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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‘Why does skin get worse in winter?’​ – how to answer what will soon be your most frequently asked question!

For some, the Autumnal months are considered some of the most beautiful and scenic of the year, the landscape littered with beautiful orange and red leaves and the chance to wear your favourite snuggly jumpers that have been left in the cupboard all summer. Some even may already be reaching for the central heating thermostat or gathering a heap of logs for the fire – in short, summer’s definitely on its way out.

But the cold weather can affect more than just your outfit…

Some of your clients may be thinking “Why does my skin get worse during winter?” as the drop in temperature will already be starting to take effect. While everyone’s skin is different, there are some common causes that are usually at the root of people’s winter skin troubles, particularly those who suffer from acne.

With central heating switching on, sebaceous glands will respond and oil production will increase. The cooler temperatures mean you’ll be wrapping up against the cold weather to keep warm, but houses nowadays are much more energy efficient than they used to be and are often being hermetically sealed to keep the heat in, but this also means that the air indoors becomes stale much more quickly.

The result is that there is less oxygen available when you spend time indoors, but also less oxygen getting to your skin through thicker clothes when you go outside, providing a perfect breeding ground for acne bacteria to colonise your skin. Combining increased oil production with acne bacteria breeding more easily and you have a recipe for exacerbated acne symptoms and acne becoming even harder to treat.

There are millions of sufferers of acne in the UK alone, and with the impending change in temperature exacerbating acne symptoms across the country, many will be redoubling their search for a solution to resolve their skin issues.

Jumper

The solution:

So how do we get the best from our skin this winter without freezing?

Just like using an SPF in summer, in winter we still need to look after our skin – you’ll probably know first hand the damaging effects it can have on your skin. For many, winter is the worse time of year; the constant change from hot and cold temperatures and exposure to dry indoor provided by central heating and double glazing can enhance skin sensitivity, leading to increased oil production and resulting in acne breakouts.

To combat this, we recommend our all-encompassing SA OSK protocol, utilising EnerPeel® SA.

EnerPeel SA

EnerPeel® SA is a medically licensed remodelling agent for active acne. It contains 30% Salicylic Acid, suspended in a patented EnerPeel® carrier solution, which allows us to incorporate the active ingredients from our renowned Tebiskin® OSK within the carrier, protecting them from the blockage-busting Salicylic Acid.

This means we’re able to send a high-strength, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory dose of OSK ingredients to work deep within the skin.

Clinical studies were based at 5 university hospitals on patients whose resistant acne was defined as ‘unresolved’ even after using prescription medication for 12 months. Patients were prescribed 4 EnerPeel® SA treatments, 2 weeks apart, in conjunction with our anti-acne topical protocol.

This achieved an 80% resolution rate for their acne.

For chronic acne, or acne resistant to other treatments, we recommend TripleLock® to reduce the visible endpoints of acne, spots, oil, inflammation and infection. It restores the environment of the skin, opening up blocked hair follicle ducts by reducing skin thickness to normal levels. Finally, TripleLock® rebuilds the lipids lost from the skin caused by sensitivity to hormones, as well as changes in the environment.

Acne TripleLock

Step 1: Cleanse

Tebiskin® OSK-Clean utilises Pyruvic Acid instead of Glycolic Acid, as Pyruvic Acid will penetrate and break down oil, but also has the unique property of slowing down oil production, and also contains the potent and safe antibacterials Triethyl Citrate and Hexamidine, making it the ideal skin preparation to increase absorption of the TripleLock® active creams.

Tebiskin® Sooth-Clean is a delicate cleanser with anti-inflammatory properties and specific soothing and softening actions, recommended for cleansing sensitive and irritated skins. Tebiskin® Sooth-Clean utilises a natural molecule MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane) to provide a soothing and anti-reddening action. Tebiskin® Sooth-Clean is ideal to cleanse delicate and intolerant skin, including skin affected by rosacea. It is also for cleansing irritated skin following specific medical procedures such as laser treatments or chemical peels.

Step 2: Treat

Tebiskin® OSK-Lotion is for the medical treatment of acne and seborrhea, especially inflammatory acne. It is an alcoholic lotion that restricts surface sebum levels, slowing down oil production and targeting acne bacteria effectively and more quickly than antibiotics. It also exhibits a comedolytic effect (opens the comedones) to reduce skin thickening, and contains the highest level of active ingredients in a trademarked delivery system to ensure rapid absorption into the pilosebaceous duct.

Tebiskin® OSK targets the visible symptoms of acne and reduces excessive oil production rates by over 50% on average and up to 68% in published clinical studies – the spot, the inflammation, the infection and the excess oil production. The key active ingredients are highly and rapidly active in reducing infected inflamed spots, and have a significant antibacterial effect, while slowing sebum production rates by 40%. It also exhibits a comedolytic effect to reduce skin thickening, hydrates and reduces scarring risk.

Tebiskin® Reticap contains a high concentration of pure micro encapsulated retinol. The active ingredients reduce excess skin thickening by slowing down excessive skin cell production and normalising keratin deposition; two key contributing factors causing the closure of the hair follicle duct creating comedones, leading to colonisation by p.acnes under the blockage resulting in inflamed spots.

Tebiskin® Cera-Boost provides the whole range of 9 ceramides which, in combination with Ethyl Linoleate in Tebiskin® OSK, counteracts the hormonally induced loss of lipids and oils that cause increased Trans Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL), triggering the skin thickening process that blocks hair follicle ducts, and works in combination with Tebiskin® Reticap to normalise skin behaviour. The Stratum Corneum contains three types of lipids, which are ceramides, cholesterol and free fatty acids. There are nine different types of ceramides in the Stratum Corneum, and they account for 40% to 50% of the lipids in this outermost layer. Replenishing these is critical in controlling skin water loss.

Step 3: Protect

Tebiskin® UV-OSK SPF 30 has a high protection factor and an optimum UVA and UVB protection ratio – even in the winter, wearing an SPF is vitally important to protect your skin – and is used for sun protection while continuing control of acne symptoms. UV-OSK incorporates slightly lower levels of the same key active ingredients, minus Salicylic Acid, found in Tebiskin® OSK Lotion and Tebiskin® OSK Cream, and is to be used for daily spot free maintenance.

In conclusion…

There you have it; not only how to answer what is sure to become one of your frequently asked questions, but also what to do about it.

Don’t delay, phone us today…

To learn more about our acne protocol, or any of our other bespoke treatments, simply give us a call on 0333 247 2474, or email clinical1@skinmed.co.uk to speak to a member of our dedicated clinical team.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

Let yourself glow!- Why shine-free skin isn’t healthy or natural…

Cosmetics companies everywhere seem to be obsessed with giving you a matt, shine-free finish to your skin, making those of us with skin that tends to be a little on the shiny side – i.e. those of use with natural human skin – scrambling for products that will help us reach these near-impossible standards, especially if you have naturally oily skin. If your skin has a shine to it, either all the time or towards the end of the day, you are not alone, and should not be pressured into feeling bad about your skin.

In fact, letting your skin have a natural shine is perfectly healthy, as everybody’s skin needs a level of surface oil, or sebum, in order to function properly. This week on #SkinTheKnow, we’re going to be talking about why exactly your skin needs sebum, what a healthy complexion should look like, and how to manage oily skin in a way that is healthy and safe.

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What is sebum?

Sebum is the natural oil produced by the sebaceous glands and then flows onto the surface of the skin. These glands are attached to every hair follicle all over the skin and scalp because, whether cosmetics companies want you to know it or not, your skin really needs the oil that it produces.

While being completely shiny all over your body and scalp probably won’t ever be a desirable look, sebum performs many functions that your skin cannot live properly without. One of these functions is to lubricate your skin and keep it soft and supple – skin without any oil would be completely dry and brittle, and wouldn’t be able to stretch and flex as your body moves. Ouch!

Oil

The original ‘Essential Oil’

One of the most important functions of sebum, however, is that it creates a protective barrier known as the acid mantle, which is an invisible layer on your skin comprised of a mixture of oil and sweat (we know that doesn’t sound too pleasant, but trust us, you don’t want to get rid of it!). The acid mantle has a slightly acidic pH and protects your skin against a portion of the microorganisms that could cause infection, as well as chemical irritants, pollution particles and other ecotoxicants. It acts as your skin’s primary barrier function; its first line of defence to protect and maintain the skin’s integrity – the second part of your skin’s barrier function is lipid bilayers of the epidermis, which hold your skin cells together and prevent moisture from evaporating too quickly.

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Stripping away the acid mantle, either by excessive cleansing for example or by using an astringent toner containing a lot of alcohol, is stripping away this natural protective layer, leaving your raw skin exposed to the elements.

Acne

Remember, your skin is your largest organ and needs to be protected

This exacerbates existing conditions, such as acne, rosacea or dry skin:

– Acne is made worse as your skin is now more prone to inflammation, or you may even make any underlying inflammation worse, making acne break-outs more likely.

– Rosacea sufferers, or those with particularly sensitive skin, will now be more susceptible to reacting to irritants and external triggers

– Dry skin will become even more dehydrated as, without the acid mantle, moisture in the skin will find it more easy to escape.

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How much is too much?

We would ask ‘how much is normal?’, but in our experience, there is no such thing as ‘normal’skin; every individual’s skin is as unique as their fingerprint, and there is no such thing as ‘one-size-fits-all’.

Having said that, those prone to having particularly oily skin will notice a shine first thing in the morning, which will typically cover the majority of the face, if not all of it. Combination oily skin will show this shone mostly in the T-Zone, which is where the concentration and level of activity of the sebaceous glands are higher.

T-Zone

In case you didn’t know, the T-Zone is comprised of the nose and forehead, where you’re most likely to suffer from pimples and blackheads due to excess oil

‘Normal’ skin – if we must call it that – will probably not notice any shine in the morning, but will develop a shiny T-Zone by the end of the day; it may not be very obvious, but can show up more clearly when photographed, or under strong lighting.

Dry skin won’t show any kind of shine, as it produces very little oil, and is usually most common in those over the age of 60, as the skin’s natural oil production gradually declines with age. If you are under 60 and find yourself in this group, it’s more likely the result of dehydration, and not to do with having skin that is genetically drier.

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What can you do about excess oil?

Oil production is regulated by testosterone, a hormone present in both men and women, which activates the oil-producing sebaceous glands. Testosterone is controlled by the highly complex endocrine system, and the amount of oil you produce is determined by your genetics, so it’s very difficult to control how dry or oily your skin ends up being.

You do, however, have some level of control.

You need to remember that your body is all about balance; if you try stripping away any excess sebum, your body will automatically work to produce more, and usually will try to over-compensate and produce more oil than you had in the first place.

Balance

Everything is about balance, and just like training your body, you have to learn to retrain your skin.

If you suffer from acne as a result of having excessively oily skin, invest in a decent acne treatment that will target both the causes and the symptoms of acne – FYI, we’ve written an article about how to best choose the right products for your skin, but long story short, make sure you pick a brand that specifically states that they treat acne. If it doesn’t actually say the word ‘acne’, chances are it won’t work all that successfully.

With the right treatment, you can tackle your acne troubles without the backlash from your skin, keeping your skin healthy for long-term relief.

Acne TripleLock® – Targeting not only the symptoms, but the underlying causes, of acne to deliver successful results in as little as 8 weeks.

Don’t dull your shine!

Forget what beauty and cosmetics companies are telling you; shine is nothing to be ashamed of. Without a counter-top full of mattifying make-up and a professional photoshop artist, there is no one who has natural, healthy, shine-free skin. It just doesn’t exist.

Now, as we well know, excess oil and shine can be problematic, but that doesn’t mean you should try to eradicate it altogether. Remember, oil is healthy, protective, and keeps your skin pliable and wrinkle-free. You may not want oily skin now but trust us, you’ll be glad of it in future when your skin doesn’t dry out!

So keep that natural, healthy glow, and embrace the shine!

Smile

Let yourself glow!

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.

Contact Us:

Phone: 0333 247 2474 – Email: info@skinmed.co.uk – Live Chat: www.theskinmedshop.com

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.

Contact Us:

Phone: 0333 247 2474 – Email: info@skinmed.co.uk – Live Chat: www.theskinmedshop.com

Acne Can Affect More Than Just Teenagers

Acne tends to affect most teenagers to some degree. And in most cases, it is a mild temporary condition that is not permanent. But some teenagers develop severe acne problems that dramatically and negatively affect their social and emotional well being. And for some of these individuals, this embarrassing condition can turn into a life long problem.

Severe acne problems affect millions of adults. An acne breakout for adults can occur out of nowhere and without any warning and then go away just as easily. But it can also be a serious chronic condition for some sufferers. Severe acne sufferers also have to deal with the embarrassment of unsightly acne scars, which can result in low self esteem issues. Scarring can be reduced and treated by our Terproline range which is designed to treat and reduce scarring.

There are hundreds of acne treatments that involve drugs and expensive creams. But they are not designed to treat the underlying conditions that cause acne outbreaks. These expensive remedies treat the symptoms of the disease, not the disease itself. Aknicare is a uniquely different solution as it is designed specifically to treat the underlying causes of acne.

Many acne products are designed to treat the mild temporary acne that primarily affects only teenagers. Doctors know that teenage acne is a fleeting problem and, as the teenager enters adulthood, the acne normally goes away. As a result, most doctors treat only the acne, not the underlying condition. Unfortunately, adult acne sufferers know that their acne will return again and again. They know that acne will be a recurring visitor in their life. The expensive treatments the doctors typically prescribe don’t often cure the disease in the long term but primarily treat the current symptoms thus allowing the acne to re-emerge.

If you suffer from severe acne, you also know that serious infections can result. And this sometimes requires powerful and expensive drugs to fight it off. Until recently, there were not many effective tools to deal with severe acne. But after extensive research, knowledge and clinical trials, Aknicarewas developed. Aknicare targets the underlying problem of acne. Professor Tony Chu, Consultant Dermatologist and Lecturer at Hammersmith Hospital (London) agrees “Aknicare is the only product to target the four key symptoms of acne and the underlying process, leading to healing of existing spots and stopping new ones developing.”

A clinical trial was carried out on patients who were patients who were failing on GP prescribed treatments and so difficult to treat patients. Aknicare was highly effective and symptoms resolved in a matter of weeks, not months as with other treatments. Aknicare slowed down oil production by an average of an amazing 53%. This study was carried out by the top acne Professor in the UK and head of the UK acne charity. This study was published in the British Journal of Dermatology, which has the reputation of being the best dermatology academic journal in the world. You need a good professionally done trial to be accepted for publication. You can read the full study by clicking here.