Anti Aging News

Acne, Psoriasis, Rosacea and Stress...

Dermatologists are researching a connection between the nervous system, acne, psoriasis and rosacea. Richard D. Granstein, MD, FAAD said, "Nearly everyone has some form of stress in their life, so it's difficult to determine whether stress can actually make the skin's appearance worse," "However, it's been known for a long time that the nervous system, which processes our stress, has an impact on conditions such as psoriasis." "If you interrupt the nerves' path to an area of a patient's skin affected by psoriasis, the psoriasis improves," said Dr. Granstein. "In addition, the condition improves if you inject local anesthetic into psoriasis patches. This information strongly suggests that nerves play a role in how psoriasis operates."
Although it is common belief that stress has an impact on skin aging, Dr. Granstein says it has not been proven to be the cause. However, skin issues like acne and rosacea can also be impacted by decreasing stress levels.

"If we could block specific steps in certain pathways between the nervous system and the skin – without impacting the whole body – we would likely have new ways to prevent or treat some skin disorders," said Dr. Granstein. "We're gaining a greater understanding of the mechanisms underlying many skin conditions, which will help us develop new therapies."

DIY Warnings for baking soda and skin care...

You may see a lot of DIY recipes on the web for home remedy “cure alls” like the one below for baking soda (everything from blackheads and large pores to face cleansing)…there is a reason why formulators have backgrounds in chemistry. Not that it is a requirement but what you use on your skin, and in your body has more effects than you may be aware of…

For example this recipe for baking soda cleanser, which if you click on the link below, you'll see the pH of baking soda, you will find a pH level of 9. Your skin has an acidic pH level for a good reason, bacteria love alkaline environments, especially dark moist ones, like the pores of the skin. This is why cleansers and products that are not pH correct, require you to use a toner after use, to correct the pH level.

So if you’re going to experiment with home remedies (including egg which has a pH of 8) you may want to consider either using products that are pH correct to your skin (all NaturDerm products are pH correct) or make sure to use an acidic pH toner.

NaturDerm Face Foam cleanses and tones the skin in one step: http://greatnewskin.com/products/face-foam



Comedogenic Ingredients in skin care products

According to Michelle Calvarese PhD., a comedogenic ingredient clogs pores by increasing the keratin production in hair follicles. This process can occur quickly, or over a period of months, and is influenced by many factors, including the enzymes and genetics of each person. Human sebum is a comedogenic substance, and avoiding ingredients that are prone to “clogging” is not prevention. Many “comedogenic ingredient” lists online lack scientific testing protocols, however, a common list of tested comedogenic ingredients include:

Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, Butyl Stearate, Cetyl Acetate, Coal Tar, Coconut Oil, Ehtylhexyl Palmitate, Glyceryl-3 diisostearate, Isocetyl Alcohol, Isopropyl isostearate, Isopropyl linolate, Isopropyl myristate, Isopropyl palmitate, Isostearic acid, Linoleic acid, Laureth - , Lauric acid, Linseed oil, Myreth-3 myristate, Myristyl lactate, Myrityl myristate, Octyl palmitate, Oleic acid, Oleth-3, Olive oil, PEG 16 lanolin, Polyglyceryl-3 diisostearate, Steareth-10, Squalene, Stearyl heptanoate, and Xylene.

The extraction process of an ingredient, and combining ingredients can have direct effects on the comedogenicity of a substance, and can turn a non-comedogenic substance into one that is comedogenic. As a result, regulatory guidelines from the FDA do not include of list of comedogenic substances, but merely a definition of a comedogenic ingredient as being one that clogs pores.

For more info: http://is.gd/VAifPz

Ammonia eating bacteria research for acne and wounds

Researchers are studying the effects of a bacteria that basically eats ammonia, which is a component of sweat, for the treatment of acne and chronic wounds.

Called AOB, Ammonia-oxidizing bacteria are used in the environmental waste business (nitrification processes). The AOB, Nirosomonas eutropha, are being studied as the oxidation of ammonia plays a role in skin functions like inflammation and wound healing.

More info:  http://is.gd/4tNCat


New acne fighting combination with resveratrol from grapes...

Doctors Taylor, Yu, Champer and Kim of UCLA, in the September 2014 Journal of Dermatology and Therapy, report that the antioxidant properties of resveratrol, found in grapes, when combined with benzoyl peroxide, enhances its ability to kill Propionibacterium acnes, the bacteria that causes acne. Dr. Jenny Kim, professor of clinical medicine in the department of Dermatology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA states, “It was like combining the best of both worlds and offering a two-pronged attack on the bacteria.”

Benzoyl peroxide is an oxidant that creates free radicals that kill the acne bacteria. Resveratrol is an antioxidant. Dr. Emma Taylor of the same department, said they initially thought the two substances would cancel each other out, and “This study demonstrates that combining an oxidant and an antioxidant may enhance each other and help sustain bacteria-fighting activity over a longer period of time.”

Read more here: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13555-014-0063-0

Resveratrol is mainly found in the skin of the grape, however, it is present in the seed of the grape in high concentrations. Use of cold pressed oils, preserves the actives. Grapeseed Oil is an ingredient in the NaturDerm products, Epidermx II™ and Naturdermx™: