know many of you would like to believe you do not fall under any “skin condition” category. Unfortunately,
unless you live in a bubble where time stands still, your skin is aging through free radicals from your diet, lifestyle and
sun exposure. No need to panic. Just visit the photodamage/aging section
if you are 13 or older. Your goal would be to maintain the thickness and health of your skin with the understanding
that it is in decline from the age of 13 going forward.
It is becoming more and more accepted that acne is the result of factors far removed from the affected skin
itself. There is irrefutable evidence that care and cleansing of the colon can dramatically improve skin
blemishes throughout the body. For this reason, an internal detox program of is often very successful.
The other clear link is an elevated level of activity of Testosterone. This occurs mostly at the
skin’s receptor sites although individuals with elevated serum levels of testosterone often do have an associated acne
condition and/or oil and pore problem. Regardless of the emphasis currently placed on the bacteria in the
skin by many physicians and skincare professionals, bacteria play a relatively minor role when all other factors are considered.
Inflammation, on the other hand, is a major contributor as it stimulates sebum production, localized swelling around
the follicle and scarring. In our view, the patient starts with addressing what we see as the source of
the problem, detox of the body, (especially the colon). Secondly, we need to address the multiple
factors on the skin itself; reducing sebum and testosterone activity, stimulating cell turnover, calming inflammation and
minimizing the number of bacteria.
Anti-Blemish Serum/Anti-Blemish Rx or Perfection Junkie Serum
Topically B’bye Anti-Blemish Serum/Anti-Blemish
Rx has five potent sebum reducing ingredients; pregnenolone, retinaldehyde,
nordiguairetic acid, phosphatidylcholine and oleanolic acid. Perfection
Junkie contains L-lactic, L-malic and L-tartaric acids along with calming Lavender. Oil provides a majority
of the food for bacterial overgrowth, the less that is available, the smaller the bacterial population. Usually,
through chronic stimulation by irritants and testosterone, pores can enlarge and produce more oil. In individuals
with large pores, a prolonged course of our serum should be anticipated. One other unique strategy to treating
acne and oil is our “vascular detox” approach. There is clear evidence that increased
circulation enhances healing, helps remove impurities and restores antioxidants and depleted nutrients. That
is why we use retinaldehyde and high percentages of niacinamide.
Antibacterial Effect: We live with millions of bacteria growing on us everyday (sorry if that
doesn’t sound appealing). They are not going anywhere and, if their numbers are controlled, they
are actually an important part of the skin’s defense mechanism. It is their excrement (in enlarged
colonies) that stimulate an inflammatory reaction which results in a visible red and swollen follicle (pimple).
The reduction of oil and vascular detox provided by the ingredients listed above makes this process easier.
The following ingredients have safe, (immune system supporting) antibacterial effects; retinaldehyde,
oleanolic acid, niacinamide, thymol, MSM and ASA.
Many physicians and skincare professionals might suggest benzoyl peroxide or antibiotics for this condition because
of their antibacterial effects. My belief is that the primary effect of antibiotics is their immunosuppression
activity. This will reduce inflammation/redness/swelling, but at what cost?
There is no physician who wishes to keep their patient on long-term antibiotic therapy and there is a reason
why. Yes, the bacteria in/on us develop immunity, but it also weakens our immune system and promotes yeast
toxin buildup which can result in worsening acne/oil. Benzoyl peroxide is also immunosuppressing but through
a different channel, it is an oxygen free radical promoter that ages your skin and depletes it of its antioxidants.
The end result, as it often is with antibiotics, is rebound acne because the inflammation from benzoyl peroxide
stimulates oil which feeds bacterial overgrowth.
Once again, as with everything in the protocol, there is a synergy that results from the combination of all of these
products so that each component has a positive affect on the other. Detoxing, cleansing the colon, reducing
oil and ultimately bacterial numbers, will reduce the overall level of inflammation. The specific anti-inflammatory
ingredients include ASA, niacinamide, aloe, chamomile extract,
cucumber extract, coriander extract, and lavender. Reducing
inflammation reduces scarring, redness and swelling around the follicle while stopping the cycle of inflammation stimulating
more oil which begets more inflammation (and so on…).
They say most of our sun damage happens in the first two
decades of life. If it is not too irresponsible let me take this opportunity to tell you that there is
irrefutable evidence of the sun’s positive effects on cancer and overall health. Just avoid prolonged
exposure at any time and significant exposure (10+ minutes) during peak UVB times (11:00AM-3PM). You can
feel comfortable in the sun with a good sunblock (Undercover SPF 17, DayShield SPF 30)
and the natural SPF of most clothes during non-peak hours (Ideally for less than 1 hour). That being
said, there are many associated damages to prolonged sun exposure. The oxygen free radicals damage/destroy
the cells that make antioxidants and other enzymes (mitochondria), new skin cells (keratinocytes), fibroblasts (our source
of collagen, elastin, GAG’s) resulting in thinner, sagging skin that has more visible capillaries. Our strategy
is designed to reduce the amount of free radicals through supplementation, antioxidants and sun protection.
Secondly, we need to remodel the damaged collagen and rebuild the dermis.
Serum: Aging/Photo-damaged Skin Serum/BioLift3000 Rx or DramaQueen Anti-aging Cream
Protection: Fibroblast Stimulation: Fibroblasts are a main factor
in the remodeling of damage to the dermis (middle and most critical layer of the skin). They are responsible
for the manufacturing of healthy new collagen, elastin and glycosaminoglycans (GAG’s). All three
of which are needed in significant quantities to prevent thinned, sagging, and vascular skin. The beauty
of substantial fibroblast stimulation is that the skin has fewer lines, less sagging and a masking of the normally visible
capillaries by healthy skin tissue.
Vascular Stimulation: This component
of a Pure Skin strategy is not fully appreciated by many in my opinion. The massive web of capillaries
that run through the skin provide the only source of nutrition and immune support for all layers of the skin.
Usually, those ingredients which increase vascularity have tremendous effects on the skin. In our
case, retinaldisome and niacinamide, are excellent at promoting remodeling efforts through this mechanism.
Stimulation: This is the ultimate goal and one of the most challenging tasks. Pure
Skin Junkie/Pure Skin Solutions Rx has arguably the best fibroblast stimulator in skincare, retinaldehyde.
Dermatologists have been praising Retin A (tm) for the last decade because of its potent remodeling effects but
many users complain that it comes at the price of irritation. Research has proven (retinaldehyde
studies) that not only does retinaldehyde have similar potency to Retin A (tm), it is much less irritating.
The only other knock against any of the retinols is that they are larger molecules that have a tough time penetrating
into their target area, the dermis. To combat this issue, we have created retinaldehyde which substantially
enhances the penetration and activity of the molecule.
Hyperpigmentation (melanocytic proliferation) is most commonly the result of sun overexposure but
a growing problem (and close second) is the epidemic of melasma. Both sources require highly effective
tyrosinase inhibitors to get the job done but there is more to it than that. A common misunderstanding
in the treatment of hyperpigmentation is in the adeptness of the melanocyte. Most tests on tyrosinase inhibitors
are done in labs and show the activity of an ingredient over a limited time frame. More lengthy studies
show that melanocytes may adapt to many of the more popular lightening agents rendering them ineffective. To
combat this, Pure Skin Junkie/Pure Skin Solutions Rx is taking only the best tyrosinase inhibitors and using all
of them. The combination of multiple mechanisms of action and high percentages of paper mulberry
(study showed 0.4% paper mulberry was equivalent to + 5.5% hydroquinone) make this a fantastic lightening
Some may be surprised that we do not use hydroquinone. There are very good reasons for
not using this ingredient; the FDA is most certainly going to ban the use of it in the US, second, it is inflammatory and
since inflammation activates melanocytes (pigment), the ingredient works against itself, third, its irritancy level can result
in Exogenous Ochronosis, a permanent, deep bluish/black stain in the skin, and fourth, it often results in rebound hyperpigmentation
once its use is discontinued. The most important factor is that there are better choices, especially for
those with hormonal pigmentation (melasma) as they often have to use these products for many years. We also recognize the
value of two additional ingredients in treating this condition; retinaldisome and l-ascorbic acid. To combat
the oxidation problem of L-ascorbic acid, we provide it in a liposome powder form that you simply spread on your skin to get
pure, 10% l-ascorbic acid every day. Retinaldehyde is effective in many conditions and the use of retinols
in the treatment of hyperpigmentation is well established. Our advantage is that you have Retin A activity
levels without the irritation and much better penetration.
Lighten Up! Brighten & Repair Serum/Lighten
What makes these products so unique is its diversity. We approach skin color normalization
with the attitude that first and foremost, free radicals need to be avoided. This starts with all-natural,
chirally corrected ingredients. Secondly, antioxidants are provided in the form of pre-treatment with Nourish
and Flourish (in the Pure Skin Junkie Hyperpigmentation Strategy) and then additional antioxidants in Lighten Up! such
as THC, Rumex and GABA. I will not list all of the (12) lightening agents in the product here, but I will
tell you that their varying mechanisms of action and the persistent potency of paper mulberry make this formula highly effective
and fast acting. We have chosen to replace hydroquinone with these better, safer alternatives because of
its side effect profile.
have strong feelings on the approach to rosacea and have a track record of success so I encourage everyone to consider our
philosophies with an open mind. We are presented with clear evidence that “something” is causing
the skin to be inflamed and most triggers are related to digestion/foods. While some would argue that exercise
and environmental changes are triggers, we view those as vascular stimulators (facial flushing occurs in all individuals)
that are exaggerated by the existing inflamed state of the skin. Vitamin and Mineral supplementation are
an important aspect of our Rosacea Strategy as they provide restoration of the digestive tract, amongst other things.
To properly address rosacea, one focus has to be the rebuilding of the dermis which is rapidly depleted as a result
of the chronic inflammation in the skin. It is also extremely important to calm the skin without steroids
or antibiotics which can interfere with wound repair. Product:
Rosacea/Sensitive Skin Serum or Calm & Repair Rx
Anti-inflammatory EffectsInflammation is the culprit
in this case; most of the redness we see is a normal repair response to correct the damage…that is a good thing.
MD’s and skincare professionals mistakenly place the blame on the vascular system and thus collapse these healing
vessels with lasers. Inflamed skin utilizes substantially more antioxidants, enzymes, proteins and lipids
to keep up the effort. This requires a ramped up vascular response so it is reasonable that we trust the
skin is doing what it needs to do and we should assist wherever possible. Pure Skin Junkie/Pure Skin Solutions
Rx’s antioxidants are primarily those found naturally in the skin and that is why we provide such effective anti-inflammatory
effects. In addition, Canadian-Willow Herb is highly effective at calming the skin and is just as effective
or better than cortisone without thinning the skin like cortisone products can. The overall goal is
to minimize the degradation of the skin and redirect the skin’s immune capabilities to rebuilding (instead of repair)
Skin Rebuilding Effects Many
people would prefer to collapse capillaries, at Pure Skin Solutions, we choose to rebuild the collagen lost and blanket these
nutrient vessels with more dermis so that they are less visible. We also need to regulate the vascular
activity. Both these actions are achieved with retinaldisome. Studies show that .05%
retinaldehyde improves rosacea without irritating the skin. Studies also show that retinaldehyde regulates
VEGF(vascular endothelial growth factor), a key to its ability to normalize the redness often seen. It
doesn’t hurt that it is also exfoliating, antibacterial and sebum-regulating.