Spotlight On: Kojic Acid and the Best Hyperpigmentation Treatments

  According to Dr. Leslie Baumann‘s Cosmetic Dermatology, kojic acid (5-hydroxy-2-(hydroxymethyl)-4-pyrone) is used in skin care formulations to lighten the skin, like another agent, hydroquinone. However, while hydroquinone works by inhibiting the activity of tyrosinase by acting as a melanocyte cytotoxic inhibitor and by increasing the cytotoxicity of melanocytes (melanin-producing cells), kojic acid lightens the skin solely by suppressing tyrosinase activity (by inhibiting catecholase activity of tyrosinase) in a non-traditional…
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Next Blog Post Tuesday, November 20

Due to academic and personal commitments, the FutureDerm blog will continue to be updated six days per week starting again on Tuesday, November 20.   My apologies — please stop back then!  🙂
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Product Review: NIA24 Skincare

  Recently, a reader sent me the NIA24 Skincare line to try (thank you, thank you!!! :-)). Formulated with patented Pro-NiacinTM (myristyl nicotinate), a form of niacin (vitamin B3), the product line claims to “rebuild skin integrity three ways.” But is the line as incredible as it seems? Vitamin B3 and Skin Repair Vitamin B3 is an incredible skincare ingredient. Found in basic form as niacinamide (nicotinamide) and acidic form…
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Spotlight On: Human Growth Factors

When I first heard about human growth factors in skin care creams, I, like Cosmetics Cop Paula Begoun, was skeptical. It sounded like an attempt for the skincare industry to prematurely incorporate a fancy scientific term into creams to make big sales. However, I was wrong. There seems to be promise in using specific human growth factors and certain cytokines in conjunction to enhance wound healing following dermatological treatments with…
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Are Bath and Body Works Lotions Really Better than Drugstore Lotions?

  In stores, Bath and Body Works recently began to advertise its Signature Collection body lotion as the #1 selling lotion in America. Available in scents like invigorating Cucumber Melon and romantic Moonlight Path (pictured), is Bath and Body Works lotion really worth your $9.50 for 8 floz.? Or are drugstore products like Olay Body Quench a better buy, at $18.64 for four to five times as much product? Ingredients…
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Kinetin: Is It Worth the Hype?

  Maybe it’s the fancy double name of kinetin (N6-furfuryladenine), or maybe it’s the Kinerase promotion by former Friends star Courtney Cox. Whatever it is, something’s got everybody talking about kinetin. But are products containing kinetin — like Kinerase 0.1% N6-furfuryladenine Lotion ($109.00, Amazon.com) or Almay Hypo-Allergenic Kinetin Skincare Advanced Anti-Aging Series, Age Decelerating Daily Lotion ($14.50, Amazon) worth the hype? Not quite a Retin-A alternative… Kinetin has often been…
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