false skin care claims

Skin Care Products With False Claims

Is Your Product Line Misleading You?

Melanopeel prides itself on being FDA compliant, and being manufactured under the strictest of standards. Hence the reason why we our cosmeceuticals work so amazingly well. They are properly formulated and tested in medical clinics.

We can stand behind our claims.

Medical grade cosmeceuticals are different to mere cosmetic skin care.

cosmetic scrubs
Cosmetic grade cleansers, creams & scrubs cannot change the cellular behavior of your skin.

Non-medical cosmetic skin care sits on the surface of the skin. These mostly moisturize the skin or cause superficial exfoliation, for example skin scrubs. They are intended to make people feel more attractive by the scents, or feel of the product.

They are not capable of changing the cellular or physiological behavior the skin. If they can indeed effect such changes, then they are required by law to be classified as drugs by the FDA, and undergo rigorous medical & clinical testing to support such claims.

Have you noticed how some non-medical skin care products sold on places like Ebay & Amazon make outrageous or false claims such as reversing aging, or reversing wrinkles, or clearing acne & skin hyperpigmentation? Many of these products are now in pursuit by the FDA for breaking the law – it is illegal to make medical claims with products classified as merely cosmetic.

Adding an ‘extract’ or low levels of ‘active ingredient’ to a cosmetic product will not make it medical grade.

The FDA now more closely monitors the cosmetic industry, and they enforce strict labeling of claims of skin care products which violate the law. This is to ensure the consumers are not exposed to deceptive & unsafe claims on bottles, websites, marketing & packaging. These include suggestive claims about acne, skin discolorations, scars, wrinkles, & stretch marks.


While the word “cosmeceutical” is not an official term, it is the best term we have to define medical skin care lines such as Melanopeel with both drug & cosmetic properties. In other words, Melanopeel can make legitimate medical claims such as for the improvement of acne, aging, hyperpigmentation & melasma.

Let’s look at the definitions to help you better understand this:

Definition of Cosmetics:

” The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) defines cosmetics by their intended use, as “articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body…for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance” [FD&C Act, sec. 201(i)]. Among the products included in this definition are skin moisturizers, perfumes, lipsticks, fingernail polishes, eye and facial makeup preparations, cleansing shampoos, permanent waves, hair colors, and deodorants, as well as any substance intended for use as a component of a cosmetic product.”

In other words, legally, these cosmetic skin care products cannot change the physiologic structure of the skin, & non-medical products cannot cure conditions or illnesses. Therefore, any claims made otherwise are to considered as false.

Definition of Drugs:

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Melanopeel Can Truly Transform Your Skin On A Cellular Level

” The FD&C Act defines drugs, in part, by their intended use, as “articles intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease” and “articles (other than food) intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of man or other animals” [FD&C Act, sec. 201(g)(1)]. “

In other words, Medical skin care lines such as Melanopeel have high concentrations of medical-grade ingredients, & can function as drugs. They can actually change how your skin behaves. This includes for improving wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, & acne.

Melanopeel is manufactured under Good manufacturing practice (GMP) without harmful ingredients:

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By definition, “Good manufacturing practice (GMP) is an important factor in helping to assure that your cosmetic products are neither adulterated nor misbranded. However, while FDA has provided guidelines for cosmetic GMP (see “Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Guidelines/Inspection Checklist“), no regulations set forth specific GMP requirements for cosmetics. In contrast, the law requires strict adherence to GMP requirements for drugs, and there are regulations specifying minimum current GMP requirements for drugs [Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), parts 210 and 211]. Failure to follow GMP requirements causes a drug to be adulterated [FD&C Act, sec. 501(a)(2)(B)]. “

In other words, the best & most trusted brands are subject to rigorous standards of manufacturing, such as with Melanopeel.

We hope that you can now better understand the differences, understand false skin care claims & why medical-grade physician-dispensed skin care is different.

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