Site Logotype
Dermal Fillers

Why Medical Grade Skin Care Is Better Than Over-the-Counter Cosmetics

Clients’ preferencesvary regarding cosmetics, although they want to achieve a youthful look. This article discusses why medical-grade skincare is better than over-the-counter cosmetics, including; the concentration of active ingredients, high research standards, and disadvantages associated with medical-grade skincare

Clients can change their skin appearance using medical-grade skin care products. They can make the skin look younger and glowing. This can be done by using non-invasive methods like applying skin care products to the skin and fillers. Quality medical-grade skincare gives the best results than counter products. Several clients use over-the-counter skin care products with skin conditions. This is possible because the concentration of their ingredients is low and hence cannot negatively affect the skin. Medical-grade skin care products are more powerful. They have a higher concentration of ingredients than over-the-counter skin care products causing a greater change in the body. Over-the-counter skin care products are readily available in drug stores. In contrast, medical-grade skin care products are found in cosmetic doctor’s offices, medical spas, and other establishments operating under a licensed cosmetic doctor.

 Medical-Grade Skin Care Products Are Considered Better Than Over-The-Counter Cosmetics

Medical-Grade Skincare Comes with a Consultation

Aesthetic practitioners ensure patients get medical-grade skin care products to solve their needs. Therefore, aesthetic practitioners can recommend the best medical-grade skin product depending on the patient’s skin condition. There is no consultation for patients buying over-the-counter skin care products.

Medical-Grade Skin Care Has a Higher Concentration of Active Ingredients

Significant changes in the skin are achieved depending on the concentration of active ingredients. This concentration is limited to prevent harmful reactions in the body.Vyas et al. (2014) stated that patients should use products with the highest concentration of active ingredients to treat acne. This is why medical-grade skin care products are chosen for specific cosmetic purposes. Medical-grade skin care products have a high concentration of active ingredients because cosmetic practitioners dispense them; therefore, they advise their patients on how to use them.

Aziz et al. (2019) stated that medical-grade skin products penetrate deep into the skin.Over-the-counter skin care products work well only on the epidermis. They do not penetrate the layer at the bottom. The product should penetrate the skin’s surface to the dermis to cause better effects. According to Hwang et al. (2020), the dermis contains fibroblasts, the cell that creates collagen and elastin. Significant changes are seen in the topmost layer of the skin when ingredients like hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and retinol get to the dermis.

High Research Standards

Research is carried out to improve medical-grade skin care products. This level of study is not done on over-the-counter skin care products creating trust issues in clients.  Patients require factual information about the products they use on their skin.

Medical-Grade Skin Care Can Last Longer than Over-The-Counter Products

Medical-grade skin care products can be more expensive than over-the-counter products, although they last longer. They penetrate deeper, delivering superior results once applied to the skin. Patients can use a small proportion and get great results making the product last longer.

Medical-Grade Skin Care Products Contain a Higher Quality of Ingredients Than Over-The-Counter Skincare Products

Medical-grade skin care products contain 99% pure ingredients, while over-the-counter products are not held to the same standards.

Over-The-Counter Products Are Formulated for All, While Medical-Grade Skin Care Is Directed to Specific Needs

According to Levin & Miller (2011), over-the-counter products are tailored to work on all skin types. Medical-grade skin products are tailored to address issues of a specific skin type. An aesthetic practitioner gives the product favoring the skin type for you to achieve your desired results.

Disadvantages of Medical Grade Skin Care

They Are More Expensive

Since they are made using pure, high-quality ingredients, medical-grade skin care products are more expensive than over-the-counter products. Medical-grade skin care products give great results, are more effective, and last longer than over-the-counter products. There is a wide range of over-the-counter products; hence patients can choose an affordable one. Patients should compare the products before buying since they are used by everybody unless restricted by an aesthetic practitioner depending on the skin condition.

They Are Not Easily Accessible

Patients should visit an aesthetic practitioner to use medical-grade skincare products. This is a disadvantage to patients who are far and would require to travel for this purpose. Patients should buy over-the-counter skin care products from the nearest drug store.

Frequently Asked Questions about Medical Grade Skincare

How Is Medical-Grade Skin Care Different from Over-The-Counter Cosmetic Products?

Medical-grade skin care products are highly effective. They penetrate deep into the skin; therefore, their results are better than over-the-counter cosmetics. Medical-grade skin care products can treat some skin conditions better than over-the-counter products.

Why Should Medical-Grade Skin Care Products Be Administered Under the Advice of Licensed Aesthetic Doctors?

Medical-grade skin care products are highly potent. Therefore, they cannot be used by patients without guidance. An aesthetic doctor should determine whether patients can use these products by testing their skin.


Medical-grade skin care gives better results than over-the-counter skin care products since they are more potent. However, if you want to try medical-grade skin care, visit a qualified aesthetic practitioner to determine the skin type and the best medical-grade skin product. Using the wrong product on the skin can cause harsh results. Patients should understand how to use the products to avoid possible side effects.


Aziz, Z. A. A., Mohd-Nasir, H., Ahmad, A., Mohd. Setapar, S. H., Peng, W. L., Chuo, S. C., … & Mohamad Ibrahim, M. N. (2019). Role of nanotechnology for design and development of cosmeceutical: application in makeup and skin care. Frontiers in chemistry, 7, 739.

Hwang, S. J., Ha, G. H., Seo, W. Y., Kim, C. K., Kim, K., & Lee, S. B. (2020). Human collagen alpha-2 type I stimulates collagen synthesis, wound healing, and elastin production in normal human dermal fibroblasts (HDFs). BMB reports53(10), 539.

Levin, J., & Miller, R. (2011). A guide to the ingredients and potential benefits of over-the-counter cleansers and moisturizers for rosacea patients. The Clinical and aesthetic dermatology Journal, 4(8), 31.

Vyas, A., Kumar Sonker, A., &Gidwani, B. (2014). Carrier-based drug delivery system for treatment of acne. The scientific world journal, 2014.

Charlotte Cremers