Our skin is constantly being bombarded by damage. This might be caused by sunshine’s UV light, irritants from pollution, or even cosmetic products that are not as kind to our skin as they should be. Some people also have skin damage from scarring medical conditions (e.g., acne), or from other dermatological conditions.
Damage to skin can lead to blotchiness, fine lines and wrinkles, large pores, and thickening that gives it a “rough and dull” appearance—all of which can add up to make the skin look prematurely aged. Damaged skin can’t really be “fixed”—a better way is to gently remove it.
Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) are a group of organic acids that have become popular for skin conditions in which the skin has become thickened due to prior damage. They are sometimes known as “fruit acids”, because several are found in fruits like citrus or apples. Because AHAs are small molecules, they can penetrate into the upper layers of the skin to exert their effects.
AHAs primary effect on the skin is to loosen and remove “sticky” unhealthy cells from the skin’s surface, making them “slough” or fall away (a process known as exfoliation). This leads to regeneration of the outer layers of the skin and an increase in skin collagen level—resulting in new skin that is both younger-looking and more resistant to irritants. The second effect of AHAs is to hydrate the skin’s outer layers, making them look smoother. The third effect is to increase blood circulation in the treated skin, making it healthier.
All of these actions reduce fine lines, scars and wrinkles from the skin’s appearance. Wonderfully, these benefits persist for weeks—even after the application of AHAs is stopped.
Like AHAs, poly-hydroxy acids stimulate skin turnover (exfoliation) and improve the skin’s hydration, giving it a smoother and more youthful appearance. PHAs are larger molecules than most AHAs, and as a result they do not penetrate as deeply and exert their action much more gently.
An ultra-gentle blend of AHAs and PHA’s developed by BCP Skincare’s cosmetic pharmacists and skincare consultants. Using low levels of a combination of AHAs, blended with a PHA and formulated in a an easy-to-apply gel product, it gently restores skin by sloughing away dead cells, hydrating all of the outer skin layers, and stimulating blood circulation.
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Can a compounding pharmacy help with migraines and headaches? Absolutely.
At Border Compounding pharmacy, our pharmacists can combine a number of ingredients and turn them into a gel that can be applied to the first 2 molars on the top gum. You can see from the diagram above this corresponds to the maxillary nerve. By telling this nerve to stop with the pain, you can get it to tell all the other ones in the trigeminal nerve meeting point to stop with the pain too.
The human skin microbiome has been established as being one of the master controls of dermal health. Most people are aware of the presence of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria, but there are other types of organisms present on healthy skin. The biome consists of bacteria, viruses, yeasts and mites.
The main form of mites on the skin are Demodex mites. They reside in the pores of the skin devouring sebum and other dead skin material. There are numerous strains of Demodex mites which vary according to the location they are found. In healthy skin at normal levels, demodex mites appear to release various substances known as immune reactive lipases, which may protect against S.Aureus and S.Pyogenes. Generally, demodex mites are innocuous and inconspicuous - even when their population is excessive. However, in the presence of increased lipid or sebum production or in instances of dermal immunosuppression, demodex mites flourish and start to release inflammatory chemicals. This is believed to be the basis for the inflammation and secondary bacterial infections associated with rosacea and perioral dermatitis.
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