Formulated to take into account your particular skin type
in addition to the condition being treated
What is professional grade skincare? /
Professional grade skincare, also known as medical-grade skincare, is designed to target specific skin concerns such as oily skin, dryness, or aging skin.
It is formulated to take into account your particular skin type in addition to the condition being treated. Due to its high concentration of active medical ingredients, professional grade skincare is only sold by medical professionals, who can provide guidance in determining the most suitable product for you.
How is professional grade skincare different from skincare sold in the drugstore?
Drugstore brand skincare is available over the counter without a prescription or consultation. As a result, it contains a much lower concentration of active ingredients than medical-grade skin care. This means that while it may claim to target a specific skin concern, it really only treats the outer layer of the skin and may not be effective for all skin types. Professional grade skincare, on the other hand, contains a much higher concentration of active ingredients and can effectively infiltrate the epidermis, reaching deeper layers of your skin in order to truly treat the problem.
In addition, while drugstore cosmetics do not require FDA approval before being released on the market, medical grade products are regulated by the FDA, so you can feel confident that they will live up to their claims. In fact, professional grade skincare contains 70% pure ingredients based on FDA guidelines.
What are Cosmeceuticals?
Cosmeceuticals are a cosmetic-pharmaceutical hybrid; in other words, they are cosmetic products that contain active ingredients. These products, which are sold in medical spas, often contain ingredients such as marine extracts, peptides, and antioxidants like Vitamin C. Although they are formulated with biologically active ingredients, they are not recognized or regulated by the FDA. Despite this, in many cases, they are effective in improving skin’s tone and texture and can treat a number of common skin concerns such as hyperpigmentation and fine lines.
What are Pharmaceuticals?
Pharmaceuticals are medical-grade products, which make up only 5% of skincare products and are available exclusively through a licensed health care professional. In accordance with FDA regulations, pharmaceutical products contain 99.9% pure active ingredients, which make them extremely effective. Oftentimes when individuals buy over the counter skincare, they misdiagnose their skin and purchase ineffective products or cause further damage to their skin. Since medical-grade skincare is prescribed after a medical consultation and diagnosis, you can feel certain that it is targeted to treat your individual skin concern and is well suited to your skin type. In addition, stringent FDA guidelines ensure the safety and efficacy of all pharmaceutical products.
What are Alpha-hydroxy acids(AHA)?
Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) are acids that have been proven effective in providing hydration, improving skin’s texture, minimizing the signs of aging, and exfoliating the epidermis, resulting in smoother, more even skin. Often referred to as “fruit acids,” common AHAs include citric acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, tartaric acid, malic acid, and mandelic acid.
What is Beta-hydroxy acid (salicylic acid)?
Beta-hydroxy acid (BHA), or salicylic acid, is an acid which effectively exfoliates skin and unclogs pores. As such, it is best suited to individuals with oily or acne prone skin. It also soothes skin and evens skin tone.
What is Hydroquinone?
Hydroquinone is a type of phenol, which effectively reduces the appearance of dark spots caused by hyperpigmentation, acne, or melasma. It is touted as the most effective skin-lightening ingredient.
What is Kojic Acid?
Like Hydroquinone, Kojic acid is used to lighten or lessen the pigment of skin. Kojic acid, which derives from fungi, works by reducing melanin production. However, it is not suitable for sensitive skin as it often causes irritation, inflammation, and allergic reactions.
What is Retinol?
Retinol, or Vitamin A, is a powerful, multitasking skincare ingredient utilized by a number of skincare products due to its ability to minimize wrinkles and fine lines, improve skin laxity and texture, and reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, resulting in skin that is more even in tone. Although it is extremely effective, it should be introduced into your skin care routine slowly in order to ensure that it does not irritate your skin.
What is L-Ascorbic Acid?
L-Ascorbic acid, or Vitamin C, is derived from natural sources, such as oranges. In a concentration of 5-15%, it is effective in treating aging skin and hyperpigmentation as it stimulates collagen production and brightens and firms skin. It is also praised for its ability to rejuvenate skin by reversing the damage caused by UV rays. Although it is suitable for all skin types, individuals with sensitive skin may find L-Ascorbic acid irritating.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid, which is naturally produced by the body, assists skin in retaining and replenishing moisture, keeping it plump and smooth. With age, our skin produces less Hyaluronic acid so products containing this ingredient help prevent the development of wrinkles, fine lines, and droopy skin.
What is Copper Peptide?
Copper peptides are tiny naturally occurring copper proteins, which have been proven to be effective in repairing skin due to their ability to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. As a result, copper peptide is often used to speed the healing process, improving the appearance of scars. However, it can also be utilized as an effective anti-aging ingredient, since in addition to encouraging collagen production, it also results in the creation of glycosaminoglycans, which plumps and moisturizes skin.
What is Alpha-Lipoic Acid?
Alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant with anti-aging and anti-inflammatory capabilities. This common skin care ingredient helps skin regenerate Vitamins C and E, and minimizes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and scars.
What is DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol)?
DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol), or deanol, is an antioxidant membrane stabilizer which smoothes and tightens skin by improving its elasticity. It also works to protect skin against free radicals, which are the source of pre-mature aging. While it is effective on its own, DMAE is most effective when used in conjunction with Alpha-lipoic acid or Vitamins A, E, or C.