Quinoderm Dual Action
Quinoderm Cream is unique as it is the only over-the-counter (OTC) benzoyl peroxide combination cream with a dual action function, which means that Quinoderm is available from your pharmacist without a prescription.
Our dual action creams combine antibacterial and peeling activity, breaking down skin cells and causing them to shed, to remove blackheads (comedones), unblock pores and prevent excess sebum production. Its two active ingredients are described below:
Benzoyl peroxide kills the bacteria associated with acne, Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes). This common bacterium feeds on the sebum produced by the oil (or sebaceous) glands in the skin. It produces waste products and fatty acids which irritate the sebaceous glands, making them inflamed and causing spots. Benzoyl peroxide helps to reduce blemishes by increasing skin turnover, making it shed. It clears pores and reduces the bacterial count as well as acting directly as an antimicrobial (killing bacteria and fungi). It also helps to prevent excessive sebum production and future blackheads. Benzoyl peroxide also reduces inflammation of the pore and as a result, decreases its tendency for becoming blocked.
Potassium hydroxyquinolone sulphate, a by-product of quinolone (a class of antibiotics), also has antibacterial activity, reinforcing the properties of benzoyl peroxide. It helps kill the bacteria and fungi on the skin surface which has caused acne or inflammation of the hair follicles (folliculitis).
Although our cosmetic facewash contains different active ingredients than our creams, it still has a dual action function, and is very effective. It contains 0.15% chlorhexidine digluconate and 1.5% mytrimonium bromide. Chlorhexidine digluconate is an antiseptic / antibacterial, anti-fungal and desloughing agent, which kills bacteria and removes build-up of dead skin cells which can block the sebaceous glands and cause blackheads and spots. Mytrimonium bromide is an effective antiseptic agent which also thoroughly cleanses the skin to remove excess grease (sebum).