Month: May 2008

Glycerin in Skin Care

UltimaSkin Honey and Soy Moisturizer with Glycerin Glycerin is widely used in skin care preparations for its ability to soften and sooth skin. It is thought to work due its hygroscopic nature – or ability to attract water from air. Glycerin has been around for a long, long time so it’s not really sexy to… Read more »

Mandelic Acid for Acne, Wrinkles and Melasma

Mandelic acid, chemical name alpha-hydroxybenzeneacetic acid, is an alpha hydroxy acid extracted from bitter almonds. Widely used in the skin care formulations for their ability to assist with a range of conditions including hyperpigmentation, acne and wrinkles, alpha hydroxy acids are often derived from fruit acids. Despite their usefulness in skin care preparations, some alpha hydroxy… Read more »

Active Ingredients in Skin Care Products

There’s a lot of buzz in the skin care industry these days about ‘topical actives’. And while some companies try to sensationalize the idea of a topical active, from a pharmaceutical perspective, active ingredients (topical or otherwise) are simply the ones that deliver some sort of pharmacological effect to skin. When related to skin care… Read more »

Drugs That May Cause Photosensitivity

Photosensitivity may be defined as sensitivity of the skin to a light source. And people with particular skin types tend to be more sensitive to sunburn. Photosensitivity can take a number of forms: Medications may make the skin more sensitive to sunlight; these include most of the tetracycline antibiotics, birth control pills, antihistamines, antidepressants and… Read more »