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Skin Care Products: What is the difference between Medical-Grade vs Drugstore Brands ?

Skin Care Products

The main difference between Over the Counter (OTC) skincare products and medical grade is the medical grade can only be sold by a licensed medical professional - what we is offer here at Defy Nature in New London.

Unlike most medical grade products, the cosmetic industry does not have any oversight by the FDA. Despite what you see on TV, these OTC products do not require clinical testing or research. Did you know they spend most of their money on advertising? Drugstore brands are filled with low quality ingredients, use preservatives to increase their product’s shelf life and add harmful chemicals, fragrances, irritants, comedogenic (pore clogging) ingredients, fillers, thickeners and parabens (commonly used to prevent bacteria/mold) that can cause hormonal imbalance among many other health issues. Yuck!

Medical grade lines use healthy, active ingredients and they don’t add additives that affect your health negatively. Companies that manufacture and sell medical-grade skin care products must perform extensive research and testing prior to distribution. Take caution that OTC products that you find online, in your local department or drug store do not hold the same standards. They also leave you trying to diagnose yourself and in hopes you get the results you want and are generally formulated to work on everyone, no matter your skin type. . Using a medical grade product allows you to use products that are more tailored to your needs and skin concerns, like acne prone, skin discoloration and or dryness. Kristin, the Nurse Injector at Defy Nature will provide you with a tailored treatment plan from the Skin Medica line of products. Or shop now at


It’s all about layers! If you’ve purchased something from a non medical professional, in any store, or online, understand these agents only work on the outermost skin layer called the epidermis. They sit on the surface and barely penetrate into deeper layers.

Pharmaceutical or medical grade skin care products are formulated to be delivered to the dermis. This is where the collagen scaffold and collagen producing cells live. To make any real changes to the skin, the deep dermis has to be impacted. Medical-grade products have a higher concentration of active ingredients (hyaluronic acid, growth factors, peptides, acids, retinols, and antioxidants) and are developed to penetrate deeper levels of the skin as well as help with cell turnover.

There is the argument that drugstore and on line is more affordable than medical grade. It’s really not that much more expensive. At Defy Nature, we can work around your budget with our monthly specials.

Invest in Medical Grade skin care products because your skin will thank you for it in the long term.

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