If you are dealing with a skin care issue, such as acne or melasma, you are familiar with the wide variety of products peddle to consumers promising results. However, have you ever stopped to consider the truth behind these marketing promises? Unfortunately, many skin care products are not actually scientifically proven. Don’t fall for false promises when there are true scientifically-proven products on the market.
Why Marketing Often Misleads Consumers
With several skin care companies and skin care promises, it can be difficult for companies to compete. Therefore, you have many companies who host “clinical trials” or a very small group of patients and then publish their own results. This is different from actual clinical studies by scientists that involve scientific research, large clinical trial groups, and the findings are published in scientific dermatology journals. Most often, these skin care treatments are labeled drugs and need a prescription for use.
To give you a basic understanding, think about the way products are marketed. For instance, you may see products that promise to reduce wrinkles. How are they able to make such a claim? David McDaniel explains to Chemistry World, “In America, the FDA [Food & Drug Administration] regulates products which “alter the structure and/or function of the skin […] and the CTFA [Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association] regulates marketing of things which improve the appearance of the skin […] Thus, a drug-like effect which is marketed to ‘reduce the appearance’ of wrinkles is typically viewed differently, regulatory wise, in the US than the same active ingredient which is marketed as ‘reduces wrinkles and produces new collagen.’”
What is the Science of Skin Care?
However, there is plenty of science behind skin care products and treatments. There are, in fact, multiple products that have been developed using science and scientifically tested. True scientifically proven products use chemistry to create skin care treatments using compounds and active ingredients that have proven results.
For example, Cysteamine cream, a new skincare treatment for hyperpigmentation treatment was developed using the biologically active ingredient, Cysteamine. Cysteamine has long been approved by the FDA for the treatment of cystinosis. However, it was not until recently that scientists found a way to use this powerful ingredient in topical form.
Using well-controlled clinical studies, pigment cell researchers study the effects of the Cysteamine in comparison to the common drug, hydroquinone, and discovered it is more effective and safer than hydroquinone. The results of these studies have been published in multiple respected dermatology journals.
What About Holistic Skin Care Treatments?
Since it can be difficult to tell which products are truly effective and safe to use on your skin, many people are turning to holistic skin care treatments. They want to know exactly what is in the product they are using. These means the skin care treatments are natural and non-invasive. Those who choose holistic skin care treatments do not have to worry about as many side effects. Additionally, holistic skin care treatments are easy to maintain. Users learn to take care of their healthy skin and maintain it.
Each consumer should make wise decisions to ensure they are using the best possible skin care products to treat their skin.