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What to Look for in Dermatologist-Approved Skincare

When it comes to skin care, you want to choose the best products possible at a reasonable price point. Sticking to dermatologist-approved skin care may seem like the safest option but isn't always as straightforward as it seems. 

The term only means that a dermatologist signed off on the product and doesn't guarantee it contains safe ingredients. It also doesn't account for your unique skin type and what you need from your skin care treatment regimen. Before you make your next dermatologist-approved skin care purchase, here's what to consider.

Get Strategic About Skin Type

Your skin type often dictates what kind of dermatologist-approved skin care you buy. Oily skin usually benefits from alpha-hydroxy acids to control excess sebum, which could lead to acne and other issues. Dry skin and lactic acid pair well together to help promote exfoliation. Meanwhile, sensitive skin types often look for good moisturizers with ingredients like shea butter. 

However, here's the issue with making purchasing decisions around skin type: Unless you only have one problem to address, like dryness, you're often buying the wrong dermatologist-approved skin care to address sensitive skin. Issues like rosacea can leave your skin looking red and sensitive and require a different approach.

Instead of relying on big box retailers for your dermatologist-approved skin care, switch to small-batch skin care instead. J Sanchez focuses on hand-picked ingredients that are gentle enough for everyday use but powerful enough to impact the quality of your skin. Our moisturizers, eye cream, and moisturizing serum are appropriate for multiple skin types, including rosacea.

Say "Yes" to Retinol

Many of our patients have said they don't want to use anti-aging ingredients like retinol because it leaves their skin red or aggravates their rosacea. However, the issue probably isn't the retinol; it's the dermatologist-approved skin care you're using. 

Some of those products contain fragrances, dye, parabens, fillers, and more that irritate your skin. Dermatologist-approved could just mean the doctor thinks it's safe to sell and okay for use on most skin. It does not account for your unique needs.

Yet does any skin care actually do that? 

It may sound like a tall order, but it is possible. Our handcrafted skin care line is the first truly effective, clinic-grade, anti-aging skin care system for sensitive, rosacea-prone skin. We use a blend of anti-aging peptides, antioxidants, natural emollients, vitamin B3, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, collagen peptide, hyaluronic acid, and 15 powerful moisturizers. We never use parabens, fragrances, essential oils, dyes, or pegs. 

Embrace Vitamins

Vitamins infused in dermatologist-approved skin care may sound like hype but are usually beneficial. Here’s a look at what commonly used vitamins do in skin care products:

  • Vitamin B3 - helps hydrate skin, hyperpigmentation, reduces redness, fights free radicals 
  • Vitamin B6 - Reduces sebum in the skin, helps prevent acne, and reduces oily spots
  • Vitamin C - Improve skin tone, helps texture, hydrates, reduces signs of aging
  • Vitamin E - Softens skins, protects moisture barrier of the skin, is an antioxidant

Get to Know Glycerin

Glycerin seems to be in everything, and for good reason. It can occur naturally in femertend foods and beverages, like beer and wine. However, it's also commercially produced from fats and oils to help soften your skin. It also helps relieve dryness while increasing hydration, refreshes your texture, and could help with eczema and psoriasis patches. For added protection, glycerin also offers antimicrobial properties to protect against damaging microorganisms. 

A pressing issue with skin care ingredients is whether or not it clogs your pores. It's tempting to lather up the moisturizers with so many people suffering from dry and red skin. More isn't necessarily better, and the ingredients in the product may make the issues with your skin worse. The good news is glycerin is non-comedogenic, which means it won't clog your pores. 

Skip the Parabens

You’ve probably heard that parabens aren't good for your skin and could pose a cancer risk, but what exactly are they? Parabens are chemicals commonly found in cosmetics and skin care to preserve their ingredients. Unfortunately, the FDA doesn't have any particular rules for cosmetic preservatives. If a product is misinterpreted or mislabeled, they can take action, however they don’t ban parabens outright.

Parabens impact people differently, but they can cause brittle, cracked, and painful skin. It's also not uncommon to develop contact dermatitis and experience a rash. However, keep in mind you won't see "paraben" on the product label. Parabens are a broader family of chemicals. You'll often see them listed as "methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, or ethylparaben" on your skin care products.

Long Labels are Okay

There is often confusion around how dermatologist-approved skin care products are labeled. It’s normal to gravitate towards short labels when we purchase groceries and snacks. Yet that's not the case when it comes to skin care. 

Medical-grade, handcrafted, and small-batch skin care all use a long list of ingredients to find the right balance. Instead, try to focus on what those ingredients do. For example, our products skip the harmful ingredients and concentrate on moisturizing, blocking out pollution, improving texture and skin tone, and stopping free radicals. 

Seek Out Dermatologist-Created Skin Care

There's a big difference between dermatologist-approved skin care and products that dermatologists create themselves. If it's an approved product, a dermatologist has signed off on it, but you still don't know how it will impact your skin. It doesn't necessarily mean the product is superior, and most big-name manufacturers and retailers all sell dermatologist-approved skin care. Yet people still deal with sensitive skin and products that prove harmful to their face.

Dermatologist-created skin care is exactly what it sounds like. A dermatologist has curated ingredients and believes in it enough to put their name on it and recommend it to their patients. Although it doesn't need to be handcrafted in small batches, that's our preference. We believe offering the best handcrafted skin care means an intentional approach to how it's created. We select the ingredients with a focus on how it impacts a variety of skin types, including rosacea, and produce it in small batches locally in Miami. 

Next Steps

Take the next step in exercising quality handcrafted skin care with our small batch selection of products. J. Sanchez Skin Care carefully curates high-quality ingredients to create small-batch products in Miami. Choose our Radiance Eye Cream, Radiance Moisturizer, and Radiance Serum to treat your skin to the care it deserves. Browse all of our products here.

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