Is Medical Grade Skincare Actually Better than Drugstore Skincare?

by La Chele Medical Aesthetics on Apr 18, 2022

Is Medical Grade Skincare Actually Better than Drugstore Skincare?

Are you looking to step up your skincare game?

If you like brands like CeraVe, Cetaphil, or Neutrogena, here are some medical grade alternatives to take your skin to the next level!

Why make the switch to medical grade products?

There are many key differences between drugstore products and medical grade products. One of the biggest differences is that medical grade skincare is legally required to be rigorously tested and clinically researched before it can obtain FDA approval. This means that any claims a medical grade product makes, must be backed by science.
The active ingredients in medical grade skincare is also far more potent than that of its drugstore counterparts. The FDA actually requires that these active ingredients are 99% pure. This basically just means that while drugstore products may contain fillers and additives, medical grade products do not.

Do medical grade products REALLY work better? The short answer is yes.

Your drugstore products may not be doing as much as you think. While these products might not break you out, or cause any immediately visible damage, they may be the reason for your lackluster skin. Drugstore products aren’t formulated to penetrate deep enough to make any real changes to your skin. On the other hand, medical grade products are designed to reach deep into the dermis to improve your skin from the inside out. They also contain much higher percentages of the active ingredients that improve your skin such as Retinoids and Hydroquinone. Drugstore alternatives may contain these ingredients but not in large enough amounts to really make a difference.

Here are some fantastic medical grade alternatives to your run of the mill drugstore skincare products!

If you like Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair…..

Try the La Chelé Rx Retin-A Cream

La Chelé’s RA Cream contains medical grade Tretinoin which acts as a chemical exfoliant for the skin. This prescription strength Retin-A is a powerhouse of antiaging. The Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide help to hydrate and soothe the skin to combat dryness which is common with Retin-A’s. In this case, drugstore products simply can’t compete because they aren’t legally able to contain such potent ingredients. When it comes to antiaging, do your skin a favor and switch to medical grade.

If you like Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser…..

You’re going to love La Chelé Revitalizing Cleanser

Well for starters, most of Cetaphil’s products contain some form of Parabens and/or Sulfates. Major red flag. Parabens are used as a preservative in many drugstore products and are currently being monitored for potentially harmful effects on the body and the environment. Additionally, Sulfates are known to irritate and strip the skin and in some cases cause breakouts. La Chelé’s Revitalizing Cleanser contains no parabens or sulfates, and is formulated to actually improve your skin quality. This formula is designed not to strip your skin of essential oils so you’re never left dry or cracked. It also contains 11 soothing botanicals and antioxidants which help nourish the skin and protect it from environmental stressors throughout the day.

Instead of CeraVe Acne control Gel…

You should try La Chelé Acne Correction Pads

When it comes to blemishes, its time to stop messing around. In most cases, drugstore acne treatments aren’t equipped to fight bacteria and acne from deep within the skin. While products like CeraVe Acne control Gel sit on the skin, La Chelé’s Acne Correction pads are formulated to penetrate deep into the dermis to kill bacteria from the root. These pads will also topically exfoliate and nourish the skin so new healthy skin can shine through.