• Rosa Taberner, dermatologist

    The true solution for acne

    Acne is a such a common skin problem that sometimes it is not even considered a disease. However, some cases are very severe and may require quite aggressive treatments. That is where isotretinoin plays a major role as the true solution for acne.

     

    Isotretinoin – known as Roaccutane® (Accutane in the USA) – is an oral therapy indicated for severer forms of acne resistant to conventional treatment, such as when large painful lesions form or there is a risk of permanent scarring. This retinoid was first synthesized in the middle of the 20th century, but was not until 1982 that it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the USA for the treatment of acne. Read More

  • Fede Montagud, editor

    How many colours does the human skin have?

    28 May How many colours does the human skin have?

     

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    Angelica Dass

    We each have a unique skin. Our protective mantle produces a personal odour that a dog could distinguish between thousands of other smells. Our skin colour is just as characteristic, as no two skins have exactly the same tone. This is what the Brazilian artist Angelica Dass captures in the photos included in her Humanae project.

     

    For Humanae, Angelica Dass has photographed hundreds of volunteers during the year that she has spent travelling in Brazil, the USA, Colombia, France and Bahrain. Each new photo is processed using software synchronized with the Pantone® colour chart to create a record for the skin tone. Pantone® is a code-based colour classification system that allows colours to be accurately reproduced in any medium. It is the most widely used colour standard in industry and the graphic arts sector. Read More

  • Fede Montagud, editor

    Springtime skin care

    Spring has arrived. It’s getting warmer by the day and, although we may not notice it, our skin is being incerasingly exposed to the sun. Our skin knows how to naturally adapt to new weather conditions, but certain precautions are necessary to keep our skin in the best possible condition.

     

    1. Avoid the sun. This is one of the key leitmotifs of this blog. Use sunglasses and sunscreen (and not just on the beach) and, as far as possible, avoid exposing the skin to direct sunlight. The neckline, neck and hands are especially vulnerable to premature photoageing. For a tanned look, rather than overdo sunbathing, better use a fake tanning cream, taking the necessary precautions first. Read More

  • Núria Estapé, science journalist

    Snail slime: scam or panacea?

    A few years ago a "miraculous” product appeared on the market. This was snail extract which, it was claimed, contained anti-oxidant and regenerating ingredients that delayed skin ageing. It was advertised as a panacea to eliminate wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, burns, acne and sunspots. While it is not the cure-all promised by the ads, we now know why it improves the skin’s appearance.

     

    Search for “snail slime” on the Internet and you will be offered thousands of snail products that claim to improve the skin. Folk medicine has used snail slime for many centuries. But many claim that such products are the ineffective recipes of healers. Skeptical consumers ask whether snail extract is a scam, whereas staunch defenders claim that it is a truly effective anti-ageing product. The common snail (Cryptomphalus aspersa) secretes a substance which promotes skin regeneration and minimizes the effect of the free radicals responsible for premature ageing of the skin. Read More

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