How can seeing a doctor help with my skin and skincare regime?

Prescription skincare products can be highly effective in addressing various skin problems due to their targeted formulations and active ingredients. Unlike over-the-counter (OTC) skincare products, medical grade and prescription products are only available from a doctor who has advanced training in the products and the ability to write a prescription.

These products are tailored to treat specific skin concerns and are typically more potent than their OTC counterparts.

Here are some ways prescription skincare can help with various skin problems:

1. Acne: Prescription topical treatments containing ingredients like retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, or topical antibiotics can effectively target acne-causing bacteria, reduce inflammation, and promote skin cell turnover, leading to clearer skin. Obagi Clenziderm is a good example of this.

2. Hyperpigmentation: Prescription products with ingredients like hydroquinone or tretinoin can help lighten dark spots and even out skin tone. Again Obagi prescribed Nu-Derm systems containing these ingredients are able to be prescribed.

3. Rosacea: Prescription creams or gels with ingredients like metronidazole, ivermectin or azelaic acid can help reduce redness and inflammation associated with rosacea. I wrote a paper on rosacea so I have a good awareness of treating this condition.

4. Eczema and Dermatitis: Prescription topical corticosteroids can provide relief from itching, inflammation, and redness associated with these conditions. Effective moisturisers are key at preventing and settling any flares.

5. Psoriasis: Prescription topical treatments with corticosteroids, retinoids, or vitamin D analogs can help control psoriasis flare-ups and reduce scaling and redness. Again products with humectants can be beneficial.

6. Fine lines and Wrinkles: Prescription retinoids, such as tretinoin, can stimulate collagen production, leading to smoother and firmer skin. Skinbetter Science are a medical professional only brand that utilises this technology with alpha ret giving fantastic results.

7. Melasma: Prescription products containing a combination of ingredients like hydroquinone, tretinoin, and corticosteroids can be effective in treating melasma. Obagi is a firm favourite recommendation to treat these skin concerns.

It’s important to note that prescription skincare products can be potent and may have side effects or interactions. Therefore, it is crucial to use them under the guidance and supervision of a doctor with a specialist interest in skin. Additionally, they can provide instructions on how to use the products correctly and monitor your progress to ensure the best possible outcomes.

I offer skincare consultations if you would like to get personalised recommendations and advice, please get in touch.