Medical Grade Skincare Products VS Over-The-Counter Products

Medical Grade Skincare Products VS Over-the-Counter Products.


Achieving and maintaining healthy and beautiful skin is no small feat.  Long lasting results are gained through the commitment to regular professional treatments and dedicated homecare with quality products.

A plethora of skincare options currently available can be overwhelming. Every time you turn on the TV or walk through the store, there’s a new and improved product that claims to work miracles on your skin.  There are also a lot of different views on what’s best for your skin.

The products you are currently using may not be wrong, but they are probably not the best for your skin or skin concerns if they are over-the-counter products.

Medical grade skincare products are composed of medically proven ingredients and exclusively sold at dermatology and medical aesthetics offices under the supervision of a physician. Over-the-counter (OTC) products are drugstore items that are mass produced and can be bought anywhere beside a medical facility.

Here are some key differences between medical grade skincare and OTC products.

Medical grade skin care products have the highest concentration of active ingredients. These products have been developed through clinical research and concepts based on scientific studies and development.  There are no requirements for OTC products to undergo clinical studies.

Only medical grade products must go through an extensive testing and approval processes to ensure their effectiveness.

Over the counter skincare products are not designed for deep penetration, they stay on the surface of the skin and do not correct or heal a problem. The ingredients in medical grade skincare products do penetrate the top layer of the skin — they 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.

Great skin is only possible with the right kind of skincare products. We always recommend medical grade skincare because these products provide a level of treatment well beyond that of traditional over-the-counter skincare: they have the ability to reverse past damage to the skin, fight existing skin problems, and protect it from future damage.

Here are some of the great medical grade skincare products we carry at Juno Dermatology:


SkinCeuticals®        skinceuticals-products-image   

SkinCeuticals® offers a comprehensive skincare range designed to address the entire spectrum of skin concerns. Every effective regimen must include three fundamental elements – prevention, protection and correction. SkinCeuticals® product philosophy is built around these three principles, and its formulas aim to correct signs of aging, protect healthy skin, and prevent future damage. The company’s founding was the direct result of a revolutionary discovery that set the standard for antioxidant formulation. SkinCeuticals® continues to pioneer next-generation products that will optimize the health and beauty of the skin—and change the face of skincare for years to come.

SkinMedica® skinmedica-products-image

SkinMedica® is a skincare company that employs scientific breakthroughs in its skincare products, showcasing the power of biotechnology like no other brand. The research is extensive and products – innovative. Revolutionary skin treatment serums are formulated with naturally occurring growth factors, antioxidants, soluble collagen, cytokines and matrix proteins to help restore and rejuvenate the skin.


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