Derm Drugstore Favorites – Where to Save on Skincare

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Unlike leather vs. pleather, quality compared to cost in the world of skincare is not always so clear-cut. Many drugstore brands incorporate the same ingredients (and extensive clinical testing) that their luxe-labeled counterparts use.


It can be hard for the untrained eye to identify these nuances and choose budget-friendly beauty that actually works.


Top dermatologist Rebecca Kazin, MD, FAAD, of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and Johns Hopkins Department of Dermatology weighs in on where you can save without sacrificing your skin.

Here are her favorite drugstore buys…



My favorite product for my daughters’ dry cracked lips and hands is Aquaphor,” shares Dr. Kazin. “I slather them in it after every bath or shower in the winter months. It’s inexpensive and it works. It’s the best hydration for eczema prone lips, hands, feet.”

La-Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid


This is a great physicalblock sunscreen for breakout- or Rosacea-prone patients.

Neutrogena Rapid Clear Treatment Pads


These are super easy to swipe on and are effective and non-irritating for sensitive skin.

Cetaphil Cleanser


There’s a reason this is a classic.This gentle non-drying cleanser is good for all skin types. It’s a go to when recommending something super gentle that won’t irritate patients’ skin.

Eucerin Calming Cream Daily Moisturizer


Super rich, effective and inexpensive, this is a great remedy for winter itch on the body.

Follow these tips and your skin (and bank account) will thank you.


Article by: Sheila Arway


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