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Are Medical Grade Cosmeceuticals a Marketing Trick?

Many times when I design treatment plans for my clients, I can sense their hesitation to purchase skin care products. As a result, I end up not offering them, because trusting the process is key to outstanding results. Yet I feel this is a mistake, since using the right product could enhance treatment plans. There is no substitute for a well planned home care routine. I need to emphasize this, since 50 percent of the results can be attributed to what you do outside of the office. A skin care program is not complete without it. In my case, I thoroughly research brands, their ingredients and production process, before recommending them. These are key issues that determine the quality of the cosmeceutical.

So what is a medical grade product or cosmeceutical? Medical grade products should not contain ingredients with systemic effects (e.g., hormones); the main ingredient should be capable of penetrating into the skin barrier and permeating into the epidermis; the process should have been clinically proven; and the main pharmaceutical should stabilize the skin condition. In other words, these products can act deep in the dermis and are free of counterproductive additives, with no adverse effects. For example, fragrance and allergenic preservatives should not be part of the mix. Non-degradable emulsifiers not compatible with the skin can cause neurodermatitis; and high concentrations of mineral oils and silicones may impede the natural regeneration of the skin.

As can be concluded from the paragraph above, not every skin care product can be classified as a cosmeceutical, given the expensive production process behind the proper formulation.

For more questions, please call us…as usual, “our promise is more than beauty”. Med Aesthetics Miami, 305-356-7402. medaestheticsmiami.com

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