Willow bark form the White Willow Tree has been used for centuries to treat aches and pains. It contains a natural chemical called salicin that blocks specific hormones that regulate inflammation. Today, an oxidized version known as Salicylic Acid is a staple in acne fighting skincare. Why?
Acne primarily results from an overproduction of sebum (oil secreted from pores) paired with an abnormally high rate of desquamation (shedding of skin cells) in individuals that lack enzymes breaking down the cellular glue. The result are clogged pores, in which acne bacteria can grow.
Salicylic Acid is a lipophilic, or oil-soluble acid. This means it can break down sebum - the skin's own oils. It is also kreatolitic, meaning it can break down...
Vitamin C, also known as Ascorbic Acid, is an essential nutrient for the body. It stimulates production of immune system cells, and increases levels of circulating antibodies within the blood. It further helps to maintain blood vessel walls and thus prevents cardiovascular disease. Vitamin C also helps the body deal with stress. Ascorbic Acid aids the production of collagen, a protein that supports cell growth and gives skin its firmness and strength. Vitamin C helps the skin repair itself and thus aids the creation of scar tissue, as well as the diminishment of acne scars, and the treatment of hyper-pigmentation by slowing down the production of melanin.
A Powerful Antioxidant
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant: it slows the rat...
We have all heard about them: retinoids, retin-A, retinols… The skincare miracle. The hero of the drugstore. Or do I need a prescription product?
Are you confused? Here is the scoop.
Retinoids are compounds derived from the Vitamin A family. They minimize the appearance of wrinkles, bolster skin thickness and elasticity, slow the breakdown of collagen, and lighten brown spots caused by sun exposure. The tiny molecular size is perfect for topical application: it can penetrate deep into the skin to work its magic.
The difference between Retinoic Acid and Retinol
Retinoic acid (commonly known as Retin-A) and retinol are both in part of the retinoid family. Retinoic acid is found only in prescription creams. Retinol is less potent and...