In the News: Can You Really “Vacuum” Away Your Acne?

Skin Care

There’s a new acne system in town, according to the December 2007 issue of Health magazine. Called the PPx (Photo-pneumatic) Pore-Cleansing System, PPx has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2007 for treating stubborn acne. How effective is PPx against acne? PPx was originally developed for the removal of hair. However, Read more »

Commentary: Can Calorie Restrictive Diets Help — Or Hurt — Your Skin?

Skin Care

Calorie restrictive diets often emphasize nutritive sources, like cherries. Photo source.   Calorie restrictive (CR) diets have been proclaimed as an anti-aging source. According to Wikipedia, in human subjects, calorie restriction has been shown to lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and resting blood glucose levels. The diet has also been associated with increased lifespan in primates, Read more »

Product Review: Bare Escentuals SPF 15 Foundation Powder vs. Nature’s Beauty Minerals Foundation

Skin Care

BareEscentuals, Inc. is one of the nation’s best-performing cosmetic companies right now, with sales up to $126.6 in the third fiscal quarter of 2007. Advertising “make-up so pure you can sleep in it,” Bare Escentuals has products like its best-selling Bare Escentuals SPF 15 Foundation Powder ($25, that uses only “pure minerals and no Read more »

The World’s Most Expensive Moisturizer?

Skin Care

  According to the October 29, 2007 issue of Life & Style magazine, Jessica Alba, Victoria Beckham and other stars love La Prairie products, like Borba Age-Defying Skin Balance Water, because they “refresh skin and keep it luminous”. The product is Borba Age-Defying Skin Balance Water or $2000 for the limited-edition 1.7 ounce jar (shown Read more »

Thanksgiving Food that is Good for Your Skin

Skin Care

  Although the details of the link between many skin and nutrition are still being ironed out, there are certain foods that have been established in independent studies to have beneficial properties for the skin. From the traditional Thanksgiving meal, these include: *Slow-cooked turkey (think from a crockpot, not a stove). Advanced glycation end products Read more »

Spotlight On: Kojic Acid and the Best Hyperpigmentation Treatments

Ingredients, Skin Care

  According to Dr. Leslie Baumann‘s Cosmetic Dermatology, kojic acid (5-hydroxy-2-(hydroxymethyl)-4-pyrone) is used in skin care formulations to lighten the skin, like another agent, hydroquinone. However, while hydroquinone works by inhibiting the activity of tyrosinase by acting as a melanocyte cytotoxic inhibitor and by increasing the cytotoxicity of melanocytes (melanin-producing cells), kojic acid lightens the Read more »