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 […]

Coenzyme Q10
Coenzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone)

Spotlight On: Coenzyme Q10

Coenzyme Q-10 — also known as ubiquinone — is found naturally in the human body as something essential for the production of cells (Mayo Clinic). Coenzyme Q-10 levels are at their highest for the first 20 years of life and then subsequently decrease as we age. Researchers are investigating how this antioxidant might be related to […]

Perricone MD Chia Seed Serum
Aging, Coenzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone), Dry Skin, Moisturizers, Normal-to-Dry Skin

Perricone MD Chia Seed Serum Review

Perricone MD Chia Serum ($75.00, FutureDerm.com/Shop) contains less coenyzme Q10 than DHC Quick Gel Brightening Moisture, but I still like it for dry to very dry skin types, with its ample amounts of omega-3 fatty acids embedded in chia oil. Perricone MD Chia Serum requires only a drop or two for application for most people, and it takes a minute or […]

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15
Antioxidants, Lip Balm, Lip Treatments, Makeup Reviews, Skin Care Advice, Skin Care Product Reviews, Vitamin C | Tagged ,

Your Lips Need Sunscreen, Too!

One of my most vivid memories of summer vacation as a kid is of putting on Pre-Sun brand sunscreen at the beach. Granted, it was probably like SPF 4, since this would’ve been in the late 1970s, but at least my mom was trying. I remember the smell as well as the taste, which was, in […]

Skin Bleaching
Age Spots, Hydroquinone, Hyperpigmentation (Age Spots), Skin Care Advice, Skin Care Product Reviews, Specialized treatments | Tagged

What Are the Best Products with Hydroquinone?

In one of my favorite episodes of Sex and the City, Miranda talks about her “secret single behavior,” where she likes to go and clip her toenails while watching bad TV. Skin bleaching is a little like that: It’s something that many people do, but refuse to share with others. In fact, 77% of women in […]

Dr Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads FutureDerm
Aging, Anti-aging, Antioxidants, Dry Skin, Peels, Skin Care Advice, Skin Care Product Reviews, Wrinkles | Tagged

Peter Thomas Roth UnWrinkle Peel Pads Review

Peter Thomas Roth UnWrinkle Peel Pads are like the original Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pad. Around for nearly a decade, Peter Thomas Roth UnWrinkle Peel Pads contain glycolic acid and lactic acid that refine fine lines and wrinkles, take down oil in the skin, and leave skin smoother to the touch. For more on the […]

Josie Maran Argan Oils
Argan Oil, Dry Skin, Normal Skin, Normal-to-Dry Skin, Normal-to-Oily Skin, Oils, Oily Skin, Skin Care Advice, Skin Care Product Reviews | Tagged

Which Josie Maran Argan Oil Formulation is the Best?

One of my favorite derms, Leslie Baumann, M.D., once put it best: “Unlike other exotic resources such as caviar and marine algae, argan oil offers the best of both worlds…It’s an anti-ager and it’s eco-friendly.”  Dubbed “the gold of Morocco,” argan oil contains essential fatty acids (linoleic and oleic acids) and antioxidant polyphenols. An Antioxidant That Is as Good […]