This month’s Featured Article: Effectively treating Hyperpigmentation

February 19th, 2013 No comments

Hyperpigmentation is one of the most difficult challenges skin health professionals face. The broad and varied base of patients that seek treatment for this frustrating condition make it necessary for the clinician to have a deep understanding of its etiology. Outstanding and consistent results can be achieved by approaching treatment from two angles: topical treatment and patient education. Ensure that the professional treatments you perform and the daily care products you recommend address the melanogenesis process at multiple points. Be certain you take the time to properly educate each patient about their role in the success or failure of their treatment outcome. Doing these things will lead to the fast, dramatic results both you and your client desire.

What happens in the skin

Hyperpigmentation is the deposit of melanin (pigment) due to a process called melanogenesis. This process encompasses the production of pigment and its duplication in the skin. It is the end result of inflammatory insults. Regardless of the source of the inflammation—UV exposure, hormonal triggers or cutaneous inflammation, such as heat or trauma—this activity of the melanocytes is designed to protect the skin cells’ DNA from damage and mutation.
After the initial inflammatory response or hormonal fluctuation, the melanocyte’s stimulating hormone is released. Within the melanocyte, a chain of events is then triggered:
• The enzyme tyrosinase is released
from the rough endoplasmic reticulum (RER).
• Tyrosinase acts on the amino acid tyrosine
to convert it to L-DOPA.
• Tyrosinase then binds with copper and acts on the L-DOPA, converting it to DOPAquinone.
• DOPAquinone stimulates the release of melanin, which is packaged into melanosomes.
• These melanosomes are transported along the dendrites (arms) of the melanocyte and transferred into the keratinocyte, creating an umbrella-like pattern to protect the DNA within the cell, resulting in hyperpigmentation.

Types of hyperpigmentation

UV-induced hyperpigmentation is a result of UV exposure and can be caused by the sun, tanning beds and fluorescent and ambient lighting. It is identifiable by its appearance as diffused spots that are evenly distributed around the face. This type of hyperpigmentation can also be referred to as actinic hyperpigmentation.
Hormonally induced hyperpigmentation is typically referred to as melasma, and it is caused by hormone fluctuations. The term melasma comes from the Greek word “melas,” which means black. It is commonly associated with a fluctuation of hormones (pregnancy, oral contraceptives, thyroid dysfunction, menopause or hormone replacement therapy), and will worsen with UV exposure. It typically appears as large symmetrical patches with jagged borders that form around the jawline, upper lip, cheeks and forehead. The exact cause of melasma is unknown, but it is widely believed to be a result of an increase in the formation and distribution of melanosomes (packets of melanin pigment) among the keratinocytes, along with increased branching of melanocytic dendrites. Research also indicates that the elevated estrogen levels that result from pregnancy and birth control pills increase both the number of melanocytes and the activity of tyrosinase. Conversely, studies indicate that the androgen dominance that occurs during menopause is responsible for an increase in tyrosinase activity.
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) is a result of skin irritation, inflammation or abrasion. It is identified as a darkened area left behind at the sites of trauma. It is common in patients fighting acne, dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema, and can also be caused by bug bites.
Regardless of the cause or type of hyperpigmentation you are working to treat, there are four common strategies that must be followed: gently exfoliate the skin, increase cell turnover, inhibit melanogenesis and protect the skin from UV exposure and other inflammatory insults. There are multiple ways to achieve each of these goals, but when creating treatment plans you must employ multiple products in the professional setting, as well as in the patient’s daily care regimen. There simply is not one single “miracle product” that will clear and prevent this common condition.

Benefits of superficial chemical peels

The melanin deposited in the skin due to hyperpigmentation will appear darker to the naked eye as it rises toward the stratum corneum on its way to being shed. Part of a successful treatment plan is to remove these darker impacted cells to keep the appearance of the pigmented area to a minimum—even as you are working to increase cell turnover and lift deeper pigment to the surface. It is wise to perform a superficial peel twice a week to keep the unwanted pigment from re-depositing onto the surface. Although this is a normal way of lifting pigment, a better way is to gently remove the stratum corneum before it has a chance to become visibly darker to the patient. They will likely be happier and remain more compliant with your predetermined plan if you follow this method.
Because inflammation is the direct trigger of hyperpigmentation, gentle exfoliation is crucial. If aggressive methods are employed, the condition will worsen rather than improve. Avoid high percentage straight acid peels and any mechanical methods, like harsh scrubs or loofahs. It is important to make your hyperpigmentation patients aware of this so that they are not inadvertently undoing the positive progress you help them achieve by irritating their skin at home.

Proven melanogenesis inhibition

Because melanogenesis is a process with many interconnected reactions, effective treatment is achieved by using topicals that contain ingredients that are proven to interrupt melanin production at multiple points.

• Retinoids, such as retinoic acid, retinol and retinaldehyde inhibit tyrosinase to suppress hyperpigmentation, enhancing cell turnover. Retinol is typically used in cosmeceutical preparations, as it is successfully converted to retinoic acid within the skin. This is especially important for patients with sensitive skin, as prescription retinoic acid can be highly stimulating on some skin types. This overstimulation could instigate melanogenesis.
• Azelaic acid inhibits tyrosinase activity and suppresses the proliferation of melanocytes.
• Glycolic acid is the most active and beneficial of the Alpha-Hydroxy-Acids (AHA) used in skin care for treating skin hyperpigmentation. Studies have shown glycolic acid to be the most effective fruit acid for cosmetic application. It has the smallest molecular structure of all AHAs, thus possesses the greatest penetration potential. Inside the cell, it stimulates the collagen and elastin fibers in the dermis, improving the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and other forms of sun damage.

Avoiding UV-induced damage

Daily use of broad spectrum sun protection with an SPF of at least 30 is critical for all patients throughout the year. It is especially important for those fighting hyperpigmentation, as the inflammation resulting from UV exposure is a direct cause of melanogenesis. As a result of new sunscreen labeling regulations by the Food and Drug Administration, products can only be labeled “broad spectrum” after passing a rigorous critical wavelength test, so it is now easier to identify effective sunscreens.

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FOOD AND BEAUTIFUL SKIN

August 9th, 2012 No comments

 

Today, we focus our post in the relationship between a healthy and beautiful face and the food we eat.

What we eat makes a big difference not only in how we feel, but also on how we look. With a rich diet in essential nutrients, you will achieve healthy skin.

The basic nutrients that we must include in our diet are:

-       Vitamin A: It helps renewing the skin. It is found in foods like eggs, liver and dairy products.

-       Vitamin B: It is involved in the processes of cell renewal. It is present in most plant foods: vegetables, fruits, cereals, legumes, etc…

-       Vitamin C: It is a great antioxidant and it improves the production of collagen, an important protein to maintain healthy and wrinkle free skin. It is found in fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, oranges, lemons, green peppers…

-       Vitamin E: It has a strong antioxidant effect and prevents the accumulation of free radicals. It is found in olive oil, green leafy vegetables and nuts.

If you want to enjoy a healthy and beautiful skin, eat a balance diet avoiding saturated fats. Try eating raw vegetables and fruits, whole grains, grilled meats, etc…

It is also essential to stay hydrated drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day and not abusing sun exposure.

If we complement the above with the appropriate products (Matriskin) suitable to you skin type, our face will look delightful!

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Matriskin and I….by Raquel Perera

August 2nd, 2012 No comments

Today I have decided to be the person who, on this occasion enters our weekly post, as I want to share with you all, how Matriskin products came to me and how nowadays they are part of my life and my daily routine:

Until recently, I didn’t pay much attention to skin care, I didn’t use any creams and felt great skepticism towards the entire universe of cosmetics.

One day, few small spots appeared on my face, then I began to investigate and became interested in finding products that could help to cure a skin condition like the one I had. This is when I came across Matriskin, the French line of dermocosmetics that I distribute today.

Those spots disappeared from my face. I researched more about the brand and realized that Matriskin makes up a range of unique products with high concentrations of active ingredients. Next, I thought that just as Matriskin had helped me, it could help other people with various skin conditions, so I decided to distribute the brand in America and Spain.

As I have found myself, skin care doesn’t require much money or time, all it requires is perseverance; we all can learn to be consistent, it’s all about starting, and soon we will see the beauty that lies behind our skin.

In my Matriskin routine, 5 premises:

2 times a week Osmopell Mask, which softens the stains, revitalizes the skin and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.

Every day, 5% Vitamin C Serum: it prevents the appearance of wrinkles, removes stains and brightens the skin; Hyaluronic Acid Gel, one of my favorites: facelift without going under the knife! NO-PAD eye contour: a miracle anti bags; And finally High Performance Cream, which keeps my skin hydrated.

Caring for our skin with the appropriate products is essential, but we must never forget that true beauty is constructed through a healthy and balanced lifestyle, a harmonious mood and an optimistic and positive vision of everything around us. This is the only way our inner state will reflect positively on our outside.

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THE BENIFITS OF THE SUN

July 26th, 2012 No comments

Like any other activity, sunbathing can be good for health and leisure but it can also become a focus of physical problems.

The key, experts say, is responsible sunbathing at any time.

Among the main benefits of sunbathing, we find:

*        It is an excellent activity to avoid stress, to relax, to look better, and to raise self-esteem.

*        It provides vitamins. Sunbathing increases level of vitamin d in the blood.

*        It is good for your heart.

*        It is good for certain skin diseases like psoriasis, eczema. It also prevents osteoporosis.

However, we also want to review its risks:

*        It produces spots and wrinkles on the skin, being an important factor in skin aging.

*        The sun’s ultraviolet rays are a risk factor for skin cancer.

*        It can cause burns, irritations and damage to epidermal layer.

In general, these problems appear caused by irresponsible or abusive sun exposure, easily avoidable if we take into account three basic behavioral tips:

  1. Avoid sunbathing between 12.00 and 16.00.
  2. Use a sunscreen with the appropriate SPF factor for your skin type.
  3. Be aware of photo-toxic drugs, such as contraceptive pill, that might cause unsightly stains on the skin.

Be responsible and enjoy the sun!!

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SUN SPOTS ON MY SKIN !!

June 2nd, 2012 No comments

As the years go by our skin changes:  wrinkles, freckles, spots and lost of skin elasticity are main signals.

Today we will focus on stains caused by the sun that occasionally appear on our face.

It is clear that exposure to the sun catches up to us. There are different types of stains caused by the sun. Among them, hyperpigmentation, which is an excess of melanin, is one of the most common. Prevent its occurrence, is the best way to treat them: we must use daily a sunscreen to protect our skin from UV and UB rays, and avoid an excessive exposure to sun.

If the stains are already present on our face we recommend to be patience and constant. In order to avoid pigmentation increases and try to eliminate the stains we already have it is important to follow these guidelines:

  • Use a high protection sunscreen throughout the year. A hat will also help to protect your skin when sun exposure.
  • Creams and treatments specifically suited for this purpose: from Matriskin we recommend the anti-stain treatment, particularly suitable for hyperpigmentation problems
  • Finally there are other effective treatments (but more aggressive) that help removing stains: microdermabrasion, pulsed light, laser,. Ect .. From Matriskin we recommend to consult a specialist before any of these treatments.

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COSMECEUTICALS PRODUCTS

May 24th, 2012 No comments

Matriskin products are cosmeceuticals products, not cosmetic products.

Cosmetic Products onlye act at a very superficial level into the skin. They work at the upper most layer of the Epidermis and do not delay your skin’s ageing process.

Cosmeceutical Products have pharmaceutical benefits to your skin. Cosmeceutical products are composed by active ingredients that act on the cellular structure of the skin through topical application.  They are more concentrated, purer and more effective.

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The Tanning History

May 14th, 2012 No comments

THE TANNING HISTORY

Summer is close and also our desire to be tan. Do you know how became to be tanned fashionable? In today’s post we will tell you about:

Designer Coco Chanel was the driving force,  this fashion followed for about 90 years. After a summer vacation on the French coast, she boasted about her tan in on

e of her fashion shows. From that moment this new style became fashionable: Being tan begins to be associated with money and good lifestyles.

In the 60′s, tan fashion reached its “end up“,  women used to have sun baths for long hours and without any protector.

It´s not until the 80′s, when we began to consider the harmful effects sun has on the skin, replacing the products until now used to enhance the tanning for those containing protection against sun UV filters.

From Matrsikin, we recommend sun exposure but always in a responsible manner: High sun protection and avoid sun exposure between 12:00 and 17.00 pm

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DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN FIGHT AGAINST CLOASMA OR MELASMA?

May 11th, 2012 No comments

Chloasma or Melasma is the appearance of brown spots, with more or less intensity, which appear on the face, mustache area, on the cheeks or forehead.

It is a very common problem that affects mainly young women with dark skin. It is associated with hormones increament. It is because of this Chloasma can occur when taking hormonal contraceptives or hormone therapy at menopause.

Chloasma becomes a cosmetic problem that can persist after the disappearance of hormonal stimulation.
To solve this problem, Matriskin launches a special treatment,  on the one hand despigmenting affected areas and on the other hand, deeply hydrating and regenerating the depigmented area.

The treatment consists of the following products:
- Mask Osmopeel to depigment
- Collagen Serum, to hydrated
- Cream Zenox-In, to regenerate

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What are the benefits of retinol?

May 1st, 2012 No comments

Retinol is made up with A vitamin, which becomes more effectively the more purity it has. It is recommended both to prevent and to treat the signs of aging, reducing wrinkles and pores size.

Are you familiar with Matriskin Retinol capsules?  Do you want to know what makes Matrsiskin products special?

 The unique formula of Matriskin products differs from others offered in the market by its immediate results, consequence of its preventive, curative and stabilizing properties.

Matriskin technology combines two patented molecules: polysaccharides, and ceramides, obtained through state-of-the-art biotechnology processes. The result of this combination is a wide range of products that act strengthening the protective function of skin cells and restructuring skin cells of all layers.

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