It is known for its reparative potential and sold as an anti-wrinkle agent, but according to a new study published in Dermatology and Therapy, resveratrol also helps cure the unsightly pimples that appear on the skin. Especially when combined with benzoyl peroxide, an antimicrobial agent widely used in anti-acne creams.
The alliance of opposites: Resveratrol is an anti-oxidant and benzoyl peroxide is an oxidizer. But together they seem to be effective in fighting acne. This is the conclusion of research by scientists in the dermatology division of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California (UCLA), who claim that resveratrol enhances the bactericidal effect of benzoyl peroxide and inhibits growth of the Propionibacterium acnes bacterium responsible for acne over a longer period (over 24 hours). Additionally, the formula is not harmful to the skin. Read More
Caring for the skin without washing improves its appearance. Or so claims an AOBiome study, presented in early October in Washington, that points to the beneficial effects of spraying the skin with Nitrosomonas eutropha, a bacterium that metabolizes ammonia in sweat to eliminate body odour.
A company called AOBiome has launched a bacterial spray in the market that theoretically could save water and improve the appearance of the skin. The invention, called AO+ Refreshing Cosmetic Mist, is not exactly cheap: 99 euros for a month’s supply and 249 euros for three months’ supply. But apparently it’s worth it. In fact, its creator, David Whitlock, who says he hasn’t showered in 12 years (!!), argues fervently that Nitrosomonas may be a solution for acne and for chronic skin wounds. Read More
Some sunbathers take off their sunglasses to avoid marks. Others simply forget them. But sunglasses are absolutely necessary to prevent eye damage, most especially in periods of lengthy exposure to UV rays, whether in summer or winter, in the mountains or by the sea.
The eyes are protected from the sun by their own internal configuration and by the eyelashes and eyelids. But in extreme conditions the eyes are as vulnerable as the skin to the effects of UV rays. Studies confirm that prolonged unprotected exposure of the eyes to the sun can have dire consequences and cause various disorders ranging from simple conjunctivitis and premature cataracts to conjunctival cancer and pterygium (excessive conjunctival growth that blurs vision). Read More
Everyone has open pores, but they are more noticeable in some skins than in others. The blame may lie with genetics, as is often the case, but only partly. Temperature and relative humidity, exposure to the sun, skin type, hormonal changes and age also enlarge the pores and make the skin look rough. The question is, however, what’s the solution?
We have about two million pores, which are absolutely necessary for the proper functioning of the skin, as they eliminate toxins, regulate temperature and hydrate the skin. But it's hard to appreciate all this when you can’t help but see them – because they are dilated or dirty from an accumulation of dead cells and other impurities, making your skin look unhealthy and aged. And this is not necessarily for lack of care. Read More