In good news for parents, healthy skin does not require a major financial investment.
There is no scientific evidence to show that more expensive skin care products and acne treatments are more effective. In fact, some of the most economical products have undergone the most testing and proven to be effective for managing acne-prone skin.
- Gentle non-soap cleansers such as Cetaphil are affordable and suitable for all the family to use for their daily skin care.
- Skin care products such as Neutrogena’s Oil Free Acne Wash which contains salicylic acid are reasonably priced and available from supermarkets, department stores and pharmacies.
- Acne treatments containing benzoyl peroxide are some of the most effective for mild and moderate acne. They include over the counter creams such as Benzac and prescription gels such as Epiduo and Duac.
More expensive products are available but check the label or product packaging first. Don’t pay more if you don’t have to for products which basically have the same ingredients.
Beware skin care products that are heavily endorsed by celebrities or sold in upmarket beauty salons as these will be more expensive but not necessarily more effective. Lasers and light therapies are also expensive and rarely a first option.
Remember too that with most skin care products and acne treatments, a little goes a long way. Keep the costs down by only using acne treatments as directed. Most treatments are applied sparingly. Over-applying can actually irritate skin, so be sure to read the labels.
And finally, don’t waste your hard earned dollars on all the ‘natural’ products and remedies. Most are ineffective for acne.
Speak to a pharmacist, GP or dermatologist to find out which treatments are most suitable for your child’s skin. Even with the price of a doctor’s visit, it’s better value to receive good advice on treatments that work, rather than wasting time and money on products that don’t.