mere face wash, and splash around in a precarious fashion; the agents involved are not a picnic in the park, by no stretch of the imagination. Due to my experience, I believe the Ferndale Pharms Group' are in breach of not handing out the correct facts and dosage back to their consumers. Regardless of skin type; oily or not - they've failed the consumer. They've indirectly withheld vital agent knowledge; which could cause great discomfort for people who have skin conditions already.
Those of you who do have oily skin, you'll look a lot younger than the rest of us in years to come - but do please consult with your General Practitioner if you're thinking of using a face wash of any brand, especially if you've a current underlining skin condition. It could save you a lot of discomfort and stress.© 1st2thebar 2012
***Why I want the product***
I am always on the lookout for a product that will help with my hormonal spots, not cause stripping of the skin (dryness), adult breakouts, something that does not irritate my sensitive skin and something that does not have ingredients that can do more harm than good, which can aggravate skin causing more breakout, sensitivity and irritation.
I wanted a facial wash that was free from ingredients Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate.
***Why free from those ingredients?***
The ingredients in particularly that can harm delicate sensitive skin, dry the skin out, which can cause more sports and that is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate. This ingredient is known as a detergent, it helps to life, remove oils. It is used as a foaming agent in many of our daily products such as facial washes, toothpaste, shampoo, body washes, and washing powders...the list goes on. You cannot avoid it entirely but you can avoid it in your facial wash if you are prone to acne, have sensitive skin, irritate eczema
***What facial wash did I find?***
I came across a brand called Quinoderm years ago while browsing a pharmacy website for a new facial wash. The first thing that made me take notice of this brand was the price, and the big second, there were no above ingredients in sight. The ingredients inside Quinoderm facial wash is not comedogenic but one ingredient called Sodium Hydroxide is on the scale as 5 in irritation, thankfully this ingredient is located fourth from the bottom, which generally means the lower the ingredient in the list the less irritation.
***What do Quinoderm say?***
Quinoderm facial wash is a dual action wash that penetrates deep into the skin removing dirt and oil, its antibacterial action helps to kill bacteria that can cause spots. Leaving skin feeling healthy, clean and none tight.
It is suitable for oily and spot prone skin.
The packaging of this facial wash is simple yet to the point. The 150ml white plastic bottle has a navy blue sticker that goes right around the bottle. It tells you the product name, what it does and what skin type it is recommended for. Turning the bottle round you can also read directions to apply, keep out of eyes and ingredient list.
The lid sees a pop off lid that clicks securely when closed.
***Applying the product***
Opening the lid and squeezing some product into the palm of my hand the product is a lovely aqua blue/green colour, the scent is refreshing and almost medicated type of smell but the scent is not strong.
The product without water feels and looks more like a gel. It is thick but looks creamy at the same time.
Mixing a little water and rubbing my hands together, I am surprised and glad to see it does not foam and this was not something I was used to beforehand as I have used foaming cleansers for years.
On my face the product glides on smoothly, because it does not foam and disappear into my skin I feel it is working into the skin more, removing more makeup, dirt, grime and oil that has been built up through the day and night.
Washing the product off with a facial cloth, my face never felt dry, tight or irritated that can happen with facial washes with foaming ages like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate as these ingredients strip the skin of natural oils.
***Did I like the results?***
At the time my skin was not in a really bad state, I would have hormonal sports that are inventible and the odd spot periodically, I found Quinoderm Facial Wash worked a treat for me. It helped to clear spots quicker than previous facial washes; my face felt and looked healthier, cleaner and smoother without irritation. I found it was good at removing my makeup at the evening but I would always follow up with a second cleanse. I liked the product that much I continued to be a faithful user of the wash and used around four bottles until...
Due to getting older, hormonal imbalances, medications from operations etc took a toll on my skin and Quinoderm Facial Wash could no longer keep up. I still felt it was doing my skin good such as none drying, none irritating, cleaning well but it just stopped working on my hormonal and general spots and has continued not to work ever since.
***Why do I continue to use it then?***
Simple, it does not contain harsh ingredients, none foaming, worked well for me for months and the price is fantastic for 150mls. Until I can find another facial wash that does not contain all the things I do not like I will be sticking with it.
***Price and availability***
I got this product from expresschemist.co.uk for a staggering £2.99 or you can purchase from pharmacy2u.co.uk for £3.49
***Would I purchase again?***
Yes, but I would say it is more suited for peoples of mild acne/spots. Persistent spot suffers may not work so well.
Suffering with Acne when in your late 20's is embarrassing and annoying and like so many other people I have tried every product going, from both the Dr and off the shelf.
After a lot of searching on the internet I came across a discussion about Quinoderm, in general people were saying that it is cheap and very effective. Out of desperation I headed for my local chemist and bought it for about £2.50.
Quinoderm contains Benzoyl Peroxide is available in 5% and 10% strength. The 5% is recommended for first time users and this is what I intended to buy, however I must have asked for the wrong one as when I got home I discovered I had the 10%. I decided to use it anyway and couldn't have been happier with it.
It is a clear gel that you apply with your fingers after washing your face. It has quite a distinctive smell which I found quite strong at first but you don't notice it after a few minutes. It is recommended that you do a patch test to start with, I did this and had no bad effects. When I first used it on my face, it made my skin tingle but it wasn't sore. I left it overnight and in the morning the small area I had used it on looked better already. I used it nightly for the following week and there was a definite improvement in my skin, however it did leave it drier than it was before. Personally I would take the dry skin over the spotty skin. You can apply it before using make up and you cannot tell it is there.
You need to make sure you wash your hands after application and sleep on old pillow cases as it has been known to bleach fabric, however I had no such problem.
I stopped using Quinoderm when I became pregnant as although it doesn't say there are any risks to unborn babies I know that some acne treatments are a big no-no in pregnancy. I have since started using it since stopping breastfeeding and it is as amazing as ever! If it's suitable for your skin type I highly recommend it.
I don't have the worst skin, but being in my mid 20s it's not exactly the clear skin I had hoped for. I had spots in my teens and although it has fluctuated, it's something I'm still dealing with and that does bother me. I came across some reviews for Quinoderm that were positive and having tried most over the counter creams and washes, decided to give it a go. There are some cautions to using this and although it hasn't been a miracle cure for me, it's something I've found benefit from using.
I hadn't heard of this before Googling a few products and seeing the reviews; it's not something I've seen advertised or on shelves before, and I don't know of anyone else having used it, so I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. Quinoderm has a small range of facial care products, including a cream and a wash that can be found online and in pharmacies. This review is primarily for the cream as this is what I've been using and I can't really comment on the wash because I've not tried that (yet, but there's still time!).
On their website, Quinoderm claims that their creams are the 'only Benzoyl Peroxide combination products available from your pharmacist without a prescription'. They come in two strengths, 5 and 10%, so you get some flexibility in matching it to your needs. The Quindoderm 5 is probably more suitable for first time users or those with sensitive skin, whereas the 10% is something you could work up to or use if you feel you need something that bit more potent to tackle problem skin.
The make a rather demanding and provocative claim on their website: 'there is nothing more effective than Quinoderm cream when it comes to treating spots'. I'm yet to find a product that lives up to expectations or their claims, but I'm always open to giving it a go. They do suggest to give the product time to work, which can be as little as 2 weeks or as much as 2 months, in order to see some improvement. For the most effective results, you should stick to a skincare regime, and more tips and advice can be found on their website through a Google search.
This can be used in a way that's tailored to your skin, but if you use twice a day, for instance, I would gradually build up to this and not use too much at first! To apply, they suggest you use the '3 finger technique' (as proposed by the Acne Support Group). Squeeze small amounts of the cream on to three fingers, then dab onto your skin and rub over the affected areas. I think the key there is 'areas', meaning don't just focus on the actual spot itself, make sure to rub into the surrounding skin too.
Before applying this I make sure to cleanse my face, wash with water, and dry thoroughly. When applied to clean, dry skin I often notice a slight stinging sensation from it. I tend to use it twice a day, but this does vary because of the after-effects. This can leave your skin rather red, which is why I think caution should be made when using this. Don't use too much and don't use too often, at least not at first until you know how your skin reacts. I've used this before for a couple of days and the next day my face has had bright red blotches where I've applied it, making me 10 times more self-conscious! When this has happened I've tried moisturising and E45, but it does take some time for the redness to go away, so be warned if you use the day before a big event or night out.
Does it work? I'd actually say that it does, but I think that because of the way I've been using it (not as regularly or with as much routine as required) I've not had the greatest benefits I could have. I will use this more often at more regular times in future, but I'll make sure to moisturise in between and use less per application because of the redness. I noticed after 2 weeks that my skin had cleared up a fair bit in terms of there being less size to spots and eventually many disappeared. I still get left with some old marks, but I'm much happier with my skin after Quinoderm.
This isn't a fast miracle cure for spots, and it does have its redness-inducing effects that are offputting, but it has still been far more effective than any other product I've used. Because only small amounts are needed this tube has lasted a very long time, even when applied twice daily. I bought mine off Amazon for around £6 (Quinoderm 5) and I can safely say that it has been a wise investment rather than buying a load of other over-the-counter products to try that just don't work.
Overall I would definitely recommend giving this a go if you have troublesome skin, a few spots, or acne. Everyone's skin is different and reacts differently to different products, so it's worth trying this out for yourself. It's the only cream that has made a significant and positive impact on my skin, but it should be used with caution.
Face wash (150ml £3.19 Amazon)
Quinoderm 5 & 10% cream 25 & 50g (£4-8 Amazon)
When I was younger I suffered terribly with spots. I tried every medication from the doctor and nothing seemed to work. However, I must admit that I was not terribly persistent with treatments either because it was just so bad that if in a couple of weeks the treatment had not worked I moved onto to try the next thing which I am sure probably made my skin worse looking back on it.
How I came to use this cream...
I have not had bad spots for a good couple of years now and just a month ago I noticed a few really large, inflamed and painful lumps appear on my chin. I cannot stress how much they hurt. I thought it is possibly down to stress due to university exams and work training all coming at once. The worst thing about these couple of spots were that it did not matter how much make-up I piled on they were still ridiculously obvious. Yes the make-up reduced the redness but nothing else.
So during this time at work a colleague/friend of mine could see how much it was stressing me out. I use Clinique's anti blemish system religiously and up until then it had been a miracle worker keeping all spots away. But my colleague who had cystic acne for several years told me about Quinoderm (a white cream that comes in a blue tube, with 25g in). I told her I did not want to spend ridiculous amounts of money on treatments like I used to. She told me to pop into Boots and grab this and she told me it was about £2.00. I took her advice it was £2.65. She warned me to only put it directly on the spot because of the main ingredient, benzoyl peroxide really dries the skin out. But me being me read and went with the instructions rather than my friend's experience... the instructions stated apply 2 to 3 times a day on the affected area and massage in until no trace of the white cream is left. So rather than place it just on the spot I did rub it over the area surrounding the spot slightly too. Big uh oh but I will tell you about that later! I did take on board some advice from my friend though, she advised putting it on the skin with a cotton bud so it did not come into contact with my hands at all because it is a bleaching agent of some form.
My results after 1 day...
The large spots seemed reduced in size but they were still as red as ever.
My results after a few days...
The spots had dramatically reduced but I had been left with extreme dry, flaky areas on and surrounding the spots. This is why my friend had recommended just putting it directly on the spot (why did I not listen to her!)
My results after around 5 days...
I was getting a little worried because I noticed that there seemed to be some patchiness on the areas I had put it, they had almost gone quite orangey and when I put foundation on not only were the dry areas emphasised but you could see the patchiness still, just a slight discoloration. I was not sure whether these results were normal or whether this was some sort of reaction to the product. I did check it out online, I went onto some different forums to see what other people had mentioned and everything I was experiencing was normal. Additionally one girl gave me hope, she had put that after a couple of weeks when the skin has gotten used to this strong cream with its ingredients that the scaling and patchiness goes. It was around this time that I also reduced the usage of the cream because I thought perhaps I was just majorly overdoing it. So I took it down from three times a day to twice a day.
My results after 2 weeks...
My skin was much improved and I stopped using the cream. However, I have kept it on standby for the next emergency. My skin is generally clear so I do not see the point in using this constantly. I get very small spots regularly but nothing to worry about and they tend to disappear after a day or two. So this cream I really am just keeping for the large inflamed spots that do not disappear in a couple of days. But what I will do in the future is when I feel a spot on the horizon put some of this cream on to prevent it coming to the surface. I know that this works with the product because during my 2 weeks of use with it, I had a new spot start to appear and it quickly disappeared after one application of Quinoderm.
Those with sensitive skin be warned...
Luckily I do not have hugely sensitive skin but I can imagine for those who have problems with regular skincare that this would cause a lot of sensitivity, stinging and patchiness. So as it states on the instructions a patch test should be used which I would definitely recommend because 10% of the ingredient benzoyl peroxide is apparently very high! They do have the same cream with just 5% of this ingredient in which I am guessing is for the more sensitive skins.
Also do not put the cream onto broken skin from a spot or else I am sure ridiculous stinging would take place!
The cream also contains an antibacterial agent called hydroxyquinoline sulphate which works to stop the spread of the p.acne bacteria which causes spots.
Overall, this is a good cream to minimise the inflammation and redness from spots. I would not recommend this to somebody with excessively sensitive skin though. My results showed that continual and excessive use of this cream can cause patchiness on the skin. So I think this cream should be used as few times as possible, just once a day and only a couple of times a week maximum.
I am constantly on the hunt for new products that will help me get rid of spots. This hunt has unfortunately cost me quite a lot of money over the years! Whenever I have clear skin, I am so much more confident and happy.
I have recently discovered an over the counter cream called Quinoderm. It is really cheap (£2.79). I thought cheapness would equals 'rubbish'. But hey, I just had to try it!
I did my research on acne.org before I took it out of its box to use. It was suggested by the majority of users on the forums that the cream was the only thing they had tried that had ever truly worked.
The cream comes in a tube which is purchased in a dark blue and box with an orange logo on. You can buy 5% or 10% Benzoyl Peroxide strength. It seems to be strongly advised to buy the 5% if you have sensitive skin, as it is very strong cream. I have very, very sensitive skin, but could only find the 10%, so I went with it.
Upon applying this cream, I found that it smells quite strong, but not repulsively. You don't need to use much of this, just a thin layer. It is recommended that you apply twice a day to all areas of your face or body that are usually effected by acne (even if currently clear). You have to use this cream regularly as it doesn't make the acne vanish forever, the spots will just come back if use is discontinued. The cream is ok to be worn under make up or even applied over moisturiser. The cream is not greasy.
There must be some downsides, you say?
The cream certainly clears your spots within days. It also prevents future spots if you continue to apply as instructed. Now do you want to hear the bad bits? I have found that this cream is very drying to your skin. My skin was bright red and scaly after a few days of use, I couldn't stop itching! I would imagine the 5% version wouldn't be as bad due to it's lower strength. There is a solution to the drieness however - tonnes of moisturiser. I won't lie, the process is very time consuming. Oh, and it also bleaches your clothes/pillows/towels too, so be careful!
I have been using for approx 2 months now, but admit I have not always used twice a day. I still get the odd few spots because of this, but overall there has been a massive improvement and I would recommend.
You can buy from Boots, all good chemists and even the Internet.
Like a lot of people, I do sometimes get a spot. Typically in a very obvious place on my face and on the day of an important meeting.
However, for the most part you can feel them coming and today before shaving, I spotted one on my jaw line - which is odd because they are normally on my schnozzle or chin. So, I zapped it with some Quinoderm cream and will give it another treatment tonight.
I am almost certain that, like other spots I have zapped, it will have gone by the morning. The best time to catch them is before they fully show themselves and more often than not you can stop them in your tracks by applying some Quinoderm cream the night before.
I find it so much more effective than other spot creams and my wife also uses it to the exclusion of any others. One tube lasts us for simply ages and I generally have to hunt around for it in her stuff as she uses it more than me,
It comes in a 25g tube of cream of which you need just a small splodge on the end of your (clean) finger, which you then rub gently onto the spot. I generally don't rub it all in if it's a night time and it dries to a little crust. Upon application you can feel a tiny tingle which helps you to believe that it is doing some good.
In the box in which the tube comes, there is a leaflet which gives you all necessary detail. Active constituents are Benzoyl Peroxide BP (10%) and Potassium Hydroxyquinolene Sulphate BP (0.5%)
If you need to use spot creams and haven't tried this one, I would certainly give it a go.
Ive been on pretty much every skin medication known to man, including roaccutaine, none of which have worked.
I was given an amazon voucher for some work i did for a school and thought i would spend it on some health and beauty products, looking at the good reviews i thought it was worth a try.
I bought the cream and the facewash.
I can say that i do not regret it, i can see that its had a drastic effect on my skin.
It has taken the reddening away and i can go days without and breakouts. If i do break out i can put the cream on it during the day and it will help it do die down and drys up and white heads as well as stopping others appearing.
- Worked great for me
- Doesnt leave you greasy
- Best facewash i have ever tried
- Gives you back your confidence
- Can leave you very dry (flakey) if overused
- Can sting if used directly after face wash, give yourself a while to dry before applying cream.
- Smells for a few minutes
- Can bleech clothes
If i could thank the makers of this then i would, unfortunatly i can so im doing it here.
A few words to all you people who suffer from bad skin, give this a try, ive tried the strongest prescription drugs for over 5 years now and ive never noticed a difference.
I use this for two weeks and im feeling good about myself already because i can see it working.
Give it a try, youve got nothing to loose.
I cant reccomend this enough.
Get your confidence back like i did.
I started using Quinoderm about a year and a half ago. I went into my nearest Boots Pharmacy and asked if they had a topical cream i could use to help my acne. I had previously tried Freederm, which really only seems to make my skin worse. The sales assistant recommended Quinoderm as she had said it really cleared up her son's acne. Quinoderm really does work, it helps dry out spots, clear them and stops the surrounding area from being contaminated.
*About the Product*
Quinoderm can be bought over the counter it comes in a 25g or 50g tube, i think the small one is about £3 and the big one about £5. The small one lasted me a long time, maybe 6 months, i then bought i big one quite a few months ago and there is still loads left in that.
Qunioderm is a cream that you apply directly to spots. The main active ingredient is Benzoyl Peroxide, which is known for it's acne clearing properties. You can chose a 5% or 10% Benzoyl Peroxide concentration. The sales assistant first recommended me the mildest one as i had never used it before. If you are trying this product for the first time i would recommend doing this as it did dry up my skin and made it abit sore for a while.
As soon as i started using this the individual spots i had applied it to stopped getting worse, they started to dry up, and eventually cleared. I usually i apply it when i feel spots emerging (i get like red lumps), most of the time it prevents them forming into zits, if not it keeps them under control. This product has helped clear my spots. I think it is so effective because it dries up blemished and prevents them from becoming big pimples that may pop and spread the bacteria, (sounds gross i know sorry). So i apply it to the affected area and it seems to stop it spreading. I usually only apply it at night, but i tried it before under make-up and it seems to look okay.
Overall i am quite pleased with this product. However, if get bad spots, i do apply alot and this dries out my skin and makes it flaky, so if i want to apply foundation it does not look good as it will not glide on smoothy and emphases the dry patches, ( i do have quite sensitive skin, this problem can proberly be avoided by not applying so much...silly me). But this hasn't bothered me too much as my main focus is on clearing the breakout, it goes back to normal in a few days and use of a moisturiser.
This product is good for treating existing spots and preventing them from getting worse and spreading. However i still occasionally get spots, so i don't think it completely prevents fresh breakouts or spots appearing. However, my skin in much better than is used to be and is easier to control, so it has helped alot.
*I would definitely recommend*
I really recommend this cream, it worked very well for me and i will continue using it. It will be good if you have moderate/severe acne and want to clear it and keep it under control. It is also handy to keep if you often get the odd blemish here and there.
I was introduced to this stuff by my boyfriend who used it many years ago when he was a teenager and still always has a tube at hand to combat any annoying spots. It is available at most chemists.
I have thankfully never suffered with acne but I do get the occasional breakout of spots, usually hormone related and any woman (or man) knows how distressing it is when all you can see when you look in the mirror is the big red shiny spot on the end of your nose / your chin, right in the middle of your forehead (even though no-one else may notice it much you just can't stop thinking about it). I have tried various things such as clearasil which have worked ok, but then again by the time they had worked the spot would probably have gone by itself anyway!
This cream smells quite strong and a bit like germolene. It also can bleach towels (my poor charcoal grey towels now have pink splodges!) bed sheets, clothes etc so do be very careful and wash your hands well after use.
I find that applying a thin layer twice a day will clear a normal spot up in 24-48 hours and for a really troublesome spot it will be gone after 3 days of use. It does make the skin around it quite dry and rough to the touch but this is a small price to pay and nothing a bit of moisturising won't sort out.
ive suffered from ache for years!! im 28 and do find it rather silly, but hey ho, ive tried everything!!! they sell it, ive used it. ive spent so much money on products just to get clearer skin, maybe not clear as that maybe impossible but atleast clearer. so after using quinoderm for the first time i was so so impressed! i have been using this for just over a week nw and my skin is so much clearer, i may have one or two spots still lingering but the majority have gone!! however, the is a not so nice side effect, very dry and taught skin bt applying a good moisturiser 5 minutes after application does help, and also a horrible burning sensation when i apply it, bt this disapears after a few seconds. its a good product as far as ive used it so i do recommend you to give it a try as it has helped me.
Well at the grand old age of 27, I have started resembling Superted (there's one for people born in the 80s) and have had a quite a few red spots on my face since Christmas. Now, I know what is causing this - a change in my contraceptive pill - but knowing the cause doesn't make it any more pleasant! I have been feeling a bit self-concious, so thought I would give Quinoderm a try after hearing it was good.
So, off I went to Boots, where I bought a tube for about £3. Quinoderm is an anti-acne treatment, comes in a cream and contains benzoyl peroxide - the one got is 10 per cent BP but you can get five per cent and 2.5 - as do most acne creams. I followed the instructions, using the cream twice a day, after washing my face/taking my make-up off. It warns you that it can take the colour out of garments, so I popped an old pillow-case on my bed and haven't had any problems. The cream goes on easily enough, though it stung a bit the first few times - it recommends testing a small patch of skin before using it on your face, which I did and this came out fine. You have to use quite a thin layer and I would advise keeping it away from the eye area, as the skin is quite sensitive there. It does smell a bit too - quite a chemical smell.
I carried on doing this for a couple of weeks, and found that my forehead, which was a bit greasy, became dry. I didn't really notice any reduction in spots but carried on. After another few days, I noticed that my skin was feeling quite tight, dry and flaky. So, I had a look online and found advice that said you should clean your face, moisturise, then put the cream on. So I tried that for a couple of weeks and found that my skin was very dry and there had been very little reduction in spots.
So I cut down on using the cream to once a day and this helped the dryness and flakiness - but I still had spots! After this, I gave up using it. I am quite disappointed as people seem to rave about this cream - I don't know if it was the strength of the cream, perhaps it might have worked better of the BP had been five or 2.5 per cent. Or maybe I should have braved the dry skin and carried on using it. Or perhaps it's just me!
I now use the cream on my forehead if it is getting greasy, but nowhere else. It didn't help my acne, made my skin dry, flaky and uncomfortable and for me, just did not work. I am off to the doctors, who will hopefully be able to help!
For me - it just didn't work!