Dermatology is the branch of medicine that deals with the skin and its diseases. Compounding can help the patient in a variety of ways including topical anesthetics, barrier creams for various applications, and all sorts of skin and wound care formulations that improve results.
If a patient is allergic to a medication then some preservatives, perfumes or emulsifying agents can be specifically removed and/or replaced by other ingredients with a low potential to cause allergies.
Active ingredients such as; dithranol, capsaicin, estradiol benzoate, thiabendazole, menthol, or polidocanol for example are not commonly found in commercial preparations. A customized version of the medication can be compounded to add such active ingredients.
The preparation’s strength can be customized to treat the patient with increasing or decreasing quantities of the active ingredient, which is especially useful in long-term care treatments.
There are many treatments that are improved by dermatological compounding including:
- Plant irritations
- Warts and molluscum
- Anti-Wrinkle creams
- Skin bleaching creams
- Herpes virus
- Wrinkle creams
- Anti-oxidant aging creams/gels
- Contact and allergic dermatitis
- Fever blister meds
- Insect bite
- Viral infections
- Radiation/chemotherapy burns
- Skin cancer