Are skincare products bought on Amazon or other website guaranteed to not be counterfeit?

Dr. Irwin, I just stubbled on this website and I love it! I have always been a firm believer that different products accomplished different outcomes. However, most dermatologists or skin care providers will swear that you have to use the whole line of something in order for it to be effective. I have struggled with researching what to use on line because recommendations may not be trustworthy for all the reasons you have sited. I would like to buy products through your site to support it. My question however, is where to buy some of the products if not through you? Sites like drug store.com , Amazon, etc. may offer better pricing on some items. If you comparison shop you are bound to find a deal. My concern is the reliability and integrity of the product through some of these suppliers. Not worth the discount if the product has not been shipped and stored properly. For example I can buy HA5 from SkinMedica on Amazon for $100 vs your site for $180. What are your thoughts? I also wondered what you would recommend as a facial peel for fine lines under the eye area? Thanks for you help! I am so happy I found you!! Monica Sofranko Chicago, IL

Ok so that wasn’t exactly your question but……….it’s really the concern that everyone has today. It’s very hard to get real data on this. In general though, if a skincare product is being sold seriously under it’s market value, it’s usually NOT the real thing. Most of the fakes come from Asia and Eastern Europe and they look almost exactly like the real product. There are subtle differences in the way the products are numbered usually, but who would take the time to investigate. We’re all too busy! All  brands are susceptible to counterfeiters now.

It’s hard to get accurate estimates on this but think about it.  All retailers have to pay the same wholesale price plus or minus volume discounts which aren’t that much.  Then they have to pay their staff, inventory space, business licenses, etc. Many of the prices I’m seeing tell me it’s not real. Why would a company go to the trouble of selling something, if they consistently lose money?

The companies involved struggle with this too. It hurts them when someone thinks a bootleg product is the real thing. I think many of the skincare products ARE pricey but they are worth it, in my opinion. Good skin is an asset. Think of all the money americans spend on junk food, sugary sodas, cigarettes, alcohol, etc. It’s billions. I’ll lobby for good skin any day!  🙂

On the fine lines under the eye issue, it really depends on how old you are and how deep they are.  Most of the peels that are safe around the eyes don’t work very well. Consider an eyelid Fraxel (FDA approved) and talk to your derm.

Dr. I

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