Monthly Archives: July 2011

Scientists close in on origins of Psoriasis, Eczema

Psoriasis and eczema both cause red, scaly skin rashes, but the similarities between the two common, distressing conditions typically end there. And now, examining patients suffering from both ailments (a very rare phenomenon), German scientists have teased out the opposing immune system responses that prompt skin flare-ups for both diseases. Read the article.

An excellent ‘non-steroidal’ solution for dermatitis is aloCell Gel. See the blog entry detailing why hydrocortisone is not great for the skin.

The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions. Please see your doctor or a trained medical professional should you have any concerns.

Anti Aging advice based on a personal real life situation

CLIENT REQUEST/QUESTION
I am 52 years old.  I was using Obagi Nu Derm, 10% Professional C Serum and the lowest strength of Tretinoin at night.  I have used Obagi for the last ten months and decided a few weeks ago to stop using it as I don’t think it’s very good to use Obagi on a long term basis.

I purchased the Cell Youth Actif and Crystal Clarity Microderbrasion Cream couple of weeks ago.  So my skincare routine the last couple of weeks has been to use up the remaining Obagi cleanser, use the Cell Youth Actif and Blue Lizard Moisturizing Sunscreen.  At night, I use the Obagi cleanser and Cell Youth Actif only.  Then I use the microdermabrasion cream 2-3 times a week.

I do not have any wrinkles or dry skin.  Problem areas I have are some lines on neck and some hyperpigmentation. Do you have any suggestions on what other products I can incorporate or is what I am doing sufficient?

ADVICE/ANSWER
I agree with you in terms of not using harsh cosmetic solutions long term. I don’t like the Obaji system for it’s harshness (though it definitely is effective) and also for the fact that all their products are tested on animals – something I absolutely oppose at all times.

As you have probably seen from my website/shop/youtube videos/blog I am definitely not a fan of harsh detergent cleansers so my recommendation for all (and the only cleanser I use on clients in my facial treatments) is the Dr Schwab Sensitive Cleanser. The technique is definitely different so make sure you check out the video ‘the correct way to use a gentle cleanser‘.

To lift hyperpigmentation an alpha hydroxy acid like Age Limit is good to start off with and then build into the lower pH Glyco-A-Gel. Tretinoin (Retin-A type prescription products) will also reduce pigmentation. Sometimes, if the skin is strong and not too sensitized by the Obaji products, using the alpha hydroxy first and tretinoin next will increase penetration and results….but we have to keep an eye on any increased levels of skin weakness, redness and irritation….and if this happens then using the 2 types of products together is not recommended, stop using both of them for a week then start again using just 1 of them. Weakening the skin barrier for the sake of reducing brown spots is not worth it in my eyes….we only have 1 skin so we should do whatever we can to keep it strong for the rest of our lives….

At night you should follow the Cell Youth Actif with an appropriate moisturizer or, my favourite, Stress Recovery Complex….

The Cell Youth Actif will be helpful on the neck, as will the alpha hydroxy acid. I don’t use the crystal clarity – I prefer to use the alpha hydroxy acid as the exfoliator (actually I don’t like any kind of scrub/gommage). I wash it off with cool water before applying Cell Youth Actif at night…..to ensure the skin’s pH is not lower than the pH of the Cell Youth Actif. In the morning I apply Cell Youth Actif and put the Tu’el Regenerative Firming mask on top of it and leave on for 10 minutes before showering it off….the skin feels and looks fantastic for the rest of the day

Make sure the sunscreen is a minimum of 10% minerals as the active ingredients and no reliance on other ingredients as active ingredients. See the information in the blog category Sunscreens.

Hope that helps and thank you for your support.
Sincerely
Andrew.

NOTE: The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions. Please see your doctor or a trained medical professional should you have any concerns.

Got a Skin Rash? How to Tell Eczema From Seborrheic Dermatitis

You get an itchy rash, and it’s not the first time. Maybe you’re wondering if it’s eczema or perhaps seborrheic dermatitis. Both are chronic skin problems that typically relapse, even after successful treatment. And doctors themselves can get these two causes of rash mixed up. Read the article.

I really don’t like hydrocortisone/steroid use on the skin because it weakens the skin barrier while offering ‘instant’ gratification. See the article.

For a non-steroidal solution see aloCell Gel

The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions. Please see your doctor or a trained medical professional should you have any concerns..

Flip-flops, baseball caps may raise risk of skin cancer

Wearing flip-flops and baseball caps can increase your risk of skin cancer, an expert warns. “Most skin cancers occur on the parts of the body that are repeatedly exposed to the sun,” Dr. Rebecca Tung, director of the dermatology division at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., said in a Loyola news release. “The problem with flip-flops and baseball caps is that they leave the tips of the ears and the tops of the feet dangerously exposed to sun damage. The potential for skin cancers in those areas are real, especially on the tips of the ears,” she explained. Read the article. The absolute best form of sunscreen is a mineral sunscreen…and it must be applied every day….

Dandruff? Itchy Scalp? Research helps discover other diseases

Researchers are hoping a new analytic technique can someday help detect major diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. In the meantime, the approach is proving useful at telling how bad a case of dandruff a person has. Read the article.

Note that many dandruff shampoos can be too sensitizing for people who have very sensitive skin…so always ensure that you rinse it out thoroughly so that none is left as a residue on your skin.