It sounds crazy doesn’t it? You buy your favorite skin care brand from an internet retailer but it smells a little strange or feels different. Unbeknownst to you, your product could very well be counterfeit! This is a huge problem in skincare, just like purses, watches and clothes. Any high quality manufacturer that has built their brand, has a stellar reputation, and has exceptional products is at risk. The FBI has ongoing investigations surrounding counterfeit skincare, as do agencies in other countries. Counterfeiters operate highly sophisticated rings and frequently operate outside of the United States. Manufacturers and authorities are constantly monitoring and shutting down unauthorized internet retailers, only to have several more pop up in their place.
Counterfeiters are very skilled at copying products and packaging. It can be almost impossible to tell the fake from the real skin care product. At best, these fakes don’t have the proper ingredients, concentrations, formulations, quality or appropriate storage and handling of true medical-grade products. At best, all you lose is your money, but at worst, these products have been found to contain arsenic, carcinogens such as beryllium and cadmium, high levels of aluminum and dangerous levels of bacteria from sources such as urine, feces, and more.
You can protect yourself by purchasing the products from your physician’s office or their online store and only buying from “Authorized Retailers” for that particular manufacturer. Increasing numbers of product lines are posting both the “authorized retailers” and the “unauthorized retailers” directly on their sites.
Your counterfeit purse can’t cause rashes, burns and infections, but your fake skin care products could. If the price of the product is too good to be true, there’s probably a reason for it. In the end, you get what you pay for.
At OPAL Aesthetics we offer high grade medical skin care products including Revision, Obagi, Elta MD and Phyto-C. Additionally, we offer detailed consultations and take time to personalize your skin care regimen to individually meet your needs. You can always schedule a consult with us to learn more about a proper skincare routine for you, here.
– Jasmyne Moody