show me the real answer?!

  1.  My patient asked about Topical Botox
  2.  My patient says his/her sunscreen is a ‘waterproof SPF 70’

Question number 1:

First of all, there is no such thing as Topical Botox.  This is the result of some very clever marketing.  By the time this false statement was removed, it had reached just about every type of media available.  The correct name for this ingredient is acetyl hexapeptide-8, or Argireline.  When Argireline is applied topically it inhibits the neurotransmission process that causes muscles to move or contract.  While this is a fabulous peptide that helps with the prevention of fine lines and wrinkles, it in no way is equal to an injection of Botox.  When explaining the differences to your patients, you can say that Botox temporarily places the neurotransmission highway that causes muscles to move under “construction” and the message cannot get from the brain to the facial muscles.  When Argireline is applied, the “highway” is fogged in…. the message will get there, but it’s much slower.  PCA SKIN®’s ExLinea ® Peptide Smoothing Serum is formulated with Argireline and a host of hydrating and antioxidant ingredients.

Question number 2:

Yes, another myth that gives our patients a false sense of security.  Currently, the SPF number on a sunscreen product ONLY pertains to the UVB protection provided by the product. (This will soon change).  Secondly, there is no such thing as a ‘waterproof’ sunscreen.  They all wash off and must be reapplied every two hours.  Explain to your patients to look for broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection.  Also, explain to them that no SPF product provides 100% protection.  We relate the SPF number with the amount of protection and the amount of time that we are protected.  The truth is that an SPF of 15 provides 93% protection, while an SPF of 30 provides 97% protection.  An SPF higher than 30 only increases the percentage of protection by a tiny amount.  Again, inform your patients that they should use a minimum SPF of 30, with broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection and reapply every two hours.  All of PCA SKIN’s broad-spectrum SPF products are formulated with antioxidants and skin-friendly ingredients and carry the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Approval.


Understanding ingredient mechanism of action and product formulation in the skin health industry will enable the clinician to communicate with their patients on all levels.  This in turn will build credibility and long-standing relationships when your patients know they can turn to you for the real answers.  PCA SKIN offers education for aesthetic students, licensed medical professionals and aestheticians all over the country.  Call our team at 877-722-7546 for more information.


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