Skin Care Products: Medical Grade Vs. Drugstore Brands
Skin conditions, especially on the face, can be painful, embarrassing, and in some cases, downright dangerous. From simple acne to extreme cases of psoriasis or other skin disorders, it’s hard to put your best face forward if you’re suffering from skin problems. Taking care of your skin is especially important in a warm, sunny climate like the one found in the Tampa Bay area. Using a medical-grade skin care line can help people with problem skin or even those without major skin problems who just want to take the best care of their skin.
Lytera, the Skin Medica brightener, works to eliminate age and sun spots, effectively evening out skin tone, with all-natural ingredients. This medical-grade brightener works as well as prescription medication but is sold over the counter. A drugstore equivalent such as Ambi Fade Cream, has been described as ineffective and, in some cases, can irritate or dry out the skin, or cause itchy red patches. It also contains potentially irritating parabens and fragrances.
TNS Eye Repair, available at Solomon Cosmetic Center, is a highly effective eye cream that uses a patented growth factor, a peptide complex, vitamins C and E, and hyaluronic acid to reduce and prevent eye-area wrinkles, sagging, and discoloration. Garnier Nutritioniste Ultra-Eye Lift Cream, available at drugstores, contains similar ingredients but without the patented TNS growth factor, and user reviews indicate that it can cause severe allergic reactions, in some cases swelling the eyes shut.
There are many facial cleansers out there, and it can be hard to find the right one for your skin. Drugstores have shelves full of facial soaps, such as Neutrogena Pore Refining Cleanser. If you have sensitive skin, gentle is always better in terms of cleansers. You should choose one that removes makeup and impurities from skin without a tight or dry feeling. Neutrogena’s cleansers have been known to dry out the skin and in some cases inflame or irritate sensitive facial skin. On the other hand, the Skin Medica facial cleanser is gentle, with green tea and other soothing botanical ingredients to keep your skin healthy.
You can find these and other SkinMedica products at Solomon Cosmetic Center in the Tampa Bay area. Taking care of your skin is the best way to prevent painful and embarrassing irritation, inflammation, or allergic reactions. Finding the right products is part of the solution if you have problem skin.