We’re all familiar with hyped skin care ingredients that promise the moon—or at least subliminally suggest that we’ll look as if constantly bathed in moonlight with regular usage. Of course, some superhero ingredients, like retinol, stand the test of time. Others, like vitamin C derivatives SAP and MAP, have improved tremendously over their earlier versions thanks to excellent research and development. And others, like peptides, excited formulators at first, then disappointed once it became obvious that they weren’t living up to their original promise. Still others, like plant stem cells, were silly from the get-go—we are not plants, so it’s unclear how plant stem cells (undifferentiated cells that foster new cell growth) are supposed to improve mammalian skin. Plants and animals don’t even belong to the same Kingdom, so it’s a stretch.
The role of collagen and its importance in maintaining beautiful skin is a topic that’s been dominating beauty news recently, no doubt because of the zillions of new treatments purporting to enhance collagen production and give your skin a smooth, youthful glow. Here, we examine the trendiest: collagen peptides applied topically, collagen peptides ingested and “collagen-induction” via microneedling.
Over the years we’ve had countless women shopping for the men in their lives (and even the occasional man) inquire about which of our regimens are best suited to male skin. It seems that men’s skin care options remain limited to chemical-laden products and higher-end products with questionable efficaciousness. Somewhere between a lack of products designed to fit into a man’s lifestyle and an absence of education around men’s skin health, most men either don’t know—or think they’re not supposed to care—about their skin.
Between Kristina Holey’s practice and my experience with customers, we’ve seen a major surge of inflammatory conditions like acne, rosacea and dermatitis over the last few years. In fact, it’s reached epidemic proportions in Kristina’s female clients in their 30s and 40s.
Welcome to the new era of acne, where more and more people are experiencing break-outs for the first time as adults, with acne even continuing into one’s fifties and sixties. According to the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology, 54 percent of women older than age 25 have some facial acne. Yet research at The International Dermal Institute indicates that acne arising in adulthood is different than the type plaguing teenage years: adult acne is more likely to be inflammatory with lesions primarily located around the mouth, chin and jaw line and fewer comedones (or whiteheads).
This product use guide covers the basic protocol to be used by adults who are concerned about aging in addition to acne and covers the steps to use in the morning and evening. We also look at specific treatment and products for severe and mild acne, blackheads, congestion and T-zone problems and dry and inflammation prone skin.
Suppose some of the approximately one trillion microorganisms that live on your skin are finding their living conditions objectionable, even intolerable—how would they let you, their god-like host, know about it? If you were a commensal microbe living on the skin,Staphylococcus epidermidisfor example, and you just wanted to go about your business keeping your little part of the world relatively pathogen-free, you might consider sending a message in the form of an acne breakout, a rosacea flush or an undesirable rash.
Consumers have had and continue to have considerable impact on the food industry by demanding organic, natural, sustainable and local. And since consumers have turned their attention, especially in the last decade, to the cosmetics and skin care industry, demanding better accountability and more stringent safety standards, we have seen real progress when it comes to cleaning up our cosmetics and body care products. For example, blowing the whistle on such ingredients as parabens, hydroquinone, phthalates, and triclosan has resulted in their virtual disappearance from the green scene.