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Skin + Me Spotlight: The Daily Doser
Here on The Dose, we love sharing your stories, interviewing inspirational people, exploring beauty trends and unpacking the sometimes confusing terminology of skincare.
Today, we’re talking all things Daily Doser — the award-winning little tube that started it all.
Having been awarded Harper’s Bazaar Best of the Best Beauty Award for Best Personalised Serum, our Daily Doser deserves all the praise and admiration for its talents.
The Best of the Best Beauty Awards is an exclusive editorial round-up of the most innovative, luxurious and forward-thinking beauty products and services that have launched throughout the year. This is official recognition that Skin + Me offers one of the best products in the beauty industry.
This award joins our collection alongside Best New Brand in the Fabulous Beauty Awards, and the Woman & Home’s Clever Skincare Awards for Innovation in Skincare from this year. The awards were judged by Dr Sophie Shotter, a skin and aesthetics doctor, along with beauty editor Fiona McKim.
Each Daily Doser contains four weeks’ worth of doses. That way there’s never any wasted or expired product, and we can produce as much product as needed every month – less waste for you at home, and less waste for us at the pharmacy.
What makes our Daily Doser special?
When you sign up (and if you’re eligible), our Prescribing Team will create a treatment plan for you, made up of two or three powerful active ingredients. This depends on your skin goals and skin type, but below is the latest list of prescription skincare ingredients that can be included in your Daily Doser.
Tretinoin belongs to a family of drugs called retinoids, which are ingredients derived from Vitamin A. Tretinoin is a whole lot more powerful and effective than other members of the retinoid family, like retinol, which is why it’s only available on prescription.
Tretinoin is used to fight acne, make pores less visible, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It’s also used to improve skin texture, and reduce the amount of abnormal pigmentation in the skin. It’s often used to treat pigmentation disorders such as melasma and sunlight-induced pigmentation (including freckles).
Clindamycin is an antibiotic that’s used to help fight acne by targeting Cutibacterium Acnes, the acne-causing bacteria that’s the culprit behind the inflammation, pus formation and big red spots.
Clindamycin helps to soothe inflammation in the skin, reducing the visible redness and swelling from acne. It’s the topical antibiotic of choice by dermatologists in the UK and across the US.
To reduce the possibility of antibacterial resistance, clindamycin is best combined with other ingredients like azelaic acid.
A form of Vitamin B, niacinamide improves the visible appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reduces hyperpigmentation, moisturises the skin and helps to regulate the skin’s oil production – all of which help to battle acne.
Niacinamide also works as an antioxidant and helps to fight harmful compounds caused by sun damage.
Metronidazole, found in our rosacea treatments, is an antibiotic that’s considered to be a gold standard treatment for the spots and redness caused by rosacea. In numerous controlled trials, it’s proved to be effective in both treating and preventing the return of the effects of rosacea.
It’s got powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, meaning it’s also generally beneficial for the skin. Antioxidants help counteract the formation of free radicals, which can damage your skin and accelerate ageing.
This can lead to dark spots or patches on the skin’s surface. It’s a common problem and can be triggered by a number of underlying skin conditions and environmental factors.
Hydroquinone works by reducing the skin’s production of melanin, reducing the risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (or PIH), solar lentigos and melasma – three common types of hyperpigmentation. We’re using hydroquinone to treat melasma for now.
Hydrocortisone is a mild topical steroid that’s used to minimise any potential irritation caused by the powerful combination of Hydroquinone and Tretinoin. It’s also used to settle down any irritation experienced as a side effect of our treatments.
We worked long and hard to perfect the Skin + Me Daily Doser and formulas, and as innovators, we’re constantly looking to improve our service. It’s incredible to see your personal progress but also to have our efforts recognised and rewarded by the skincare community. Thank you!