eMatrix vs Drugstore Products for Brighter Skin?

What are the benefits of using eMatrix to brighten the face versus over the counter products that promise the same effect?

Doctor Answers 4

Acne scarring and Ematrix in Los Angeles

We continue to use Ematrix for atrophic acne scarring as we have seen very good results for this difficult problem. Topical creams can do little to improve deep atrophic acne scarring. 

Dr. Karamanoukian 
Los Angeles

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 94 reviews

EMatrix versus topical brightening creams

eMatrix is used to resurface the skin and even out scarring, especially those with acne. Topical creams are used to lighten skin tone in hyperpigmented areas. 

We use eMatrix in our acne care center in Williamsville, NY. 

Hratch Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Buffalo Phlebologist
4.8 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

EMatrix vs OTC products - No comparison

The reason eMatrix is only found in a medical office is because it actually has the power to change the skin. The same holds true for certain skin products that are only sold through medical offices.

OCT products can make a difference - but on a lesser level. There is no FDA testing on products that promise to get rid of brown patches or brighten the skin, so any manufacturer can claim what they wish.

As to a direct comparison - you won't find a product in a department store or drug store that can do the same thing as a medical energy device.

eMatrix will provide a quick brightening and re-texturizing of the skin with improved smoothness and tone. When used in a series it can also impact scarring - something topical products are incapable of accomplishing.

Rebecca Fitzgerald, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

EMatrix vs. OTC products

In my opinion, over the counter products make a lot of promises, and almost all of them fall very, very short of doing anything noticeable. eMatrix is not a skin "brightener" though. It is used more for resurfacing and evening out fine lines, acne scarring, etc. FotoFacial (Photofacial) or IPL treatments are what are primarily used for discolorations and uneven tone. There is nothing over the counter comparable to either of these technologies. 


F. Victor Rueckl, MD
Las Vegas Dermatologist
4.6 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

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