Dermatologist Budget Buys
How many times have you stood in front of the beauty products at the drug store, staring helplessly at all the options? You can save a lot of money by buying products at the drug store but it can be overwhelming. Doctor Melissa Bogle has an inside look at a 'dermatologists best buys.'
Reading the fine print is important when it comes to treating acne. Bogle says Benzoyl Peroxide is the best anti-acne product that is over the counter, but not all people can tolerate it. She says salicylic acid is better for a spot treatment overnight, and anything with sulfur in it is good for really sensitive skin.
You don't have to go to the dermatologist if you are looking to get rid of brown spots on your skin.
"If you have brown spots you can try lightening them with over the counter hyrocordone in 2%. The 4% formulation is available by prescription. Two percent will take a little bit longer, but at twice daily application you should see lightening within two months," says Bogle.
Dr. Bogle says you can help prevent brown spots in the first place by using the right sunscreen. "In terms of sunscreen you want to look for something that's a good broad spectrum blocker with UVA and UVB.. so when we look at the SPF that's really just telling us how much UVB RAYS -- or burning rays that its blocking."
And, Bogle says one costly mistake her patients often make is overbuying.
"The biggest mistake that people make with skin care. If one thing is good a bunch of stuff must be better," says Bogle. "But what we really can do is just causing inflammation which in the end can age us more than if we hadn't been using anything at all."
Dr. Bogle also recommends buying makeup with sunscreen included.
"Having sunscreen in your makeup is a good way to layer your protection and make sure you've got enough. Neutrogena has a great sunscreen with spf 55 in the makeup," says Bogle.
When it comes to anti-aging products at the beauty store, look for products that contain alpha and beta hydroxyl acids.
"In terms of anti-aging you want to look for something that's going to increase cell turnover and build collagen. So the best OTC ingredients for this are alpha and beta hydroxyl acids," recommends Bogle.
Bottom line, whatever skin care regimen you use -- stick with it. Dr. Bogle uses a "twin sister" analogy and says if two identical twin sisters and one used products on their face and the other did not -- you might not be able to tell a difference over a few weeks or months, but after years of use the difference will be dramatic.
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