Compounding for Dermatology

What are the benefits of compounded medication for dermatology? 

Most skin conditions are treated topically and compounding allows the dermatologist or aesthetic practitioners the ability to create customised and personalised formulations that meet the needs of each individual patient.

What are some of the skin conditions that can be treated using compounded medication?  


Acne is a chronic or acute inflammatory process, which is clinically comprised of comedones, papillose, pustulas, cysts and scars. Our pharmacy makes a wide range of preparations for any type of acne. These contain a combination of antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, retinoids, and anti-androgens.


Dark patches associated with hyperpigmentation of the skin can become noticeable and require treatment. Topical compounds enable a choice of active ingredients to be combined into one product. Skin will become more sensitive during treatment and so sunblock must always be used and the patient should be advised to stay out of direct sunlight


Psoriasis has two aspects: irritation and inflammation of the skin and an auto-immune response, which prompts the body to make too many skin cells. Treating the skin condition can be done with compounded medication that combines ingredients in a way to provide relief from these symptoms. Topical applications typically have limited systemic effects; however, these should be considered, for example, if the patient is asthmatic.  Topical psoriasis preparations can be ointments, creams, lotions, or shampoos.

Compounding allows:

  • the selection and combination of a number of ingredients at exact strengths to benefit the specific condition
  • the selection of individual ingredients suitable for each patient to achieve optimum results
  • the most appropriate dosage form -whether it  be cream, lotion, or gel
  • the ability to assist patients who may have allergies or sensitivities

When creating your formulation using the eRoseway portal, you decide upon the combination and strength of ingredients you prefer in the product. Then you can create your own products using ingredients such as tretinoin, niacinamide, azelaic acid, hyaluronic acid, or alpha-lipoic acid to create the prescription-level skincare that can benefit your patients.