The retail market for skincare products has been overflowing for as long as I can remember, but unfortunately the majority of brands out there don’t deliver great results.
What’s available at the drug store, cosmetics counter, or beauty salon is often a poor substitute for the medical grade skin care products available from a cosmetic surgeon.
What’s the difference?
pH – the level of acid present – is the crucial difference between over-the-counter skincare products and those you’ll find from a doctor. Here’s a quick reference for you.
- pH of 1-2 = high strength acid
- pH of 3- 4 = medium strength
- pH of 5-6 = weak
- pH of 7 = neutral
Although an over-the-counter skin care product may advertise a high concentration of alpha-hydroxy or glycolic acid, it will most often register as a 7 in pH, which is considered neutral. High quality skin care products from a cosmetic surgeon contain strong acids with a pH level of 1 or 2.
Of course, run-of-the-mill skin care products from the drug store are very safe, but they don’t offer a pH level that will get you results. So when you’re choosing a skin care regimen to cleanse your skin, improve your complexion, and protect against the signs of photo-damage, pay attention to the pH level rather than the concentration of acid.