Can prescription fluorouracil make skin brighter and younger?


Prescription fluorouracil (also known as Carac, Efudex, or Fluoroplex) is traditionally given to treat precancerous skin lesions.  However, according to a 2009 study published in Archives of Dermatology, patients who used the cream daily for two weeks had decreases in wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and brown spots, as well as precancers.  As researcher Dr. Dana L. Read more »

So many peptides, so little time…


Recently, a reader pointed out to me that palmitoyl pentapeptide-4, an ingredient in Olay 14-Day Intervention, is a component of Matrixyl, an established anti-aging peptide complex. After some reading, it turns out that Matrixyl is indeed the trademark for Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, owned by Sederma and Proctor & Gamble. According to the Sederma website (provided by Read more »

Advice from Dermatologist Dr. David McDaniel


Oh, Happy Day! That’s what I said when the March 2008 issue of Allure arrived, complete with a feature on one of my all-time favorite dermatologists, Dr. David McDaniel. Dr. McDaniel is Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Dermatology and Plastic Surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical Read more »

Product Review: Clarisonic Skin Care Brush and Cleansers


  The Clarisonic Skin Care System uses sonic frequencies to gently cleanse the skin.  Photo source According to Sephora, the Clarisonic Skin Care Brush ($195.00, is one of the company’s best-sellers. Designed with a sonic frequency that moves more than 300 times per second, the brush claims to “remove six times more make-up” Read more »

Are the Parabens in Skin Care Products Really Bad For You?


  One common source of parabens is deodorant. Photo source Parabens are preservatives that are found in about 90% of all skincare and cosmetics products. Antibacterial and antifungal p-hydroxybenzoic acid esters, the six most commonly used forms of paraben are Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, p-Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, n-Butylparaben and Benzylparaben. They are commonly used due to their Read more »

News: A New Cell for Pigmentation?


According to the February 2008 issue of Allure magazine, researchers in the United States and Japan have found that keratinocytes regulate the amount of pigment that melanocytes produce.  This is a really exciting finding, as it will influence the ways that dermatologists treat pigmentation and hyperpigmentation issues in the future. As Raymond E. Boissy, professor Read more »