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What Exactly Are 'Actives' in Skin-Care Products?

by LeAnn Cyr |

“When I look on the back of a bottle and it says the active ingredient, that to me means the chemical or molecule in that product that is doing what the product says it’s supposed to do," John G. Zampella, M.D., assistant professor in the Ronald O. Perelman department of dermatology at NYU Langone Health, tells SELF. If you're getting a cleanser that is claimed to treat acne, for example, the active ingredient is what actually treats the acne, possibly something like salicylic acid, he explains.

Skincare products with active ingredients are anything that has an active ingredient (and not every product does). Many of the products in the CYRx MD Skincare line have active ingredients according to Dr Steven J. Cyr, Mayo Clinic trained surgeon. We have proven research and science behind these ingredients and a very good idea that they'll be effective.

“An active ingredient has been proven in a lab by research to change the skin in some way; it's an ingredient that has data behind it," Emily Newsom, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, tells SELF.

Also claims about the effectiveness of these products are regulated by the FDA to reflect that level of certainty of their effectiveness.

"We worked hard to deliver products that are effective and that we can be proud of... and I am confident people will love the results." ~LeAnn Cyr, CEO and Founder

 

"We worked hard to deliver products that are effective and that we can be proud of... and I am confident people will love the results." ~LeAnn Cyr, CEO and Founder

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