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The top 5 skin innovations for 2017

Happy New Year 2017 Hello readers! Hope you’ve all had an effervescent transition from old to new and that this year has started off as you hoped…

A New Year brings hope, new beginnings and new ideas with an added personal vigour to transcend them to fruition.  2017 will also see new ideas for your skin health coming to fruition with new concepts and research supporting the rapidly growing skin health and beauty industry.  As we are gently easing in to 2017 there have been some particularly special developments in skin care over the last year or so that I’d absolutely love for you all to know about and possibly even try for yourself.  These advances are my personal favourites as they are all simple yet have good science behind them.

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My top 5 skin innovations for 2017

 

  1. Vitamins in the fight against sun damage and skin cancer:

This in my opinion has been the most interesting development of the last year.  Scientists have found that by supplementing yourself with a type of Vitamin B called Nicotinamide you can actually reverse DNA damage of skin cells attained by overt sun exposure over many years.  It was noted in studies that the number of sun damage spots called actinic keratoses were reduced after taking oral vitamin B in the form of nicotinamide and further studies are looking in to their progression to squamous cell carcinoma diminishing over a period of time. This is such a safe, easy and effective way to optimize sun protection and prevent skin cancer that it’s almost a no brainer to discuss with your Dermatologist about and perhaps try especially if you have had significant sun exposure over the years.

 

  1. Immune modulating drugs for skin cancers:

Until the last decade skin cancers had limited treatment options i.e. surgery. Now there are both established and newly emerging forms of skin cancer treatments dependent on the type of skin cancer being treated.  They work by modulating the genetic pathways, which drive their growth.  We are understanding more and more everyday about the genetic elements of skin cancer occurrence, this is helping formulate new drugs and treatments for life threatening and disfiguring skin cancers. So if you or a family member have had a form of skin cancer ask your Dermatologist about these forms of treatments and whether they could work for you.

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  1. Ferulic acid in combination with retinoids

 

Ferulic acid as an ingredient in skin care products is one to keep an eye on in 2017.   Ferulic acid has been demonstrated in research studies to prevent UVA induced ageing of the skin i.e. photo-ageing and when used in combination with vitamin C and other antioxidants can enhance its antioxidant effect.  Another match made in heaven for ferulic acid is its combination with retinoids.

For those of you who may have tried anti-ageing creams or anti-acne treatments you will know how most of the treatments that work contain the all so important ingredient Retinol which is a retinoid.  Retinoids work by enhancing skin cell turnover, decreasing the oiliness of your skin and unclogging blocked pores thereby improving your complexion and stopping breakouts.   If you’ve tried them you will also know that they often cause skin irritation and a stinging sensation, which can be severe enough for people  to stop using it.  Ferulic acid has been combined with retinoids to not only provide better absorption of the retinoid along with its UV protective effect it also causes less irritation to the skin hence allowing them to be used comfortably and long term.

 

  1. Picosecond lasers for skin pigmentation in darker skinned individuals:

Dark patches on our skin can look quite unsightly and affect our confidence. Until recently there have been limited treatments for dark patches or hyperpigmentation especially on darker skinned individuals who in fact are more prone to developing hyperpigmentation.  Although dark patches on the skin can appear due to a multitude of reasons they all result in the presence of melanin either at the skin surface or near the skin surface which is very hard to treat.  There is now a very good LASER treatment available for treating dark patches. These are the picosecond lasers in particular which have shown promise in treating hyperpigmentation even on darker skin types (on which laser treatments have historically been risky) due to the short sharp pulses of energy they release thereby allowing shorter periods of heating of the skin and less side effects as a result.

 

  1. Infra red protection in sun screens – There has been an increased awareness of the importance of sunscreens and sun protection spread across the world over the last decade. We now know that sun protected skin is the key to maintaining not only healthy skin but a youthful complexion. There is also an extra special ingredient in sunscreens that can help reduce the signs of sun induced ageing of the skin i.e. Infra red rays protection.  We have gathering evidence on the importance of protecting your skin against infra- red ray exposure now in addition to protecting against UVA and UVB, so please look for this on your sunscreen bottle and apply on your skin generously.

 

2017 is going to be an incredibly exciting time for skin care and my hope for you all is that you jump on the bandwagon by finding a Dermatologist and asking them about how these advances can help your skin.  Here’s to a Happy “Skinsational” New Year for you all JSR

 

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