Like many people, you have probably bought over the counter skin care products and been disappointed with the results they produced. If that’s the case, you may want to consider a medical grade skin care regimen.
Also referred to as cosmeceuticals, medical grade skin care products offer both medicinal and aesthetic benefits. The active ingredients in these products have been clinically proven to have a positive effect on the skin. Understanding how medical grade skin care differs from over-the-counter products and the benefits it provides may encourage you to make some changes in how you care for your skin.
Over-the-Counter vs Medical Grade Skin Care
Unable to penetrate the upper layers of the skin, known as stratum corneum, over-the-counter products sold in drug stores don’t have a biological effect on the skin. The active ingredients in medical grade products penetrate the top layers of the skin and go beyond the basic “cosmetic” results over-the-counter products provide. A physician or medical esthetician can recommend the right medical grade products for your skin.
Medical grade skin care products typically contain the same ingredients found pharmaceutical products that require a prescription. Lower amounts or derivatives of these ingredients are used in medical grade products than in the pharmaceutical versions. Commonly used ingredients are retinol, antioxidants, or peptides. These can sometimes be found in over-the-counter skin care but only in trace amounts as products are not permitted to alter the biological structure of the skin.
In addition to the level of active ingredients, the formula used to develop a skin care product will greatly impact its effectiveness. Manufacturers of over-the-counter products use mass production methods that are inexpensive to control their cost. While they may be more affordable, they usually produce less than satisfactory results. Medical grade skin care products are developed to a higher standard with proven formulas providing more effective results.
If a product provides better results, it’s usually a better value. This is true of medical grade skin care products as well. Because of their ability to penetrate the top layers of the skin, they are more effective than over-the-counter skin care products. In addition to superior results, you may be able to use less of a medical grade skin care product due to their higher level of penetration.
Medical grade skin care products should only be purchased and used under the supervision of a physician or medical esthetician. They will evaluate your skin type and recommend products and a daily care regimen customized for you. You will be educated about the recommended products and the best way to use them. This will allow you to get better results and eliminate trying multiple products before finding the one that works best for you.
Considering Medical Grade Skin Care in NJ
Now that you know the benefits of using medical grade products, choosing the right products should be left to the professionals.
Vive Medical Weight Loss and Aesthetics is a unique medical practice, providing aesthetic medicine and medical weight loss to the South Jersey community. Our medical esthetician can create a customized skin care regimen to address any of your problems or concerns.
We offer medical grade skin care products from SkinMedica and Obagi. Skin care consultations are always free at Vive and as an added bonus: you can earn and redeem Brilliant Distinctions points with your SkinMedica purchases.
There’s no reason to wait! Call to schedule your consultation today and take the first step toward healthy beautiful skin