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MELASMA TREATMENT WITH RACHEL CHEW CLINIC

Melasma shows up as brown spots or splotches on the forehead, cheeks, jaw line or upper lip. Melasma is essentially too much dark pigment. That pigment has been triggered by hormones and/or sun. Melasma can appear when a woman’s hormones change, whether through pregnancy, oral contraceptives, or hormone replacement therapy after menopause. Women of color are prone to melasma, and it is a significant problem for many. But people of any skin type can get melasma.

Once melasma has gotten started, for example during a pregnancy, it may become very difficult to treat afterwards. Also, it tends to become worse with subsequent pregnancies, particularly if the pregnancy is during the summer. If you do get melasma during the pregnancy, chances are it will resolve after delivery. But in a small percentage of women it gets worse over time and with exposure to sunlight.

To Treat Melasma

If you have melasma from hormones or prior pregnancies, please seek advice from your dermatologist first. Melasma can be difficult to treat.

(a) Sun block and Sun Protection
This is the most essential part of any treatment regimen for melasma, every single day, even cloudy days & indoors. The use of a broad spectrum sun screen that contains a physical blocking agent for example zinc or titanium dioxide.

(b) Double Protect – Wear Sun Protective Clothing

If your melasma is bad, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants and wide-brimmed hats.

(c) Stay out of the sun in the mid-day

(d) Topical Products
Because melasma is a disorder of pigmentation, topical products that block the process of pigment production are helpful in the treatment of melasma. Pigment production is a complex process and there are many products that act at different steps in this process. No one product is 100% successful at preventing and treating pigment so often multiple different products are used as they all work at different steps in the process.

(e) Hydroquinone
Hydroquinone (HQ) is thought to improve pigment by inhibition of tryosinase, an enzyme critical for pigment production. It has been in use for over 50 years and has a long and well documented history of safety and efficacy in the treatment of pigment.

(f) Retinoids
Retinoic acid and its derivatives (Retin-A, tretinoin, retinol, adapalene, tazaratene) have been shown to reduce the pigment of melasma and sun damage. They act by stimulating skin cell or keratinocyte turnover, decreasing transfer of pigment to skin cells and enhancing penetration of other active ingredients. Additionally, retinoids are an essential part of an anti-aging skin care regimen as they act to block the breakdown of collagen in the skin upon sun exposure.

(g) Ascorbic Acid or Vitamin C
In addition to being a powerful antioxidant, Vitamin C in skin serums and creams can block copper where it interacts with tyrosinase. Antioxidants are a critical part of any anti-aging program as they prevent oxidative injury to the skin with sun exposure.

(h) Topical agents

Licorice extract, soy, resveratrol, bearberry extract, emblica extract.

(i) Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels

Dermatologists have been using TCA peels, a close cousin to vinegar, to do chemical peeling for at least twenty years. Some dermatologists, in fact, still prefer TCA peels to any other modality for treating melasma, usually in combination with prescription creams. TCA peels are excellent and safe in the hands of an experienced dermatologist. This is a good option, particularly if you have severe melasma. Such procedure should only be performed by certified doctors.

(j) Lasers
– Effective, safe & FDA approved. You may contact Rachel Chew Clinic to enquire more.

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YOUR ACNE WANTS TO TALK TO YOU

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Acne is often thought of as a normal part of adolescence. In Chinese Medicine, it’s believed that acne that flares up on different parts of your face represents health problems on different parts of your body. Although this is not a science but this theory can be helpful when you are helpless in treating your acne and this might help you to pinpoint a reason which cause your acne.

Toxins often cleanse through the skin, when the other eliminating systems are sluggish; hormonal imbalances over stimulate the oil glands and impurities in the blood will often affect the skin. All of these can clog pores. Acne is the body’s reaction to those clogged pores. Here’s what your acne trying to indicate about your health concern:

Upper Forehead

Digestive System & Bladder – Drink plenty of water to flush, eliminate greasy foods and refined sugars especially preserved or process foods. If you’re craving deep fried fatty foods, eat avocado or add a tablespoon of coconut oil to your dish. Make sure you consume plenty of fresh organic fruits and vegetables. Some of the best antioxidant rich foods or drinks include green tea, warm lemon water, and fresh berries. If your diet is not rich in naturally fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, or kefir, consider supplementing with a probiotic capsule daily. Most pharmacies carry probiotic capsules.

Lower Forehead

Heart – Your heart is a massive organ that pumps blood through your entire body. It has a tough job and can become easily stressed due to poor diet, inactivity, and various mental and physical stresses. If you have pimples on your lower forehead make it a point to do regular cardiovascular exercises. Eating pomegranate and coconut oil will also keep your heart healthy and help clear this up.

Eyes, orbital area and between the eyebrows

Liver – Cut out the alcohol, greasy food and dairy. This is the zone where food allergies also show up first, so take a look at your ingredients. Besides all this, do 30 minutes of light exercise every day and get adequate sleep so your liver can rest. Cut back on greasy foods loaded with vegetable, soy, and canola oil, alcohol and dairy products. Avoid eating late at night as well. If you’re craving a late snack take a spoonful of raw honey or raw celery. This will let your liver rest while you’re sleeping. Eat more vegetables such as garlic, grapefruits, green tea, carrots, beets, green leafy vegetables, lemon and limes etc.

Ears

Kidneys – When kidneys are not taken care of, you’ll find these large, painful pimples on your ears that refuses to leave no matter what. Increase water intake, avoiding eating too much salty food & caffeine, & cleanse your kidneys with diuretics like parsley and water.

Nose

Heart – Check your blood pressure and Vitamin B levels. Decrease the intake of spicy or pungent food, cut down on meat and get more fresh air. Besides this, go for lower cholesterol by replacing “bad fats” with “good fats” such as Omegas 3 and 6 found in nuts, avocados, fish and flax seed. Besides that, our nose area is chock-full of dilated pores, check that your makeup is not past its expiry date or is skin-clogging and make sure that you do proper face cleansing.

Upper Cheeks

Lungs and Respiratory System – Stresses to the lungs are likely to cause flare ups in the upper cheeks and even break your capillaries. Even if you’re not a smoker you may have noticed an upper cheek breakout due to asthma, allergies, lung infections, staying in a polluted area. Try to avoid smoking and second hand smoke.

Lower Cheeks

Gum or teeth problems – Acne may appear in the lower cheek area as a result of gum or teeth problems. Avoid refined sugar and soft drinks. Oil pulling is a great technique and it is efficient in treating many gum or teeth problems. Eat fiber rich fruits and vegetables to strengthen your teeth and gums. Besides, you must change your pillowcase at least once a week, and wipe down your phone with an antibacterial wipe every few days.Always keep on top of your dental health, brushing, mouthwash and flossing twice a day and regular check ups at the dentist at least twice a year! Don’t just wait until you have a dental problem to make an appointment.

Side Of Chin

Hormones and genitals – This condition mostly affects women and it often indicates hormonal imbalance, caused by menstruation, birth control or diet high in soy. Emotional and physical stress also cause hormonal imbalance. Try to have enough & quality sleep not more than 8 hours, meditate, or do yoga. This will help you keep your mind focused and relieve stress. You can also increase the intake of essential fatty acids, such as omega 3. You can go for some herbs that will help you balance your hormones such as licorice, schisandra, holy basil, maca root, burdock, red raspberry leaves, rhodiola, milk thistle, green tea etc.

Center Of The Chin

Small intestine and stomach – Acne on the center of the chin can be related to digestion and to problems with the the stomach and small intestine. This can be directly caused by a poor diet and/or food allergies such as one to gluten. You may want to consider a whole foods cleanse for a week to assist with movement in the intestines.  To be more precise, you are what you digest. Probiotic deficiency and insufficient consumption of naturally fermented foods or probiotic capsules affect digestion, even though you may eat healthy and organic foods. Stress, insufficient sleep, and dehydration also affect stomach and small intestine. Sleeping well at night, drinking a lot of water, introducing lifestyle changes to reduce your stress, and doing yoga or meditation will help you fight chin acne.

Chest & Neck

Illness – Chest & neck areas are usually caused by stress, so be sure to figure out what’s stressing you out and try to eliminate that stress. It’s also important to be comfortable in your outfits. When areas around the neck flare up, it’s often caused by your body fighting off infections.

SKINARTESSE LASERS

WHY CHOOSE SKINARTESSE LASER?

No medication required

No downtime

No long recovery periods

Affordable

Long term results

Painless and no anesthesia required

Skinartesse Laser Peel encompasses the equivalent of having 4 chemical peels in one session, the outer most layer of the epidermis is safely removed with no downtime, or any complications like ablative alternatives such as Fractional Co2 lasers, and yet it still produces visible results immediately. This laser function treats:

  • skin rejuvenation
  • all types of acne problems
  • improve skin elasticity
  • reduce age spots
  • large pores
  • sun damaged skin
  • reduce fine lines, wrinkles
  • yellow, dull or oily skin
  • lighten acne scars

Skinartesse Laser Toning is the application of specialized laser energy to reduce visible sin pigmentation and it accomplishes two major goals:

  • Even-out your skin tone
  • Improve your skin texture

The laser energy gently targets the melanin in the cells breaking it up for your body’s natural removal processes. Because the treatment is gentle, multiple passes are needed in order to target deep into the tissue.

ARE YOU A SUITABLE CANDIDATE? IF YOU WISH TO…

  • Glowing youthful looking skin
  • Have Acne under control
  • Remove minor Acne Scars and redness
  • Flawless radiant smooth skin

Why Diet Plan Always Goes Wrong?

What you heard from others:

The Truth behind

Why diet doesn’t work?

1) Skipping Breakfast

Myth:- Not having breakfast encourages your body to burn fat
Fact:- Thin people eat breakfast; fat people don’t

Missing breakfast is a “massive diet mistake” – it leads to overeating later in the day as blood sugar drops mid-morning, making you more compulsive around food and less likely to resist that double mocha and danish.

Plus, you are more likely to binge at night as your body plays catch-up on missed calories, making you more likely to store the calories as fat.

Researchers at Imperial College London recently used MRI brain scans to study the effects of skipping breakfast. They found the reward centres in the brains of breakfast-skippers lit up when they saw higher-calorie foods such as pizza, cake and chocolate, making them less likely to resist junk food than those who opted for an early morning meal.

What you should do?

  • Research at Pennington Biomedical Research Centre in the US found that those who started their day with two boiled eggs felt less hungry and ate less come lunchtime.
  • Any form of protein in the morning – plain yoghurt and berries, mackerel or smoked salmon, an omelette or raw muesli with nuts – makes for a breakfast of (thin) kings.
  • If you can’t face breakfast, eating a handful of walnuts or almonds an hour after waking will be enough to stop you binging later.

2) Weekend Blowout

Myth:- If you eat healthily all week, it’s fine to treat yourself at weekends
Fact:- Even after five days of restraint, two days of freestyle carbicide will make you gain weight.

Say you sensibly manage your carbohydrate intake during the week and then binge on burgers, ice cream and cakes at the weekend – over time, you can technically gain up to five kilos.

When All You Want Is To Be Slim. As carbohydrates are first stored as glucose and water, this won’t be fat – yet – but will turn into fat if it isn’t worked off, so you’ll need to do extra exercise during the week.

Insidiously, weekend blow-outs keep you feeling deprived psychologically. People liken the fun and relaxation of weekends to unhealthy eating.

They equate their working week with dieting and deprivation, which locks them in the mindset of “good” or “bad” eating. If you feel compelled to overeat every weekend, it suggests the way you’re eating most of the time isn’t satisfying you.

You’re waiting for the weekend when you can enjoy your diet. But the healthy eating should be making you feel better, not be your penance.

What you should do?

To avoid the temptation to binge, pepper your working week with small amounts of what you fancy, such as a small glass of wine, some cheese or a few squares of good quality chocolate.

At the weekend, with children around and more social events, it can be harder to stick to a diet. If you have a croissant with jam and a fry-up on a Saturday morning, go back to your regular eating habits for the next meal.

The damage will only be done when you start mind games such as, “Oh, I have been bad now, so I might as well continue all weekend,”’ he says. ‘That’s how fat people think.’

3) Diet Drinks

Myth Diet drinks have no calories so they won’t impact on weight
Fact People who drink diet drinks are fatter than those who don’t

A study from the University of Texas Health Science Centre found that people who drank 21 diet drinks a week were twice as likely to be overweight.

Another study that followed diet drinkers over a ten-year period found their waists grew a staggering 70 per cent more than non-diet drinkers’ waistlines.

Diet drinks feed a sweet tooth as, gram for gram, artificial sweeteners can be 13,000 times sweeter than sugar. When the body receives a sweet taste without the calories it expects, it triggers sweet cravings that make you eat more.

Sweeteners have also been shown to have a similar effect to real sugar on blood glucose and insulin levels. These blood sugar fluctuations drive cravings for sweet substances when blood sugar is low.

One study also found that a high intake of diet drinks could increase the risk of developing type-2 diabetes by 67 per cent.

What you should do?

Drink sparkling or still water with fresh lime or lemon juice. If you want something sweet, coconut water with nothing added is a natural, healthy choice.

4) But – it’s Healthy

Myth:- I can eat as much healthy food as I like
Fact:- Healthy food can be moreish, leading to overeating

Hummus, pistachios and peanuts contain healthy fats but come with masses of calories and often epically fail the ‘eat just one’ test. Such foods can act as triggers for those with a tendency to overeat.

It’s possible to overeat a healthy diet and as a result not lose weight – or even gain it.

Being “healthy” doesn’t give people carte blanche to completely ignore calories.

Look out for cereals, snack bars and drinks that present themselves as healthy options that are anything. Most people know to look at the label and put the food back if the first few ingredients are sugar. The sugar content of a food might be high, but listed in various different ways on a label; a crafty trick used by manufacturers to hide the total amount of sugar contained in a so-called health food from consumers.

What you should do?

No matter how healthy they are, don’t keep foods around you that you find moreish.

Raw almonds and brazil nuts are pretty hard to binge on, so they’re a better choice than, say, a bag of wasabi nuts. Likewise, if you find you can’t have only one teaspoon of hummus with your raw veggies as a snack, choose something else.

When trying to spot faux-healthy foods, know sugar’s noms de plume: corn syrup, maltose, dextrose, sucrose, fructose or anything else ending in ‘ose’.

Some foods produced by weight-loss programmes can be high in sugar, artificial sweeteners and refined carbohydrates, which increase appetite.

5) Fat Phobia

Myth:- Avoid fat if you want to lose weight
Fact:- Successful dieters get 30 per cent of their daily calories from fat

Studies show that the tiny ten per cent of people who lose weight and keep it off eat moderate amounts of fat.

When dieters avoid fat, they are hungry all the time. Fat is highly satiating. People who avoid it are invariably never satisfied by meals.

Dieters’ obsession with low-fat products merely fuels a craving for fatty foods, and that’s why they end up binging on cakes, biscuits and ice cream – all sources of the fat their bodies need.

Low-fat food is pointless for people wanting to lose weight because when real fat is removed, something needs to be added to retain taste and texture – ‘usually sugar and flour, which provide calories but are nutritionally poor.

Fat also provides essential fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, and the government’s National Food Survey shows that we are now deficient in many of these thanks to the low-fat message – especially vitamin D, the lack of which is one of the reasons behind the re-emergence of rickets.

What you should do?

Choose full-fat yoghurt (especially greek, which is higher in protein so keeps you satisfied for longer) and add a pat of butter to steamed vegetables.

Make sure you eat plenty of good fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids (there is some evidence that these help the body burn fat) found in oily fish, coconut oil, walnuts and flax seeds – try them crushed on your morning porridge.

6) Diets Full Stop

Myth:- Diets work for long-term weight loss

Fact:- Ninety per cent of yo-yo dieters don’t keep the weight off

People go on a rigid diet and manage to lose weight. But most people can’t tolerate rigid dieting for long so once it’s inevitably stopped, weight goes on a little more than before. ‘Then you go on another diet, lose again, stop and go a little higher still. That is how crash dieters gain more and more weight over time.

The body thinks it’s starving so, to compensate, will switch on all the mechanisms it has to store food.

One of these is hormones. Last October, a University of Melbourne study of 50 overweight women and men showed that after dieting, our hormone levels start to work overtime and react as though our bodies are starving. The study found that participants’ levels of ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates appetite, was 20 per cent higher than before they went on the diet, and their levels of leptin, a hormone that suppresses appetite and registers satisfaction after eating, were lower.

The bottom line: dieting was making them hungrier.

What you should do?

The only diets that have been proven effective for long-term weight loss in randomised controlled studies are those that focus on higher amounts of protein and vegetables, and limit carbohydrates to those with a low glycaemic index [GI].

GI is a number rating out of 100 that refers to how quickly a particular food causes spikes in blood sugar. Low GI is considered 55 or under.

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Medical Facial vs Spa Facial

Why should women & men opt to visit a medical professional for a facial, instead of a spa?

When choosing a medical facility versus a non medical spa you need to ask yourself an important question. What do you want out of this facial treatment? If your main goal is an hour of rest, relaxation and a facial massage, then the non medical spas have the edge. There is certainly nothing wrong with it.
If you are more concerned with the treatment of a particular problem ( i.e.- redness, pigmentation, wrinkles, aging…) then medical skin care centers like Skin Art Clinic is the best option. Our facility measure success based more on patient outcomes and not so much on the “spa” experience. Our approach is more scientific & methodical and specialists (like dermatologists and nurses) are on site when needed. We can offer a wide variety of options. Skin care programs with more effective dosages can be prescribed when needed and treatments like resurfacing peels, Cryocell, rejuvenation laser, dermaroller and skin peels are readily available.

Are “medical facials” more expensive than “spa facials”?

Interestingly, even though medical facials done in medical facilities tend to be more effective and often use “medical” grade treatments, they can be less expensive than the spa.  Call and find out for yourself. Remember that at the spa you are paying more for the “experience” than the final outcome.

If you are more concerned with the treatment of a particular problem ( i.e.- redness, pigmentation, wrinkles, aging…) then medical skin care centers like Skin Art Clinic are the best option.

Avoid milk for clear complexion

It is often recommended to drink 3 glasses of milk a day to promote growth and help keep our bones healthy. Milk is rich in proteins, fats, calcium, sugars, but there is also the abundance of precursors of testosterone, progesterone, insulin as well as other growth hormones that can contribute to acne prone skin.

Milk tends to be an active part of our Malaysian diets – from cereal in the morning to our coffees throughout the day. Some ways that milk triggers acne are:

  • The testosterone in milk activates sebum glands to overproduce oils, therefore resulting in oily skin and the blockage of pores.
  • Insulin in milk has an affect on the adrenal glands, which produces more oil and also impairs immune responses and low-grade inflammation from chronic stress.
  • Testosterone and milk together, as a result, causes severe blemished complexions.
  • The milk in sugar, known as Lactose, spikes our insulin levels. This harbours perfect conditions for acne.
  • Milk causes a massive surge in insulin, which contribute to the increase in insulin and basal insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) plasma levels.
  • Increase insulin and IFG-I activates acne target genes, which in turn activate androgen receptors.
  • As a result, comedones (also known as black heads and white heads) are formed, followed by the over production of oil in the sebaceous glands, and the inflammation of follicles.

Whether it is milk you bought at the grocery, or organic milk, the overall composition of milk carry acne triggering compounds. In addition, the abundance of growth-promoting hormones present in milk are unsuitable for humans, which can cause other complications such as; obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

To reduce your acne, it is advised that you remove milk and other diary products from your diet. The restriction of milk consumption can increasingly contribute to attaining a clear complexion and increased health. There are a variety of other ways to intake calcium into our bodies, such as vegetables and beans.

For other acne preventative measures and to treat your current acne, contact our medical professionals at Skin Art Clinic and schedule your complementary consultation today. We can help you get to the root causes of your acne and provide you with effective medical solutions to treat it.

Are You Giving Yourself Wrinkles

In the crusade against wrinkles we are the first to invest in any and all weapons—peptides, anti aging serums, hydrating eye cream etc.. But while we know not to smoke, skip the sunscreen, or overindulge with alcohol, with all these beauty regime and money invested… Why the wrinkles are still there? With no improvement at all?

Here are three surprising ways you could be giving yourself wrinkles, because awareness is the first step to a smooth, flawless skin.. Am I right?

Washing Your Face
I ain’t kidding, over-washing your face could be giving you wrinkles. According to dermatologists, tap water strips skin of its natural barrier oils and moisture that protect against wrinkles, so if you wash your face too often, you could be washing away your protection. Limit your face cleansing to a maximum of two times per day, only use face scrub or exfoliate once a week.

Catching Your Beauty Sleep
Maybe we shouldn’t call it “beauty sleep” after all. Sadly, it turns out that sleeping in certain positions: on your side or face-down in the pillow, these poses cause “sleep lines” on your face and neck. That alone is not a huge deal, but after many nights or years of sleeping in the same position, those lines can become more and more obvious and worse, permanent! Your best bet for avoiding sleep lines is snoozing on your back, but if that’s not going to happen, opt for a silk pillowcase. Silk fabric material is claimed to minimize sleep creases because they are softer and smoother so your skin slides around. Another bonus: silk pillowcases are also easier on brittle and damaged strands because they create less friction than cotton.

Using Your Smartphone
Credit to the technology these days, smart phones are now part of our live. Call it the smart phone squint.  By peering at a small screen causes facial strain, around and between the brows, which may cause premature wrinkles on the face. Somehow that text we needed to send seems less important now… To combat the effects, minimize your brightness, and increase your text size if you have a hard time reading.

Panda Eye Horror

It’s dark outside. You’re on your way to bed. You look in the mirror, and there they are: under eye circles that terrify you. Okay, so maybe it’s not Halloween, but this common sign of aging affects most Asian at some point. Whether they’re induced by genetics, age, or lack of sleep, 53% of women under eye circles and puffiness as their number one beauty concern according to a survey from Clinique. We often look to concealer to temporarily solve the problem, but the cakey appearance of concealer is often too evident to provide the naturally youthful appearance that we seek.

Dark under eye circle are generally have three causes:

1. Dark pigmentation of the skin.

2. Prominent vasculature behind fair color translucent skin.

3. Shadowing and hollowing out underneath the eyes that is common with aging In our office, the third cause is the most frequently seen and we have been able to effectively use hyaluronic fillers which is naturally found in the skin to bond water molecules. When injected under the skin, the filler helps counteract volume loss beneath eyes.

Dr Dream Dermatological Skin Care

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dr. dream dermatological skin care was created under the medical expertise of 17 professionals in the fields of plastic surgery and dermatology, and took 8 years to formulate.  The original formula was introduced in 2008.

The improved formulas were launched in Seoul, South Korea in October 2012, with products for anti-aging, whitening and general care.

Within the Korean Plastic Surgery and Dermatology circles, growth factors are recognised as the gold standard in cosmetic formulas for skin rejuvenation and repair. Clinically, they have shown to be more effective in targeting skin problems such as wrinkles, enlarged pores, leathery skin texture, loss of collagen & elastin and pigmentation as the result of intrinsic and extrinsic causes of skin aging.

While a growing number of physician’s formulas for skin care use growth factors, dr. dream dermatological skin care is the only brand in the world today that has the highest number of growth factors, and with a higher concentration of these cosmetic actives.  This means better results in skin rejuvenation and repair, and in lesser time.

As Asian skin is thicker than Caucasian skin, the rejuvenation and repair of Asian skin is more difficult.

dr. dream dermatological skin care introduces the concept of:

  1. A full range of skin care that was clinically developed for and tested on Asian skin by leading medical experts in plastic surgery and dermatology.  This results in quicker and better results in skin improvement from 2 weeks onwards.
  2. The only skin care brand in the world that contains 6 multi-growth factors (EGF, KGF, VEGF, aFGF, bFGF & IGF-1), and with higher parts per million (ppm) of growth factors in the formulas, that sets the gold standard in physician’s skin care (anti-aging & whitening) used by medical professionals in plastic surgery and dermatology in South Korea.
  3. The only brand that introduces the concept of “suitable for all weather conditions” without imparting the oily and sticky feeling often associated with formulas used during harsh weather conditions such as winter, yet light enough for tropical weather conditions.
  4. A combination of yeast, natural plant extracts, anti-oxidants and no 5 additives (no synthetic preservatives, no artificial pigment, no ethanol, no petroleum oil & no artificial fragrance) meant the formulas are suitable for all skin types.  dr. dream skin care is used on patients who have undergone post-laser treatment, therefore, also suitable for sensitive skin.

Multi-Growth Factors:

Growth factors are proteins that are present in our bodies.  They help to regulate cellular growth, proliferation and differentiation, playing an important role in maintaining healthy skin structure and function.

Growth factors are secreted by all cell types that make up the epidermis (outer layer of skin) and dermis (the layer of skin between the dermis and subcutaneous tissue) of the skin including keratinocytes, fibroblasts and melanocytes.

How do growth factors work?

  • Helps skin tissue regeneration and repair
  • Stimulate the formation of collagen and elastic fibres which give the skin softness and suppleness
  • Provide synergistic interaction of multiple growth factors with other proteins in epidermis and dermis and results in skin regeneration and repair
  • No single growth factor is solely determinant in the outcome of skin rejuvenation, which is why the different growth factors have to work in synergy in skin regeneration and repair

Glossary:

Keratinocytes: 

Keratinocytes are the most common type of skin cells. They make keratin, a protein that provides strength to skin, hair, and nails. Keratinocytes form in the deep, basal cell layer of the skin and gradually migrate upward, becoming squamous cells before reaching the surface of the skin over the course of a month.

Source:  about.com

Fibroblasts:

Cell of connective tissue that produces and secretes fibres (e.g. collagens, reticular and elastic fibres) and other ground substance in order to maintain the extracellular matrix (especially during wound healing or tissue repair), and to provide a structural framework for many tissues

Source:  http://www.biology-online.org/dictionary/Fibroblast

Melanocytes:

Melanocytes are cells located in the epidermis that are responsible for producing melanin, a brown pigment that helps screen against the harmful effects of UV (ultraviolet) light.

Source: http://dermatology.about.com/od/skinanatomy/g/melanocyte.htm

 

dr. dream dermatological skin care formulation

Dream Nanogen Wrinkle Grinding Complex™

The patented formula contains 6 multi-growth factors (EGF, KGF, VEGF, aFGF, bFGF, IGF-1), that have shown to provide optimal results in anti-aging and whitening care.

Natural Nano Capsule Delivery (NNCD) is used to increase the efficacy in the delivery of the Dream Nanogen Wrinkle Grinding Complex™ to skin.

Clinically, it demonstrated the ability to counter the effects of intrinsic and extrinsic aging by:

  • Reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as a result of increased collagen and elastin production
  • Visibly improve the appearance of age spots and lightens pigmentation
  • Overall skin texture is improved, resulting in smooth and hydrated texture
  • Skin texture that feels tightened, looks toned

100% Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate “PLAZMA”

The 2-step ferment filtering system was used to generate optimal benefits of Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate “PLAZMA” or more commonly known as a natural yeast extract.

The effects and benefits include:

  • Increased moisture and hydration to skin
  • Helps control skin’s PH balance
  • Brightens skin
  • Naturally removes dead skin cells, resulting in softer, smoother skin

5-Phyto Complex

A patented formula, 5 Phyto-Complex is formulated with natural plan extracts to promote healthy skin.

  • Natural nutrients are supplied to skin
  • Provide dermatitis relief with its anti-inflammatory properties
  • Is hypoallergenic
  • Is used as a natural fragrance in dr. dream dermatological skin care products

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Glossary:

Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF):

EGF is a growth factor that stimulates cell growth, proliferation, and differentiation by binding to its receptor EGFR.  Discovered by Dr. Stanley Cohen in which he was awarded a Nobel Prize, EGF is used to treat burns in the skin as it helps to speed up the recovery process of the injury.  When used in skin care, it helps to reduce wrinkles and control their formation by generating new skin cells.

Keratinocyte Growth Factor (KGF):

KGF is one of the important growth factors for functions to cure the injury with its involvement in the adhesion, reproduction and spread between cells, while affecting the reproduction and differentiation of various cells as one of the bio-proteins to stimulate the growth of keratin cells, which play an important role of reproducing the skin.

Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF):

VEGF is a signal protein produced by cells that stimulates vasculogenesis and angiogenesis.  It is part of the system that restores oxygen supply to tissues when blood circulation is inadequate. VEGF’s normal function is to create new blood vessels during embryonic development, new blood vessels after injury, muscle following exercise and new vessels (collateral circulation) to bypass blocked vessels.

Acidic Fibroblast Growth Factor (aFGF):

aFGF is a single-chain polypeptide growth factor that plays a significant role in the process of wound healing and is a potent inducer of angiogenesis. aFGF binds to heparin, which potentiates its biological activity and protects it from proteolysis. The growth factor is an extremely potent inducer of DNA synthesis in a variety of cell types from mesoderm and neuroectoderm lineages, and also has chemotactic and mitogenic activities.

Basic Fibroblast Growth Factor (bFGF):

bFGF refers to one of the growth factors found to delay cell aging, helps to cure injury, improve wrinkles and keep skin resilience by stimulating the synthesis of collagen and the generation of blood vessels.

 

Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1):

IGF-1 is a primary mediator of the effects of growth hormone.  Growth hormone is made in the anterior pituitary gland, is released in the blood stream, and then stimulates the liver to produce IGF-1.  IGF-1 then stimulates systemic body growth, and has growth-promoting effects on almost every cell in the body, especially skeletal muscle, cartilage, bone, liver, kidney, nerves, skin, hematopoietic cell and lungs.  In addition to the insulin-like effects, IGF-1 can also regulate cell growth and development, especially nerve cells, as well as cellular DNA synthesis.

In skin, it helps to improve wrinkles, increases the synthesis of collagen and elastin, influences fat burning on face and body, and decreasing specks in the skin.