The use of skincare products is usually central to any long term skin treatment program. It can involve the use of dailyproducts such as a moisturiser or sunblockthrough to the use of productswith a therapeutic effect on skin health such as Vitamin A (Retinoic acid). Topical products used for certain skin conditions may require a prescription such as in Acne and Rosacea and a compounding pharmacy may need to make a specific prescription product such as Hydroquinone for Melasma. Professional advice on the most effective and appropriate skincare products is important as the most popular or most expensive products are not necessarily the best. It needs to be remembered that the terms such as ‘cosmeceuticals’ are not recognised by regulatory bodies and that there is much misinformation in the area of skincare products.

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