• Fede Montagud, editor

    The wrinkle filler crisis

    24 Mar The wrinkle filler crisis



    BBC News Health

    Rejuvenating skin treatments in the form of injections of various kinds have averted the need for cosmetic surgery for many women (and men). But side effects have proliferated, because the products are not always of high quality and the people who administer them do not necessarily have suitable qualifications.


    Would you get a botox or collagen injection at a hairdressing salon or a beauty party? Well, it happens a lot and, in view of the complications, has raised the alarm among doctors. The UK Royal College of Surgeons, for instance, has launched an initiative to ensure that only doctors, qualified nurses and dentists can inject botox, which is actually a powerful neurotoxin. In addition, charlatans offer misleadingly cheap offers and inject diluted hyaluronic acid – and logically the effect lasts half as long. In the USA, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has only approved five substances, along with botox, as wrinkle fillers, and all are considered medicines. In Europe, however, almost 50 substances are allowed. If you are thinking about removing years from your face using collagen, hyaluronic acid or botox injections, consult a specialist medical centre. Do not put your skin or body at risk.

  • Fede Montagud, editor

    Fatal attraction: is it chemistry?

    16 Mar Fatal attraction: is it chemistry?




    "We met and immediately there was ‘chemistry’ between us, bubbling just below the surface of our skin ...”. This is the typical explanation for a sudden attraction between two people. If we are lucky we have had the experience. Is it possible that our skin or chemistry can lead us straight to passion? Let’s see if there is any scientific explanation for love at first sight ...


    We take it for granted that humans are more rational and sophisticated than other beings, thanks to the rapid development of the human brain. Whereas animals, less advanced, relate exclusively according to basic primary and irrational mechanisms. This is not entirely true, however, as we unconsciously react to many chemical stimuli secreted by others. The pheromones we emit (but which we do not smell) trigger responses in others. For example, androsterone, a male pheromone secreted primarily through the skin, is perceived (unconsciously) by females and can trigger an immediate physical response. Read More

  • Anna Solana, science journalist

    Winning the war against wrinkles

    10 Mar Winning the war against wrinkles



    University of Maryland

    "Wrinkles are beautiful," said Adolfo Dominguez, who coined this slogan, famous in the Spanish fashion trade of the 1980s. This is not true, however. According to different sources, the market for dealing with the wrinkles that etch the years onto our skin will be worth 290,000 million dollars by 2015. Youth is purchased at exorbitant prices. And techniques are increasingly sophisticated. But what are these techniques? And more importantly, do they work?


    The options are many. And new seemingly impossible combinations are offered, with succulent promises. Basically, however, the techniques can be reduced to either applying something to the skin or removing something from the skin. Applying products to the skin make it appear fresher, whereas removing layers and stretching the skin renews it. This may seem a gross simplification, but it helps understand the panoply of treatments that promise to take years off you. Read More

  • Fede Montagud, editor

    Unwanted tattoos

    5 Mar Unwanted tattoos



    Medpage Today

    Part of the fascination of tattoos is that they leave an indelible mark on the skin. Beyond any artistic or literary value, there is something profound about the fact that they are "forever". But the reality is that a third of people eventually come to regret their tattoos.


    This is the main conclusion of a study conducted in England and presented at the last meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology. The study also reported that twice as many men as women regret their tattoos – three times as many if they were tattooed as boys (before the age of 16). Interestingly, almost half the respondents (men and women both) had more than two tattoos and 31% had more than five. It all seems logical: in recent decades the fashion for tattooing has seen spectacular growth, with a mushrooming of tattoo parlours in the first world. Many people get a tattoo simply because it is fashionable – and do not dwell too much on the long-term implications. And that they are long-term goes without saying ... Read More