Over-the-counter skincare products are formulated so anyone can use them without hurting themselves or damaging their skin. To make these products accessible and safe for everyone, manufacturers must limit the amount or concentration of certain medical ingredients.
So, although over-the-counter skincare products usually contain beneficial ingredients, the formula may not be potent enough to treat more than the very top layer of your skin.
On the other hand, medical-grade skincare products are not designed for general use. They’re designed for use under the supervision of medical professionals. Because they are used under the watchful eye of a medical professional, these products often contain higher concentrations of active ingredients, which allows the formula to penetrate the top layer of skin and rejuvenate the skin underneath as well.
Because medical-grade skincare usually boasts a more effective formula, consumers sometimes say medical-grade products go farther and offer better value.