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Did you know that over 300 million skin cells cover your entire body? Even though your skin regenerates every 28 days, everyday life can take a toll on your skin. Many skin conditions are bound to happen due to the harmful effects of the elements.

That is not all. Many internal factors can also cause harm to your skin. Your lifestyle, including your diet, medications, stress, and shifting hormone levels, can also lead to several skin conditions throughout your life.

When this happens, most people head to their local pharmacy and get some over-the-counter (OTC) medications to treat their conditions. Since every skin is different, and not all OTC medications may work for you. They may not suit your skin type, your lifestyle, or fail to treat the condition entirely. And in the worst-case scenario, they may end up causing more harm than good. So what do you do? The answer is compounded medicines.

What are Compounded Medicines?

Provided by compound pharmacies, compound medicines, essentially, are solutions that are specifically tailored to your skin condition, skin type, and lifestyle. The compound pharmacist analyses your medical history and skin condition and then prepares a solution just for you. 

What are the Benefits of Compounded Solutions?

Generally, compounded solutions tend to be preferred over OTC medications for a variety of reasons. These benefits give them an edge, especially when it comes to treating a sensitive part of your body like the skin. Here are some of the best benefits of compounded solutions.

Safety

Compounded solutions tend to be much safer than OTC medications and way more effective in treating your skin conditions. Since they are tailored for you, they also generally do not have harmful side effects. The pharmacists also take your allergies and sensitivities into account while compounding medications, avoiding any chance of allergic reactions on your skin.

Efficacy

Compounded medications are designed to suit your lifestyle and skin condition. The base of the compound is also selected accordingly. Due to this personalized preparation process, it is far more effective than OTC medications. OTC medications are designed to work on a broad range of skin types and conditions, which can make them less effective for you personally.

Better Dosage

Similarly, compounded medication allows you to treat your skin condition with a much better, controlled dosage. For example, your skin may benefit from a lower dose of a particular ingredient, and the OTC medications may not provide that level of dosage for you. In this case, compounded medications can come in handy. They can be prepared with a lower dosage in mind that benefits you, avoiding any other reactions to the higher dosage.

Easy Application

Compounded medications are also made to suit your preferences, in most cases. For example, if you prefer the solution in the form of topical cream as opposed to lotions or gels, you can ask the pharmacist to use it as a base. This way, you don’t have to make compromises while applying those medications.

Availability

Skin conditions are unique. For your specific skin condition, there may not be an available OTC medication in your city. This can be due to several factors, the most common ones being that it does not have a demand in your location, or they may be discontinued. In this case, the compound pharmacy can make a similar medication using the right kind of ingredients.

Compounded medications are certified by the Canadian authorities, and they work under strict guidelines and provincial regulations. Hence, they are just as safe as OTC medications. So, you don’t need to worry about any kind of unpleasant side effects or the legality of the compounded medicine.

Cost-Effective

Compounding pharmacies often have access to medical-grade ingredients and chemicals that they use to create personalized medications for a much lower cost. That is, if your skin condition requires prolonged use of medication for treatment, compound medications can save you money in the long run. Compound pharmacies can offer a much higher quality of medicines for your skin condition at lower prices compared to the big pharmaceutical companies.

Medicines for Your Skin

What Can They Treat?

Compounded medications are more versatile than OTC medications. Thus, they also offer treatment solutions for most skin conditions. The most common skin conditions that can be treated using compound medications are:

  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Scarring
  • Warts
  • Ulcers
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Stretch Marks
  • Hair Loss
  • Rosacea
  • Tattoo Fading

There are various ways in which medicines can be compounded for you. You can get compounded medicines in different bases, like topical creams, solutions, ointments, gels, and lotions. These medications need to be applied to the affected area of the skin.

The base of these solutions is determined by various factors such as the potency of ingredients, your skin condition, and your preferences. Potency plays a major role, however. For example, some steroidal ointments are more potent at curing the condition than steroidal creams made from the same ingredients. Each base provides unique characteristics of preparation as well as treatment.

If you or your family member suffers from a skin condition, give Rite Choice Pharmacy a visit now. We are a leading compounding pharmacy in Edmonton, offering a variety of dermatological compounding solutions. We also provide compounded medicines for dentistry, geriatrics, hormone therapy, pain management, and pediatrics.

We work closely with dermatologists and skin-care professions in Edmonton to help you take control of your skin. We use high-grade ingredients and processes to formulate the right compound for you, using the most effective bases. We analyze your medical history and your preferences. Our certified compounding specialists can formulate the most effective medication for you to a specified strength and dodge that works for your skin type and condition. Contact us today.