Whether you want to work on your acne-prone skin, reduce the appearance of pores, brighten any dark spots, or just overall improve the look of your skin there is a drugstore version of the more expensive brands that will work just as well without breaking the bank. We love healthy skin habits that are budget-friendly. DCSI helps our patients understand more about the ingredients needed so they don't go straight to expensive brands. Some of the pricier skincare might appear to be worth the investment but the beneficial ingredients can also be found in the more affordable options. Our skin condition specialists will help patients learn the ingredients that will help them.  To make this easier we have put together a list of beauty dupes!

Drugstore Dupes for Expensive Skincare

Social media is a great way to find dupes and skincare options, but it is always a good idea to clear any products with your dermatologist before incorporating them into your skincare routine.

Cleaning Balms

This product works quickly and without agitating the skin. They are formulated to be non-abrasive, unlike makeup wipes which can cause redness and irritation. They have quickly become a beauty junkie favorite!  Product: Farmacy Green Clean Cleansing Balm - Retails for $36 Dupe: Physicians Formula The Perfect Matcha 3-in-1 Cleansing Balm - Retails for $13.99


If your skin is itchy, cracked, or dry you’ll need a great moisturizer with the essential ceramides. Most include hyaluronic acid which also helps hydrate the skin and restore its barrier. They should be gentle, fragrance-free, and non-greasy. Product: Sunday Riley ICE Ceramide Moisturizing Cream - Retails for $65 Dupe: CeraVe Moisturizing Cream - Retails as low as $13.99

Eye Cream

Eye cream is a necessary step in skin care because the skin around your eyes is thinner than the rest of the face, meaning more sensitive. This thinner and more sensitive skin is where the first signs of aging often appear.  Product: Peter Thomas Roth Instant Firm Eye Tightener - Retails for $38 Dupe: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Eye Gel-Cream - Retails for $15


Using a toner can remove any last traces of dirt, grime, or other impurities that may be stuck in the pores after you wash your face. When added to a daily skin routine, it can leave the skin with smaller and tighter pores.  Product: SK-II Facial Treatment Essence - Retails for $130 Dupe: Good Molecules Glycolic Exfoliating Toner - Retails for $14

Lactic Acid

Using lactic acid can brighten dullness, smooths, and even skin, while also making it firmer. Using lactic acid will help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, this product can also help reduce dark spots.  Product: Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment - Retails for $85 Dupe: The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% Exfoliating Serum - Retails for $9

Glycolic Acid Toner

Glycolic acid toner is a type of exfoliant that targets the surface of the skin. This product helps to improve the clarity of the skin, balance uneven skin tone, and correct texture over time.  Product: Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner - Retails for $18 Dupe: The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Exfoliating Toning Solution - Retails for $13

Skin Mist

Most skin mists are used to fight dryness and revitalize skin that is dull and tired. There are different mists that address different concerns. Some boost hydration and aid the absorption of other skincare products. This will then improve makeup application.  Product: Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist - Retails for $49 Dupe: Olay Mist Ultimate Hydration Essence - Retails for $14

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If there are any further questions about skincare products and dupes, contact us today or make an appointment!