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reigntiye posted:
Hello,
I am a 47 soon to be 48 year old african american woman. I used to have awful acne in my teen years and into my early adulthood. At this point in my years my skin is beginning to look okay. I am wondering what I could use that works on skin to beautify it without paying the hollywood stars money for it. I am a single mother of 4 and work making a modest yearly income. There must be products for us that can do good things for our skin on a budget. Please give some suggestions. Thank you so much and I hope you know how wonderful an opportunity this is for doctors of your prestige and knowledge to share with others like myself who would not otherwise get such an opportunity.
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Mohiba K Tareen, MD responded:
Dear Reigntiye,

Oh sweetheart, what a kind compliment, thank you!
I commend you on being a hard working single mother of 4 -- that is the most wonderful and most difficult job of them all

Skin care does not have to be terribly expensive to be good. A few suggestions.

-- Always a moisturizer with sunscreen in the am. As a woman of color myself, I see many patients with brown skin who do not think sunscreen applies to them. Sunscreen is the single most important way to minimize aging, discoloration, and wrinkles. A few brands I like are Neutrogena with Helioplex, Anthelios, and Cerave am.

--I also recommend that my patients use a topical anti-oxidant in the am. These are vitamins that minimize free radical damage to our skin. These include Green Tea, Coffeeberry, Vitamin C, E and Phloretin. These topical anti-oxidants tend to be more expensive- so when cost is an issue, I recommend to use them very sparingly under your sunscreen so you can at least get 4-6 months out of a bottle. A few good brands are Skinceuticals, Revale, and Replenix.

--In the evening, at topical retinol/ retinoid cream is KEY! These retinol compounds have more than 30 years of scientific research behind them showing that they increase collagen production - leading to healthier, younger looking skin. The stronger (and hence more effective) products need to be prescribed by an MD. However, a few good over the counter ones are ROC retinol and Neutrogena retinol. If you have an MD prescribe you topical Retin-A (the lowest generic strength is 0.25%) you can go to Walmart, Sam's Club, or Costco (you do not have to be a member) and the small tube that lasts 3-4 months is about $25.
** Make sure you are not pregnant or nursing when using these topical retinols because they are contraindicated.

I always suggest taking a pic of your face before starting the regimen and then compare in 3-4 months. You will definitely see a nice difference

Good luck and please keep me updated!!!
 
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diannasam responded:
I use everything the Dr. said to use too... A really good Vitamian C product you can find is at the Body Shop. And the Neutrogena Retniol is good too. And for lotions i use Clinque Dramatically Different lotion and their Overnight Turnaround Lotion.. This will probably put you at about $100, but for your face its a great investment and be worth every penny. Good Luck to you
 
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Mohiba K Tareen, MD replied to diannasam's response:
These are excellent suggestions, thank you for your input


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