What makes skincare products medical grade?
By: Sierra Nevada Cosmetic and Laser Surgery
Now, I'm sure that you see the advertisements about all the different products on the market and how they claim to work better than anything you can buy from a doctor's office, but this in fact is not true. The skin care companies who sell to retailers such as Nordstrom and Sephora do not have the strict regulations that medical grade skincare companies who sell to doctor's offices have. They can advertise that their product is the best thing since sliced bread and will make you look 20 years younger without having any factual proof.
Let's take Vitamin C for example, a very popular ingredient in skincare for its brightening power. When you buy a Vitamin C serum or moisturizer through Nordstrom or Sephora, it may claim that it has a high percentage of Vitamin C but in reality, it has a high percentage of a fraction of the Vitamin C molecule and it per the FDA regulations can not have a strength that will actually penetrate the skin. When you purchase a Vitamin C serum or moisturizer from a doctor's office, due to it being sold by a physician, it can have a full-strength concentration and a more stable form of the molecule, which means that it will penetrate down into the skin.
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