Medical-grade Versus Over-the-counter Skin Care Products

Consumers in the United States spend the most money on beauty and personal care in the world — in 2019, the total was more than $93 billion. In a world where we’re all on the proverbial search for the Fountain of Youth, thousands of manufacturers have put forth products that all claim to be the next “miracle.” Unfortunately, many of these claims are baseless, which is why you should only opt for medical-grade skin care products recommended by trusted physicians.

At Advanced Aesthetics Lopez Plastic Surgery, Dr. Manuel Lopez and our team have years of experience helping people achieve their cosmetic goals. We have an in-depth understanding of the aging processes and how to best fight back, which includes finding the right products for your skin.

Luckily, we’ve done the research for you, and we’re proud to offer several lines of professional-grade products that rise head and shoulders above over-the-counter imitations.

Here’s a look at a few of the lines we recommend and the benefits and science of each.


SkinMedica is one of the leaders in the field of skin care, and they’ve done a considerable amount of research to bring you products that truly work. For example, Lytera® has been clinically shown to be equally as effective as hydroquinone in eliminating age spots and other problems of hyperpigmentation on your skin.

SkinMedica’s TNS Essential® is a perfect daily product that combines anti-aging peptides, growth factors and antioxidants to help rejuvenate your skin.


The Sente line of products is designed by the team you want taking care of your skin, including scientists who do nothing but study the behavior and mechanics of skin. As a result, their product line contains patented heparan sulfate analog technology, which better tackles the signs of aging in your skin because of its low molecular weight, which leads to superior penetration.

Revision Skin Care

To properly moisturize your skin, we recommend night time D·E·J face cream® by Revision Skin Care. This incredible product combines retinol with bakuchiol and uses pathway technology, which was inspired by the dermal-epidermal junction (hence, the DEJ). The product contains prebiotic properties that improve your skin’s microbiome, as well.

The end result? A 4-week, in-house study demonstrated that 100% of participants showed an improvement in the appearance of fine lines, skin tone, and overall appearance, though your results may vary.


Obagi products take a simple but effective approach to skin care. Using its Nu-Derm system, these topical solutions target age spots, acne scars, large pores, and sun damage by helping to regulate the function of your skin cells and improving circulation for better skin renewal results.

glo Skin Beauty

While the skin care products above work to improve your tissues, glo Skin Beauty products put the perfect finishing touches on your face.

These mineral makeup products provide broad-spectrum sun protection as well as providing even coverage for maximum glow.


One of the best steps you can take to protect your skin against aging is to shield it from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. But sunscreens can be messy, and many can cause irritation. As an alternative, we provide EltaMD sunscreens products that are fragrance-free, sensitivity-free, paraben-free, and noncomedogenic.

If you’d like to stop wasting time and money on ineffective over the counter products, explore our medical-grade product lines. To find out which products are right for your skin and goals, simply contact one of our locations in Boerne, New Braunfels, Spring Branch, or San Antonio, Texas.

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