WHAT DOES ‘PHARMACEUTICAL GRADE’ MEAN?
Cosmetic quality is what department, drug and grocery stores
typically sell. These include the big and expensive brands and
the cheaper ones. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
allows cosmetic grade products to contain up to 30% bacteria.
This means that ingredients may only be 70% pure. It is a large
breeding ground for bacteria. This is why makeup packaging
tells us to throw away any unused product every 90-180 days.
And 95% of the skincare industry is cosmetic quality and
unregulated by the FDA. Cosmetic companies are not required
to register their products with the FDA, while cosmetic products are
subjective and do not reflect or require scientific testing.
Pharmaceutical grade ingredients used in skin care products
are FDA regulated. The FDA requires that pharmaceutical grade
ingredients be 99.9% pure. Products must contain 0.1%, or less,
of bacteria. Only 5% of the skincare industry is under the regulation established
by the FDA and considered pharmaceutical grade skin care
products. All ingredients, in all Gerda Spillmann products,
are 100% Pharmaceutical grade.