How pharmaceutical and Cosmeceutical industries benefit and our health By: Traci Alig

If we are to see a cosmeceutical product on television, such as a face cream that will help with anti-aging, we may believe that this product has been tested on several people and therefore has positive results. It also influences our decision to buy the product when we see a good looking woman or man showing a young-looking face on the screen, as to show that the product being advertised helped him or her to look the way that he or she does. In reality, several of these products being advertised have not been tested on humans yet, resulting in an unknown answer about whether the product actually works or not. As Roxanne Parrott says in chapter 6 of her book Talking About Health, “A close look at the labeling or packaging will show that they mostly haven’t been clinically tested or approved by an organization such as the FDA. So, even for the products that contain ingredients linked to positive effects in research, the cosmeceutical version often hasn’t been rigorously tested to see if a topical form is effective. And no rigorous test to assess the concentration needed of a possibly effective ingredient likely exits…A list of ingredients, or at least “active ingredients,” can frequently be found on the product or its packaging, though you may require a magnifying glass to read it.” (Parrott p.103,104).  This goes to show that the cosmeceutical products that we may be using may not have even been tested yet to show active results. Let alone knowing the product might not have been tested, the ingredient required in the product to give one’s desired results may not even exist. This is where cosmeceutical industries benefit from us, and where we gain nothing from buying these products. Other products, on the other hand, may work. The key is to be careful when buying a cosmeceutical product, making sure to read the whole label.

As to talk about pharmaceutical products, the pharmaceutical industries benefit largely from people who use pharmaceutical medicines. For example, we are possibly told that a product such as Adderall will help those of us who are not able to focus in class. Those who have this issue go on to take this product possibly only looking at the positive outcomes, such as being able to focus, and not focusing enough on the damage it might do to their bodies. Adderall has many side effects and if these side effects are frequently happening while taking the product, it could cause dangerous problems to the body in the long run. This problem could be solved in other ways if it is not too severe such as, going to bed earlier, exercising your brain more by reading, etc. Also, by eliminating things in the best way that we can from our lives that are big distractions. I am not saying that doing these alternative activities will help anyone who can’t focus to focus better, but it is worth it to take a shot at those alternatives first rather than jumping straight to a drug that may do more damage to the body than good. The pharmaceutical industry is a great way to find what one is looking for when it comes to certain issues, but it is also easy to misunderstand or miss what the outcome of a product may do to us in the long run.


3 thoughts on “How pharmaceutical and Cosmeceutical industries benefit and our health By: Traci Alig

  1. This is why I do not use any skin care products rather than all organic body wash and if I really think I need something then I use coconut oil (wonderful for the skin and all natural). Regarding the pharmaceutical industry they are only there to do one thing and that is to make money. How would they profit off someone if they got cured within the first week of taking the medicine. It’s a sad but terrible truth.

    Jaiden Deal


  2. Your blog post was a revelation to me, I always assumed that companies would never put a product on the market that they hadn’t tested, but come to think of it and after reading your article companies never say that they have tested products, but advertising definitely has made believe that products will work, and its frightening how for profit these companies are without any sense of trying to help people with their health or skin care.

    Also compliments to your writing! I admire your sourcing of the book and other places of research to back up what you are saying.

    ~Asha Brogan


  3. Your post pretty much sums up the industry in the best way possible. We have to remember that pharmaceutical companies have one goal: to make money. We sometimes tend to forget that, and end up relying on a company or product to make our lives better. You’re right, there are plenty of other ways to fix an issue. But, sometimes the situation gets so big that we tend to go to the last resort first. We forget about all the side effects and it doesn’t end up benefiting us at all.

    Andrew Ebding


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