Organic vs. Medical-Grade Skincare:
What You Need to Know

Did you know that not all organic skincare is as beneficial as it sounds, and not all medical-grade products are as intimidating as they might seem?

Join us on “The Skin Report” as we explore the real differences and surprising similarities between organic and medical-grade skincare. In this episode, we discuss the rigorous standards and clinical evidence that define medical-grade products, explaining why they are suitable for everyone, not just those with clinical skin issues. The discussion also covers the role of potent natural ingredients like coconut oil and marine algae in medical formulations, which are designed to deliver deep skin nourishment. Whether you’re a skincare aficionado or a newcomer seeking reliable information, this episode will equip you with the knowledge to make informed choices about clean and effective skincare.

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Hello, everyone. Welcome back to the Skin Report. Today we’re going to talk about what is medical-grade organic and clean skin care.
I actually love this because as we’ve worked on the skincare line together, Skin by Dr. Sethi by the way, I think it’s really interesting because you are a medical doctor, internist. Your line is a medical-grade line. So people have a lot of questions about medical-grade. It does sound scary. Maybe it sounds like there’s something really wrong with my skin.

Or you have a medical problem, you have a medical … That’s the only time you can use.

Yeah. Or it’s like a prescription for your skin. So that immediately scares people. Then we get a lot of questions or we’ve seen a lot of questions on social media in editorials just over time, that is medical-grade … Well, is it clean skin care? Is it organic? Is organic skin care clean? How have you answered those questions? Because we’ve received them in a variety of ways. But is medical-grade skin care, clean skin care just because it’s not organic, how do we take away people’s resistance to using it or fears around how it’s formulated?

I think organic and clean has become a very … It’s become a very strong way for marketers to sell skin care products. And I’m not expecting all consumers to be super well-versed in ingredients, but I can tell you this, you do not have to have a medical condition to use medical-grade skin care. What you have to remember is medical-grade means clinically-tested, so it has clinical evidence. When I explain medical-grade skin care, that’s what I think of. Scientifically-backed with evidence showing results on your skin. Most medical-grade brands do not test on animals. And in my brand specifically, we don’t have any parabens. We don’t have any dyes and we don’t have any fragrances. Those are actually the first things that people exclude when they’re doing clean beauty. So in that sense, we’re very clean. And when it comes to organic well, there’s …

All our ingredients, we have a lot of botanicals in our lines. We have snow mushroom, marine algae, coconut oil, and these are ingredients from natural resources. And they’re organic, of course, but they have been developed in a way that you can put these ingredients deeply penetrated into your skin where it can actually make an action. You can take coconut oil and apply it on your skin. It’s not going to do anything. It’s just going to sit on your skin. What’s the point? But take that coconut oil formulated in a way that you can take its benefits of hydration, its benefits … Coconut oil is anti-fungal. It’s antibacterial. You can take all its benefits and formulate it so that it enters your skin. So that’s the key. And I think that there’s a lot of confusion about clean and organic and just because something’s being sold at the farmer’s market and it’s in an oil doesn’t mean it’s organic and it’s good for you.

Or maybe it is organic, but it doesn’t mean it’s doing anything if it’s not getting into the right skin layer.

Exactly. And you have to be very, very conscious of … Also, there are different types of the textures of skin on your body. What you put on your body rather, you may not want to put on your face because the skin texture is different, the exposure it’s received-

Yeah. And I think that your dermal thickness is different and absolutely you may not react to something you put on your hands, but if you put that on your face, you’ll have a very different reaction.

So the main key is medical-grade is clean, but what it really is also doing is it’s regulated. I love that you said that there’s no fragrance because I know in the US, it’s not a regulated ingredient fragrance. It can come from a botanical essential oil, but we don’t know. And it’s never really clear how much of that is in your skincare or body products. So I think that’s a great thing to be very clear about that when something is created to penetrate deep into your skin, it has to be good for your skin.

Right. So, it’s really hard to develop nice smelling skincare. I’ll be honest. It just is. And it’s expected to develop that. And in my line, we’ve made a conscious effort of only using a high concentration of active ingredients and botanicals that … I would say our products smell very neutral, that from thousands of people who’ve used some neutral or pleasant is the smell. I wouldn’t want to put something on my face that smells excessively of rose or vanilla or whatever because that is definitely artificial. And that’s when people get sensitivities. Whenever somebody has eczema, the first thing they need to stop doing is using detergent with scents, lotions with scents, and exactly whatever’s going into the deep layer of skin has to just be good for it, and scents are not good for it. So if they’re coming from a botanical source only for the purposes of supporting the effects of that product, great. But if you’re going to neutralize the smell of your skincare by putting in an essential oil just for its fragrance, that’s just the easy way out when you’re doing development.

If anyone has questions about skincare formulations or if they want you to expand on what is medical-grade, is it clean? If they have sensitive skin, that is the number one question always. I think everyone should approach their skin as like, maybe I do have sensitive skin if they’re trying something new. But where is the best place they could ask you any questions about-

Absolutely. Go to my YouTube channel or my social media platforms, and I’m very active. I try to answer as much as I can. And again, I do a lot of product reviews as well, not, of course, just of my products, but other products as well, just so that we can be very transparent and informative.

Thanks for joining us today. I have listed my favorite botanical ingredients in my skincare line to address acne, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines in our show notes. And also, remember to subscribe, like or save so that you can be up-to-date on all the episodes coming up next.