Ceramides – Understanding these Wonder Molecules

A healthy, hydrated skin with internal moisture control doesn’t need moisturisers, but for those who suffer from dry or oily skin, it is vitally important to address the rate at which water escapes from our skin, otherwise known as Trans-Epidermal Water Loss or TEWL.

Water loss is normal, but can be excessive in people with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and ichthyosis. Losing the ability to control moisture levels in the skin is often an underpinning cause for a myriad of other skin conditions, including acne and rosacea, as well as contributing to the signs of skin ageing by leaving the skin dull and lifeless. That’s why skin hydration and water control management are vital to maintaining a healthy skin environment, and should play an integral role in every skin treatment protocol.

Essentially, most skin troubles have more moisture control as a common denominator.

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The Science

Moisture

Did you know that keeping house plants ensures your skin has a fresh supply of oxygen and can help improve your skin?

The skin is made up of two key layers, the Dermis and the Epidermis. The top layer of the skin is the Epidermis, and the top layer of the Epidermis is the Stratum Corneum. Despite being incredibly thin, the Stratum Corneum acts as the skin’s main barrier, stopping chemicals we come into contact with from getting inside the body, and controlling the rate at which moisture is able to leak out.

Skin lipid structure is critical in the moisture retaining functionality of the skin. The Stratum Corneum contains three types of lipids that have different chemical compositions and functions throughout the body; cholesterol, free fatty acids, and key nine ceramides, numbered 1 to 9, which account for 40-50% of the lipids in this outermost layer.

Ceramides are important to maintaining a healthy skin environment because they assist in controlling both cellular and skin water loss. This helps to prevent dehydration, impaired cellular function and hastened cell death. Skin that can’t increase skin lipid structure usually reacts in one of two ways; in some the skin will become dry and will crack, whereas in others, oil and skin cell production increase in an attempt to slow the rate at which moisture is leaving the skin. This results in thickened, oily skin that can lead to acne, or an exacerbation of acne symptoms – yes, believe it or not, oily skin is often a consequence of a lack of skin moisture.

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Controlling TEWL is therefore vital to any skin routine that want to encourage a healthy environment; if the skin can control the rate of moisture loss, it won’t end up drying out, or over-compensating with oil and skin production. In short, it’s important to address your skin issues at the root.

The Solution

Hydratime and Nutritime

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The good news is that recent studies have shown that lipids can be replaced with topical preparations. Interestingly, all three lipids (ceramides, cholesterol, fatty acids) have to be replaced at a certain ratio to restore the barrier function of the skin; if the incorrect balance of lipids is applied, it actually takes longer for the skin to heal.

This is what we have created in our creams.

Hydratime® and Nutritime® contain a balanced blend of all 9 key Ceramindes, improving skin barrier functions to slow TEWL and restore a healthy environment. Unlike most moisturisers, we don’t simply smear a water-blocking layer on the surface, ignoring deficient water levels deeper in the skin. Instead we improve skin structures from within, controlling moisture in all layers of the skin, so that you can achieve the best possible results from your treatments this winter.

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5 Great Reasons to Visit your Local Skin Clinic

Here at SkinMed®, our ultimate goal is to provide you with the best products and advice for your skin, but we are by no means the only skin experts. We have hundreds of SkinMed® accredited clinics all across the country, run by experts who know skin inside and out and can offer advice and treatments for a wide range of skin conditions.

Even if you don’t have a pre-existing skin condition, it’s a good idea to go and see a medical skin expert once a year for a check-up, so you can keep track of things like how your skin is ageing, and make sure you’re not running the risk of developing anything harmful, like skin cancer for example.

That’s why this week on #SkinTheKnow, we’re giving you our top five reasons to go and see the doctor or nurse that runs your local skin clinic so that you can get the right information about your skin, giving you the knowledge to do what’s best for you.

1. You will be seeing a skin expert.

Skin expert

Get your answers right from the experts!

Now, you may think that this goes without saying, but the doctors and nurses that lead our skin clinics are specialised experts in their field and are more well-versed in the world of skin than your GP, with the ability to diagnose over 3000 skin conditions. Despite this, many people, upon finding something about their skin that concerns them, go straight to their GP for a diagnosis, rather than consulting with someone who deals with skin exclusively.

Your GP may refer you to a dermatologist if they want a second opinion, but you may as well save yourself some time and go and speak to the doctor or nurse at your local skin clinic yourself and cut out the middleman.

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2. Find out whats going on with your skin.

FAQ

There’s no such thing as a silly question – remember, knowledge is power!

With your local GP available on the NHS, many people are unwilling to splash out on what they might consider being an unnecessary expense, but many skin clinics will offer a consultation free of charge, or for a small fee that can be redeemed against products and treatments should you want them.

At your consultation, your skin will be assessed in detail, so that you can find out what it needs, what products and treatments would work for you to help you get the results you are looking for, and receive personalised treatment plans so that you can really get the best from your skin.

Remember, the skin is the largest, and arguably most important organ in the body, and should be treated with great care. Seeing a dermatologist can help you look your best, and improve the overall health of your skin.

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3. Undiagnosed, or Misdiagnosed Skin Conditions.

Internet

The internet is an amazing tool, but the best resource for a health concern is always a trusted expert

The skin is often an organ that is misunderstood; if you have an upset stomach, it’s easy to assume it’s because of something you ate, but if your skin starts to react badly, how can you tell whether it’s because of something you have exposed yourself to, or whether it’s something medical that needs treatment?

Many conditions, like rosacea, for example, are widely misunderstood even amongst doctors, and can easily be misdiagnosed and mistreated. A lot of people may not even have the time or inclination to visit the doctor when they have a skin complaint, instead, trying over the counter products to try and treat themselves. But if you don’t really know what you are trying to treat, how can you know what treatments to buy?

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Then there are the more serious conditions like forms of skin cancer or sun damage, which may not necessarily be visible during their early stages, but can develop into something more dangerous if left unchecked.

A consultation with a medically lead clinic can help you with all of these issues, even if it is only to put your mind at ease and tell you that you have nothing to worry about. They can make sure you have the correct diagnosis for any skin complaints you might have, and offer effective treatments that will deliver real results.

4. Over-the-counter-treatments don’t cut it.

Products

All these fancy products may look impressive, but you really need an expert to tell you what’s going on inside, and what’s right for you

Long-standing sufferers of conditions like acne, eczema or rosacea may feel they have tried every treatment on the market with no effect. There are even those who have had products prescribed by their GP and still haven’t seen the results they are looking for. Medical-lead skin clinics, as well as offering a much deeper understanding of skin conditions and how to treat them, can offer products and treatments not available on the high street or in the chemist.

These products are often medically licenced and clinically proven to deliver results and will be recommended to you because they are right for your skin, and your skin expert will be there to see you through your journey to clear skin, offering help and advice along the way

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5. Spend your money wisely!

Money

As my mother used to say, take care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves!

With all the ads you see on the tv, on the internet and in magazines, it can be easy to get carried away with all the latest miracle products. But this dazzling array of expensive looking packaging, fancy names and bewilderingly scientific ingredients can lead to confusion and overspending on products you may not even need. Most of these products are just filled with empty promises, their science-y sounding contents are often just terms that have been made up.

With the sound advice from your skin clinic, you can be sure to spend your money wisely on products tailored to suit your skin and deliver results – without all the trial and error!

Find your nearest SkinMed accredited clinic here

SkinMed® provide clinically proven skin solutions, which, unlike cosmetic brands, are medically licensed in the treatment of many skin conditions and suitable for almost all skin types, with thousands of successful users across the UK and Europe.

The products were created through decades of experience, in collaboration with top dermatologists from all around Europe. Professor Tony Chu, President of the Acne and Rosacea Association UK (ARA UK), endorses and prescribes the products for his patients – you can be certain you’re in the right hands.

If you would like to find out where your local SkinMed® accredited clinic near you, all you need to do is get in touch. We have hundreds of clinics country-wide and our dedicated team will be more than happy to point you in the right direction.

We are also offering free skin consultations at many of our clinics for all our loyal customers. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please let us know and we can find the nearest clinic to you offering a consultation free of charge.

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The Secret to Glowing Holiday Skin!

Once upon a time, you’d have to go away on a long exotic holiday to get that gorgeous, healthy-looking glow that everyone is after today. But now, with the like of Instagram and SnapChat, everyone needs that glow before they go away, so they can be photo ready for snaps by the pool, on the beach, by the bar…you know, anything to make the folks back home green with envy!

This week on #SkinTheKnow, we’re giving you the inside scoop on how to get perfect summer skin before your next big trip, so that you can be ready for anything.

Introducing the EnerPeel® MA

Mandelic Acid is a slow-absorbing, gently exfoliating alpha hydroxy acid. It is originally isolated from almonds, but perfected in a lab, meaning that people with nut allergies can still benefit from treating themselves to an MA. In almonds, mandelic acid protects the nut from viruses, bacteria and fungi, a feature that can also be a great help to our skin too, keeping you free from pre-holiday ‘break-outs’. Its ability to control the hyperdilation of surface blood vessels also makes it ideal for those suffering from rosacea, and as we all know, UV can be a serious trigger for rosacea flare-ups, making EnerPeel® the perfect choice for rosacea sufferers or those prone to reddening.

Almonds

Remember, it’s the fact that it’s perfected in a lab that gives it amazing results – just rubbing almonds on your face will not do your skin any good!

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A lot of people are wary, or warn against, getting a chemical peel in summer due to fear of the effect of the sun on the freshly peeled skin, but EnerPeel® is not your average peel! Its rejuvenating effects are almost instant, delivering fresher, smoother skin with almost no downtime, meaning that with a high SPF sunscreen – which by the way, you should already be wearing every day, see our previous article for more details – you’ll be good to go and enjoy the summer sun. It’s even been called the Lunchtime Peel; that’s how little time it takes!

The beauty of EnerPeel® is that is also increases your skin’s absorbability, meaning that the SPF sunscreen you use will soak deeper into the skin for more even tanning, and the smoother texture of your skin means that your makeup will adhere so much better – and you won’t even need to wear as much because your skin will already look fab! That’s one less thing to worry about while you’re away!

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Now we all know that holidays tend to be times when we let ourselves go a little and leave the diet at the airport to pick up again when you get home. And why shouldn’t you? Holidays are a time to treat yourself, live a little, and maybe have one too many cocktails at the hotel bar. The drawback is the hit that this can take on your immune system, which can often show on your face, potentially ruining your otherwise gorgeous holiday snaps. EnerPeel® MA will prevent these little holiday ‘break-outs’, keeping your skin clear and smooth, while you still get to push the boat out.

Cocktails

Disclaimer: Other side-effects caused by drinking too many cocktails cannot be prevented by having an EnerPeel before you go!

So, to sum up…

It gives you fresh, younger-looking skin, that will better absorb your sunscreen and tan more evenly.

It’s perfect for helping to control rosacea in time for your next summer holiday, and, with the right aftercare, can provide outstanding results to manage your rosacea symptoms long-term.

It prevents holiday break-outs from eating – and drinking! – too much and can be combined with an acne protocol to control acne by fighting all causes and symptoms.

The treatment lasts around ten minutes or less – a perfect little luxury to indulge in on your lunch break before your next sunny getaway.

Your skin will be cleansed, refreshed, brighter, incredibly smooth and soft to the touch, making it the ideal treatment prior to a garden party, holiday or a summers evening ‘get together’.

EnerPeel MA

Your ticket to gorgeous, glowing, summer skin

In short, it’s the perfect all-around chemical peel for summer, to give your skin that extra holiday glow, and that’s only after one treatment! A course of up to four treatments will also offer you the outstanding anti-ageing benefits of using MA, increasing collagen and elastin deposition, smoothing fine lines and tightening skin.

The EnerPeel® range is available from SkinMed® accredited clinics all across the country; to find your nearest clinic or for any further information, simply give us a call on 0333 247 2474, and a member of our dedicated clinical team will be able to point you in the right direction.

Will The Pill Affect Your Acne?

Often described as one of the greatest advances in both modern medicine and women’s liberation, the contraceptive Pill is one of the most widely used forms of birth control in the world. In 1961, women in the UK were given the ability to choose what they wanted for their bodies and their families. Since then the Pill has been prescribed to millions due to its multiple benefits such as it’s contraceptive properties, its ability to treat heavy periods, and its seemingly miraculous effect on acne. In fact, around a third of the women living in the UK aged between 16 and 49 are currently using the combined or the progesterone-only Pill.

But what about when you come off the Pill? What happens to your skin then?

This #SkinTheKnow we’re looking into how this little miracle drug – while preventing you from having little miracles of your own – may not be the best thing for you if you’re looking at ways to treat your skin.

Health

The Pill was undoubtedly one of the greatest advancements in women’s health in the last century

The Science – How does the Pill work?

Essentially the Pill works by switching off your natural ability to release hormones that cause your menstrual cycle. It does this by releasing synthetic female hormones into your bloodstream, tricking your body into believing that you’re pregnant, meaning that your ovaries don’t produce an egg that month because they think there’s a fertilised one there already.

As you’ll no doubt be aware, acne is a medical condition that causes the skin to have an inflammatory reaction to the naturally occurring hormones within the body and often worsens during times of hormonal change, such as puberty, and during your menstrual cycle. These reactions result in an excess production of sebum – oil produced by your skin – and dead skin cells caused by increased skin cell turnover. It is Androgens, a group of male hormones including testosterone, present in both men and women, that stimulate the production of sebum. A woman’s ovaries and adrenal glands produce low levels of these androgens, but higher levels can result in excess sebum, which clogs pores, forming acne spots.

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The combined contraceptive Pill, containing oestrogen and progesterone, lowers the amounts of androgens in your body to reduce the sebum production and the development of spots, hence why the pill is prescribed to so many to help control their acne symptoms.

Sounds perfect right?

HIde

The Pill essentially just hides your acne, but won’t actually cure it…

Not quite…

Well, for starters, if you want to use the Pill to treat your acne symptoms, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re put on a combined Pill, as progesterone-only Pills will often make your acne worse. However, if your GP is prescribing the pill for you purely to clear up your spots, the combined Pill is the method they’re likely to prescribe anyway.

The problem is that the Pill doesn’t cure acne; it may take away the hormones that trigger the reaction in your skin, but that reaction would still take place if those hormones are reintroduced, i.e. when you eventually come off the Pill. It offers brilliant results but you’ll only see relief from your symptoms for as long as you’re on the Pill.

For most women, taking the Pill is not a solution that they would choose to stick with long-term, either because they wish to get pregnant, constantly taking medication every day is no longer practical, changes in relationships, possible side-effects, or any other number of reasons that come down to personal choice.

The point is, when you do eventually decide to come off the Pill, all the hormones that you haven’t been producing get switched back on, and your body ends up playing catch up trying to figure out how to function again now that the autopilot has been taken off. Often women find that as soon as they come off the Pill, the oil glands in their skin will start to over-produce sebum, seemingly to try to compensate, meaning that the acne symptoms you suffered before going on the Pill often pale in comparison to the acne you’ll get afterwards!

What’s the solution?

Don’t get us wrong, the Pill is one of the most commonly used forms of contraception for a reason, and if it’s the form you chose to take because that’s what works for you, we’re not going to tell you anything different.

But if you’re on the pill purely to control your acne, you’re only prolonging the inevitable – and possibly even making life harder for yourself in the long run.

It might sound cliché, but as far as we’re concerned, the best defence is a good offence, and a good offence means a medically licensed acne solution that is proven to treat acne in 85% of cases, not just temporarily reduce symptoms.

Acne TripleLock

The solution you’ve all been waiting for

Acne TripleLock® is a clinically proven skin solution, and unlike cosmetic brands, is medically licensed in the treatment of acne, with thousands of successful users across the UK and Europe.

The products were created through decades of experience, in collaboration with top dermatologists from all around Europe. Professor Tony Chu, President of the Acne and Rosacea Association UK (ARA UK) endorses and prescribes the products for his patients – you can be certain you’re in the right hands.

To learn more about the Acne TripleLock® range, click here

SkinMed® has a variety of product ranges to treat many skin conditions, suitable for almost all skin types.

Need help deciding what to buy? Take advantage of our trained skin specialists, they know skin inside and out as well as our extensive product ranges – that makes them the best people to ask when it comes to seeking advice.

There’s no such thing as a silly question, we’ve heard it all! Contact us using the details below:

Contact us!

Call: 0333 247 2474 Email: info@skinmed.co.uk – Online chat: www.theskinmedshop.com

The Big Fish Fight – Choosing a New Exfoliator Without Microbeads

As you all no doubt know, the UK has recently banned the production and sale of certain products that contain microbeads, or microplastics, in an attempt to slow down the rate at which our oceans and waterways – not to mention their inhabitants – are filling with plastic pollution. It’s a fantastic step for the UK, following on from the 5p charge on plastic bags which, since it’s introduction in 2015, has seen an 80% drop in the number of plastic bags used, but the microbead ban has hit the exfoliator industry hard. Lots of brands were already ahead of the curve, but many common products that would once frequent the shelves of retailers like Boots and Superdrug will be discontinued and withdrawn from stores, leaving many in need of a new go-to exfoliator.

Well never fear!

This week on #SkinTheKnow, we’re going to talk you through the process of finding a new, reliable exfoliator that is kind to your skin and to the environment – without breaking the bank.

Washing

Remember, it’s not just dirt you’ve bee washing down the drain…

Microbeads – why all the fuss?

Microbeads are the tiny pieces of plastic added the rinse-off products such as face washes, toothpaste and shower gels, intended to give the products an exfoliating quality to scrub away dead skin and dirt. This is all well and good, and the synthetic nature of the beads means that they are perfectly round and therefore not likely to damage or cause excessive abrasion to the skin (when used correctly, that is; see our previous article to find out how often you should exfoliate).

The problem lies when these products are then rinsed off your skin and down the drain.

Many of these microbeads do not get caught in the filtration system of our sewage works, and therefore a small percentage of them make it into our waterways and oceans. This percentage, however small, has been building up over the years, especially when you consider that approximately 680 tonnes of microbeads were used in cosmetic products every year in the UK alone.

These tiny fragments of plastics do not biodegrade, and on their journey to the ocean collect tiny particles of plant life, or phytoplankton, and are mistaken by fish as a food source. The tiny plants are digested by the fish, but the plastic is left behind, which can lead to the blockage of digestive tracts, leading to starvation, and in some case, poisoning the fish from the toxic chemicals in the plastics. This not only affects the fish that eat the plastics but also the other animals further up the food chain that eat the fish – that includes us!

Dead fish

In a recent study published in The Independent, it was discovered that 100% of British mussels contained traces of plastic… yum!

Natural and Biodegradable Exfoliators

There are many companies, as well as articles online, that are preaching the benefits of natural exfoliators as an environmentally friendly alternative to the plastic microbeads. A lot of these exfoliators are things like ground up apricot stones, or walnut shells, which are perfectly harmless to wash down the drain and won’t cause any fish to have tummy troubles. These alternatives are also often praised because of the vitamins and minerals that naturally occur in the scrubbing ingredient.

The problem with these though is what they can do to your skin.

While microbeads are synthetic and formed into perfect little spheres, the fragments of shell or fruit pit are all irregular shapes, often jagged and with sharp edges, which can cause unnecessary abrasion to your skin, leaving tiny wounds and scratches on the surface. These can leave your skin open to infection and can result in reddened skin, inflammation and possible spots.

There are also face scrubs that use biodegradable plastics in the production of their microbeads, but these too have been covered by the UK ban, as it is believed that the plastic does not degrade quickly enough, and still cause damage to the environment.

Apricots

As we’ve said before, the general rule is to put the food in your mouth, not on your face!

Amazing alternative to Exfoliators:

So which do you choose?

Do you prioritise what’s best for your skin, or do you do your bit to save our little corner of the world and all its fishy friends?

We at SkinMed® say both!

Our exfoliator available online, Aknicare® Cleanser, does not contain a ‘scrubbing’ agent at all, instead, ours utilises a chemical agent, to gently clear away excess skin and oils, without doing any damage – to you or to the ocean. On top of that, it’s also specifically designed for those suffering from acne – as if it couldn’t get any better!

And if you don’t suffer from acne? SkinMed® also have a wide range of chemical exfoliators available to purchase from out many SkinMed® accredited clinics, that offer fantastic results for a variety of skin types and conditions. To find your nearest clinic, simply give us a call on 0333 247 2474 to speak to a member of our clinical team.

In these changing times in which our impact on the world around us is becoming more and more apparent, chemical exfoliators are definitely the way forward, offering you the results you want, without impacting the environment. Aknicare® Cleanser can be purchased individually or as a part of out Aknicare® and Acne TripleLock® product sets.

To learn more about Aknicare® Cleanser, click here

Acne TripleLock® is a clinically proven skin solution, and unlike cosmetic brands, is medically licensed in the treatment of acne, with thousands of successful users across the UK and Europe.

The products were created through decades of experience, in collaboration with top dermatologists from all around Europe. Professor Tony Chu, President of the Acne and Rosacea Association UK (ARA UK) endorses and prescribes the products for his patients – you can be certain you’re in the right hands.

To learn more about the Acne TripleLock® range, click here

SkinMed® has a variety of product ranges to treat many skin conditions, suitable for almost all skin types.

Need help deciding what to buy? Take advantage of our trained skin specialists, they know skin inside and out as well as our extensive product ranges – that makes them the best people to ask when it comes to seeking advice.

There’s no such thing as a silly question, we’ve heard it all! Contact us using the details below:

Contact us!

Call: 0333 247 2474 Email: info@skinmed.co.uk – Online chat: www.theskinmedshop.com