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Tips from Premier Skin Clinic

Medical-Grade Skincare vs. Drugstore Products

Aesthetics / August 30, 2023

In the pursuit of flawless and radiant skin, the skincare industry offers a myriad of options, ranging from drugstore finds to high-end luxury products. Amidst this vast landscape, one category stands out for its unparalleled efficacy and transformative results: medical-grade skincare products.


Premier Skin Clinic is dedicated to providing game-changing results for our clients, which is why we offer a range of medical-grade skincare lines to complement our in-office treatments – or transform your skin on their own.


While over-the-counter (OTC) products certainly have their place, the world of luxury skincare clinics has embraced medical-grade formulations for their proven superiority in achieving lasting skin perfection. Medical-grade skincare products reign supreme and are life-changing for anyone seeking optimal skin health.


What is medical-grade skincare?


Medical-grade skincare can only be sold by licensed professionals and differs from drugstore products in several key ways:


  • Medical-grade products are FDA-regulated to contain 99.9% pure ingredients to ensure safety and efficacy
  • They are supported by clinical trials
  • They are targeted to specific medical conditions and needs (such as wrinkles, age spots, acne, dryness, redness, etc.)
  • They are more potent than drugstore alternatives


Pharmaceutical-grade skin care is often formulated to penetrate deeper into the skin. Overall, medical-grade products are stronger than over-the-counter products and must meet rigorous efficacy standards in clinical trials. They are carefully regulated, so you know your products are not only safe, but that you are getting the ingredients you’ve paid for.


Why is medical-grade skincare better than over-the-counter?


Hands down, medical-grade products yield greater results in less time than OTC (over-the-counter) alternatives. This is due to a number of factors, from what’s inside the bottle to the medical professional guidance that accompanies it:

  1. Science-Backed Formulations

The foundation of medical-grade skincare lies in its reliance on scientific research and clinical studies. These products are meticulously developed by dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and skincare experts who possess an in-depth understanding of skin biology. The active ingredients in medical-grade products are carefully selected based on their proven efficacy in addressing specific skin concerns. The concentration of these ingredients is often higher than what is found in OTC products, ensuring a more effective treatment.

  1. Customized for Individual Needs

No two skins are alike, and medical-grade skincare offers tailored solutions. Luxury skincare clinics like Premier provide personalized consultations to understand each client’s unique skin type, concerns, and goals. Medical-grade products can be customized to target specific issues such as acne, pigmentation, fine lines, and more. This personalized approach ensures that our clients receive the most effective regimen for their skin’s specific needs.



  1. Higher Concentrations of Active Ingredients

Medical-grade skincare products typically contain a higher concentration of active ingredients, which translates to faster and more noticeable results. Ingredients like retinoids, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and peptides work wonders in rejuvenating the skin when used at optimal concentrations. Unlike OTC products, medical-grade formulations are carefully formulated to penetrate deeper layers of the skin, delivering transformative effects where they matter the most.

  1. Clinical-Grade Quality

Medical-grade skincare products adhere to rigorous quality standards. These products are subjected to stringent testing to ensure purity, stability, and efficacy. The manufacturing processes are tightly controlled to maintain the integrity of the active ingredients, preventing degradation and maximizing their potential benefits. As a result,  our clients can trust that the products they are using are of the highest quality and will deliver consistent, reliable results.

  1. Prescription-Strength Ingredients

Certain skin concerns may require prescription-strength treatments that are only available through medical-grade skincare. Conditions like severe acne, hyperpigmentation, and melasma often necessitate the use of powerful ingredients like retinoids and hydroquinone, which are carefully prescribed and monitored by skincare professionals. These potent ingredients have the potential to transform the skin, but their use should be guided by experts to ensure safety and optimal outcomes.

  1. Professional Guidance

One of the most significant advantages of medical-grade skincare is the expert guidance provided by skincare professionals. Premier Skin Clinic offers the expertise of dermatologists, aestheticians, and skincare specialists who can assess your skin, track your progress, and adjust your regimen as needed. This ongoing support ensures that you are on the right track to achieving your skincare goals.


What medical-grade skincare products are available at Premier Skin Clinic?


We are proud to offer three powerful, cutting-edge, comprehensive medical-grade skin care product lines in our clinic.


ZO® Skin Health

Developed by a world-renowned dermatologist, ZO® Skincare products have prioritized healthy skin, as opposed to only treating damage or disease. This professional skincare product line offers a wide spectrum of options. This helps our skin experts select and recommend specific products that will work for your individual needs—or offer a more comprehensive home-skincare regimen that includes toners, creams, cleansers, antioxidant repair, and more.


NOON® Aesthetics

Premier Skin Clinic is the exclusive provider of NOON Aesthetics skin care in Northern Colorado. NOON Aesthetics is the first medical grade skin care line to offer DermShield technology.

Using DermShield, a proprietary breakthrough approach to skincare, NOON Aesthetics empowers professional skincare providers to deliver highly effective, safe, and irritation-free treatments leading to healthy and beautiful skin for all.

DermShield technology enables the use of high concentration levels of active ingredients without the risk of side effects on all skin types, all year round.



Minimalist, 100% non-toxic formulations are the foundations of EPICUTIS products. EPICUTIS was created to delve beneath the surface, addressing the most common causes of unhealthy-looking skin: moisture loss and environmental-induced damage. Treat your skin to the “skin health heroes”: essential ingredients in safe, ultra-gentle formulations.


By investing in medical-grade skincare, you are not just purchasing products – you are embarking on a transformative journey towards optimal skin health under the expert care of skin care professionals.


Call 970-221-1285 to book your consultation, where one of our medical professionals will determine the best product regimen for your skin type and concerns.


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