What makes skincare products medical grade?

By: Sierra Nevada Cosmetic and Laser Surgery
RENO, Nev. - Aug. 30, 2018 - PRLog -- There is a big difference between skin care products that you buy at a retailer such as Nordstrom or Sephora and skin care products that you buy through your doctor's office. The key is the quality and the quantity of ingredients.

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.

Now, there is a good reason that these "cosmeceutical" companies can't have strong or deeply penetrating ingredients. The women or men who work behind the counters at these stores, while they might be experts in that skincare line, they are not dermatologists or doctor's so they can not accurately diagnose and treat skin disorders. So, they might recommend a product that at full strength could be damaging to the skin but since it, by law can not be, there is really no harm done.

If you are interested in learning more about the difference between "cosmeceuticals" and medical grade skincare, our Esthetician Annette is the expert. She offers complimentary consultations for all new patients. Give our office a call and schedule your complimentary consultation with her.

Dr. Yamamoto offers complimentary consultations. Call our office now (775) 525-1712 to schedule yours!

Our office is located in the Plumgate Shopping Center at the corner of Plumb and Arlington in South West Reno.

540 W Plumb Lane Suite 110 Reno, NV 89509.


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