Are Pharmaceutical Grade Products Worth It?

As skin care professionals it is important to use and offer our clients professional skin care products that will provide visible results, and truly support healthy skin. A.&co.’s products have been formulated to help individuals achieve healthy skin. Skin care products can be divided into two categories: pharmaceutical grade and cosmeceutical grade (OTC).

A cosmeceutical grade product line contains products that can be bought over-the-counter at department stores or drug stores. These products need to be safe for anyone to be able to buy, take home and use on a regular basis without having training or education before use and will not risk damaging the skin. Cosmeceutical grade products are only regulated by the FDA to use ingredients that are 70% pure which means these products are typically full of synthetic ingredients and fillers making their effectiveness minimal, and their capability to provide results much lower.

Pharmaceutical grade products are regulated by the FDA to contain ingredients that are 99% pure. These ingredients are going to have a powerful effect on the skin. Because of the potency of the ingredients used in pharmaceutical grade products they must be purchased from a skin care professional who can teach clients how to use them properly so they do not risk damaging their skin. 

Another big difference between over the counter skin care and pharmaceutical grade skin care is not only active ingredients and their amounts, but the level of penetration of products into the skin. OTC products cannot penetrate past the dead tissue layer on the surface of the skin. Pharmaceutical grade skin care products have the ability to penetrate the epidermis, or top layer of skin, to the dermis or lower layer of skin and physically change the skin. The dermis is the skin layer where collagen, elastin and pigmentation reside, as well as where our new skin cells are produced. Since the loss of collagen and elastin in the dermis is what ages us, we need to use pharmaceutical grade products that can penetrate to that level.

Does that mean that OTC skin care products don’t work?

Not necessarily – OTC skin care products are less effective, take longer to work and ultimately are more expensive to use in the long run than pharmaceutical grade products.

A.&co. offers a multitude of pharmaceutical grade products that can be combined to suit any skin type or condition you may encounter including Hale & Hush, Aveda, Herbal Skin Solutions and Utah’s own Glymed Plus and Trouvaille Skin Care. A.&co. only carries products from companies founded on the integrity of the formulations of their products, and their ability to deliver results.

Schedule a free skin consultation now with one of a.&co.’s skin care professionals to help you know exactly what skin care products will benefit your skin.