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Published: 16th December 2020

OTC. Vs. Cosmeceuticals. Vs. Pharmaceutical Products

This can be a whirlwind for Professionals as well as clients.

When looking at skincare, products and what’s best for your skin, the first things I would be advising is get to know the categories and get to know your ingredients. Now, you may not have time for this, which is absolutely fine, this is why you have people such as myself, Skin specialist/ cosmetic dermatologists to educate, treat, guide and support you through your skin journey .

Today we are focusing on Categories of skincare. A lot of the time we refer to OTC over the counter products and Cosmeceutical Products. However, we also have Pharmaceutical.

So let’s look at each Category...

OTC products speak for themselves. These products are ready for you in your high street department stores. OTC products vary in price from cheap to expensive. These products have to accommodate for for most skin types therefore they will not contain many active ingredients.

OTC products will only sit on the surface of the skin, as they only work on the outer most layer of the skin.

So although OTC products may smell very nice and look very appealing, if you are looking for real results and significant change to your skin then, OTC may not be the right option for you.

We then move on to Cosmeceutical Category. This category contains Cosmetic products that DO have beneficial Active ingredients. For example : if Vit C / E( a known antioxidant) is added to a moisturiser , the products becomes a Cosmeceutical product.

The percentage of active ingredients within Cosmeceutical products is higher

Pharmaceutical products are mostly prescriptive products, and only available through Cosmetic Dermatologist, Aesthetic Nurse practitioners, doctors.... they are generally available though Medics. And they work within the subcutaneous tissue layer within the skin. Pharmaceutical products are some of the most effective products. And only a very small small percentage of products can be classed as pharmaceutical. They contain 99.9% of pure active ingredients and are backed up by scientific studies.

With Pharmaceutical products it’s extremely important you follow a skincare routine at home, as sometimes these products can be a little too harsh on the skin. So for example if you are going a treatment as a clinic and Homecare is included or adviced prior and during treatment, majority of the time you may find this the professional product maybe a pharmaceutical product.

What products are right for your skin.

• The Right Ingredients
• The Right formulations
• The right Order
• The Right Way

But, I would always advice talking to your Cosmetic Dermatologist for guidance, especially for Pharmaceutical Products.

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