SKIN COLOR AND THE ROLE OF MELANIN
Human skin has red, yellow, brown and blue tones. What we actually perceive in skin color is the reflected light off the skin. The best way to see true skin color is in natural light.
Melanin is also known as pigment. Melanin production is essentially a protective mechanism to prevent ultra violet damage to the cell nucleus.The basic unit of melanin is tyrosine, an amino acid which goes through a variety of conversions before melanin starts to form. Melanin is then transferred to the keratin cells by melanosomes. These cells rise to the stratum corneum, and eventually are sloughed from the skin.
With the ever expanding option of skin care products and cosmetics comes an ever expanding list of ingredient do’s and do not’s. Things can get confusing when trying to decipher what ingredients you need to avoid when selecting the latest anti-aging cream or mineral foundation. Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and some ingredients you place on your skin can be absorbed directly into the body so it is extremely important to be aware of the products you’re using. To keep things simple here are three ingredients you can and should do without!
With spring break fast approaching, travel plans are coming together. While you’re packing your swimsuits or sunscreen for beach trips, or long johns and boots for your ski get away, keep these skin care tips in mind to reduce discomfort.
Before you fly cleanse your face with a soothing cleanser containing non-drying ingredients. Glycolic can have a tendency to dry skin so avoidusing your anti-aging cleansers right before your trip. A soothing toner will prep your skin for maximum benefits from your hydrating serum. The Anti-Oxidant Peptide Serum is formulated with apple stem cells and peptides and will increase epidermal hydration reducing the drying effect from the recycled air and elevation levels when flying. I know we all like to look our best when we land at our destination, but apply your makeup after you land to prevent it from further drying your skin during flight.
Chemical Peeling is exactly what it says - peeling of the skin using a chemical. A chemical peel removes the outer layers of the skin. This freshens the skin, removes some sunspots and rough scaly patches, and reduces freckles and irregular pigmentation.
It also reduces fine wrinkles. There is some evidence that it may reduce the risk of skin cancer. It is safest and most effective on the face. Hands can be peeled but the risk of scarring is higher and the results less predictable.
Acneic skin disorders occur as the result of excessive sebum or oil production that have mixed with keratinized dead skin cells inside the hair follicle. This can create a micro-plug, also known as a comedone. There are a variety of lesions that can appear as blackheads, pimples, pustules, papules, cysts, and nodules on the face, chest, and back.
The classification for lesions that helps us discern the severity of acneic skin conditions is called the Dr. Kligman’s acne grading scale. The "Acne grade" will determine the frequency and types of treatment needed and the duration as well as the intensity of the product needed both in-clinic and for home care to control the acne.
The Summer Season has arrived.
"The wild-rose briar is sweet in the spring, Its summer blossoms scent the air;
Yet wait till winter comes again, And who will call the wild-briar fair?" Emily Bronte
Institut’ DERMed welcomes the Summer with our Summer Essentials to help guide you through summer fun without the sun damage. None of us want to end up like a "wild-briar" come September and so we've come up with a few recommends designed with just that goal in mind.
The skin is the largest organ of the body and works beautifully as a shield to keep environmental toxins out of the body. The skin‘s purpose is to prevent these toxins from penetrating the body’s delicate internal machinery. Most people don’t realize that the skin and hair have evolved filtration functions. Skin, for example, keeps impurities out by electro-statically filtering chemicals out of the air and concentrating these polluted cells in the epidermal barrier cells, before shedding them.