Month: April 2011

L’Oreal Youth Code

Youth Code is a new anti aging skin care line recently introduced by cosmetics powerhouse L’Oreal. While I’m never one to advocate products that contain secret ingredients, you may be interested to learn that Youth Code’s ‘secret’ is its patented Pro-GenTM technology or bifida ferment lysate, also known as probiotic bacteria. While there isn’t oodles… Read more »

Grover’s Disease

Grover’s Disease, also known by various medical terms including “Benign papular acantholytic dermatosis,” “Persistent acantholytic dermatosis” and “Transient acantholytic dermatosis” is a skin condition characterized by a red, itchy rash that appears on the trunk – both front and back – of affected individuals. Other parts of the body including the legs and arms may… Read more »

April Is National Rosacea Month

The National Rosacea Society (NRS) has designated April as Rosacea Month. A condition that affects an estimated 16 million Americans, rosacea is widespread and many individuals aren’t even aware that they have it. Because the signs and symptoms of rosacea often mimic other skin conditions, it has often been called “The Great Impostor.” The flushing… Read more »

Can Haloxyl Help Your Dark Circles?

Haloxyl is an ingredient added to eye care products for its ability to lighten dark circles. Will it work for you? Haloxyl is a  combination of two peptides (Palmitoyl Oligopeptide and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7) along with Hydrosuccinimide and Chrysin. It works by absorbing and eliminating colored blood pigments in the skin that are responsible for dark… Read more »

PMLE and Mexoryl Sunscreens

Is Mexoryl SX an effective option for individuals with Polymorphous Light Eruption disease (PMLE)? PMLE is an allergic reaction to UV light that looks and feels like poison ivy. It’s believed to affect between 10 to 20 % of individuals and is most severe during the spring or early summer. Lesions develop within hours of… Read more »

Esculin: Dark Circle Treatment

Esculin is an ingredient derived from the horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum ) and flowering ash (Fraxinus ornus) trees. It is used in skin care products for its anti-inflammatory and capillary (small blood vessel) strengthening capabilities. Esculin possesses vitamin P activity (P for permeability), which helps to confer a veinotonic and vasculoprotective action to skin care… Read more »

Yervoy (Ipilimumab) Offers New Hope For Melanoma

The FDA has recently approved Bristol-Myers Squibb’s drug Yervoy (ipilimumab), which helps to treat metastatic or late-stage melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer. Yervoy was approved for patients who have tried prior therapy as well as previously untreated patients. Yervoy works by stimulating the body’s immune system to fight cancer cells, an emerging… Read more »