Cosmeceuticals Specialist

Primary Skin Care & Aesthetics

Louis Acosta, M.D.

Cosmetic Skin Care Center located in Beverly Hills, CA

If you dream of a product that can treat skin issues and serve as cosmetic, your dream may soon be fulfilled. Cosmeceuticals are products that combine the functions of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. You can enjoy healthy and beautiful skin with no need for extra steps. Book an appointment online or by phone with Dr. Louis Acosta at Primary Skin Care & Aesthetics in Beverly Hills to learn more about cosmeceuticals and how they may improve your skin.

Cosmeceuticals Q & A

What is a cosmeceutical?

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not recognize cosmeceuticals as a separate category of products. The FDA classifies products as cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, or both.

An example of a product that is both a cosmetic and a pharmaceutical is a dandruff shampoo, which is a cosmetic because it is a shampoo, and is a pharmaceutical because it treats the medical condition of dandruff. Such products must meet the standards of both categories.

Dr. Acosta evaluates every product available at Primary Skin Care & Aesthetics and chooses only those that provide the most benefit to his patients.

What types of cosmeceuticals are available?

Primary Skin Care & Aesthetics offers several highly-respected brands of cosmeceuticals, each with particular strengths and weaknesses.


SkinMedica’s products are thoroughly tested and the company is committed to developing products through proven research methods and high-quality clinical data. In addition to improving the appearance of your skin, SkinMedica products are designed to improve the health of your skin.


If you have very thin or no eyelashes, LATISSE® may be the right product for you. It is available only with a prescription and is approved by the FDA to grow eyelashes.

In one study, people who were treated with LATISSE® had a 25% increase in lash length, a 106% increase in lash thickness, and an 18% increase in lash darkness over a 16-week treatment period.


The product line at Epionce is designed to address redness, breakouts, dark spots, and aging. There are specific products for people with dry skin, oily skin, combination skin, and sensitive skin. This line of high-quality products is available through qualified medical professionals specializing in skin care, such as Dr. Acosta.


If you have scars, Silagen may be the product line that is right for you. With products for post-operative and post-laser scar prevention treatment, as well as others for hypertrophic scars and keloids, Silagen disrupts the processes that lead to scarring.

How do I know if a cosmeceutical product is right for my skin?

Because there is a pharmaceutical component to cosmeceutical products, it’s important for you to use products that are appropriate for your skin. If you have dry skin and inadvertently choose a product designed for people with oily skin, you may end up making your problem worse.

Working with Dr. Acosta and his staff and choosing products based on their recommendations is one way to make sure that your unique needs are met. Your skin is actually an organ, and when it functions well, your health benefits -- as does your appearance.