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Are prescrition strength skin care products really better?

Yes, absolutely.

With a prescription strength product what you are getting are much higher concentrations of the active ingredients that you’re buying the product for in the first place. For instance, if you buy a product at a department store that has glycolic acid in it the highest concentration they can sell is 2.5%. Most of the prescrition strength lines start at 5%. Fade creams use hydroquinone. Again, the most the department stores can sell is 2%. The prescription products have 4%. And ironically, the prescription products are usually no more expensive!

Lee E Corbett, MD

Medical Director Corbett Cosmetic Aesthetic Surgery and MediSpa

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