Glytone Acne Kit
Acne, Benzoyl peroxide, Concerns, Normal-to-Dry Skin, salicylic acid, Uncategorized | Tagged

Tried, Reviewed, Recommended: Glytone Acne Kit

In terms of growing up, I think 1997-1998 were big years for me. There were the Backstreet Boys, N*SYNC, and Britney Spears. UConn and Kentucky were the teams in the NCAA tournament. (And two of my faves). And I was in love with Neutrogena skin care at the time that featured copper peptides, which has since been […]

retinol molecule
Acne, Acne treatments, Ingredient Spotlight, Retinol, Retinol Serums, Skin Care Advice

What Causes Acne and Why Retinol Helps

Because it’s concentrated, yet gentle, FutureDerm Time Release Retinol 0.5 is a great choice for teens and young adults with mild to moderate acne. The lightweight gel absorbs quickly into skin, so there’s no need to wait 30 minutes to apply a moisturizer. Because our product is microencapsulated, it targets retinoid receptors for a full eight hours […]

FutureDerm Time-Release Retinol 0.5
Acne, Acne treatments, Aging, Ingredient Spotlight, Retinol, Retinol Serums, Wrinkles

Tretinoin, Retinol, and Retinyl Palmitate: The Key to Anti-Aging Success?

According to Dr. David E. Bank, director of the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery, researchers discovered the anti-aging properties of Retin-A, a prescription topical treatment containing a derivative of vitamin A, in 1985, when it was first used as an acne treatment. Patients reported decrease in the appearance of wrinkles and smoother skin, in addition […]

Why Not to Use Retinol and Alpha Hydroxy Acids Together
Ingredient Spotlight, Retinol

Why Not to Use Retinol and Alpha Hydroxy Acids Together

  Recently, I have received some concerned questions as to whether or not it is okay to use retinoids and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) together. For the answer, I turned to the advice of my favorite dermatologist, Dr. Leslie Baumann. On Dr. Baumann’s blog, she states: “Retinol is a highly effective ingredient, but it is unfortunately not a terribly stable one! Alpha hydroxy […]

Common Misconceptions of Hydroxy Acids
Ingredient Spotlight

Common Misconceptions of Hydroxy Acids

Over the past two days, we’ve elucidated the differences between various classes of hydroxy acids (HAs) and established their mechanisms of action. But we have yet to explain and rationalize away some of the misplaced stereotypes of HAs and their entailing effects. A clear understanding of these misconceptions is crucial when finding and recommending products […]

Hydroxy Acids
Ingredient Spotlight

The Differences between Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Lipohydroxy Acid, and Gluconolactone

Yesterday, in What are Hydroxy Acids?, we differentiated the various types of hydroxy acids (HAs) that one can encounter in the cosmetic and medical industries. I proceeded to enumerate 10+ examples of compounds that fall under the umbrella definition given for HAs. Fortunately for the readers, or those of you who are bored by pages of scientific jargon, […]

Hydroxy Acids
Ingredient Spotlight

What are Hydroxy Acids?

Along with retinoids and vitamin C, hydroxy acids (HA) are among some of the most well-documented topical compounds in the field of dermatology. While glycolic and salicylic acid remain the most prevalent and ubiquitous, several new additions have been making waves in the cosmetic and medical industries such as lactobionic acid. But before we discuss […]

Kojic Acid vs. Hydroquinone
Hydroquinone, Hyperpigmentation (Age Spots), Ingredient Spotlight, Kojic Acid, Skin Care Advice

Which is Better: Kojic Acid or Hydroquinone?

We have received some questions form FutureDerm readers wondering if kojic acid or hydroquinone is better at treating hyperpigmentation. To answer this question in a word: hydroquinone. A study in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology reported kojic acid alone is less efficacious than 2% hydroquinone in treating hyperpigmentation (i.e., sun spots, uneven skin pigmentation, and the like). Kojic acid […]