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Understanding And Soothing Keratosis Pilaris

Thank you for visiting Dermalure, where skin is our priority and our speciality. We believe that skin should be treated with utmost care. Our products are designed to be able to work with all skin types and have varying degrees of concentration that allow you to choose the perfect solution for you. We always have your health and radiance in mind, and it is our goal to provide you with #1 products that won’t break the bank. Our Los Angeles skin specialists create each of our peels to order and are happy to speak with you about your options at any point. Many of our customers with skin conditions such as Keratosis Pilaris find our products extremely helpful, as we have products that can successfully treat conditions such as this one!

Understanding Keratosis Pilaris

Keratosis Pilaris is a harmless skin condition that causes patches of small bumps to arise on the skin. These patches may feel rough to the touch, but they shouldn’t hurt or itch. They commonly appear on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks, and similar areas of the body. They are light-colored and most commonly appear on children and teens. You shouldn’t worry if you experience this condition, as it usually disappears by the age of 30.

Cause

Keratosis pilaris appears due to a buildup of keratin. Keratin is a protein that protects skin from infections and keeps epithelial cells safe from damage or stress. It is a very important material that makes up the outer layer of your skin, and it should be comforting to know that these buildups are common. They form a plug on your skin, blocking the opening of a hair follicle.

Kertosis pilaris is more likely to appear on people with dry skin, or on the drier areas of normal skin. This condition can be worse in the winter months, since there is less moisture in the air during this time. It is normal for these bumps to arise, clear up, and come back at different points of the year.

Your doctor can diagnose keratosis pilaris by looking at your skin. If you have sensitive skin or other skin conditions such as eczema, it is more likely that you will experience keratosis pilaris at some point. It’s nothing to be afraid of, and here at Dermalure, we have the perfect products to help soothe your skin and help your skin look and feel better.

The Perfect Soothing Mechanism

Here at Dermalure, your skin is our specialty. Our products are designed to work with a variety of skin types and common skin conditions, so we can assure that you will be able to find the perfect solution to your specific skin concern. If you are experiencing keratosis pilaris, your skin most likely needs more moisture. Our salicylic acid products are great for people with this skin condition, as salicylic acid increases the amount of moisture in the skin as well as dissolves the substance that caused the skin cells to stick together in the first place. Because of this, these products make it easier to shed the unwanted skin cells that have caused the bumps. Our salicylic acid peels are deep strength peels that work with stubborn skin problems such as this one, as well as acne, and clarity and skin tone issues. We have lighter-strength salicylic acid peels that are better for those with sensitive skin, and they also work well to help these skin issues. These peels will penetrate and clear pores that have become clogged and make way for healthier skin cells.

If you want to use our stronger products, we recommend that you consult with your dermatologist or esthetician before use.

Contact Your Los Angeles Skin Experts Today

Here at Dermalure, we have created top-tier products to give your skin exactly what it needs. All of the products we have to offer are paraben-free, and our exceptional customer service center is always here to help you figure out exactly what you need. We are built on family values and always embody honesty and trust. With continued, conscientious, and correct use of our products, we guarantee that your skin will begin to look younger, smoother and healthier. This is our specialty! If you are ready to soothe and clear up your keratosis pilaris bumps, give us a call today. You may reach us by phone at (877) 336-4652 or send us a message via our website. We look forward to helping you transform your skin and start the year off with a bang!

Benefits of Dark Chocolate for Your Skin

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Of all the many food products made from cocoa beans, chocolate ranks right up there as one of the most favorite treats enjoyed the world over. And everyone knows that chocolate is the gift to give for Valentine’s Day as the sweet treat symbolizes love and affection. Dark chocolate tastes somewhat bitter, making it less popular than milk chocolate. However, when it comes to health, the dark variety is preferable over the lighter types that contain lots of sugar and other additives. Below are a few ways dark chocolate benefits the skin.

Reduces Inflammation

Once eaten, “good” microbes in the gut ferment the chocolate into anti-inflammatory compounds that are absorbed into the body, lessening inflammation throughout the body, including the skin.

Protects Against Harmful UV Rays

The European Journal of Nutrition found that consistently eating dark chocolate for 12 weeks significantly reduces moisture loss in the skin, resulting in fewer sunburns. This is because the high cocoa levels in dark chocolate boost blood circulation to the skin capillaries, helping them draw in more oxygen and nutrients to protect the skin against the harmful effects of UV rays.

Promotes New Skin Cell Growth

Dark chocolate contains important minerals like iron, zinc and copper which promote skin cell growth. Regularly eating small amounts of dark chocolate can help with common skin conditions like eczema and acne.

Protects the Skin Against Damaging Free Radicals

The antioxidants present in dark chocolate protect the skin from the damaging effects of free radicals to keep the skin soft and supple. Just eating one ounce of dark chocolate every day that contains at least 70% cocoa can keep the skin smooth, hydrated and free of blemishes and breakouts.

If you plan on incorporating dark chocolate into your daily diet to help you achieve clearer, softer and healthier skin, be sure to choose high quality dark chocolate with 70% or higher cocoa content and to only eat 1 to 2 ounces a day.

Understanding And Relieving Psoriasis

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Here at Dermalure, there is nothing we understand better than skin and the ways in which you can improve or transform it. You deserve to have glowing, youthful, and smooth skin that you are proud of! If you’ve been experiencing issues with your skin such as psoriasis, acne, wrinkles, sunspots, or other related conditions, look no longer; our products may be exactly the help you’ve been looking for. Our pH levels are guaranteed to be low and our products have varying degrees of concentration so you have find the perfect solution for your skin. Our at-home peels and solutions are designed to help fortify and soothe even the toughest skin, so even if you are experiencing stubborn conditions such as psoriasis, we are here to help.

What Is Psoriasis?

Have you noticed red, raised, scaly patches of skin? Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes these types of symptoms commonly around the outside of the elbows, knees or scalp. These areas may itch, burn or even sting. Let your doctor know if you are experiencing anything like this, but don’t be alarmed, this disease is extremely common and well understood by doctors and specialists like us.

Why Does Psoriasis Show Up?

Psoriasis can appear randomly, but we know that genetics and the immune system play major roles in its’ development. The skin cells of people with this disease grow at an abnormally quick rate, which is the cause of the buildup of these visible lesions. Though it can appear at any age, psoriasis most commonly develops between the ages of 15 and 35. This is not contagious and won’t be transmitted from one person to the next through contact of any kind.

Here at Dermalure, We Can Help

Our specialists have created the perfect products for skin conditions ranging from psoriasis to wrinkles, aging, sun spots, and acne. Our products vary in strength and composition so we can assure that you will be able to find something that suits you. If you are experiencing psoriasis, your skin most likely needs moisture and therapy. We are here to offer precisely this. We recommend our salicylic acid peels and solutions for many of our clients with psoriasis, as it soothingly increases the amount of moisture in the skin while simultaneously dissolving the substance that causes skin cells to clump and become inflamed. We have light salicylic acid acid peels for new users and people with more sensitive skin, which help clear clogged pores and regenerate healthy skin in a non-irritating way. Our stronger peels are able to penetrate more stubborn skin, so if your skin is tough and more damaged, these may be ideal for you.

Contact Your Dermalure Skin Specialists Today

Speak with your dermatologist or esthetician if you think you may have psoriasis and are looking for ways to help your skin. Our products are made for people who experience skin conditions such as yours. Our products are of the highest quality and are all paraben-free, with your skin in mind. Our peels and solutions are bound to leave their users with healthier, happier skin. If you have any questions or are ready to embark on your skin-improvement journey, please feel free to send us a message or call us at (877)336-4562 today. We look forward to helping you achieve your dream skin!

Actinic Keratosis

Using Chemical Peels To Treat This Skin Condition

At Dermalure, we offer the most advanced and high-quality products related to skin care and repair. Our keratolytic therapy products can work on any and all cosmetic defects or skin growths that you may happen to have. One such example of a skin condition that our therapy is highly effective on is actinic keratosis.

What Is Actinic Keratosis?

Actinic keratosis, also known as solar keratosis, is a rough, scaly, and crusty lesion (growth) that’s caused by years of damage from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. It’s most commonly found on the areas of the skin that are often exposed to the sun, including the face, neck, and forearms. Although the vast majority of these cases are benign, up to ten percent can actually develop into squamous cell carcinoma if they remain untreated.

Symptoms of Actinic Keratosis

Actinic keratosis is generally noted by the following traits:

  • Rough, dry patches of skin
  • Flat or slightly raised patches or bumps
  • Small size (usually less than an inch in diameter)
  • Red color (though sometimes tan or pink)
  • Occasional itching or burning

Who’s at Risk for Actinic Keratosis?

While anyone can develop skin cancer, you’re more likely to develop actinic keratosis if you:

  • Are over 40 years old.
  • Have blond or red hair.
  • Have a lighter complexion.
  • Are frequently exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
  • Live closer to the equator.
  • Have a personal or family history of actinic keratosis.
  • Have a weakened immune system.

Treatment for Actinic Keratosis

Even though actinic keratosis sometimes goes away on its own, it can often return after more sun exposure. Since it’s impossible to tell which ones will develop into skin cancer, it’s best to be precautionary and treat the condition as soon as possible. Some treatments include the following:

  • Medication gels and creams
  • Cryotherapy (freezing)
  • Curettage (scraping off the damaged cells)
  • Photodynamic therapy (using light to destroy the cells)

Contact Dermalure Today!

At Dermalure, we’re glad to provide keratolytic therapy products, such as glycolic acid, in order to treat actinic keratosis. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us online or at (877) 336-4652. We can’t wait to hear from you!

How Chemical Peels Work

The Science Behind Acquiring Your Youthful Look

You’ve got acne, blackheads, oily skin, scars from acne, sun or age spots, discoloration or a multitude of other skin ailments that just don’t make you look your best. Both men and women of all ages who face such beauty challenges have turned to chemical peels to eliminate these unsightly nuisances and enhance their features. Chemical peels are common treatments at any dermatologist office, skincare boutique, or  beauty spa. Now you can even purchase and apply your own chemical peels at home.

Although the word “chemical” might sound scary, nothing is actually “peeled off.” The process involves washing your face, neck and/or hands with a chemical solution that causes it to dissolve the upper layers of skin, leaving a new layer of skin below. This new layer is brighter, softer, smoother, and less wrinkled that the old skin. A chemical solution is applied to the skin and works by dissolving the upper layers of the skin.

But what, exactly do these chemicals do and how do they work? The truth is there are dozens of different types of chemical peels, all containing different ingredients or varieties of ingredients. And, they can be applied in dozens of different strengths, giving each individual a chance to use just the write concentration of just the right chemicals for their certain situation.

Types of Chemical Peels

Generally, there are three types of chemical peels available today:

  • Superficial or Light Peel

These mild acid peels are the most gentle and only penetrate and remove the top layer of your skin, called the epidermis. These chemical peels can give your skin an instantly brighter look and improve the appearance of rough skin and mild discolorations. They are also used to moisturize and to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles or scarring from acne. The acids used are usually of the alpha hydroxy (AHA) or beta hydroxy (BHA) types and they can often include natural enzymes from fruits. Superficial peels can boost your skin’s nutrients to produce abundant and healthy new cells. These types of peels are usually pain-free with only a mild irritation or redness experienced which can be soothed with a moisturizing cream. There is no recovery time. Usually six to ten treatments are recommended for best results.

  • Medium Peel

With a medium peel usually made from TCA (trichloroacetic acid), you’ll find both your outer and middle layers of skin removed to exfoliate all damaged skin cells. These treatments are used to penetrate deeper in order to eliminate sun damage, wrinkles, and discolored skin. After treatment, you may feel a burning sensation for up to an hour after treatment. The medium peels may require some recovery time as your face might be puffy, pink and itchy for a few days up to a week after the treatment.

  • Deep Peel

Deep peels are the strongest types of chemical peel and can achieve the most noticeable results. A stronger concentration of TCA or phenol is used  that deeply penetrates the middle layer (dermis) of skin to remove damaged skin cells. These peels are able to remove moderate lines, sun damage, scarring, wrinkles, age spots, and freckles. Because of its strength, it can only be used one time on your face. As you might guess, the deep peel involves quite a bit more pain (you may even be sedated) and can it can take months to fully recover. Your entire face will be swollen for a few days and then scan, leaving itching, peeling skin. There is a danger in getting patches of bleached-looking skin and scarring. This type of peel should only be performed by an experienced dermatologist or plastic surgeon.

How A Chemical Peel Works

Before you decide on a chemical peel, contact a skin care expert about what results you are looking for and which type and strength of peel would be best to achieve those results. In general, the process of a chemical peel treatment, whether at home or in an office is:

  • Cleansing. Your skin will be thoroughly cleansed before your chemical peel treatment. For deep peels, a local anesthetic is usually used to numb your face. You may be sedated and will likely be put on a heart monitor.
  • Application. The selected peeling solution will be applied for a designated amount of time. You should only feel either nothing or a small tingling with a light peel and perhaps a bit more discomfort with a medium peel. Sometimes a fan is used to cool your face.
  • Removal. After the appropriate amount of time, the peel will be neutralized and removed. For light peels, this process can take as little as 10  minutes. For heavy peels, the peel is applied to your face one side at a time for about 30 minutes.

Chemical peels can seem confusing, but they all really work in the same manner. The different ingredients, types of acids, and additives used in each types of chemical peel combine to remedy problems a host of skin care challenges. The popularity of the treatment is growing as men and women fight to look their youthful best. For more information on the chemical peel types and treatments, check out Dermalure’s line of skin care products.

How Stress Can Impact The Health Of Your Skin

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Here at Dermalure, it is our mission to offer you only the best products for your skin. Whether your skin is sensitive, oily, dry, or a combination, we are prepared to help. Our products are advanced and developed, and are made to help with any skin issues you may have. Sometimes it is our genetics that leave us with skin problems, but there are lesser-known factors such as stress that can affect skin more than one might think.

Stressed Out Skin

As if it weren’t bad enough already, stress can affect more than just our mood. Stress can show up on your skin in unexpected ways, including the following:

  • Acne: When you are experiencing stress, cortisol, a hormone appropriately known as the “stress hormone” is released, which can throw off the other hormones in your body and cause unwanted breakouts. Stress also has the ability to affect the balance of good and bad bacteria in your gut, which can show up in many ways, acne being one of them.
  • Under-Eye Bags: Stress can consume your mind, thus making it harder to fall asleep and/or get a full night’s rest. This lack of sleep is one of the causes of under-eye bags, which comes from excess fluids and fat that can develop around your lower eyelids.
  • Dry Skin: If your stress leaves you not drinking enough water, or drinking excess coffee, your body may easily be dehydrated. If your body isn’t hydrated enough, your skin will be let dryer and more flaky.
  • Rashes: Epidermal skin cells are strong and packed tightly together to form a protective barrier that works to block bacteria and other infectious agents. When you feel stressed, this protective layer doesn’t work as well, and the outermost layer can break, which can lead to rashes, or worse.
  • Lackluster Skin: If you hold a large amount of stress, the skin growth cycle can begin to move more slowly, which can allow dead skin cells to build up on your face and make your skin look more dull.
  • Fine Lines: The hormone cortisol also triggers an increase in blood sugar, which can damage your natural collagen, and leave more lines and wrinkles.

Contact Your Skincare Professionals Today

If you are worried about the effects of aging on your skin, acne, or have any other skin concerns, we are ready and equipped to help. We have endless amounts of products to choose from, which are good for a variety of skin types. If you have any questions or concerns, or are ready to find the perfect product for you, feel free to give us a call at (877) 336-4652, or fill out the form on our contact page. We look forward to speaking with you!

Day Spa at Home

Treat Yourself to a Spa Day in Your Own Home

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There’s no denying that indulging in a spa treatment feels very luxurious and is a great way to unwind and pamper yourself. But you don’t necessarily have to head to your local spa in order to treat yourself to a luxurious and relaxing spa experience because you can do it right in the comfort of your own home. Here is a short and simple guide that can help you learn how to recreate that same professional spa experience right at home. You can either plan just a few treatments or make a full day of it, that’s completely up to you!

Create a Spa Atmosphere

Make your bathroom or bedroom as peaceful as possible by clearing away clutter. Turn the lights down low, light some scented candles and put on some relaxing music. Be sure to have some nice absorbent bath towels on hand before you begin your treatments and for an added touch of luxury, place your towels on a warm radiator.

Take a Nice Warm Bath

There is nothing that can melt away stress and relax you from head-to-toe better than sliding into tub filled with warm water. Add a few drops of essential oil to the running water or some gentle bubble bath in your favorite scent. Just be sure the water is not overly hot so you don’t overheat and damage your skin.

Exfoliate Your Skin And Enjoy a Soothing Eye Mask

When soaking in the tub, use an exfoliating brush or pad to rid yourself of dead skin cells and to revitalize your skin for a healthy glow. Pay attention to those areas of your body which often get neglected like your elbows, knees and feet. Once you’ve finished exfoliating, treat your eyes to a soothing mask of cotton wool pads soaked in chamomile tea or slices of cucumber which are both cooling and refreshing.

Shower Off with Slightly Warm Water After Your Bath

When you’ve finished relaxing and soaking in the tub, it’s a good idea to shower off with slightly warm water to rid your skin of debris and to close the pores. You can also wash your hair while showering, using a good quality shampoo for your hair type, followed by an intensive moisturizing conditioner. Then step out of the shower and grab that warm towel to wrap around yourself. Use another towel to wrap around your hair.

Apply a Body Moisturizer

Sit down comfortably on a chair or stool and spend a few minutes moisturizing your body with a rich cream like cocoa butter. Not only will it feel amazing, but it will also provide your newly-cleaned skin with the moisture it needs, leaving it  soft and glowing. But because you’re about to apply a chemical peel to your face, skip moisturizing your face.

Do a Chemical Peel

Once you’ve finished moisturized your skin and are dressed comfortably, treat yourself to a chemical peel. A peel can do wonders for improving the texture and appearance of your skin and can serve as a solution for common skin problems like acne scars, light wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. Use a high quality Dermalure chemical peel that’s been designed specifically for your skin type. If you’re new to peels, choose one featuring a milder strength acid so no more of the top skin than necessary will be peeled away. Then simply follow the instructions on the packaging to revitalize, nourish and refresh the skin on your face.

As you can see, it’s easy to create a spa atmosphere right in the comfort and privacy of your own home! Whenever you’re feeling stressed or in need of some pampering, just follow all or some of the steps above to help you feel renewed and refreshed both on the inside and out!