Having acne-prone skin means spending thousands of dollars over your lifetime and constantly hearing, “Just drink more water!” “Are you washing your face? and “You know, if you didn’t eat that, your skin would clear up.”
People who have skin that’s considered “normal” have no idea how much time and money we spend trying to look like the people on our Instagram feeds or the actors on TV. To respond to your remarks, I carry a bottle of water with me everywhere I go, yes, I wash my face, and I probably eat better than you on average.
When it comes to investing in skincare, people with acne-prone skin are forced to spend a lot more money on products based on ingredients and goals. I would love to buy a face mask from Five Below, but the chances of it breaking out are almost guaranteed.
For a face wash, I use the EMUAID Therapeutic Moisturizing Bar, which is $22 for a bar of soap, targeted for conditions including “dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea.” I also use their Overnight Acne Treatment with salicylic acid, which costs $31.90 with no shipping.
In the morning, I apply Revolution Vitamin C Serum priced at $17 and Cetaphil Daily Face Moisturizer SPF 50+ priced at $16.49.
In addition to my skincare products, I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on dermatology appointments with doctors who prescribed products for my skin that didn’t work and I take special probiotics for acne prone skin to help clear my gut. I even bought one $50 COVID-19 face mask because it guaranteed it wouldn’t cause breakouts. Imagine not having to worry about a breakout-causing mask and being able to spend $5 for one.
The devastating part of the products being so expensive is the amount of money spent on the ones that don’t even work or made the breakouts worse and are now thrown away or given away to a friend for free since they are already open.
The skincare industry needs to become more affordable and accessible to everyone, especially those who need to use more potent products than a standard dollar store strawberry-scented face mask.
Not only are skincare products usually too expensive for those who really need them, but makeup for acne-prone skin is also expensive. It’s more than just buying a product because it says “non-comedogenic” or “dermatologist tested.”
the foundation i use contains niacinamide, which reduces inflammation. It is $39 and after shipping cost almost $50.
“Beauty products are expensive due to production costs, marketing costs and demand,” according to a Item Essie Button. “Procuring the raw materials needed for beauty products is difficult, and therefore an expensive undertaking. Meanwhile, strong demand for beauty products has allowed companies to raise prices.
Production and marketing costs make sense, but it’s sad to see that people can’t enjoy the same products as others just because a company has raised prices due to demand. Everyone deserves equal access to skincare and makeup products that are safe for their skin at a reasonable price.