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Kill bacteria on contact

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Antisepation™ Antimicrobial Cleansing Gel

Think that most antiseptic and/or antimicrobial cleansers KILL all or most bacteria? Better think again.

  • FACT: Most antibacterial agents and cleansers take 30 seconds to work.
  • FACT: Most do not kill anywhere near 99% of harmful bacteria
  • FACT: Most contain drying alcohols, which leaves skin vulnerable.
  • FACT: Most people only cleanse up to 5 seconds.
  • FACT: This all results in increased harmful bacteria.

Worried about H1N1, MRSA, or the seasonal flu? Anticipate it and fight it! Antisepation™ gel now comes in a new size, a 2.0 oz. travel bottle, as well as a 1.7 oz. foamer, both perfect for your purse, backpack, pocket or carry–on at the airport. Antiseption also kills 99.6 percent of MRSA within 2 minutes!

Should We Be Scared of Every Ingredient?

Friday, February 21st, 2014

worriedPresent-day alarmists who utilize scare tactics by telling you how bad every ingredient is for you may be doing so purely for personal gain. We receive calls daily from medical patients to our professional accounts asking why we use ingredients that are ‘bad for you’. But, are they really bad for you?

First, are they legitimate questions? The proper answer is typically an emphatic ‘no’. Are they good questions? Yes, so let me explain as briefly as possible.

In the vast majority of ingredient questions, we tend to find individuals asking about ingredients based on something heard, read, or seen. My first question is where did the information come from and was there a legitimate, double-blind study to support it. Then, who or what is the source of the information. That being said, I can honestly state that most (70%) information on the internet and what we see in the media from tabloids to newspapers to talk-shows is not accurate.

Now, as an FDA registered firm, we must abide by the FDA regulations from packaging to text to what we use and can say about those ingredients. Are you aware that more than 80 percent of the skin care and make up industry is not regulated by the FDA! Companies can say whatever they want when they want until they hurt someone, or someone within the industry turns them in to the FDA for inaccurate ads or comments, at which time the FDA will being to investigate.

  • We are very concerned and critical of raw materials that we can and do use.
  • We do not use ingredients that are toxic.
  • We are very critical of using the least amount of anything that can cause contact dermatitis. Remember, everything we do starts with Dermatology and Oncology patients in a professional medical setting.
  • We utilize pharmaceutical-grade (99.9% pure) in most instances. We prefer not to use ‘cosmetic-grade’ ingredients as most firms do simply to save money. These already, by law, many contain up to 70 percent contaminants (bacteria) when they are made.
  • I can go on-and-on but it will be easier to address ingredients each and every month to give you the truth about what an ingredient is, does along with the medical and scientific studies or lack of them offer.

Should you have any question on a skin care  ingredient, whether we use it or not, please email me directly at bill@a-cutederm.com and I will try to answer your question.

Special skin care needs of Cancer Patients and Survivors:

Friday, February 7th, 2014
Reprev™ Cancer Skincare Line

Reprev™ Cancer Skincare Line

Chemotherapy and radiation can create severe skincare problems including tissue burns, cracking tissue, chafing skin, severe nail changes and infection. Therefore, it is important to use gentle products on your skin, minimize the use of ingredients, especially fragrance and drying alcohols (ethyl, isopropyl), and find items that offer significant improvement in moisture levels both short and long term.

The basic program should be a simple regimen that includes cleansing, moisturizing, and most importantly protecting your skin to minimize embattled issues:

Cleansing: Use a mild, gentle cleanser that is as close to pH neutral (‘balanced’ or pH 7.0) as possible. You should also have an antiseptic cleanser, also alcohol-free and preferably with maximum strength benzathonium chloride to kill virtually all bacteria on instant contact. Gentle cleansing 2 – 3 times daily; do not scrub to help hold the oils in your skin.

Moisturize: Add moisturizer to affected areas numerous times daily. It should be light in feel and fragrance-free. Consider a crème for the face, a lotion for the body, and oil or serum for more difficult areas.

Protect: Radiation, chemotherapy and oral medicines contribute to increased photo-sensitivity on the skin. It is critical that all cancer patients and survivors wear a significantly high broad spectrum sunscreen (UVA and UVB) that is grease-less, fragrance-free, high broad-spectrum protection, does not break down when you perspire or go into water, should last all day without having to reapply, and contains moisturizing elements like Aloe Vera, which also calms your skin, and Vitamin E, which is also a potent antioxidant. High broad-spectrum does not mean a high SPF value. Call us for details.

FabSkin247 by A-Cute Derm offers a complete line of skin care products, under our Reprev™ skincare line.  These products  are specifically designed for individuals who are being treated for cancer and post-care needs.