Today the global wellness industry is worth approximately $4 trillion -- which equates to 5% of the global economy. This means that a copious amount of money is spent on skincare each year, but are you really getting your money's worth?

Most people are looking for the same thing when it comes to skincare products: affordability, effectiveness, low risk, and high reward. But unfortunately, that's not how the skincare industry works. This is where medical-grade skincare products change the game.

Learn more about the wonders of medical-grade skincare products, where to get them, and why you should make the investment, in this blog.


What Are Medical-Grade Skincare Products?

Medical-grade skincare products contain the best ingredients, in the purest form. They are also formulated in the correct combination, at the appropriate strength, and are back by sound medical research.

Also known as cosmeceuticals, these products are categorized as a mixture of both cosmetics and pharmaceutical products. They provide both aesthetic and medicinal benefits to the skin. Most manufacturers invest serious clinical research into their products. This means that they contain highly stabilized ingredients that guarantee the best results.

Basically, if you think you can find this type of skincare product loafing about the shelves at Sephora, it's not very likely.

But a dermatologist's opinion on medical-grade skincare products may seem a little biased. However, their medical training is what sets their opinion apart from your favorite skincare YouTuber. Dermatologists are trained to identify ingredients that are high-quality, safe to use, and offer real results.


How Do They Differ From Over-the-Counter Cosmetic Products?

It's worth noting that medical-grade skincare products come with a higher price tag. However, due to the concentration of high-quality ingredients, a little goes a long way. This means they tend to last far longer -- which justifies the price tag in the long run.

So, how do these products differ from over-the-counter (OTC) skincare, and what are the benefits?


1. Top-Quality Ingredients

Most medical-grade products are packed with ingredients that are of 99% pure origin. In fact, this is a requirement in order to classify these products as medical-grade. OTC skincare products are not held to the same standards. Instead, they may contain a small percentage of active ingredients, which are diluted by ''filler'' products or materials.

In medical-grade skincare, there's more of each active ingredient in each product, too. So, the higher concentration makes for a more potent product. The most common active ingredients include retinoids, vitamin C, and antioxidants.

Most OTC skincare products contain a portion of active ingredients, but often, it's not enough to make a real, long-lasting impact.


2. Optimal Delivery and Results

When it comes to effective skincare, it's all about skin penetration. Medical-grade skincare products are formulated to penetrate deep into the skin's many layers. OTC skincare products tend to sit on the surface of the skin (the epidermis) without moving into the deeper layers for a real, long-lasting effect.

Medical-grade skincare penetrates the epidermis. This delivers higher concentrations of active ingredients to the dermis layers. This is where collagen scaffolding and collagen producing-cells lie, and where skin renewal happens.


3. These Products Offer Real Return-on-Investment

The price for medical-grade skincare may seem overly expensive at first. But it's worth thinking about this type of skincare as an investment. This may sound cliché, but you aren't actually paying more for these products, versus OTC products. Here's why:


  • You're Not Just Paying For ''the Brand"

Cosmeceutical companies do not spend their money on pricey branding, and marketing campaigns. Instead, they invest their budget in research and high-quality product development. This is why you may not know or recognize the brand of a medical-grade product, as much as you would with numerous products sold at Sephora or other retailers. The price tag for medical-grade products is fitting. You're getting the best-of-the-best ingredients -- no frills or fancy branding!

  • You Need to Use Less Product

Due to the higher concentration of active ingredients, you only need to use a small amount of each product to see results. This means your products last longer, and you don't have to spend a small fortune each month on topping up your skincare.


4. Skincare Tailored to Your Specific Needs

Who doesn't want skincare products that work specifically for your skin? This doesn't mean your ''skin type'' which actually covers a broad range of skin conditions, as with most OTC skincare products.

When you're prescribed medical-grade skincare, these products target how your skin needs to be treated. Your dermatologist will suggest specific product combinations according to your needs. This way, you'll be able to see and feel the best results.


Why Medical Grade Can Only Be Prescribed By a Professional

With all of these undeniable benefits, it may seem unfair that you can't access these types of products from your corner drugstore. But there's a reason why medical-grade skincare products can only be prescribed by a dermatologist.

OTC skincare products are limited to smaller concentrations of active ingredients. This is to limit or avoid harming people with higher sensitivity. Everyone's skin is different, after all.

Medical-grade skincare does pose a small risk of skin reaction. However, when dispensed by a medical professional, these products are closely tailored to each client to avoid this.

For this reason, medical-grade skincare can only be prescribed and sold by medically trained professionals. As they tend to know what's best for your skin. Remember that many OTC products do not contain active ingredient concentrations. But medical-grade products do. This is so that you are fully aware of what you're putting on your skin!


Find Tailored Skincare with Artistic Touch Med Spa

If you're looking to renew your skin, Artistic Touch Med Spa offers a variety of high-quality, medical-grade skincare products, supplements, collagen products, and more.

Whatever your skincare needs, we offer tailored products to suit -- whether it's anti-aging, skin renewal, redness, or skin texture. View our extensive skincare range here and build your ideal regimen with Artistic Touch Med Spa.