Medical Grade Skincare

With so many skin care lines competing for our attention, it is difficult to know what to choose. We may love the way they feel or smell or perhaps the price is the most appealing aspect. Regardless of the particular attraction, you should ask yourself: What is it really doing for my skin?

Medical-grade products are highly recommended in order to achieve better results. Medical-grade means they are available from establishments that operate under a physician’s license, meaning there must be a medical director for the retailer to sell these products. Don’t be fooled by a photo of a doctor and that a physician developed a certain skincare line. That alone DOES NOT make it medical-grade. Only ingredients make a line medical-grade.

This is important because the FDA regulates skin care products that include ingredients that actually affect the skin. For example, if a serum is intended to increase the skin’s production of collagen, it’s a "drug" and it's FDA regulated.

The concentration of active ingredients in over the counter (OTC) skin care products is greatly limited (to avoid harming people with the greatest sensitivity to those ingredients). On the other hand, medical-grade skin care products contain a higher concentration of active ingredients.

Depending on your goals and the condition of your skin, OTC products frequently produce much poorer results than the those obtained from a medical grade line. Medical grade skin care products are strong enough to reach, and correct problems in, deeper layers of the skin than OTC products.  Medical grade products are usually expensive because they include more effective active ingredients at higher concentrations. But on the other hand, a lot of OTC products are expensive too because of the marketing, luxury packaging, etc. 

So, here are some of the most well-known medical grade skincare brands.  My favorite is Obagi (due to the pricing. For example, SkinCeuticals is more expensive than Obagi but I found Obagi products work better for me. ZO Medical is also a line by Dr. Zein Obagi.

  • SkinMedica
  • SkinCeuticals
  • Obagi
  • NeoCutis
  • iS Clinical
  • PCA Skin
  • Nia 24
  • Osmosis
  • Radical Skincare
  • Jan Marini
  • PyratineXR
  • Revision® Skin Care
  • NeoStrata
  • Glytone
  • Glo Minerals
  • Elastica
  • NuFace®
  • NuVesseMD™
  • Skin Deep Medical Spa Private Label
  • Skin Better Science™
  • Visao MD®
  • ZO® Medical
  • ZO® Skin Health