What is Clinical-Grade Skincare?

If you are looking to invest in yourself, look your best, make smart decisions and take some years off your look, read on! The first rule of business (and skincare) is to protect your investment. Philanthropist and billionaire businessman David Murdock once said: “We take better care of the maintenance of our cars than we do the maintenance of our bodies.” 

You would never buy a Lamborghini and take it through the local drive-thru car wash, right? We see too many of our patients invest in their appearance with aesthetic treatments such as botox, dermal fillers and skin resurfacing procedures while still caring for your skin with drug-store brands. As always, we are here to help and guide you through the maze of finding the best strategies for pausing the aging clock.

Using high-quality, clinical grade skincare products is crucial for maintaining your investments in healthy, youthful skin. Also known as cosmeceutical skincare or medical-grade skincare, clinical grade skincare is targeted to specific medical conditions and needs, such as acne or wrinkles.

Clinical Grade vs. Over-the-Counter Skincare Products

There are a few key differences when it comes to clinical grade skincare versus over-the-counter outside of overall quality and accessibility. Most clinical grade skincare companies use highly stabilized ingredients that last longer and take longer to degrade, while possessing more involved mechanisms of absorption to enhance delivery to deeper areas of the skin.

Many mainstream brands may tout their products, such as retinol serums or wrinkle creams, as potent and effective products. Still, there are often only trace amounts of active ingredients surrounded by synthetic additives. The vast majority of clinical grade brands would not promote these types of false claims.

Additionally, unlike clinical grade skincare products, over-the-counter products are regulated by the FDA, and they cannot penetrate beyond the top layer of your skin. Clinical grade skincare products are not regulated by the FDA, which means they can penetrate deeper into the epidermis.

The concentration of active ingredients is typically greater and clinical grade skincare products are tested much more extensively than other skincare products to ensure maximum medicinal and cosmetic benefits.

Cleanse, prevent, protect, correct. These four words are the key to healthy, radiant skin. While the journey to healthy skin is actually quite simple, many people find themselves overwhelmed with multi-step regimens and may not be sure where to begin. Let’s break done the basics of a great skincare regimen.

Follow these essential steps to help prevent the signs of aging, reverse existing damage, and keep your skin looking beautiful!


Finding an appropriate cleanser is the foundation of a good skincare routine. High-quality cleansers remove impurities and excess oil from the face, refine pores, and exfoliate, reducing the risk of potential blemishes. A high-quality cleanser will leave your skin fresh, clear and bright, never tight and dry.


A high-quality antioxidant will provide a dermal defense against environmental pollutants from free radicals generated by UV rays, the ozone, and diesel exhaust while also diminishing and preventing fine lines and wrinkles while brightening your complexion. 


Blemishes, redness, discoloration, dry and aging skin. These are just a few common skin issues that are easily treated and corrected with the right additions to your regimen.vAlong with following a healthy diet and reducing outside stressors, taking preventative action in your daily skincare regimen will yield noticeable results. Simple additions such as the incorporation of retinoids, glycolic acids, antioxidants, moisturizers and clinical grade chemical peels will further aid in the prevention of fine lines, wrinkles, and dull and congested skin, resulting in improved skin texture and tone.


Incorporating a high-quality broad-spectrum, reef-safe sunscreen is the most important step you can take to slow done aging and prevent damage to your skin. Do not settle for drug store brands, may clinical-grade SPF products are not expensive and offer superior protection, look and feel.


Our Favorite Clinical Grade Skincare Brands

Zo Skin Health

With world-renowned dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi as their legacy, ZO Skin Health pushes the boundaries of medical-grade skincare. Combining our innovative approach, powerful technologies and product education, ZO® brings a new perspective to traditional skincare. ZO provides comprehensive solutions for creating and maintaining healthy skin for anyone regardless of age, ethnicity, unique skin condition or skin type. 

SkinBetter Science

In 2016, skinbetter science set out to create a new paradigm in skincare, not only for patients, but for the physicians, nurses, aestheticians and surgeons who help patients achieve beautiful skin. Their award-winning products are backed by a diverse team with decades of experience in clinical research and development (in powerhouse products like Restylane and Dysport) and furthered by a continued commitment to the study of skincare science and the introduction of new technologies.


Founded in 1994, SkinCeuticals is a skin care line dedicated to the research and development of innovative dermatology products. Designed to combat the visible effects of aging, SkinCeuticals products combine natural botanical extracts and scientifically advanced skin care. Their topical vitamin C products, potent antioxidant treatments, moisturizers, broad-spectrum sunscreens and alpha hydroxy acids employ pure bio-available ingredients to improve the condition of aging skin.


Neocutis was founded after years of wound healing research conducted in Lausanne, Switzerland. The original formula was used to repair burned skin when researchers discovered the skin around the burn also appeared healthier and more youthful. Dedicated to being the most admired, trusted and innovative physician-dispensed skin care brand, Neocutis introduced patented processed skin proteins to provide a solution for anti-aging and post-procedure skin care. By incorporating innovative technologies into luxurious formulas, Neocutis PSP delivers advanced skin care solutions.


EltaMD offers a line of superior sun protection formulas, designed with maximum efficacy in mind. Their broad-spectrum formulas are designed for a variety of skin types. Specially formulated with zinc oxide, EltaMD provides long-lasting UVA and UVB protection with SPF ratings from 30 to 50. Their products incredibly easy to use, with light, creamy, non-comedogenic, moisturizing lotions and creams. EltaMD protects, nourishes and beautifies the skin with each application, allowing it to glow with youthful vibrancy.


And there you have it – a simple, effective, and high-quality skincare regimen that will help prevent the signs of aging, reverse existing damage, and keep your skin looking beautiful. 

In conclusion, clinical-grade skin care is an essential part of advanced anti-aging aesthetic routine. At RevitalizeMaui we offer the highest quality clinical-grade products to our patients and we will be happy to create for you custom skin care regimen to pause the aging clock and support your skin goals and dreams!

Request an appointment to receive your free, custom-tailored skincare regimen today!


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