Healthy skin doesn’t have to cost the earth

In good news for parents, healthy skin doesn’t need to be a financial burden. 

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 had the most testing and proven to be effective for managing acne prone skin

For example:       

  • Gentle non-soap cleansers like Cetaphil are affordable and suitable for the whole family to use for their daily skin care
  • Acne treatments containing benzoyl peroxide can be very 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 for products that have the same ingredients as the cheaper version.  

Skin care products that are endorsed by celebrities or sold in upmarket beauty salons tend to be more expensive but not necessarily more effective. Lasers and light therapies are also expensive and rarely a first option for treating acne.  

Remember 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 guide your child in how to use the treatment.  

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 get good advice on treatments that work, rather than wasting time and money on products that don’t.

Find out more about treatments for acne