Prevage is a product of Allergan, a company that brings us many other health care products in the fields of eye care, medical dermatology and cosmetic treatments. In 2005, Allergan added Prevage MD to its list of products, “an innovative anti-aging treatment representing the next generation of topical antioxidants,” as the company website explains. While Prevage MD is only available through your doctor, you can buy an over the counter version called simply Prevage, which is sold under the Elizabeth Arden name and can be found online and in stores. The active ingredient in both products is identical; it is the amount of this active ingredient found in the formula that is the big difference between the prescription and non-prescription strength.
Prevage claims to correct the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, protect the skin from environmental stressors (also known as free radicals), and enhance the appearance of the skin. The Prevage MD website provides testimonials and before and after photos to support the effectiveness of the product. We were unable to find information on the company website or on the Prevage MD website about any sort of money back guarantee on purchases. At the time of this review, a one-ounce quantity of Prevage MD carries a suggested retail price of $115.
The active ingredient in both Prevage and Prevage MD is idebenone, a powerful antioxidant that can correct and protect skin cells, according to the Prevage MD website. Prevage MD contains 1% idebenone, while Prevage has a concentration of .5%. The website also states that clinical studies on idebenone have resulted in 72% of the people using it reporting a reduction in lines and wrinkles, 78% reporting a reduction of roughness and dryness and 94% reporting an improvement in softness and smoothness. These results were seen after just four weeks of use.
We were unable to find a complete ingredient list for either product on the company or product websites, but we did locate listings at some of the online retailers. Besides the idebenone, we found sodium hyaluronate in the ingredients, which is a proven anti-aging substance. However, while idebenone is an effective ingredient for improving the overall appearance of the skin, the jury is still out on whether the substance can effectively diminish fine lines and wrinkles.
- The product is well advertised on both the company and product websites.
- Prevage contains an effective antioxidant, idebenone, in the formula.
- The complete ingredient list is not listed on either the company or the product website.
- The product is expensive.
- There is no money back guarantee that we could find.
The Bottom Line
If you are interested in protecting your skin from the harmful effects of free radicals, a high quality antioxidant product like Prevage may be worth a try. On the other hand, if you are looking for something to reduce the appearance of existing fine lines and wrinkles, there may be better, less expensive products available. Some products may even combine wrinkle reducing and protective ingredients, which it appears Prevage does not.