“It’s Very Lightweight”: Doctor Plugs SA With Affordable Skincare Products

“It’s Very Lightweight”: Doctor Plugs SA With Affordable Skincare Products

  • A medical doctor on TikTok plugged social media users with a couple of affordable skincare products
  • The professional shared two products - one from the brand The Ordinary and another from CeraVe
  • Members of the online community flooded the doctor's comment section with queries about the items
  • The doctor spoke to Briefly News to provide information about the main ingredient used in the skincare products she loves

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Doctor plugs South Africans with affordable skincare products.
A doctor plugged Mzansi beauty enthusiasts with affordable skincare products. Images: @kgabophadu237
Source: TikTok

A doctor with skin as clear as day plugged South Africans with affordable skincare products found at local drug stores.

Taking to her TikTok account (@kgabophadu237), a medical doctor, Dr Kgabo Phadu, recorded herself showing off skincare products containing retinol from brands such as The Ordinary (roughly R200) and CeraVe (approximately R400).

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The University of KwaZulu-Natal graduate said to her online audience:

"Guys, if there's one thing you can't pay me to live without, it's retinol. You can't pay me to drop my retinol."

Watch the video below:

What is retinol?

Speaking to Briefly News, Dr Phadu explained that retinol is part of an umbrella group of compounds called retinoids, which are vitamin A derivatives.

"They work by increasing cellular turnover, boosting collagen production, and helping unclog pores. Thus making them superior at both acne treatment and prevention. They also have an anti-ageing effect."

Given that people can buy retinol over the counter and via a prescription, the doctor explained:

"Retinol basically refers to an over-the-counter formulation, which is milder and has fewer side effects. While retinoids are more potent, it has much more severe side effects. Hence, one needs the monitoring of a registered medical professional."

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Netizens share their questions about retinol

Social media users filled Dr Phadu's comment section with skincare queries and those about retinol.

@mokopu1812 commented that using retinol looked like a lifetime commitment, adding:

"I stopped it. I need to see a dermatologist and get a script for it because clearly, I got the wrong memo."

Dr Phadu replied:

"There are plenty of over-the-counter retinol serums, but if you’re looking for a more potent one, you can definitely get a prescription from your dermatologist."

@mhlantlaomhle asked the doctor to recommend a reasonably-priced retinol product for oily skin. Dr Phadu said:

"I would recommend the CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Face Serum. It has a gel-like consistency, and it’s very lightweight."

A possible user of retinol products, @theehoneybadger, commented:

"A life-changer, that thing."

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Jade Rhode (Editor) Jade Rhode is a Human Interest Reporter who joined the Briefly News team in April 2024. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhodes University, majoring in Journalism and Media Studies (distinction) and Linguistics. Before pursuing her tertiary education, Jade worked as a freelance writer at Vannie Kaap News, telling the tales of the community. After her studies, Jade worked as an editorial intern for BONA Magazine, contributing to both print and online. To get in touch with Jade, please email jade.rhode@briefly.co.za