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According to TNS OBOP, every fifth Pole buys dermocosmetics for themselves, including women (27%) more often than men (12%). To buy cosmetics at the pharmacy, they are encouraged to work well for sensitive and allergic skin. Their definitely better quality compared to conventional cosmetics is also indicated. Their advantage is also composition, because 15% of respondents buy them because they are made from natural ingredients. The prohibitive price for some customers is their high price - 34% of Poles do not buy them, because they are more expensive than ordinary cosmetics, and 11% of respondents believe that they do not differ in quality from other cosmetics.
What are dermocosmetics?
Dermocosmetics are topically applied cosmetics such as creams, lotions and ointments most often showing anti-aging and moisturizing properties. Contrary to appearances, they can also be purchased outside of the pharmacy, because they are increasingly appearing in drugstores, for example Hebe: //www.hebe.pl/dermocosmetics, thanks to which they become more available, and consumers have the opportunity to compare their compositions immediately before buying. They contain biologically active substances that are supposed to be effective as medicines, so their function is to improve beauty and solve dermatological problems. Often, such cosmetics are recommended by dermatologists as support for prescribed medication, in addition, pediatricians recommend parents to use pharmacy cosmetics, such as emollients, i.e. medicinal products intended for atopic skin.
Cosmetics are the result of cooperation between dermatologists, cosmetologists and chemists. They are produced in sterile conditions and tested both in the laboratory and directly on people with sensitive skin. It should be noted, however, that the unclear definition of dermocosmetics, as well as the lack of strict control of compositions and the lack of numerous qualitative tests, means that the market is increasingly becoming a situation when manufacturers use the name dermocosmetics for cosmetics that are not actually. This concept mainly functions as an advertising slogan and it is up to the consumer to determine the composition and purchase decision.
Watch out for dermocosmetics - not everyone is one!
Experts and cosmetologists warn that more and more the name dermocosmetics it is abused, especially in advertisements. This practice is misleading and misleads consumers. Abuse is caused by an unclear legal issue of dermocosmetics, because in the light of Polish law cosmetics are all preparations for external use, whose purpose is, among others, to care for and keep the human body clean. If it is a medicine, it must meet certain requirements for drug registration. Unfortunately, dermocosmetics are not defined in Polish law and therefore are not subjected to restrictive tests like drugs.
The awareness that dermocosmetics can be treated as medicines increases when they are offered for sale at the pharmacy. The consumer then interprets that the performance of these cosmetics is pharmaceutical, and believes that they have undergone the same efficacy tests as are required for medicines. Packaging is also confusing - they are minimalist and refer to the appearance of medicines, which suggests that cosmetics have the same or at least similar properties to medicines.
What is the composition of dermocosmetics?
As mentioned, dermocosmetics are based on biologically active substances. Most often in their compositions you can find vitamins and microelements most desired by the skin and the human body, such as vitamins B, C, E, iron, silver, selenium, copper. The composition is often enriched with lipids, retinoids and natural plant substances such as soy, green tea, curcumin, ginkgo biloba, aloe, papaya, lavender and soothing and moisturizing oils. They also often contain exfoliants such as AHA or BHA.
The most important feature that distinguishes them from conventional cosmetics is the presence of medicinal ingredients. They can be thermal waters or bioactive ingredients with a high concentration, so they can be more effective than ordinary creams. Importantly, dermocosmetics are devoid of potentially sensitizing and irritating agents, like silicones and parabens, are colorless and odorless. It happens that they contain preservatives, but the amount is minimal - their task is only to preserve the active properties of the cosmetic.
Some available dermocosmetics do not differ in properties from ordinary creams. The composition of such a cosmetic should be analyzed for the presence of sensitizing substances and the content of bioactive ingredients. However, if you are still not sure, every purchase should be consulted with a doctor, especially since this type of cosmetics is to have a healing effect.