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8 Of The Best Drugstore Skincare Products, According To Dermatologists

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Even if your skincare regimen is relatively simple, it’s all too easy to spend a small fortune on skincare products! And for most of us, if we spent $30 or more on each of the products we use regularly, that fortune might not even be all that small.

But luckily for us, there are plenty of quality skincare products that can be found at affordable prices in the aisles of the nearest drugstore! Many of them even get a thumbs-up from dermatologists, including the ones I’ll be sharing with you in today’s post.

I recently scoured dozens of different articles featuring dermatologist’s recommendations of affordable skincare products to find out which products came up most frequently. I ended up with a list of 8 dermatologist-approved skincare products that are not only widely available in stores, but reasonably priced too.

It’s always nice to know that taking care of your skin and taking care of your budget don’t have to be mutually exclusive! :-)

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8 Of The Best Drugstore Skincare Products, According To Dermatologists

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1. Differin Gel Acne Treatment

Price: $12.88

Differin, a retinoid treatment for acne that used to be prescription-only, is now available over the counter! Dermatologists love it as a gentler alternative to other retinoid products, especially for those with sensitive or easily irritated skin (like me!)

Retinoids like Differin take time to work their magic, so don’t expect to see instant results. But after several weeks of daily application, you’ll start to see improvements in not only acne, but discoloration, inflammation, and even wrinkles too.

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2. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

Price: $15.63

The star ingredient in this light, gel-like moisturizer from Neutrogena is hyaluronic acid, a moisture-binding substance that attracts and locks in moisture to help keep your skin hydrated. If you’re looking for a light, non-greasy moisturizer that will keep your skin looking youthful and radiant, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel is relatively affordable and widely available!

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3. Aquaphor Healing Ointment

Price: $9.50

Aquaphor Healing Ointment can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions. Use it to soothe chapped lips, heal dry or cracked skin, treat eczema, and more! It even comes in handy for healing wounds like burns and scars.

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4. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

Price: $11.90

For a dermatologist-approved, no-nonsense facial cleanser, look no further than Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. This soap-free formula gently cleanses skin without disrupting the skin barrier, making it a great option for any skin type.

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5. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Tinted Ultra Light Sunscreen

Price: $33.50

Dermatologists the world over agree that applying sunscreen is a vital step in any good skincare regimen. Picking the right sunscreen product is key, because if you don’t like how it feels on your face, you probably won’t use it as much as you should.

This one from La Roche-Posay features SPF 50, and boasts an ultra light finish that won’t leave your skin feeling greasy. It’s also lightly tinted, making it a perfect first step in your morning makeup routine.

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6. CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion

Price: $17.38

The CeraVe brand has a cult following for bringing beneficial ceramides to the masses with its affordable products. Their Daily Moisturizing Lotion is a favorite of dermatologists, because it offers long-lasting moisture without any irritating or pore-clogging ingredients or fragrances.

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7. Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Anti-Puff Eye Roller

Price: $12.02

Looking for a solution for those seemingly permanent dark circles under your eyes? This option from Garnier’s SkinActive line comes in a convenient roller bottle, so all you have to do is remove the cap and swipe it on!

The gel formula itself features both vitamin C and caffeine to help reduce puffiness and brighten the appearance of the skin around your eyes.

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8. Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner

Price: $4.69

Incorporating a toner into your skincare routine is a great way to refresh your skin before applying other products. A witch hazel toner like this one can help remove excess oil, reduce redness and inflammation, and refine your pores. Dermatologists like this option because it won’t strip your skin of moisture like other toners can.

Do you have any favorite drugstore skincare products?

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  • I love Cerave’s moisturizer with spf it’s a very light one but cheaper. Differin also makes a good moisturizer with sunscreen. I was trying to find Differin’s Acne gel and the store was confused and I ended up unknowingly buying it. I’ve been using an Ultra gentle skin cleanser for sensitive skin by Neutrogena. I also use the L’Oréal eye defense eye cream with caffeine for years. It’s good stuff.

    • I also have a book by a dermatologist.The book is Beyond Soap. I finally had to refer to some of her drugstore picks because some of the ones people raved about just irritated my skin.

  • I understand that these are recommended by dermatologists? However, looking at the ingredient list for most of the products on here, I notice that they have a) petroleum, and b) parabens in many of them. Both of those are carcinogenic. Dermatologists have not, it appears, taken this into their considerations. Mine does not recommend anything with stuff in them that is toxic to the system. The Garnier roller for eyes is awesome, especially if you keep it in the frige. Haven’t tried the tinted moisturizer which seems to be ok….sunscreen ingredients that should be avoided are a long list, headed by anything with “oxy” in it.

    Love your column! Please do a blog on the Environmental Working Group someday? They are a vast wealth of information regarding all the stuff we should be avoiding in our make up and skin care routines. And no, it doesn’t eliminate the drug store and low cost items!

  • Ponds cold cream is the best thing I’ve found to take eye make up off. My grandmothers and great aunts used it and I decided to give it a try. with great results

  • I’m almost 75 years old and for most of this life, I’ve used Noxema to wash my face, morning and night. I have the skin of a 30 year old woman; probably good genes, but treated right, with no soap ever touching my facial skin. I have many friends in my generation who are using this wonderful product with great results. Talk about frugal, my large bottle of Noxema costs me less than $5. Sure enjoy your posts, find so many of them helpful.

  • For tinted sunscreen I like Botanical 50 for the face. For night time face cream I still use PONDS facial moisturizer.. I buy both products at Walgreens when they have a BOGO.

  • At 65, I use organic vegetable glycerin. Over the years I have tried and tested and DIY many oils and concoctions, but now at this milestone, I have found organic glycerin to be the best. My skin is radiant and moisturized. A great healthy diet helps too.

  • I use CeraVe moisturizer and foaming face wash. I also use Aquafor. The dermatologist suggested using it to prevent scaring after she removed a mole from my daughter’s back. I find it great for the lips, so I use a little dab of it in place of balm or gloss. No more morning capped lips & I’m not constantly reapplying like I seem to have to do with lip balm.

  • I love Cerave. I use their cleanser and nighttime lotion.They were suggestions in my book by a Dermatologist. My skin has improved a lot. Not as many breakouts. Yes. I still get them
    at my age.

  • I used to be a fan no 7, the Garnier eye rollerball but can’t find it in UK any more. The link in this article leads to a Completely different Garnier eye rollerball product on Amazon UK. I now use the version for men in an orange rollerball, I’m fairly confident there’s no difference between male and female skin! Though on that note, when looking for moisturiser in men’s ranges for my husband, I notice that strangely many of them don’t contain SPF.

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