Dermatologists are seen as a luxury service by most South Africans, unless the condition is at a critical point and needs immediate assistance or is being covered by medical insurance. As a result, many skin ailments are being left untreated or are being treated using the wrong products.
Scheduled dermatologicals may in some instances not require a prescription but they still need to be dispensed by the pharmacist on duty, which can make it intimidating, especially when it comes to sensitive subjects such as vaginal infections, as many local consumers fear being judged for purchasing products such as vaginal antifungals. As a result, some South Africans may not use the most appropriate product or any product at all, until the infection has worsened.
The lines between dermocosmetics and dermatologicals are blurring, and often, consumers are turning to cosmetic brands first before looking for dermatologicals with active ingredients to treat their skin and hair conditions. While they are not necessarily unsuitable, especially for certain types of skin conditions, dermatologicals are well-placed and established to achieve more rapid results.
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