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    4 ways to differentiate skincare products for patients


    The big four advantages of professional skincare

    1.Developed to deliver

    Professional skincare is designed to deliver clinical-level results, according to Ms. Lee.

    “Medical professional skincare products typically offer a higher concentration of performance and active ingredients…. For example, peptides are a class of ingredients in which the concentration is critical for results. A clinical amount (a percentage which varies by peptide) is required for an intended result, such as increasing fibroblast activity or reducing wrinkle depth,” Ms. Lee says. “Many retail products boasting peptides contain only a very small amount. You can tell by looking at where the peptide is located on the ingredient list — quite often buried at the bottom of the list. When it's in such a small amount, it's not going to do much.”

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    Christine Choi Kim, M.D.According to Santa Monica, Calif.-based medical and cosmetic dermatologist Christine Choi Kim, M.D., retail skincare lines are considered cosmetics; not pharmaceuticals. Dermatologists classify most professional lines in the hybrid category of cosmeceuticals.

    “Although this label is not officially recognized by the FDA, it is used to describe products that may have biological actions on the skin below the stratum corneum, whereas a cosmetic by definition does not alter the skin's structure or function,” says Dr. Kim, who a clinical research investigator at the Clinical Science Institute in Santa Monica. “Many dermatologists decide to carry their own professional lines that include uniquely compounded pharmaceutical ingredients. The active ingredients, like tretinoin, are regulated by the FDA.”

    Dermatologists, according to Old Metairie, La., dermatologist Patricia K. Farris, M.D., can have confidence that many of the professional products they dispense are in fact efficacious.

    “Professional skincare products from trusted dispensing brands are evaluated through a series of studies that includes both proof of concept and clinical studies. Retail skincare products, although studied for irritancy and safety, are less likely to be studied with the same scientific rigor that dispensing brands are subjected to,” Dr. Farris says.

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    Lisette Hilton
    Lisette Hilton is president of Words Come Alive, based in Boca Raton, Florida.

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      Interesting blog..I agree that its high time for professional skincare companies to act responsible as most of them don't pay attention to the fact that they customer needs to know the product benefits & flaw till the bottom as most people have sensitive skin. I would always advise to go for some organic supplement ideas at imageskincare.com/by-concern/anti-aging to get rid the reason causing the skin aliment internally. I have been consuming some organic supplement like collagen drink, vitamin C & A supplement etc.

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