Those who partake in spring cleaning could only be described as having a love-hate relationship with this seasonal duty. The necessary evils of the cleaning project align with the old adage “out with the old, in with the new.” Though many people may not think to apply this activity to their skin care collection, there are many reasons why getting rid of expired skin care is essential for optimum skin health.

Many skin care items contain ingredients that are first activated in a sterile, vacuum sealed environment. Once opened, however, the container is exposed to air, bacteria, and skin cells as the user handles the container and product inside. For this reason, many containers contain printed expiration information on their labels. Typically, this appears as a picture depicting an open jar with the maximum months the opened product is good for, and may be seen on the back of the label or container.

Batniji Facial Plastic Surgery of Newport Beach, California, carries high quality skin care products that consist of cosmeceuticals, most of which are dermatologist-developed products. Cosmeceuticals, as they are often called, are medical-grade treatments for the skin that are safe to use at home but contain powerful ingredients. Often, the products work to fight acne, aging, and other issues of the skin. The creams, serums, and gels are formulated to be used during a certain amount of time and with a certain amount of product to be effective.

Dr. Rami K. Batniji, M.D., F.A.C.S. provides patients with expert surgical and non-surgical facial cosmetic procedures and skin care to match his expertly designed treatment plans. The lines include SkinMedica, ViDERM, iS CLINICAL, and elta MD.

SkinMedica was by created by dermatologist Dr. Richard Fitzpatrick, who promotes physician distribution due to the powerful ingredients each product contains. Specialists in facial aesthetics, such as Dr. Batniji, understand how to couple procedures with corresponding at-home treatments. The ViDerm product line was created by Dr. Abdala Kalil, whose daughter’s own struggle with acne influenced his signature creation, ViPeel. The authorities of the iS CLINICAL brand work alongside the science community to formulate new, cutting-edge ingredients and promote test trials for their skin care. Elta MD supplies skin care to physicians, primarily dermatologists and facial plastic surgeons, to ensure this product line is properly explained and supplied to patients.

Potent products such as those found at Dr. Batniji’s office may have expiration dates much like other skin care products. In general, there are no harmful side effects associated with using a product beyond the “use-by” date, but the substance will be less effective and the full benefits of the product will likely not be available. Some signs that a product may have expired include a change in the scent, color, or consistency of the product. Often, there will be a visible separation of ingredients.

Rami K. Batniji, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a Newport Beach, California, specialty facial plastic surgeon. Very few plastic surgeons in this region dedicate their practices to facial cosmetic corrections, distinguishing the doctor from other area surgeons. Contact Dr. Batniji at his Southern California office location by calling (949) 650-8882, filling out the customized Patient Contact Form, or stopping by the office at 361 Hospital Road, Suite #329, Newport Beach, CA 92663.