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Are Medical-Grade Skin Care Products Better Than Drug Store Brands?

If you’re like most people, you don’t mind spending money on skin care products that will keep your skin looking its best. However, there are different types of skin care products, including medical grade and drug store brands, and it’s not easy to determine which products are better.

Are Medical-Grade Skin Care Products Better Than Drug Store Brands?

Medical grade skin care products

Medical grade skin care products are generally available from a dermatologist or aesthetician.  They typically contain active ingredients such as peptides, vitamins C and E, retinol, and hyaluronic acid, in higher concentrations than drug store brands.  These ingredients are clinically proven to treat a range of skin conditions, and reduce signs of aging.

The ingredients in medical grade skin care products are more potent, and can penetrate deep into the skin and heal it from within, so these products are generally better for the skin.  

Medical grade skin care products are very safe, because they are regulated by the FDA.  They are also backed by research that confirms that they actually do what they claim, which is not the case with drug store brands. 

Drug store skin care products

Drug store skin care products or over-the-counter (OTC) products contain some of the same active ingredients found in medical grade products, but in much lower concentrations.  As a result, OTC brands don’t always provide the transformative benefits seen with medical grade products.   This does not mean that skin care products from the drugstore don’t work, but the results may not be as dramatic (learn more).

Would you like to learn more about skin care products?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in Chicago IL, The Skin Care Center is our feature practice. 

You can reach them at www.skincarectr.com, or by calling the Chicago office at 773.296.3636.  They also have offices in Lake Forest (847.234.6121), and Glenview (847.901.0252).

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