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Why You’ll Love Medical-grade Skincare and the Benefits for Your Skin

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Have you ever felt like your skincare products aren’t giving you the results you’re looking for? With thousands of skincare products available, choosing the right products for your skin health needs and aesthetic goals can be challenging when you don’t know what to look for. Luckily, the CAPS Skincare Specialists are able to help! Before you test every product on the shelves at the grocery store, learn the difference between medical-grade and over-the-counter skincare and which brands are the best for you!

What is medical-grade skincare?

Medical-grade skincare products are specially formulated by dermatologists and leading skincare experts. The concentration of active ingredients is generally higher than what you can find over the counter, and it’s created with the purest ingredients that make a long-lasting difference in the health of your skin. Medical-grade skincare not only protects your skin from harmful elements, it also encourages cellular regeneration. 

Through a combination of prescription-strength ingredients, medical-grade skincare products have been tested to be effective on the skin to treat age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, acne, hyperpigmentation and loose or saggy skin; producing the greatest results in your skincare.

Medical-grade vs. over-the-counter skincare products

Wondering why skincare experts say medical-grade skincare is more effective and better quality than over-the-counter brands? 

In order to be classified as medical grade, it must have clinical research that backs up their claims of reported benefits. Generic skincare products on the other hand, aren’t able to make medical claims or state that they can ‘treat’ a skin condition. 

Medical-grade skincare products include more active ingredients than over the counter skincare products. They also contain prescription strength and highly stabilized ingredients that last longer, are easier for your skin to absorb and allow the ingredients to sink into the deepest part of the skin to heal from the source.

Ingredients to avoid for your skincare routine

You might feel like you’re saving money when buying skincare products at your local drugstore, but these products often won’t achieve your skincare goals and may lead to other skin health issues, resulting in paying more money in the future. 

The unfortunate truth of store-bought skincare products is that they don’t have to be FDA approved before being put on the shelf. That’s why it’s always important to check the ingredients before purchasing and applying to your skin. Knowing what to avoid in your skincare products will help you make the safest and most informed decisions. Avoid the ingredients below that are often included in over-the-counter skincare products:

  • Parabens: Most commonly found in facial cleansers and lotions, parabens are a family of chemicals that can disrupt hormones and irritate the skin.

  • PEG (Polyethylene Glycol): Most commonly found in body and facial creams and sunscreen, PEG is likely contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane which are chemicals linked to multiple forms of cancer.

  • BHA & BHT: Most commonly found in moisturizers and lipsticks, these synthetic antioxidants are hormone disrupters and can even cause reproductive issues.

  • Octinoxate: Most commonly found in sunscreens, it can cause negative skin reactions like acne and contact dermatitis and is even banned in some regions. 

  • Oxybenzone and avobenzone: Most commonly found in sunscreens and moisturizers, this endocrine disruptor is linked to skin irritations, sensitization, allergies and increases the risk of breast cancer. 

The top medical-grade skincare offered at CAPS

At CAPS, we have your skincare shopping list covered! We are proud to offer some of the most effective medical-grade skincare products available that help men and women enhance their appearance, correct skin concerns and promote a youthful glow so you can look and feel your best. Our medical-grade skincare brands include:

  • Aethern: A collagen-based formula filled with the highest quality ingredients offering better hydration, firmer and more radiant skin. 

  • ALASTIN: Offering facial cleansers, serums, sunscreens and more, ALASTIN is a collection of high-quality products for optimal skin rejuvenation. 

  • Colorescience: Offering all-in-one mineral makeup, sunscreen and skincare for immediate and long-lasting benefits. 

  • Latisse: The first FDA-approved treatment to grow lashes for people with inadequate or not enough lashes. 

  • Obagi: Offering cleansers, serums, moisturizers, eye creams and more to minimize the appearance of premature skin aging, sun damage, hyperpigmentation and acne. 

  • SkinBetter: Offers a wide variety of scientifically advanced, award-winning skincare products. 

  • SkinMedica: Leverages your skin’s natural healing properties to address the signs of aging. 

You can’t go wrong with any skincare products offered at CAPS, but if you’re wondering what our customer favorites are, check out some of our best-sellers:

ALASTIN restorative skin complex: Volumize and lift aging skin for a vibrant youthful appearance.

Obagi CLENZIderm: Remove dirt and excess oil for clean, refreshed skin.

SkinMedica HA5: Plump your lips while hydrating and rejuvenating.

SkinBetter InterFuse Eye Cream: Improve crow’s feet, wrinkles, puffiness, and under-eye darkness.

Sunforgettable Total Protection Face Shield Flex SPF 50: Lightweight mineral sunscreen with tinted color coverage to even skin tone for a flawless look.

Schedule a free consultation to explore which products are best for your skin

At CAPS, we ensure our patients get the most out of their surgical procedures and cosmetic treatments by helping them develop a healthy skincare routine at home. Whether or not you’ve had any treatments done, we encourage you to maintain a skincare routine with medical-grade products to improve your skin's health. 

Our Skincare Specialists can help you determine which products are best suited to achieve your goals and answer any questions you may have. If you’re not sure where to start or you’re looking to improve your skincare routine, book an appointment with a Skincare Specialist today!