How to Find Skin Care Products That Actually Work

Posted on November 2, 2009 | by

Shopping retail for skin care products can often be a waste of time and money.  It’s unfortunate, but the (often overlooked) reason is simple: the majority of brands out there don’t deliver great results because they don’t carry a strong pH.

What’s the difference?

pH – the level of acid present – is the crucial difference between over-the-counter skincare products and those you’ll find from a plastic surgeon.

Here’s a general reference to guide you.

  • pH of 1-2 = high strength acid
  • pH of 3- 4 = medium strength
  • pH of 5-6 = weak
  • pH of 7 = neutral

Although common skin care products may advertise a high concentration of alpha-hydroxy or glycolic acid, they will most often carry a pH of 7, which is considered neutral. High quality medical grade skin care products from a cosmetic surgeon contain strong acids with a pH level of 1 or 2.

It’s true that run-of-the-mill skin care products are very safe, but they won’t give you the results your looking for. If you want to cleanse your skin, improve your complexion, and protect against the signs of photo-damage, pay attention to the pH level rather than the advertised concentration of acid.