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Spotlight on: Thioctic Acid or Alpha Lipoic Acid

Known as the UNIVERSAL antioxidant (given that it’s both water- and lipid- soluble), this antioxidant is present in virtually every type of living cell in the human body as it is manufactured in mitochondria. After initial synthesis, ALA is covalently bonded through lysyl residues to various enzyme complexes in order to facilitate important redox reactions. Systemically, ALA and its reduced counterpart … Continue reading

Do UVA Rays Cause Tanning?

If you’ve ever thought that only UVB rays caused tanning, make sure to read this! http://www.futurederm.com/2012/12/06/do-uva-rays-cause-tanning/

Why Does It Take So Long to Treat Hyperpigmentation?

Here’s just a quick post on why patience is a virtue! :) http://www.futurederm.com/2012/11/29/why-does-it-take-so-long-to-treat-hyperpigmentation/

Come Out! (With Your Skin Care) Miranda Previat!

Introduction: Miranda is at a point where the skin is showing characteristic signs of aging such as wrinkles, and unevenness in texture and color. The skin is described to be “crunchy” and rough as a result of excess layers of dead skin cells (stratum corneum). These signs are attributed to hormonal changes, and a fair amount of UV exposure for almost half a century, among … Continue reading

Part II: Retinol Metabolism Cont’d; Retinol Degradation and Strength; Combination Use of (Hydroxy) Acids and Retinol

FAQs about Retinol In Part I, we discussed the main pathway of retinol metabolism and learned that in order to allow the skin to OPTIMALLY convert retinol into retinaldehyde, and then into tretinoin, a retinol product should have a pH value of between ~5.0-6.0. So the obvious question that is asked most often is, “Can I use retinol … Continue reading

What do you guys think of “silicone entrapment?”

Recently, I read an article on FutureDerm and replied to a few comments asking about the idea of how silicones trap active ingredients, preventing them from reaching the skin. Here’s a breakdown of what happened: Nicki of FutureDerm fame stated: “While beneficial skin care ingredients can have some documented effects in cosmetics with a silicone base, the … Continue reading

Come Out! (With Your Skin Care) Elessa Shereem!

Introduction: Elessa has combination oily skin that’s also prone to the occasional breakout, which typically manifests as a papule or cyst (in her words) on the chin or forehead areas. Other than that, she’s concerned with dealing with blocked pores (blackheads and whiteheads), which are types of non-inflammatory acne. From previous experiences, it is known that her skin responds poorly to benzoyl peroxide. … Continue reading

Come Out! (With Your Skin Care) Catherine Aldrich!

Introduction: Catherine has quite problematic skin that is characterized by multiple inflammatory acne lesions and an overall oily surface. While the acne is mostly limited to the jaw, cheek, and chin areas, the lesions leave behind severe post-inflammatory hyperpigmented scarring that persists for months. Because of this, she’s had several visits with a dermatologist, whose solutions have either been … Continue reading

What skin care product do you really want to try next? Why?

The next category of products I want to try is a water-soluble vitamin C serum, such as the Skinceuticals CE Ferulic (which I probably won’t just because it’s SO expensive), or various alternatives that Nicki from FutureDerm suggested HERE. Most likely, I’d go with the Timeless dupe since Nicki likes it (in a completely personal way) more than the … Continue reading

Hydroxy Acids Part III: Common Misconceptions of Hydroxy Acids

Here’s Part III, as promised! http://www.futurederm.com/2012/05/10/hydroxy-acids-part-iii-common-misconceptions-of-hydroxy-acids/ Enjoy! Only 5 references this time, but still it’s quite a hefty bit of reading! :)

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