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Skincare in Syracuse and Central NY: Dermatology Grade skincare products vs. OTC skin care products

The FDA regulates what can be sold over-the-counter (OTC) at drugstores/discount stores, department stores, and spas/salons, versus what is available through a physician’s office. Because of this regulation, over-the-counter products cannot contain the same levels of active ingredients as stronger skincare products (often called “medical grade” or “dermatology grade” or “pharmaceutical grade”. These stronger dermatology grade skin care products are only dispensed through a physician’s office. Medical grade products contain more concentrated levels of active ingredients such as antioxidants, peptides, and cell repair ingredients. As a result, these products offer much better results than can be achieved from using over-the-counter products.


Also, the ability of medical grade skin care products to produce such great results has to do with the products and ingredients ability to penetrate the top layer of skin. Legally, over the counter skin care products cannot penetrate past the epidermis. By contrast, many medical grade products work at the dermis (or middle layer of the skin) where collagen and elastin are contained and the basal (or bottom layer of the skin) where new skin cells are produced. For true correction of skin care problems, treatment needs to be directed towards the deeper skin layers. For these reasons, clients who are seeking a “results-oriented” skincare regimen, also seek advice on treatment options such as laser skin rejuvenation, chemical skin peels, cryotherapy, microdermabrasion and dermaplaning.

Getting the Best Advice

It’s very important to have a licensed, experienced aesthetician design a program and recommend the appropriate products for your skin type, condition and desired results. Medical grade skin care products can be quite potent and require proper application, dosing and the advice on a skin care expert such as those at your local SkinLaze Laser Skin Spa Center.

Making Sense of It All

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the thousands of skin care advertisements fo (OTC) products. What those ads and department stores don’t tell you is that by law, those products generally only contain a small amount of the active ingredients needed to accomplish significant results. The reality is that most OTC products do little to treat the underlying skin condition that results in the obvious signs of aging, such as loss of collagen or hyperpigmentation.

The Bottom Line

Give your skin the dermatology grade products that is deserves. A good SkinLaze skincare regimen is the least invasive way to change your skin and is a vital part of overall skin health and skin rejuvenation. For more information about our specific dermatology grade skin care products see:

Need some advice on which dermatology grade skin care products are right for your skin?

Call the skincare experts at SkinLaze in Fayetteville, NY at (315) 632.4359 to schedule a Free Consultation.