Platinum Dermatology’s Guide to Cosmeceuticals: The Good, The Bad, & The Unregulated
The skin specialists at Platinum Dermatology want to remind you that the sunshine you love can lead to the skin problems you hate:
- Dry skin
- Fine lines
- Pigmentation problems/Brown spots
- Premature facial ageing
- Skin cancer
In fact, here in Australia
“One person in ten who consults a general practitioner will do so because of a skin complaint. While most cases are easily dealt with, the GP may decide to seek confirmation of a diagnosis or assistance with therapy. This is when the patient is referred to a dermatologist.” – Australasian College of Dermatologists
You may wonder whydermatologists don’t simply send people to the pharmacyfor dry skin cream. This is because beautiful skin is more than a cosmetic concern. The skin is the largest organ of the human body, and keeping it radiant relies on medicine, not just cosmetics.At our skin clinic, our dermatologists
Rely on the dual power of cosmeceuticalsto keep skin healthy and glowing
Cosmeceuticals: The Best of Both Worlds for Skincare
Cosmeceuticals, including creams, lotions, and ointments, are applied to your skin with the goal of improving skin appearance. The term ‘cosmeceutical’ is what’s known as a portmanteau word, made up of two other words…like ‘Brangelina’:
Cosmetic + pharmaceutical = Cosmeceutical
Cosmeceuticalscontain biologically active ingredients that have a clear effect on living cells. At Platinum Dermatology, we only use cosmeceuticals
- Containinghigh-quality ingredients whose benefits are supported by published scientific research
- Having potent and effective levels of high-quality ingredients
- Using formulations that maintain the stability of key ingredients so that they can be effective
- Proven to be beneficial in the long-term correction of skin problems
Claim vs. Hype: Do Cosmeceuticals Really Work?
The answer to this question lies with individual manufacturers. Ideally, makers of cosmeceutical skin care solutions put their products through rigorous testing to ensure that they live up to the claims they make. Unfortunately, it’s a question of self-regulation.
Unlike medical pharmaceuticals, cosmeceuticals are not subject to review by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. The same is true in the United States, where many of these products are manufactured. In both countries, cosmeceuticals are tested for safety, but they do not undergo testing to ensure that they are as beneficial as promised.
Why You Should See a Dermatologist for the Best Cosmeceuticals
A quick Google search of “cosmeceuticals” will return a mountain of products that are available at beauty counters, department stores, and pharmacies. The sheer volume of choice can be overwhelming, and the average consumer has no idea whether a product is safe, effective or right for his/her individual skin.
Your skin type, allergies, medical history, and lifestyle are all factors that have an impact on the effectiveness of cosmeceuticals. That’s why the specialist dermatologists at Platinum Dermatology urge everyone to talk with a skin professional before changing a beauty routine. A professional skincare expert can
- Offer the best advice for your individual skincare needs
- Recommend products with a track record of effectiveness
See a Dermatologist for Better Skin Care with Cosmeceuticals
If you have questions about treatments for dry, dull skin and would like to know more about cosmeceuticals, contact Platinum Dermatology on 02 8014 6500 or use the contact form on this page to learn how we can help you look naturally youthful and stay naturally healthy longer.