Skincare Ingredient Index: A to Z of Skin + Me

Welcome to the home of all things skincare – and all the other things in life that make us feel good too. We’ve compiled a list of common skincare terms and ingredients that make a difference. Fancy becoming an expert in five minutes? Well, we can’t promise it’s comprehensive but you might just learn something new – remember, our Dermatologists are always on hand to answer your individual treatment progress questions. Let’s go!

Azelaic Acid

Azelaic acid is a great all-rounder ingredient. It works to gently exfoliate, reduce inflammation, fight bacteria that can cause acne and tackle redness and pigmentation. This will likely feature in your Daily Doser prescription if you want clear, healthy skin.

Bedtime routine

From your Daily Doser ritual to the quality of your sleep – it’s important to establish a regular and bedtime routine to ensure happier, healthier skin. Ensure your bedroom isn’t too warm and minimise screen time an hour before bed. Late night scrolling is the enemy of beauty sleep – and we’re definitely not immune to the temptation!


Clindamycin is an antibiotic that’s used to help fight acne. It targets acne-causing bacteria to reduce inflammation and angry spots. It also helps to soothe the skin, reducing visible redness and swelling from acne.

Daily Doser

Your Daily Doser is formulated with a combination of powerful active ingredients including tretinoin, Clindamycin, Azelaic acid, Niacinamide and Metronidazole. The formulations are made bespoke, tailored perfectly to fit your skin’s needs. 

The Daily Doser has a unique ‘twist and click’ function that dispenses the perfect amount of treatment cream each evening. This takes any guesswork out of your skincare routine, for the most effective results. The Daily Doser is also made from infinitely-recyclable aluminium and all our formulations are vegan and cruelty-free.

Eye Cream

The skin around your eyes requires regular attention and care, but not necessarily a specific eye cream. Unless you have a sensitive eye area, then you can just use your moisturising face cream and your usual SPF. 

When it comes to actives such as retinoids, you do need to be a little more careful and the immediate eye may not tolerate high strength prescription tretinoin. Use an over-the-counter more gentle retinol in that area, for example, if you are targeting fine lines and wrinkles.

Free Radicals

Free radicals are the culprits responsible for damaging cell membranes , proteins and DNA in a process known as oxidative stress. This leads the skin to age quicker by causing fine lines and wrinkles, dull and tired skin and dark spots. 

Lifestyle changes like a diet rich in antioxidants and antioxidant skincare ingredients such as vitamin C can reduce the amount of free radicals present in your skin.


While we’re here to support you on anything skincare-related, it’s super important that you talk to your GP if you have any medical conditions that may affect your treatment progress. We encourage you to let your GP know you’re using Skin + Me if you are starting any new medication.


Hydroquinone is the key ingredient used to treat hyperpigmentation because it reduces the skin’s production of melanin. It effectively works in preventing new melanin synthesis and is a very effective treatment available on prescription and at Skin + Me.


Injectables range from botox to dermal fillers and are used to relax facial wrinkles, contouring and creating volume and framework to the face and lips. A number of different types exist and are used depending on specific skin concerns.


Your skin is dynamic and its needs change over time and so skincare and treatments may need to be adjusted. We are here as your skin evolves so make sure to check in with your prescriber.

Keep it up

Staying on track and sticking to a simple but effective routine will allow you to see the best results. Keep up the good work with your Daily Doser and after a few months of use, you’ll see visible changes to your skin as your skincare journey progresses. 

Less is more

Less is more, or as we like to call it, ‘Skinimalism’, is all about making your skincare routine work smarter, instead of piling on the products. Twenty-step skincare routines are a thing of the past, now that clever, multi-tasking products can actually work effectively on your skin, thanks to prescription-grade ingredients. 


Metronidazole is an antibiotic medicine; it’s used to treat all sorts of bacterial infections but is also extremely effective at treating rosacea. It’s actually considered to be a gold standard treatment for the spots and redness caused by rosacea.


Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B, and improves the visible appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reduces hyperpigmentation by working on skin barrier function and helps to regulate the skin’s oil production – which helps to battle acne.

Over the counter skincare

Over the counter skincare – it’s exactly what it says on the tin! You can purchase skincare over the counter but some of the most effective evidence-based active ingredients are available on prescription only.


Our skin’s natural colour tone is determined by a pigment called melanin that’s produced by cells in the top layer of our skin. Hyperpigmentation most commonly occurs when that melanin is overproduced which can lead to uneven tone patches and darker spots on the skin’s surface.


You can check our FAQs online or get in touch with our Dermatology team – we’re always here to help and support you through your unique journey towards healthier skin.


Rosacea is a long-lasting skin condition that mostly tends to affect the centre of the face – across the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. The visible symptoms include transient or persistent redness, flushing, broken small blood vessels, and spots and swollen or thickened skin.


It’s super important to always wear sunscreen every day – and during your treatment period when using your Skin + Me personalised solution. Choose a designated broad-spectrum sunscreen, that has an SPF of at least 30 and protects against UVA and UVB rays, in your daily routine. Here are the SPFs recommended by our Dermatologists.


Tretinoin is a vitamin A derivative and powerhouse ingredient. It’s used to fight acne, make pores less visible, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It’s also often prescribed to treat pigmentation disorders such as melasma and sunlight-induced pigmentation (including freckles).

Under-eye bags

Under-eye bags can have many causes, most often it is due to swelling and puffiness. As we age the skin and underlying tissues, as well as muscles around the eyes, can weaken and cause a small pocket of fat below the eye to move to the lower eyelids, resulting in the appearance of under-eye bags. The effects of gravity and reduced skin elasticity over time can make this more visible.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is already naturally occurring in your skin. Vitamin C and its derivatives are antioxidants which means they can protect the skin from environmental stressors and the potentially skin-damaging free radicals.


At Skin + Me, we love sharing the wisdom of our in-house dermatologists as much as we love being a platform to connect with our community – that’s you! Supporting others, inspiring commitment and sharing your treatment progress is part of what inspires us everyday – a collective journey to healthier skin.


Gentle exfoliation can help to brighten your skin by sweeping away dull, dead skin cells. Don’t overdo it though! There’s no need to exfoliate every day, especially when starting out and when using powerful actives such as tretinoin. A muslin cloth to wipe away a cream cleanser may be all you need.


As you start a new phase in your skincare journey, it’s important that you remember it is all about you! From our bespoke formulations to your lifestyle – you have the power to build new routines and positive-habits that give you more confidence and healthier skin, starting today.

Zinc Pyrithione

Zinc Pyrithione can be effective at treating psoriasis, eczema, and acne due to its antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. 

Medical facts checked by Consultant Dermatologist, Dr Malvina Cunningham