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Contents tagged with niacinamide

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    As longtime readers of the FutureDerm blog know, I'm a huge fan of one of the major ingredients in Olay Regenerist and Olay Regenerist Luminous: niacinamide, or vitamin B3. This is a superb ingredient that has been shown to alleviate everything from age spots to dry skin to skin sallowness to mild discoloration (Cutis, 2005) when used in concentrations ranging from 2-4%. So, as long as niacinamide is listed as one of the first five ingredients, this is a "must-have" in your skin repertoire. … Read More...

  • Recently, a reader asked me about what he could do to get rid of his undereye wrinkles and crow's feet. (You can submit your questions too - email me anytime at nicki[at]futurederm[dot]com!)

    I'm sure the reader wasn't alone -- the eyes are one of the first places to show signs of aging. One of the main reasons for this is that cellular production of collagen and elastin lessens with age (AAD: Aging Skin, MayoClinic:Wrinkles). Collagen and elastin act like a structural framework within your … Read More...

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    I absolutely love my job here at FutureDerm. One of the biggest perks? Getting to talk to brilliant people all the time, whether businesspersons or web developers or chemists. With regards to the latter, I recently spoke to one of our chemists in a rather long discussion about whether or not niacinamide should only be used in conjunction with resveratrol or other sirtuin promoters. The lesson? Niacinamide should never be used alone, because it can inhibit sirtuins. Breaking Down The Scientific … Read More...

  • You could say that multi-use products are a bit like the sporks of the beauty world. You could say that I'm low maintenance. But, really, I just never give myself quite enough time to get ready. Between a bad habit for booking my days straight from morning until night and always being up for a last-minute trip, I can't always fit in (both figuratively and literally) my entire routine. If I'm in a time crunch or I need to pack a bag, I find that I have to sacrifice some of my usual products. … Read More...

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      "Oh yes, I'm looking ahead AND I got rid of my acne scars!" While hyperpigmentation isn’t easy to treat, there seems to be almost a horde of topical options to choose. The most documented and used ones include: hydroquinone, its glycosylated cousin arbutin, mequinol, retinoids, hydroxy acids, azelaic acid, kojic acid, vitamins B3 (amide) and C, licorice, soy, and N-acetyl glucosamine. And because hyperpigmentation is such a common problem, more and more “options” are … Read More...

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    Merry Christmas! Here it is: the ubiquitous holiday gift guide. When it comes to skin care however, it’s actually quite difficult to recommend a gift set because rarely are all the products of equal or similar quality. While browsing through the 300+ distinct skin care gift sets on Sephora, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bergdorf Goodman, I found myself rather annoyed because every time I found a potential hopeful, some characteristic (whether it be packaging, price, … Read More...

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      At a low PH, niacinamide and L-ascorbic acid can turn aqueous solutions yellow. These days, while it’s (more) common knowledge that acidic compounds like hydroxy acids should not be used with retinol, the interaction between two other prominent and well-studied compounds: niacinamide and L-ascorbic acid, is rarely discussed. Ironically, along with hydroxy acids and retinoids, these two compounds to a great extent constitute and represent four of the five main classes of ingredients … Read More...

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    Niacinamide embodies both simplicity (in structure) and diversity (in function). Let’s begin by clarifying the numerous terms that are seen when discussing vitamin B3, which is a water-soluble essential nutrient. Vitamin B3 is known as niacin or nicotinic acid (NTA). Niacinamide (NCA) or nicotinamide is the “amide” form of vitamin B3. What that means is that outside of the pyridine ring, the carboxyl group (COOH) of nicotinic acid has been replaced by a (carbox)amide group (CONH2). It is … Read More...

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    Does President Barack Obama have a different number of melanocytes than his predecessors? Nope! For the past five weeks, we’ve discussed the efficacy of inorganic and organic sunscreens. Depending on a variety of factors, sunscreens contribute to the color of the skin by preventing or allowing UVB-induced tanning and/or UVA-induced delayed tanning of the skin. But what determines a person’s skin color in the absence of UV light? In other words, what characterizes a person’s innate skin color? … Read More...

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    Submitted via the FutureDerm.com Facebook page via private message: Hi I was wondering if you could recommend a good cream to help reverse/repair sun damaged skin? Thanks in advance! -Elizabeth H. Dear Elizabeth, Sun-damaged skin is no illusion.  After years of sun damage, the skin's pigment-producing cells, called melanocytes, lose their ability to distribute pigment evenly.  As the damage progresses, your face shows it in the form of freckles, sunspots, blotches, uneven pigmentation, blood … Read More...

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    Although I've reviewed both Olay Professional Pro-X SPF 30 and Olay Regenerist in the past, a reader's recent letter inspired me to give it another look.  Check it out: Dear Nicki, Firstly thanks for your efforts on skin care. Based on your reviews and some of my own homework I am now using the Olay Pro-X Age Repair lotion SPF 30 as my daily moisturiser.  It's great. Only problem is the price (on Amazon) has doubled since I last ordered it. I now find Olay Regenerist Superstructure Cream SPF3 … Read More...

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    Like having the appetizer and the dessert, or maxxing out your credit card with the Chanel and the Fendi, sometimes you really can have too much of a good thing.   And while you may not think it, there are some combinations of beneficial skin care ingredients that lose effectiveness when they are used in conjunction together.  Here are some of the surprising combinations of ingredients you may wish to avoid: 1.  Niacinamide and Sirtuins In this 2005 study conducted at Johns Hopkins University, … Read More...

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    Image source: Milwent.com Crow's feet are amongst the most complained about wrinkles on a patient's face. And for good reason: "Crow's-feet are usually the earliest wrinkles to appear on a woman's face," says dermatologist Debra Price, M.D., clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Miami School of Medicine and a dermatologist in South Miami. So what to do about crow's feet? Take an aggressive approach at home. To quote Meg Ryan in You've Got Mail, "Fight, fight, … Read More...

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      Curel Continuous Comfort is $3.99 on Drugstore.com The answer is yes, according to Dr. Frederic Brandt in this month's Real Simple magazine.  Even the most basic moisturizer hydrates, giving the skin a chance to rest.  By doing so, you help maintain collagen production over time, according to Dr. Brandt.  This keeps the skin firmer and younger for longer. However, as Dr. Brandt is quick to point out, there are lots of other ingredients that are clinically proven to improve the skin too.  … Read More...

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    Although the cause of psoriasis is not fully known -- most experts consider it a disorder of the growth and reproduction of skin cells or an immune-mediated disorder -- a new study in Journal Watch Dermatology (also mentioned in the February 2007 Allure) found that women who had gained 35 pounds or more since 18 had an 88 percent greater risk of psoriasis than for those whose weight was stable. The study followed 78626 women for 14 years.  According to Arahti R. Setty, a researcher and … Read More...

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    Spotlight On: DMAE

    By: Nicki Zevola

    DMAE (also known as dimethyl MEA or dimethyl aminoethanol) is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant ingredient that is included in a number of N.V. Perricone M.D. skincare products, including N.V. Perricone Solar Protection for Face SPF 26 ($48.00, Sephora.com). But how effective is this ingredient in fighting the signs of aging, including loss of firmness and wrinkles? So what is DMAE? According to "Dimethylaminoethanol: A New Ingredient for Aging Skin" in the Textbook of Cosmetic Dermatology ( … Read More...

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    Spotlight On: Niacinamide

    By: Nicki Zevola

    Niacinamide is an amazing ingredient. According to Bissett et. al., niacinamide does it all: reduces fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmented spots, red blotchiness, and skin sallowness (yellowing), and increases elasticity. Further, according to a 2005 study by Draelos et. al., niacinamide may help alleviate some of the symptoms of rosacea by increasing hydration and barrier function of the stratum corneum (uppermost layer of the skin), and may have some anti-tumor characteristics as well. … Read More...

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