By Sali Hughes
Want help without spending a fortune? These could be the answer
I’ve been reading US beauty magazines my entire adult life, but feel the Atlantic divide most acutely when they casually suggest “asking your dermatologist”, as though all readers have a skin doctor on speed dial, waiting to advise on every line and pimple. The British system is, of course, entirely different, focused on free-at-the-point-of-delivery healthcare; any GP would rightly need to see a legitimate and unresponsive skin condition to even consider a referral to a consultant.
Nevertheless, it’s still entirely reasonable to have concerns about skin, whether driven by health or vanity, and to want to seek expert help without dropping £250 for half an hour with a derm. It’s also possible that a prescription-strength product (containing higher levels of active ingredients) will work beyond the reach of a retail equivalent.