It’s that time of year again; the season for custom, compounded skin lightening products, and skincare is back. With the return of a productive ‘back to school’ mentality and the end of summer, patients’ priorities return to looking their best and undoing the telltale signs of too much sun and summer fun.
At dermatology offices, medical spas and aesthetics practices across the country, the popularity and sale of chemical peels, IPL and Clear + Brilliant treatments have historically and dramatically increased in late September and October as hyperpigmentation surfaces with a vengeance once tans and sunburns fade. For patients with more advanced sun damage, we see an increase in Fraxel and other skin resurfacing treatments.
Pre-treatment for skin rejuvenation services is of paramount importance. With rising costs and increased demand for customized topical lightening agents, creating tailor-made compounds is the best solution.
Skin Formulas That Wow!
We customize a very broad range of skin lightening products and formulas based on the modality of treatment and prescriber preference. These may include:
- OTC and Rx blends customized with different bases (cream, serum, pads) to bleaching agents such as:
- Kojic Acid
- Lactic Acid
- Azelaic Acid
- Prescribing compounded formulas allows flexible options:
- Allergen and preservative-free formulas
- Adding steroids and/or hydrators to prevent inflammation
- Antioxidant creams and serums
Skin Lightening Compounds: Cost Considerations
Compounded products can be a viable solution for cost-sensitive patients who need efficacy without a hefty price tag. While some brands may cost an average of $186 for a 30g tube of skin lightening product, compounded alternatives can be flexible at a fraction of the price, often as little as 75% less. For example, a frequently prescribed skin lightening compound with niacinamide/hydroquinone/retinoid/fluocinolone and hyaluronic acid has a cost to the patient of approximately $59/30g.
Complementing Skin Lightening Procedures
Each and every one of our skin lightening formulas can be tailor-made to complement the most popular in-office treatments that treat brown spots, hyperpigmentation and mild to moderate skin discoloration. These include:
- Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photorejuvenation Laser Treatments
- Broadband Light (BBL™) Treatments
- Clear + Brilliant®
- Fraxel® Laser Skin Resurfacing
- Fractionated Laser Treatments (ActiveFX™ or DeepFX™)
As A 503A Pharmacy, We Can Focus On Your Practice Needs
Compounded formulas are increasingly ‘accessible’ due to the surge in pharmacies entering the dermatology and aesthetic medicine space to make a quick buck. But being educated about whom you’re working with, what their credentials are, and what kind of service you’ll receive while working with them can’t be understated. An overview of the distinctions between 503A and 503B compounding pharmacies is a great starting point. As a proud 503A pharmacy, we look forward to providing you and your entire practice the personalized service and collaboration you’re looking for.
We look forward to partnering with you. Interested in learning more about our compounding capabilities, writing a prescription, or working on a project?