These products are designed to actually correct the skin care problems that people have. They have a higher concentration of their active ingredient and have the ability to penetrate the external layer of the skin and effectively treat deeper layers of the skin.
Since medical-grade skin care products can only be prescribed by a doctor or someone with a medical license, the prescription that is written is designed to specifically treat the issue that the patient has. With medical-grade skin care products, the patient does not self-diagnose, but instead is given medicine in response to a diagnosis by a medical professional.
Medical-grade skin care products are pharmaceuticals. This means that their purity and their safety is regulated by the FDA. Over-the-counter cosmetics do not all have the same FDA oversight. Before medical-grade skin care products can be released to the public, they must be tested to prove that they are able to treat the skin condition they are prescribed for and to prove that they do not pose any danger to the public.
Traditionally cosmetics are products that are applied on the skin to act as a protector or camouflage. Cosmetics are also useful to highlight certain facial features to make a person look more attractive and younger. By law, cosmetics that are sold over the counter without medical prescriptions are not allowed to contain ingredients that can penetrate or change the functioning of the skin. If they do contain these ingredients then the cosmetic product will be classified as a pharmaceutical product and can only be sold under doctors prescriptions. However, nowadays there are ingredients that can penetrate the skin but has only mild effect on the skin function. These ingredients fall in the grey area between cosmetic and pharmaceuticals and are sometimes called “cosmeceuticals”. Therefore the main difference between over the counter cosmetics and medical skincare is that medical skincare products can only be prescribed by doctors and they can contain pharmaceutical strength ingredients that can change the skin functioning.
Frequently Asked Questions
For one, medical-grade skin care products have been scientifically proven to work because it is strong enough to penetrate the outer layer of skin. Over-the-counter products are usually less expensive than medical-grade skin care products. This is because lower quality, raw products are used, which in turn sacrifices how effective the skin care product really is. Over-the-counter products are designed to sit on the surface of the skin.
Medical-grade products are highly recommended for clients to achieve their skin care goals. Medical-grade means they are available from establishments that operate under a physician’s license, meaning there must be a medical director for the retailer to sell these products. Don’t be fooled by photos of doctors or the even by the fact that physicians developed a line. That alone DOES NOT make it medical-grade. Ingredients make a line medical-grade, the fact that the developer is a physician – does not.
REFINE aesthetics & weight loss consultations are designed for our patients to receive cosmetic treatment and skincare recommendations based on a thorough assessment of the patient’s skin, goals, budget and unique needs. During the consultation we will obtain a patient’s health history and will perform a clinical evaluation of the skin to determine which treatment options are the best fit. We will customize both a treatment plan and skincare regimen. Important pre- and post-treatment instructions will also be provided to accompany most treatments. In order to optimize desired results, it is important to follow the plan and all instructions provided. REFINE aesthetics & weight loss consultations will incur a nominal service fee.
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