Product Review: Which OTC Retinol Treatment is the Best?

Above: The mechanism of action of retinoids. Source: Nature. Editor’s Note:  There is an updated version of this post on FutureDerm.com, available on June 3, 2011. Retinoids are one of the most effective ingredients in skin care products today, running the gamut from increasing collagen production to decreasing the appearance of wrinkles. Although this 2001 study in the journal Clinics in Dermatology found over-the-counter retinol is 20 times less potent…
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Quick Question: Can Dairy Foods Really Cause Acne Breakouts?

According to Joy Bauer, the nutrition expert for the Today show, Yahoo.com and SELF magazine and author of Joy Bauer’s Food Cures, “It is entirely possible [dairy foods cause acne breakouts], although not necessarily for the reason you think. Cows are given iodine-fortified feed to help fight infection, and some of it naturally finds its way into the cows’ milk. Iodine can cause acne in some people. Some experts believe…
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Does pH Really Make a Difference in Skin?

According to Dr. Jeannette Graf, a dermatologist from Great Neck, NY and author of Stop Aging, Start Living: The Revolutionary 2-Week pH Diet, the pH of the food you consume and products you use affect the state of your skin. As Graf states in the January 2007 Elle: “Reducing exposure to chemicals can definitely help stabilize skin and hair pH.” Although some experts agree with Graf’s alkaline theory, some also…
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Five Ingredients Your Skin Cannot Live Without…and How to Use Them

According to the article “Skin Innovations” by Jenny Bailly in the December 2007 issue of Allure magazine, five commonly recommended ingredients by leading dermatologists are retinoids/retinol, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), antioxidants, sunscreen, and hydroquinone. Below is a user’s guide for each: RetinA Micro is available by prescription. 1. Retinoids. The Benefits: Retin-A, a prescription topical treatment containing a derivative of vitamin A, was first used as an acne treatment. However,…
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Commentary: What Causes Skin Aging?

According to Susan C. Taylor, board-certified dermatologist and author of Rx for Brown Skin, there are four basic mechanisms of skin aging: 1.) genetic factors; 2.) telomere shortening and chromosomal alterations; 3.) free radical generation (in excess of free radicals necessary for normal metabolism); 4.) UV light-induced skin damage. Each of these are discussed in more detail below. Genetic factors that contribute to skin aging Skin aging is the result…
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Product Review: Remergent High Intensity DNA Repair SPF 30

Recently, a reader asked me to research and review Remergent High Intensity DNA Repair SPF 30 ($94.95, SkincareRx.com). The company’s “super concentrated” product claims to “protect your skin from the sun as well as help to regenerate your skin and heal the damage that has already been done.” But does the product live up to the hype? Not “super” concentrated, after all Based on the ingredients list provided by SkincareRx.com,…
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