What is “medical grade” skincare?

Medical or pharmaceutical grade skincare is offered by establishments that operate under a physician’s license (i.e., medical director).  These products often have many of the same key ingredients found in department store or cosmetic brands.  The difference is that the medical grade products have higher concentrations of the active ingredients and are formulated for better absorption into the skin.

Not all “medical-” or “pharmaceutical-” grade products are the same.   Different brands perform differing amounts of research on their products.   At Goldson Medical Associates, LLC we have chosen two brands created by reputable companies that have actual research studies demonstrating the efficacy of their products.

The cost of these products is similar to department store brands that you may have tried in the past.  The key difference again is making choices based on available research on which ingredients/products are best for a given skin type or cosmetic result.  The products listed below can be expected to offer improved results in a shorter time than the other products available in the department or drug stores.

PCA Skin

PCA SKIN® has been and continues to be a trusted industry leader in the development of effective treatments for professional use and products for patient use for over 25 years.  PCA SKIN was founded in 1990 by an aesthetician and developed by a dermatologist.

The PCA SKIN R&D, product development and quality assurance processes are above and beyond industry standards. Their formulas are researched, designed and executed by an in-house PhD chemist. They address each skin condition holistically, with products combining the newest and most efficacious ingredients paired with proven, tried and true ingredients to create unparalleled, visible results.

This line of products offered targeted medical-grade skincare for every skin concern.


This line of products is owned by Allergan, the makers of Botox Cosmetic, and is sold only through authorized physicians. It was created by doctors who helped pioneer research into the topical application of human growth factor-based serums to treat lines and wrinkles and to improve skin quality. We offer the entire line of SkinMedica® products, including:
• Hydrating Products: a group of moisturizing products, most of which contain Hyaluronic Acid (a naturally occurring substance in the body, which can retain 40 times its weight in water)
• Lines, Wrinkles & Pigmentation Correction: growth factor based serums, retinoid products, and scar recovery products
• Daily SPF Protection: lightweight, sheer sunscreens with a high level of UVA and UVB protection that won’t clog pores
• Cleansers: a group of facial wash products made with alpha-hydroxy acids for exfoliation

Among others, Dr. Goldson-Prophete recommends the SkinMedica® TNS Essential Serum, a growth factor based serum which produces a demonstrated statistically significant reduction of lines and wrinkles and the SkinMedica® Lumivive® formulated with a blend of antioxidants and coenzyme Q10, these serums reduce uneven pigmentation, free radical damage to promote radiant and even skin tone. See below for more information and before and afters for each of these products.

Dr. Goldson-Prophete and the staff at Goldson Medical Associates, LLC will customize a complete skincare regimen for your needs and skin type.