Why Medical Grade Skincare Products Matters
What does medical-grade skincare mean?
Medical-grade skin care products, more commonly known as cosmeceuticals, contain active ingredients that have been clinically proven to be effective in correcting problematic skin. Products of this nature are typically sold in dermatology offices. Merging cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, the products provide both aesthetic and medicinal benefits as they contain ingredients that are capable of penetrating below the top layers of the skin.
Medical-grade skin care lines tend to use the same ingredients as pharmaceutical ones (usually obtained with a prescription), only they use lesser amounts and sometimes alternative products. Cosmeceuticals contain medical-grade ingredients, which include but are not limited to retinol, peptides, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid. There are some over the counter brands that may also contain these ingredients, but only trace amounts.
The concentration of active ingredients in over the counter (OTC) skin care products is greatly limited to avoid harming people with the greatest sensitivity to those ingredients. On the other hand, medical-grade skin care products contain a higher concentration of active ingredients because they are only dispensed by medical professionals trained to evaluate whether that concentration is appropriate for each client. The ingredient lists of most OTC products do not contain the ingredient concentrations, which makes it difficult or impossible for the consumer to compare OTC and medical grade products.
Cosmeceuticals come in with a slightly higher price tag than most OTC brands but it is a case of quality over quantity. A higher standard of quality ingredients are used to provide effective results; the amount of a particular ingredient and the formula used for developing the product affects the pricing. Unfortunately, many retail manufacturers use inexpensive methods to mass-produce products and deliver a lower price tag to the end-user.
Medical-grade skin care products penetrate the skin more efficiently and effectively, than those sold OTC. The ability to penetrate deeper allows the products to achieve the desired structural results. However, less product is typically needed to deliver superior results, so the cost/benefit calculation actually makes medical-grade products a better bargain in the long run.
A dermatologist or aesthetician is trained to provide a customized product list that will work with your skin type. When deciding to go with medical-grade skin care products, you can be assured that it will be tailored to your distinct needs. Choosing to go with a trained professional for your skin care needs makes it more likely that you will receive the correct product(s) the first time, rather than having to try different brands to find the one(s) you like and that work well for your skin.