Freshlook®gel contains two active ingredients, Adapalene and Benzoyl peroxide, both of which are used to treat acne. Adapalene is a chemically stable compound with retinoid-like pharmacological activity. Adapalene is a potent modulator of cellular differentiation, keratinization and inflammatory processes, all of which represent important features in the pathology of acne vulgaris.
Adapalene binds to specific retinoic acid nuclear receptors but unlike tretinoin, does not bind to the cytosolic receptor protein. Although the exact mode of action of adapalene is unknown current evidence suggests that topical Adapalene normalizes the differentiation of follicular epithelial cells resulting in decrease of microcomedone formation. It also inhibits the metabolism of arachidonic acid by lipoxidation, to inflammatory mediators.
Benzoyl peroxide is a type of medicine known as keratolytic. This means that it works by breaking down keratin, a protein which forms part of the skin structure. Benzoyl peroxide causes the top layer of skin cells to break down and shed. This helps break down of comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) and unblocks the sebaceous glands. It also helps to prevent the formation of new comedones.
Benzoyl peroxide also has an antibacterial action and directly kills bacteria on the skin, as well as reducing their numbers by decreasing the production of sebum (the food supply of the bacteria) by the sebaceous glands.
These two medicines are combined in this gel to have a complementary effect on acne.Benzoyl peroxide reduces the oiliness of the skin immediately, but it may take four to six weeks of treatment before the desired effect of both medicines on the acne is seen
Freshlook gel is the only US FDA approved fixed dose combination of Adapalene and Benzoyl peroxide, the two effective Acne fighters in a single product. It is the first and only once daily fixed dose Acne treatment which has been proven to help clear acne better than each of these two medications alone.
How Freshlook gel works?
- Works on existing acne by reducing blackheads, whiteheads and pimples
- Prevents new acne forming by helping to clear clogged pores and stops the formation of "microcomedone" (starting point of the acne)
- Reduces inflammation associated with acne
- Kills acne bacteria (Propionibacterium acnes)
Freshlook gel works differently than other products because it is the only treatment that contains Adapalene and Benzoyl peroxide in a single product. Benzoyl peroxide kills the acne bacteria. A major benefit of Benzoyl peroxide is that it's not an antibiotic, so it hasn't been shown to promote bacterial resistance. If your physician decides that you require long-term treatment, Freshlook gel has been proven effective for up to 12 months.
How Freshlook gel is convenient one than other existing products?
- The combination of Adapalene and Benzoyl peroxide is the only US FDA approved and the most powerful acne-fighting topical medication in a single product. This unique combination is offered only in Freshlook gel.
- Easy-to-use once daily topical application, for convenience that is perfect for our busy life.
- Combining acne medication attacks different causes of acne at the same time. Freshlook gel provides this benefit.
Who should use Freshlook gel?
Freshlook gel is indicated for the treatment of acne vulgaris in patients 12 years and older. Those who are new to acne treatment, or who are not satisfied with their current treatment routine, may benefit from using Freshlook gel.
Freshlook gel is designed to treat people affected by acne-pimple with a few whiteheads and blackheads or people with lots of acne and pimple. Whether you are just beginning to fight acne or are seeking a new treatment option for an old acne problem, ask your physician for right choice.
How to apply Freshlook gel ?
Freshlook gel is easy to use. Simply apply it once a day or according to your physician's instructions.
To get the best results, follow these steps, just before bedtime:
Step-1: Wash your face with a gentle, non-soap cleanser. Avoid harsh astringents and scrubs.
Step-2: Wash your face with clean water
Step-3: Gently blot dry your face with a soft towel before application. Do not rub your face harshly.
Step-4: Using a pea-sized amount, apply a thin layer of Freshlook gel to each affected area of the face (e.g. Forehead, Chin, each Cheek). Avoid your eyes and lips, and the areas near them.
Minimize exposure to sunlight after use of Freshlook gel. Use of sunscreen products or umbrella is strongly recommended when exposure can not be avoided. It is worth to mention that exposure to sunlight after use of Freshlook gel leads to skin irritation and discomfort. That's why, it is highly safe to apply Freshlook gel at night time.
During night time use of Freshlook gel, it is advised not to use any other cosmetic products. If combined use of any other product is required, it is better to use in two different time i.e at least 2 hours interval between them.
Regular use of Freshlook gel will help clear existing acne and can help prevent new pimples.
Things we have to remember
The results of clinical trials with this combination showed that many people's acne is visibly improved and the improvement continued throughout the treatment period.
During treatment with Freshlook gel:
- You may experience redness, scaling, dryness, stinging and burning. You might also experience contact dermatitis (a rash) or other skin irritation.Most irritation resolved itself early during treatment. If you experience skin irritation, your doctor can help.
- When using Freshlook gel, avoid using harsh products on your skin, like those that contain resorcinol, salicylic acid or sulfur.
Always remember, for best result, always stick to the routine your doctor recommends.
Different questions in mind
Q. I keep getting Acne even though I wash my face frequently during the day, Why?
Face-washing sounds like something that would be good for everybody. But in the case of acne, scrubbing your face hard and using alcohol-based skin cleansers cause irritation and can make your acne worse. Be gentle when you wash, and use a gentle, non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic cleanser.
Q. I can't stop squeezing my blemishes. Am I hurting my skin?
Yes, you should try very hard not to do this, particularly with inflamed lesions, because you could push infection deeper into your skin. If this happens, the result could be more inflammation and even scarring.
Q. Is stress related to Acne?
Yes, having acne is often stressful. Taking medication to treat severe stress can sometimes cause acne.
Q. What type of foods should be taken in case of Acne patients?
There are no studies showing that what you eat or how much affects your acne. In nutritional terms, however, it makes sense to eat sweet and greasy foods sparingly. Remember, eating a well-balanced diet with a variety of fruits and vegetables is beneficial for your skin and your health overall. If you feel that certain foods make your acne worse, it makes sense to avoid them.
Q. Can I use Hair Spray during use of Freshlook gel ?
Yes, but try to avoid getting hair sprays and gels on your forehead and face.
Q. Once I start my acne medication, how long will it take to see results?
That depends on the medication you're using; it typically takes weeks or months for acne improvement. If you don't see any change over a reasonable length of time, however, talk to your physician.
Q. I apply my Acne medication to my blemishes, but new ones keep cropping up. Is there anything I can do about this?
Check the directions for use your physician gave you. Medications you apply to your skin should be spread over the entire area where acne is or may occur.
Q. I have dark skin. Is Acne treatment available for darker skin?
Yes. Acne medication like, Freshlook gel to be as effective and safe on dark skin as on light skin.
Q. What happens if I don't use Freshlook gel every day? Can I just use more the next day?
Freshlook gel is conveniently formulated for easy once-daily use nightly. You should be aware that any medication works its best with the lowest risk of possible side effects when you use it exactly as your doctor directs. And remember, less is more. Using a larger amount of medication will not speed up the process, and it could cause irritation. On the other hand, if you stop using it, or this could allow new pimples.
Q. I've stayed on my Acne medication and my blemishes are gone. Is it okay for me to stop using it?
A word of caution: don't make the decision to stop your medication on your own. Check with your physician first so he or she can evaluate whether discontinuing treatment could put you at risk of a later acne flare-up.
Q. Is Freshlook gel safe for long-term use if I need it?
The safety and effectiveness of Freshlook gel were studied for 12 months in people 12 years of age and older with acne. So, if your doctor prescribes Freshlook gel for long-term use, be assured that the clinical data supports its safety and effectiveness over a period of 12 months.