Sunday, January 17, 2010

Pharmaceutical vs. Cosmetic Grade Skin Care Products. What's in YOUR products?

Ever wondered what the difference is between pharmaceutical & cosmetic grade skin care products? Well, I have the low down for you.

I guarantee you that 9 out of 10 bath & beauty or skin care products that you find for sale online or at the mall contains cosmetic grade ingredients. Most home-made (and famous brands) product makers only have access to cosmetic grade ingredients (or this is their preference because it's cheaper and they can profit more) because they purchase their supplies from re-sellers. Most of these products are bought as concentrated pre-made harmful chemical ridden bases and all they need to do is add stuff like water, oils, colors and scents, then slap a label on it, mark it up for sale for 5x (I'm not kidding) what they paid for it and call it "their own creation" Sadly, all of those "big" manufactures do this as well. They have another company make the bases and they add the water and other ingredients. Re-sellers make a mint on selling cosmetic grade ingredients because they're so cheap... so they drive up the price for the DIY'ers.
Cosmetic quality is what department, drug and grocery stores sell. These include the big and expensive brands and the cheaper ones. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows cosmetic grade products to contain up to 30% bacteria. This means that ingredients may only be 70% pure. It is a large breeding ground for bacteria, which can lead to contact dermatitis, an itchy red rash. This is why makeup packaging tells us to throw away any unused product every 90-180 days. And 95% of the skincare industry is cosmetic quality and unregulated by the FDA. Cosmetic companies are not required to register their products with the FDA, while cosmetic products are subjective and do not reflect or require scientific testing.
Pharmaceutical grade skin care products are FDA regulated. The FDA requires that pharmaceutical grade products be 99.9% pure ingredients. Products must contain 0.1%, or less, of bacteria. Only 5% of the skin care industry is under the regulation established by the FDA and considered pharmaceutical grade skin care products

I am happy to say that I have never and will NEVER purchase anything other than FDA regulated (complete with COA from the manufacturer and FDA) medical (pharmaceutical) grade active ingredients in their raw form directly from the company who manufactures it. I don't deal with re-sellers or middle guys (with the exception of our recycled labels) I wouldn't use it on my own body, or my own family... and I certainly wouldn't promote it and sell it to anyone else. Yes, it's expensive, BUT at least you're paying for quality and not a bunch of impurities.
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