Achieving healthy, glowing skin doesn’t always require a trip to the dermatologist’s office. There’s a wide array of over-the-counter (OTC) skincare products available that can help you maintain and enhance your skin’s health. Conway Medical Center dermatologist, Dr. Yumeng (Marina) Li, is sharing her expert insights and recommendations for the best OTC skincare products that can be seamlessly incorporated into your daily routine. These products are perfect for skincare enthusiasts at any level, offering effective solutions for various skin concerns.
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water
The foundation of any skincare routine is a good cleanser. Dr. Li suggests Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water for Sensitive Skin. “This is a very gentle and effective way to remove makeup and other impurities from the day. I like this as a good pre-cleaning step before using an actual cleanser. And it’s really great for sensitive, rosacea-prone skin.”
Topical retinoids, like Differin® Gel, play a crucial role in the treatment of acne. Retinoids have vitamin A activity which helps regulate cell turnover to make sure your skin goes through the right process, creating a healthier environment for skin.
“What makes Differin® Gel even better is that it contains adapalene, which is a retinoid,” explains Dr. Li. “That makes it great for acne prone skin but it also restores skin tone and texture. You can use it for its anti-aging properties too!”
Creams & Lotions
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream
When your skin barrier is compromised, it may be unable to keep essential moisture in and harmful irritants out. That’s why it’s important to include a barrier-restoring cream with ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides in your daily skincare routine.
“CeraVe Moisturizing Cream is a great options because it’s non-comedogenic (doesn’t block your pores) and it contains ceramide, which is important for maintaining a healthy skin barrier,” says Dr. Li. “I often recommend it to patients who are on acne treatments because their skin gets dried out. It can help restore the look and feel of smooth, supple, and healthy-looking skin.”
Vanicream™ Moisturizing Lotion
“Lotions are lighter than creams, so they are great for the summer,” Dr. Li shares. “Vanicream™ is a brand that makes products tailored for consumers with allergies to common skin care products. If you are ever breaking out in a rash from other creams, this is a good one to try.”
Vanicream™ is good for soothing red, irritated, cracking, or itchy skin. It’s ideal moisturizing formula helps treat dry skin associated with atopic dermatitis (eczema), psoriasis, ichthyosis, and winter itch.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50
“This is a good mineral sunscreen that is extremely lightweight, blends quickly and easily into the skin without feeling heavy ore leaving a white cast,” she says. “One of its key ingredients is vitamin E, which is excellent at maintaining moisturized skin and reducing inflammation.”
Anthelios Mineral Tinted Sunscreen provides UVA/UBC protection and its blend of antioxidants help defend your skin from free radicals. It’s also oil-free, suitable for all skin types and can be used on face and body.
Dr. Li’s recommendations for the best over-the-counter skincare products cover a wide range of skin concerns. Remember that consistency is key when using these products, and it’s essential to patch-test new products before incorporating them into your routine. Also, consult with a dermatologist if you have specific skin concerns or conditions that require professional guidance. With the right OTC skincare products and a diligent routine, you can achieve the radiant, healthy skin you’ve always wanted.
For those seeking a dermatology clinic that prioritizes expertise, personalization, advanced technology, and compassionate care, CMC Dermatology is the answer. With a team of skilled professionals like Dr. Yumeng Li who are dedicated to enhancing your skin health and overall well-being, our clinic offers more than just treatments – it offers a path to healthy beauty that radiates from the inside out. Embark on your journey to vibrant skin with CMC Dermatology today by calling 843-234-8700.
ACGME Fellowship trained in Mohs Micrographic Surgery/Cosmetic Dermatology
ACGME Fellowship trained in Dermatopathology
ASDS Fellowship trained in Cosmetic Dermatology
Board certified in Dermatology and Dermatopathology