The American Academy of Dermatology says that while there is a lot of good research to be done, there is little data available on the effect of non-prescription skin care products.
In addition, it does not appear that there is much difference in the safety of these products compared to the standard cream, serum, or cleanser, said Dr. Karen Schleicher, the group’s chair.
“If you have mild to moderate skin problems, these products may not be the best choice,” she said.
Skin care products can contain many ingredients that are not necessarily effective, such as preservatives, vitamin E, vitamin B6, and other chemicals that can cause skin irritation.
“The amount of preservatives and vitamin E in a product can be very high and it is not necessarily the same as what you would find in a skin care product,” said Schleocher.
“This is not to say that the products aren’t good.
It’s just to say they are not always as effective as the products that you would normally find in the cosmetics aisle.”
“There is a real need for consumers to be educated on the safety and efficacy of these types of products,” she added.
“People should not feel pressured to take a drug or supplement that they may not want or have no idea is safe or effective.”
While skin care companies can vary in the amount of product they use, there are a few basic ingredients that have been found to be safe.
“We do have some evidence that these are effective at treating moderate-to-severe erythema migrans, so there is some evidence to support the use of nonprescription products,” Schleucher said.
“I do not know what the safety is of all these products.”
Skincare companies can use nonprescriptive products, such the cream, which are often used by dermatologists.
“There are some studies that suggest the nonprescribing cream might have some benefits, especially for people with moderate to severe erythromycin-resistant erythrocystic acne,” said Dr, Jennifer Boudreau, a dermatologist at the University of Toronto and a board-certified dermatologist.
But even non-skin care products are often effective at relieving skin conditions.
For example, when acne is curable, such medications like aloe vera gel and jojoba oil help reduce the need for medication, said Schlegel.
“You could say there is benefit to taking one topical treatment for mild-to moderate erythyma, and the other for severe ersophagia.”
And for those who need to stop the medication to treat the condition, it is possible to use a sunscreen, she said, adding that it is important to use products that are non-comedogenic.
“We use a lot, and there are products that people have used for decades that are comedogenic,” she noted.
Schleuchers recommendation for people who are experiencing a mild skin condition is to start taking their prescription cream, followed by their serum, followed, then a cleanser.
If they have a moderate to moderate ersolvirus infection, they may want to start with a nonprescribed serum, and if they are having an outbreak, they should start with their standard cream.
It is important for people to be aware of the risks associated with using nonprescriptions, including skin irritations, allergies, skin allergies, and more, Schleuch said.
If you are unsure whether a product is suitable for you, you should speak with your dermatologist about the benefits and risks of that particular product.
If you are concerned about the health of your skin, there’s a good chance that you are not alone.
The American Dermatological Association has published a guide to help people avoid skin cancer.
Source: The American Cancer Society (ACSA), National Institutes of Health, and The University of Michigan, Department of Dermal Biology