There are two product lines we recommend for continuing skincare. The Revision Skincare line and the BelleDerm line are two very reputable companies whose products contain what they say and our patients are very satisfied with them. These products are sold through physicians’ offices only and you can review these products at their websites: www.revisionskincare.com, and www.belledermskincare.com.
I’m not impressed with high priced products such as Strivectin and ProActive. You can find products that provide the same benefit at a much lower cost. The over-the-counter products are not regulated by the FDA and companies can make a lot of vague claims as to their benefits without having to show real benefits, or that their products even contain the actual amounts of the ingredients the label states. For example, the best measure of the true available antioxidants is the Orac scale. Strivectin actually has a rather low Orac value of 12, compared to the value of pure vitamin C, which has a value of 400. Incidentally, an excellent, unbiased website to learn about antioxidants is www.BrunswickLabs.com . Another example, Proactive’s only ingredient that works specifically against acne is benzoyl peroxide, and you can get this for a fraction of the cost at Target. So, as with many things in life, you don’t always get what you pay for.