Medical Grade Skincare Products VS. Everything Else
Is Medical Grade Skincare Better?
In North America skincare is a multi-billion dollar industry. The cosmetics aisle of any drugstore or department store generates thousands of products all promising to give you the proverbial fountain of youth - healthier, better-looking skin. With labels that sound sophisticated, and formulas that tout ‘all-natural’ or ‘organic’ the options are endless, and can leave you wondering, “who needs medical-grade skincare anyways?”
For those with specific skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, and acne, skincare isn’t always optional and requires a bit more thought. For one, treating a specific skin condition often means you need to employ a particular skin-care regimen, and for another, your condition may make your skin more sensitive to ingredients and products in general. Finding a skin-care routine that works can offer a vital way someone can manage and treat their condition(s).
Over-the-counter (OTC) products only contain a fraction of the active ingredients you will find in medical-grade products. The same can be said of drugstore skincare that is labeled as ‘clinical strength’. Products are not allowed to exceed a certain level of active ingredients, without being sold by a physician or dermatologist. Why? This process ensures that a product won’t be harmful to someone who may not use it as directed, or someone it may not be well-suited for. This also means that most OTC products are oftentimes too weak to help you achieve the desired effect.
But What If My Drugstore Products Work Just Fine?
Because OTC products are only permitted to have a fraction of the strength of medical-grade skincare, you can be sure that you are only reaping a fraction of the benefit. You may think that your skin is in great shape now, but the fact of the matter is that you are more than likely missing out on a tighter, radiant, healthier-looking complexion.
If you are looking to protect your skin against premature signs of aging, skin cancer, UV radiation, and everyday stressors, is it worth it to take the gamble on OTC products? Let’s face it, higher quality products feel significantly better on your skin, so why not treat yourself and your skin to its new best friend. If you want to avoid the greasy sheen and heavy feeling of OTC, try switching to medical-grade skincare.
But Medical Grade Skincare Sounds So Expensive...
In the long run you will likely save money by choosing medical-grade skincare vs OTC. If you think about it, how many half-used bottles you used to have stashed under your bathroom sink or have thrown out because they didn’t perform the way you wanted them too? It adds up.
The way to look at medical-grade skin care is as an investment in your skin. You may have to pay a little more up front, but you can be sure you will see results within a reasonable timeframe.
By using an experienced provider to help you match the right products to your specific skincare needs, you can also experience satisfying improvements with fewer products.