10 Skin-Care Products You’re Wasting Your Money On, According to Dermatologists

Before you spend all that cash on creams, serums, and toners, make sure you’re getting ones that actually work. Unfortunately, there are some pricey products out there that don’t do very much for your skin — and can actually end up irritating it.

So what are these products? INSIDER spoke to board-certified dermatologists to find out which items aren’t worth the money.

Optimizing Fillers for Men

The use of neurotoxins and dermal fillers in men has been on the rise for nearly two decades, but men don’t often achieve the same results as women.

To provide the same degree of success, dermatologists should take into consideration the more masculine features, according to several studies published recently.

Since 1997, there has been a nearly 300% increase in the number of cosmetic procedures performed on male patients. Despite the increased use, however, men still experience lower levels of efficacy.

How Bad Is It Really to Remove an Ingrown Hair Yourself?

Ingrown hairs have a lot in common with pimples. They show up uninvited, seemingly with the sole purpose of annoying the crap out of you. And, since they’re right there, you might be tempted to take matters into your own hands and try to pop them. While you can do that pretty safely with some pimples, what’s the deal with removing an ingrown hair yourself?

Here’s how bad it actually is to try to get that sucker out on your own.

The Best Anti-Aging Skin Care

Keeping skin healthy is important, because it acts as a barrier between your body and all the potential harms of the outside world.

Treating your skin right can bolster that barrier—at any age.

And taking some smart steps can make a big difference when it comes to anti-aging skin care. Here’s what to do.

Why Most Anti-Aging Products Are a Waste of Money, According to Dermatologists

Like anything that seems too good to be true, most of the claims made by over-the-counter skin-care products probably are. Because products like moisturizers, night creams, and foundation with supposed anti-aging properties are categorized as cosmetics, not drugs, their marketing claims are not held to the same level of scrutiny that medicines are. They may not even be required to undergo scientific trials at all.

That’s not to say everything on the market is a waste of your money and hope, however. We spoke to board-certified dermatologists to find out what can actually help stave off wrinkles and other signs of aging – and what you shouldn’t bother with.

Vaccinations For Acne Could Soon Be A Reality, Thanks To New Research

While there is currently no cure for acne, there are a number of treatments that help. Unfortunately, these don’t always work for everyone and can come with some nasty side effects.

However, researchers think they are one step closer to developing a vaccination for acne. Experts from the University of California in San Diego have published the results of a study that claims to have found a way to attack acne within the body itself, rather than using harsh products on the skin.

Everything You Need to Know About Retinoids

Turns out, there’s actually a product that dermatologists agree can deliver clearer skin with minimal cost and effort, all while delivering “anti-aging” properties.

Retinol first popped up in the 1970s as a treatment for acne. Now, retinoids are skin-care essentials that are perfect for every age. Here’s everything you need to know about retinoid products.

Dermatologist-Approved Beauty Recipes to Help You Recover from the Summer

As you may have suspected, just because it comes from our fridge doesn’t mean it’s meant to go on our faces. Many of the most common ingredients in DIY masks can actually cause irritation and, in some instances, serious damage to our skin.

That said, there are still ways to get a glow with the goodies in your cabinets without sabotaging your skin.

Are Trendy Face Mists A Total Waste Of Money?

Face mists have become a staple in many a beauty junkie’s top shelf. It seems like there’s a mist for everything ― hydrating, calming, soothing, moisturizing ― but the skin care skeptics of the world would likely dismiss them as gimmicky bottles of fancy, (sometimes) scented water.

How do you know if they’re actually worth it? We spoke to three dermatologists to get some answers.

How to Use Retinols on Sensitive Skin, According to Dermatologists

For folks with sensitive skin, even the most seemingly harmless and soothing ingredients can sometimes cause an adverse reaction. So when it comes to retinol, a form of pure vitamin A that aids in cell turnover for healthier skin, those with sensitive skin should tread lightly, as the ingredient has a track record of inducing irritation.

We spoke with several dermatologists and gathered their best tips and tricks for using retinol on delicate and hypersensitive skin types.