If you’re starting to notice fine lines and wrinkles, you may be considering one of the many over the counter moisturizers that claim to undo signs of aging. However, it could be a mistake to settle for second-rate products that lack the power and quality of the professional strength creams offered at Schaumburg Dermatology. Learn about the difference between the two types of products, then schedule a consultation with one of the dedicated skincare professionals at Schaumburg Dermatology to find the right moisturizer for your skin.
Over the Counter vs. Prescription Moisturizers
For rejuvenating skin, nothing works as well as retinoid creams. These vitamin A derivatives have been credited with reversing sun damage, minimizing brown spots, reducing pore size, and even smoothing fine lines and wrinkles caused by environment and genetics. But, there are some serious differences between those sold in your local drug and variety store, and those available from a dermatologist:
- Strength: Over the counter retinol creams are weaker and can take much longer to work than their prescription counterparts. A good drugstore retinol cream can take as long as 12 weeks to show results, whereas a prescription topical can begin to make an impact in as little as four weeks.
- Support: When taking the drugstore route, you are left to find the right product by trial and error. This can not only be expensive – some over the counter creams can cost $100 or more – but it can also irritate and damage your skin. When you seek professional help, a knowledgeable skincare expert will help you choose the right product based on your unique skincare needs.
- Quality: Drugstore products can be good, or they can be awful, and you won’t know until you’ve spent the money and suffered a nasty breakout. With prescription products, you not only get a higher-quality cream, but you also get a consistent product that won’t change from batch to batch.
If you do decide that a milder product is right for your skin, our full line of high-quality skin care products can provide many of the same benefits of prescription-strength retinoids, while still guaranteeing you the highest level of quality and professional support.
Get Quality at Schaumburg Dermatology
When it comes to taking care of your skin, you really do get what you pay for. For the best possible results, drugstore moisturizers can’t offer the same personalized results you see with the professional-strength products offered by Schaumburg Dermatology. For an evaluation of your skin care needs, schedule a consultation with a member of our staff and learn about which products that are right for you.
Go Beyond Drug Store Moisturizers at Schaumburg Dermatology
Your skin deserves better than greasy, ineffective over-the-counter drugstore moisturizers. Contact Schaumburg Dermatology at (847) 534-0700 to schedule an appointment and learn the difference a targeted prescription can make for your skin. Our offices are located at 911 North Plum Grove Road in Schaumburg, IL in the Woodfield Lake Office Court, near the Sonesta Suites.