How Medical-Grade Skin Care Products Differ from OTC
Like any other broad category, skin care products come in various different formats and types. When it comes to anti-aging and related forms of skin care, there are two general types to think about: Over-the-counter options you can buy at any store, and medical-grade products that are recommended by a medical spa doctor.
At the offices of Steven Jepson MD, we offer a variety of medical-grade anti-aging skin care products in addition to our medical spa services like Botox, Juvederm and laser treatments. Our products include Dr. Jepson’s own personal line of products, specially formulated with high amounts of quality active ingredients. What makes these kinds of medical-grade products different and, generally, more effective than OTC products? Here are some of the major differences to understand.
For starters, the quality and concentration of active ingredients used in medical-grade products is simply higher than what you’ll find in over-the-counter solutions. Our SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator, for instance, has five specific forms of hyaluronic acid active ingredient in it, each of which help provide the highest-quality wrinkle reduction when used.
Over-the-counter products, on the other hand, do not have this quality or quantity of active ingredients. Rather, they have lower concentrations that often lead to limited and temporary results. We only offer products backed by major medical trials and significant research.
Due in large part to these gaps in ingredient quality, medical-grade skin care products are also meant to penetrate the skin in deeper and more meaningful ways. Most over-the-counter products simply remain on the skin’s surface, sometimes providing temporary cosmetic relief but never really addressing the root of the aging issue that’s taking place.
Medical-grade products, though, work down to the dermis, or the lower levels of skin where important chemicals like elastin and collagen are produced and kept. This sort of penetration helps treat everything from improper chemical production to previous sun damage, plus will help prevent various forms of future skin damage that you might be at risk for.
Importance of Oversight
Finally, one note on the use of medical-grade skin care products: It’s vital that you also maintain the proper oversight from Dr. Jepson or another certified medical spa practitioner if you’re using these products regularly. Dr. Jepson will take the time to evaluate your skin and any issues you’re having, and his recommendations for skin care products may or may not complement other services like Botox or laser treatments. In either case, we will provide specific use directions and will schedule you at least one appointment to check in and assess the success you’re having with any product he recommends.
For more on medical-grade skin care products and why they’re much different than over-the-counter solutions, or to learn about any of our med spa treatments, speak to the staff at the offices of Steven Jepson MD today.