What’s the Difference Between Professional and OTC Skincare?

Professional skincare has higher concentrations of ingredients, and highly concentrated skincare is much more effective than over-the-counter products. OTC products are formulated with lower concentrations of active ingredients and with fillers that dilute the formulation.
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The skincare market can be extremely overwhelming and confusing. Not only are there tons of skincare products to choose from, but they are not all created equally and it can be difficult to understand the differences in price and quality of carrying products. At Pomp Beauty we only recommend high quality and professional grade skincare, and as a Pomp Esthetician I want to explain why professional grade products are superior. 

The Overview of Manufacturing and Production of Skincare

Over the counter beauty products are mass-produced to be placed on the shelves of either grocery stores or cosmetic stores to be purchased by consumers. On the other hand, professional-grade skincare products are produced in small batches and are sold first to spas, and medical skincare facilities to then are sold to clients working with a skincare professional. 

The reason this matters is because since consumers are buying products in stores and often times self-diagnosing ways to treat their skin concerns; the products sold in stores are less concentrated or active to avoid irritation and harm. Professional skincare product lines however know that their consumers are working with professionals who are providing guidance to their clients and can therefore formulate at higher concentrations.

Quality Ingredients and Concentration of Ingredients in Skincare

Professional skincare has higher concentrations of ingredients, and highly concentrated skincare is much more effective than over-the-counter products. OTC products are formulated with lower concentrations of active ingredients and with fillers that dilute the formulation. As an esthetician, I highly recommend professional products to everyone looking to improve their skin concerns. 

Another way professional products achieve results is through molecular technology. Professional skincare lines make sure that their active ingredients are the right molecular size to actually penetrate and make changes from within the skin rather than just superficially. 

Skincare Price Points: Know What to Look For

At first glance, professional skincare does cost more and I am sure this is why many opt for cheaper over the counter options. First, it is important to note that there is a reason professional products cost more and that’s because high-quality ingredients cost more to formulate with, and formulating them correctly also takes time, money, and resources contributing to the price.

However, because these products are formulated with higher concentrations of quality active ingredients and without filler ingredients you don’t need to use as much of the product and they will last you longer! This actually means you will end up spending more money repurchasing those over the counter products that you have to over use and don’t get you to your desired results. 

Professional-grade skincare will make lasting changes to the health of your skin, treat your concerns, and can even save you money in the long term! Remember, skincare is not an expense it is an investment!

If you have questions about the ingredients in your skincare or looking for advice on finding effective skincare, chat with a Pomp esthetician for a complimentary skin consultation!

Nicole Hatfield
NBC HWC & Certified Esthetician, Founder of Radiant Beings Wellness & Beauty Coaching