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The Best Non Prescription Skincare Brands

The Best Non Prescription Skincare Brands
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You don't always need a prescription to get effective skincare products. While those of you who suffer from more severe skin conditions, such as Acne or Rosacea, are advised to seek medical help, prescription products could contain concentrated strengths that aren't quite right for your skin type. These might irritate or even exacerbate the condition, making a lot of us feel like giving up.


There's hope! While some skin conditions may require prescription-strength treatments, the less severe issues such as pigmentation, regular breakouts, and bumpy, uneven skin can be treated with some incredible dermatologist approved brands. These products range from cleansers to moisturizers to special treatments, many of which are backed by science and used by professionals.

The key is to seek out products designed with your skin's type and needs in mind. Discover some of our best non-prescriptions skincare brands:

DCL - For Skin Resurfacing

The DCL brand stands for Dermatologic Cosmetic Laboratories, offering skincare targeted, innovative skincare developed through a collaboration between scientists and physicians. These products have some of the best, brightest and most venerated names in aesthetic skincare and dermatologists behind them, but we're particularly thankful for their resurfacing benefits.

Packed with AHAs and vitamins, DCL provide several resurfacing products that act as potent exfoliating treatments. Thee range can bring even the most severely dry and damaged skin to life, bringing softness, radiance and an even skin tone to your complexion. The resurfacing lotions work to a professional level, minimizing pores, fine lines and wrinkles, whilst smoothing the bumps and refining the texture.

SkinCeuticals - For Anti-Aging

The holy grail of anti-aging and skin protection has to be the collection skincare heroes by SkinCeuticals. Entirely backed by science, the brand is informed by in-depth research and creates products infused with powerful antioxidant properties. All are extremely efficient at protecting your skin and preventing it from free radical damage.

Their extensive range of antioxidant serums come enriched with a powerful blend of vitamins, AHAs and BHAs to give the skin exactly what it needs to combat fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. SkinCeuticals also offers anti-ageing products that work together beautifully to give you the most youthful skin of your life.

Avène - For Skin Calming

Infused with the healing power of thermal spring water, Avène  products are known and loved the world over. The gentle purity of this exclusive water proven is proven to soothe and cure many skin reactions and redness. With dermatological and pharmaceutical principles at the heart of the brand, Avène's products have been called 'life-changing' thanks to the dramatic results.

A range of cleansers, mists, moisturizers and treatments are fortified with a whole host of anti-irritating properties, which have been touted for calming the skin and treating reactions. If you suffer from eczema, rosacea and redness, this really is the brand to try.

SkinMedica - For Acne Fighting

Many acne treatments that are prescription only are rumored to cause severe redness, allergies and harsh flaking to the skin. This doesn't affect  everyone, but it's one of the main reasons people turn to non-prescription treatments to try soothe their acne. SkinMedica are one of the most effective skincare brands for fighting acne, and has been a loved and trusted brand for over 10 years.

SkinMedica's futuristic products contain just the right amount of retinol, vitamins and more tolerate measures of benzoyl peroxide, to fight acne-causing bacteria. These key ingredients also help to speed up cell renewal, which gently exfoliates to reveal newer, brighten, non-acne scarred skin. This specialized acne range employs natural, therapeutic antiseptics so you can wave goodbye to bacteria for life!

Nia24 - For Treating Pigmentation

No matter what your skin has been through, whether it be acne, sun exposure, stress or just general aging, skin always tells its story visually. Pigmentation is the most visible give away, usually expressing itself in the form of dark spots, redness, sun spots or red patches. Luckily, you don't necessarily need prescription skincare products to treat this, and instead you can enjoy benefits by using products that offer sun protection and healing properties.

Backed by over 25 years of biomedical research, NIA24offers products which penetrate beneath the skins surface layer to offer round-the-clock protection against sun damage. One of their key ingredients is Pro-Niacin, which is the main ingredient in the NIA24 skin care line. This ingredient facilitates the delivery of Niacin (the lesser-known vitamin B) deep into the skin where it helps to stimulate DNA repair and build the skin barrier from the inside out. This also works to fade out all the possible types of pigmentation on your face, neck and chest, when used regularly.

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