Medical Grade Skincare | Is It Better & More Effective Than Other Skincare?
hey everybody it’s angie and welcome to hot and flashy the topic for today’s video is medical grade skin care what is it is it better than any other kind of skincare that you can buy is it the only kind of skin care that will give you results in your skin i get asked these questions and more about this medical grade skin care thing just about every day and i thought well it’s about time for me to weigh in on this topic i have been reluctant to do that for a number of reasons mainly because it’s going to be a little controversial because they’re going to be people who swear by medical grade skin care there’s going to be people who sell medical grade skin care and they are going to take offense to what i’m going to say in this video most likely um because the truth about medical grade skin care is that it’s not a term that has an official definition anywhere certainly not with any of the governing bodies that oversee drugs and cosmetics so if you were to do a simple google search what is medical grade skin care you would get all kinds of definitions that pop up let’s do a little quiz right now you guys follow along and let me know which of these statements do you think are true pertaining to medical grade skin care statement number one and these are quotes directly off the internet medical grade skin care is under fda regulation to contain 99.
9 pure ingredients and to ensure safety and effectiveness number two medical grade means that they’re available only from establishments that operate under a physician’s license medical grade skin care products have been designed to penetrate the epidermis and affect deeper layers of the skin medical grade skin care products contain higher levels of active ingredients so you’ll see better results faster medical grade skin care has been extensively tested in clinical research to guarantee the benefits of these products all right how did you do did you think any of these statements are true do you think they’re all false do you think some are true and some are false well the truth is that 100 of these statements are false the truth about medical grade skin care is that it’s a marketing term that was made up by people who want to sell you expensive products for your skin so let’s go back down that list and i’ll explain to you why each of these statements is actually false let’s just tackle this first claim here which is that medical grade skin care is under fda regulation to contain 99.
9 pure ingredients and ensure safety and effectiveness so that’s a pretty big statement that includes the fda as you know the fda here in the us is the food and drug administration on the entire fda website there is no mention of medical grade skin care anywhere 99 percent pure ingredients in skin care does not come up as a topic what you have to locate is the page on the federal food drug and cosmetic act this is the part that governs skin care so basically the fda defines two branches of things that you can slather on your skin one is cosmetics the other one is drugs here’s how they define cosmetics these are articles intended to be rubbed poured sprinkled or sprayed on introduced into or otherwise applied to the human body for cleansing beautifying promoting attractiveness or altering the appearance then the fdnc act defines drugs as articles intended for use in the diagnosis cure mitigation treatment or prevention of disease and articles intended to affect the structure or any function of the body if you want to read this i’ll put the link in the information box below and you can go into the weeds too but let’s just suffice it to say that medical grade doesn’t exist there are cosmetics and there are drugs but they go on to say that some products meet the definitions of both cosmetics and drugs in skin care that would be like sunscreen if you take a moisturizer it’s a cosmetic if you add sunscreen to it now it is a cosmetic and a drug the fdnc also goes on to talk about cosmeceuticals the fdnc act does not recognize any such category as cosmeceuticals a product can be a drug a cosmetic or a combination of both but the term cosmeceutical has no meaning under the law so where skin care is concerned and the way the fd and c act describes drugs versus cosmetics basically the things in skincare that would fall under drugs are tretinoin and hydroquinone and sunscreen so those are the three ingredients that i can think of off the top of my head obviously i know you guys are going to come up with some others there’s a tasserac and adapoline that is considered a drug and therefore either available only by prescription or that has a monograph that covers its use that has to be tested and it can only be used within the strict regulations of the fdnc’s monograph for it like sunscreen everything else is considered a cosmetic so your ascorbic acid vitamin c glycolic acid lactic acid salicylic acid niacinamide peptides all that stuff goes into the same bucket of cosmetic the fdnc only has two designations drug cosmetic and that is it anything that anyone tells you is medical grade it’s still an over-the-counter cosmetic alright the other claim that that quote is making is that medical grade skin care is 99.
9 pure as regulated by the fda oh my goodness i looked everywhere on the fda website to find some confirmation of this i couldn’t find anything anywhere about any kind of purity they generally don’t talk about that on the fda website so then i had to call in my dad who as some of you guys already know is a cosmetic chemist by trade he actually was in research and development for many many years and one of the giant global conglomerates he started off as a pharmacist so he’s got all the right credentials to help us figure this out so i called in my dad i said dad what is the deal with this i’m i’m doing a video on medical grade skin care and he goes oh honey whoa whoa whoa what what are you doing he goes because you know that’s just a marketing term right i was like yes dad i know it’s just a marketing term but i’m stuck on something here that i need more info on i said there’s this 99 purity claim that i read on a website and he said you know what um there there really isn’t any regulation of purity every single ingredient will have a different purity level but he said every single ingredient also comes with a certificate of analysis so there are these things papers called cfas that come with everything everything also comes with its um safety data sheets he said so there is this organization called the us pharmacopia and it’s an international organization it’s not tied to any specific government body like the fda and they set standards for all kinds of things from food to drugs to supplements and he said that they do do that for lots of skin care raw ingredients but he said there is no such standard as a 99.
9 purity across the board for skin care ingredients and so where this all relates to medical grade skin care is that usp and certificates of analysis are available for every single ingredient not just for medical grade skin care they are available and can be purchased by neutrogena to make a ten dollar product at the drugstore or by the ordinary or by paula’s choice or by any number of reputable companies who want to sell you a good product who wanted to perform who want your repeat business it’s not just medical grade that can give you a good quality raw ingredient any product can give you a good quality raw ingredient there is no fda regulation that mentions anything about medical grade skin care and it certainly doesn’t mention anything about the ingredients being 99.
9 pure all right let’s go on to the second statement which is that medical grade means they are available from establishments that operate under a physician’s license i think that one is kind of a holdover from a few years ago when everything wasn’t available on the internet i mean you can buy skinceuticals on amazon is amazon operating under a physician’s license i don’t think so that you know i remember 20 years ago you couldn’t get a vitamin c serum unless it was from skinceuticals they were the only ones who made vitamin c serum no one else was making it well mainly because they owned the patent on it but you know what happens patents expire and then everyone else can start making it that’s a big part of dermatologist businesses now is having these you know sales kiosks where you can buy some skin care from them but that doesn’t mean that your dermatologist is prescribing this to you it doesn’t make it medical grade just because they’re selling it it’s just a company that made an over-the-counter product and is trying to make it more exclusive by selling it just at dermatologist offices you know my dermatologist office sells all the same things but has my derm ever tried to sell me those she hasn’t and i really appreciate that okay the next one was medical grade skin care products have been designed to penetrate the epidermis and affect the deeper layers of the skin this one drives me crazy the reason that different skin care ingredients penetrate your skin to different depths is either because of their molecular weight or because there is an absorption enhancer present that helps them to get into your skin deeper so let’s take the alpha hydroxy acids for example glycolic acid is the smallest molecule of the alpha hydroxy acids therefore it penetrates your skin deeper lactic acids molecule is a little bit bigger so less of it penetrates and it doesn’t go as deep let’s say you have a 150 glycolic acid cream over here and a 10 glycolic acid cream over here is this one going to penetrate so much more than this one no they both contain glycolic acid which has the exact same molecular weight so they will penetrate to the exact same depth then there are the penetration enhancers that everybody has access to all right so let’s move on to the next statement which was that medical grade skin care products contain higher levels of active ingredients so you’ll see better results faster again 178 dollars skinceuticals ce ferulic with 15 l ascorbic acid my favorite timeless 20 vitamin c for 25 does the medical grade 178 dollar product contain more vitamin c than the non-medical grade 25 product it does not in fact it contains less so that one is a myth that is completely busted okay and the last one is that medical grade skin care has been extensively tested in clinical research to guarantee the benefits of these products which i would say that is true for all skin care i don’t think there’s any skin care ingredient that’s been brought to the market that doesn’t have some level of research behind it saying that it works now can you get a guarantee that it’s going to work like this says you can’t get a guarantee on anything they are not giving you your money back if you use a bottle and you say it didn’t work for me i don’t see the results that you claimed nobody’s guaranteeing anything but they did do the research but does doing that research make it instantly medical grade no research was done on lots and lots and lots of other ingredients as well niacinamide there’s a ton of independent research on niacinamide does that make it a medical grade ingredient or a medical grade product it doesn’t it just makes it an ingredient that’s been proven with lots of research to work so i hope i was able to kind of clarify some of this for you today and help you to understand that it’s really just a marketing term that is trying to provide you with a reason to spend more money on a product that you could easily get for less that’s all it is in my opinion so if you use over-the-counter skin care that markets itself as medical grade you’re happy to spend the money and you’re seeing results and you like how it feels and smells then you know i don’t have any problem with that as long as those who are selling it are being honest with you about what it can and can’t do i’ve tested both i’ve tested super high-end over-the-counter skin care what they would call medical grade but it’s really not and i’ve tested regular old affordable skin care and i cannot tell the difference between the two so for me personally where i have like 11 different things in my skincare routine i can’t afford to spend 200 on each of them plus i have seen the difference in my own skin over time as i use them if you’re looking to save a little bit of money on your skin care if you tried medical grade and it didn’t live up to the hype and you just found that you were poorer because of it and your skin was no better then i would encourage you to take a look at my skincare routine and my ingredients series so check the info box below the video for links to some of my favorite dupes for your more expensive skin care items if you are kind of on the fence about medical grade or if this has convinced you that medical grade is not the way to go i can definitely help you out with some product recommendations in the info box below so anyway that’s the video for today i hope you found it helpful and informative if you did go ahead and give it a like don’t forget to and hit the notification bell while you’re down there as always i thank you so much for your time i really appreciate you watching have a great day and i will see you in the next video take care everybody bye