How to Find Effective Skin Care Products

The market for skin care products has been overflowing for a long time, and unfortunately, most of the brands you will find are not very effective.  What you get at the drug store, cosmetics counter, or beauty salon is often a poor substitute for the medical grade skin care products available from a plastic surgeon.

The most important difference between over-the-counter products and those you’ll find from a doctor is the pH – the level of acid present.  Here’s a handy dandy guide for understanding pH levels.

  • pH of 1 or 2 is high strength acid, what you’ll typically find in quality, medical grade products from a plastic surgeon.
  • pH of 3- 4 is medium strength
  • pH of 5-6 is weak
  • pH of 7 is neutral

Although an over-the-counter skin care product may advertise a high concentration of alpha-hydroxy acid, it will most often register as a 7 in pH, which is considered neutral.  High quality skin care products from a plastic surgeon contain strong acids with a pH level of 1 or 2.

Granted, run-of-the-mill skin care products from the drug store are very safe, but they don’t offer a pH level that will provide results.  So when you’re choosing a skin care regimen to cleanse the skin, improve complexion, and protect yourself from the signs of photo-damage, pay attention to the pH level rather than the advertised concentration of acid.

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