Over The Counter Skincare Medicines: A Guidebook

by Devendra Kumar Article

Skin problems are a very common problem among people irrespective of their ages and genders. But only a counted number of people visit the clinics of dermatologists, and the others prefer visiting the local pharmaceutical stores to purchase skincare medicines to find solutions.

To your surprise, thousands of cleansers, exfoliators, lotions, anti-aging creams, serums and moisturizers available in the market. If you want you can spend thousands of rupees on buying luxury brands or just a few hundreds of rupees at the local medical store.

Many cheap pharmaceutical brands work as good as branded skincare solution creams. Why so? Dermatologists say that this is because these drugstore medicines contain mostly similar ingredients. So what is the secret? Just buy the right skin solution medicines matching your skin type.

Anti-aging creams – you should buy products containing retinol or retinyl propionate. It is found in your skin as derivatives of vitamin A. retinol helps in eliminating signs of aging.

Moisturizers – buy skin ointment or cream that contains humectants and emollients which make the skin hydrated and leaves no greasy effect. These two elements together can temporarily reduce fine lines on the skin, especially around the eyes and neck.

Exfoliating lotions – if you want a gentle and effective exfoliator for your skin, look for skincare products that contain glycolic acid, malic acid, lactic acid, and salicylic acid.

Antioxidant creams – looking for effective antioxidant creams? Try to buy one that includes niacinamide. It is both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Except for this, soy extract, coffee bean extract or coenzyme Q10 are also antioxidants that fight the free radicals in your blood, reduce shallowness, wrinkles, and other symptoms of sun damage.

Skin lightening creams – generally OTC creams include a fungal ingredient named kojic acid or licorice extract to lighten the age spots from face and neck. You must buy a skincare solution cream that includes hydroquinone. Remember, FDA allows only 2% containment of this element in OTC skin lightening creams.

Sun protection creams – you should buy a cream that protects your skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, when you are buying OTC creams try at least SPF 30.

Prescription medications for skincare:

When you visit the clinics of specialist dermatologists, they may prescribe you some skincare drugs having similar ingredients of the OTC products. These medicines can help you in removing excess facial hair, hair growth in scalp areas, skin exfoliating, etc.

When you are determined to visit a dermatologist, let him know about all the OTC treatments that you have already tried. And, he will determine the best for your skin. But, before planning your visit, knowing a little bit about some medicine ingredients will be beneficial for you. Here is a list of some prescription drugs discussed below. Remember, it is best to use them with professional guidance only.

  • Tretinoin (Retin-A and Renova) – FDA approved Retin-A in 1971 for the treatment of acne. It helps in minimizing fine lines, even out pigmentation and exfoliating skin.

  • A beta-hydroxy acid (salicylic acid) – It is also an exfoliant that helps in improving skin texture and color. It may also treat acne.

  • Hydroquinone – it is a skin lightening cream that removes dark spots from the skin especially due to melisma.

  • Propecia – It is the only drug that FDA approves for treating the pattern baldness in men.

  • Vaniqa – Vaniqa or eflornithine cream is for women and it treats unwanted hair growth on face.


Although there are frequent side effects of using these skincare solution cream products, so better using these with the guidance of a professional dermatologist.

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