These are physician-strength products. Please take the time to read our Skincare Products Advisory which contains important information for customers to read and to understand. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Pregnancy and Nursing Advisory
In an effort to avoid injury to the developing baby, most skin care topicals have not been clinically tested on pregnant or nursing women; therefore, we advise that they not be used. Products containing benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, hydroquinoine and tretinoin or similar topicals such as products containing retinol should NOT be used when pregnant or nursing. You should also discontinue the use of skin care products containing these ingredients for at least one month before contemplating pregnancy. If in doubt, please refer to the product insert for further information and consult with your physician.
Reaction to Skincare Products Advisory
Some skincare products that contain hydroquinoine may also contain the preservative sodium metabisulfite, a sulfite that may cause serious allergic type reactions (e.g., hives, itching, wheezing, anaphylaxi & severe asthma attacks) in certain susceptible persons.
Otherwise, it is uncommon to have a serious reaction to the products purchased on our website. However, you could unexpectedly react to a chemical, at any time, both for short or long-term use. Use all products sparingly, especially first time users. Too much volume may cause a reaction.
SERIOUS REACTION: WHAT TO LOOK FOR
You may be having a serious reaction if you have:
- Sudden severe burning
- Sudden severe redness
- Severe pain
- Significant swelling and/or itching
- Difficulty breathing
WHAT TO DO
For reactions that include burning, redness, pain, swelling or itching:
- Immediately discontinue the use of any skincare product
- Wash with mild soap and water (not a skincare cleanser containing chemicals)
- Use an over-the-counter steroid (such as 1% hydrocortisone cream) 2-3 times a day for 2-3 days
- Contact your doctor or dermatologist
- For severe reactions, or difficulty in breathing, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. Take the product with you.
A mild reaction may simply be an expected side effect of physician strength products. These include:
- Mild irritation: Discomfort, redness, tingling, burning. Common culprits: Vitamin A products, hydroquinones (bleaching or lightening creams), glycolic compounds, certain chemicals in sunscreens. Recommendation: use the product less frequently and use a smaller volume until your skin becomes conditioned to the product.
- Flaking: Usually an expected side effect of Vitamin A products, especially the stronger products such as Tretinoin. Recommendation: skip a day or two and/or use less volume, until your skin becomes conditioned.
- Sun sensitivity: Again usually due to Vitamin A products as noted above. Recommendation: Use these products in the evening, and apply a sunscreen during the day. Avoid sun exposure completely until the skin becomes conditioned (usually 1-2 weeks).
The products sold on our skincare-md.com Web site store are products that have been effective for our own patients in our advanced skin care program. We have the advantage of being able to examine and treat our patients. We are unable to diagnose and recommend treatments for customers that are purchasing products on our website. Therefore, this service is not meant to be a substitute for proper medical care. It is recommended that if you have any doubt or concerns about the use of our products, that you consult with your physician prior to using them. The information on our website is designed to help customers enhance their skincare program, but is not intended to be diagnostic or therapeutic.