the new clearskin

April 3, 2013

In the spirit of continuous improvement, PCA SKIN® is proud to launch the newly reformulated Clearskin, now with 4% niacinamide.

PCA SKIN's Clearskin

PCA SKIN’s Clearskin

Those with oily or breakout-prone skin can fall into the habit of using harsh, abrasive products in an attempt to gain control over excess sebum production. This often leads to irritated skin, stripped of its natural oils, causing the sebaceous glands to overcompensate by producing even more sebum. This habitual cycle can result in an increase in breakouts. A consistent skin care regimen, including a skin-type appropriate moisturizer, is vital to maintain overall skin health.

One of the most exciting additions to the new Clearskin is niacinamide. This multifunctional ingredient, also referred to as nicotinamide, has similar benefits as niacin, but does not cause the flushing response commonly associated with vitamin B3. Instead, niacinamide provides calming and antioxidant benefits.

Niacinamide plays many important roles in the skin:

  • Provides potent antioxidant protection
  • Decreases redness and irritation
  • Decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Evens skin tone
  • Calming effect in breakout-prone and sensitive skin

Questions about the newly reformulated Clearskin? Call the Practice Development Group at 877.PCA.SKIN [722.7546] from 7am-6pm Arizona time, Monday-Friday; or reach out to us via Facebook. Certified Professionals can also place their orders online now at www.pcaskin.com.

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rejuvenate your skin!

March 19, 2013

Rejuvenating Serum by PCA SKIN® is formulated with a blend of epidermal growth factors (EGF), botanicals and antioxidants to to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This serum for those with aging skin leaves skin glowing.

PCA SKIN's Rejuvenating Serum

PCA SKIN’s Rejuvenating Serum

Key ingredients include:

Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) – helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Tocotrienols and Tocopherol (Vitamin E) – an excellent antioxidant that prevents free radical damage.

Bisabolol – one of the principal active compounds found in chamomile. It provides excellent calming and soothing benefits.

Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) – a polyphenol antioxidant naturally found in green tea. It has been shown to prevent the formation of several highly damaging free radicals.

Glutathione – an endogenous antioxidant that is produced naturally by the body.

Grape Fruit Cell Extract – an antioxidant from the stem cells of red grapes. These plant stem cells have the proven ability to protect epidermal stem cells from UV-induced stress and damage.

Niacinamide – helps fight visible skin aging that can be exacerbated by glycation.

After cleansing and toning, apply one to two pumps to the entire face and neck twice daily for maximum results. Aging skin of any skin type and condition can be benefited by even more antioxidants by mixing Rejuvenating Serum with PCA SKIN’s C-Strength 15% with 5% Vitamin E.

The serum can also be used as a part of a lip renewal treatment. Apply one pump followed by a pea-sized amount of Silkcoat® Balm for maximum hydration. Finish with a liberal application of Peptide Lip Therapy for healthier, smoother lips.

Always follow with the appropriate PCA SKIN broad spectrum SPF product in the daytime and moisturizer in the evening. If you perform the lip renewal treatment in the daytime, remember to apply a broad spectrum SPF before applying Peptide Lip Therapy.

Have you used Rejuvenating Serum yourself or with a patient? How do you feel about this product? Comment below or tell us on Facebook.


keeping skin calm can be easy

February 4, 2013

Regardless of the time of year, many skin types need a little extra calming and soothing. Skin irritation can result from climate, shaving, professional treatments or even the over-use of harsh products. ReBalance from PCA SKIN® is a great choice for nighttime calming and soothing for all skin types and conditions. It is a favorite among men because it has a light and quick-absorbing base, and delivers hydration and relief after shaving.

ReBalance from PCA SKIN

ReBalance from PCA SKIN

This light moisturizer contains the non-greasy oils borage and evening primrose. These are excellent sources of essential fatty acids (EFA) that work to soothe skin. A deficiency in EFA is thought to be a component of many skin conditions, making topical supplementation a good idea for promoting balanced skin.

Topical niacinamide is also an important facet of this formulation. This form of the B vitamin, niacin (vitamin B3), hydrates and promotes a clear complexion without causing the flushing response common with niacin.

Finally, this long-time favorite nighttime moisturizer provides the skin with a healthy dose of tocopherol (vitamin E) and Panthenol (pro-vitamin B-5) for antioxidant and emollient benefits.

Have you used ReBalance yourself or with a patient? How do you feel about this product? Comment below or tell us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pcaskin.


Niacinamide and the skin

December 5, 2011

Although it is the only non-living layer of our epidermis, the skin’s stratum corneum (SC) has the critical job of providing a shield from the outside world.  The SC is made up of three vital components: the corneocytes, or dead skin cells; the lipid bilayer; and a combination of lactic acid, urea, salts and amino acids that is collectively referred to as the skin’s natural moisturizing factor (NMF).  When functioning properly, the lipids act like plastic wrap that surrounds the corneocytes, sealing in the NMF and keeping this outermost barrier healthy and hydrated.   Unfortunately, this barrier system is relatively easy to disrupt, leading to transepidermal water loss (TEWL), or the evaporation of our NMF.

The terms TEWL, impaired barrier function and skin dryness are often used interchangeably.  When TEWL occurs, several essential functions, including desquamation, are not possible. This often instigates or worsens skin conditions. The most obvious characteristics of impaired barrier and TEWL is dry, flaky skin; however, a dull complexion may also be an indicator.

The best and most comprehensive way to improve and protect skin suffering from barrier issues is to use products that include both humectants (ingredients that draw moisture into the epidermis from the dermis) and occlusives (ingredients that trap moisture within the epidermis). One well-known occlusive is petrolatum. Think old fashioned petroleum jelly.  Yes, it is effective as it traps 99% of moisture within the skin, but its greasy and heavy feel makes it an unpleasant option for facial use.  Silicones like dimethicone and cyclomethicone are better options as they have a light cosmetically elegant feel, but their moisture-trapping action and powdery finish are their only benefits.  This leads us to niacinamide.

People sometime mistakenly equate niacin and niacinamide.  Although they are related members of the vitamin B family, they have different actions.  Niacin, or nicotinic acid, is converted into nicotinamide in the body.  This conversion process is actually what causes the infamous flushing that occurs from topical and internal niacin use. When used topically, niacinamide does not need to convert an therefore does not cause the negative vascular responses of topical niacin. Additionally, niacinamide has been shown to increase the skin’s important essential free fatty acids, ceramics and cholesterol, further improving dry skin.

To learn more about PCA SKIN products and ingredients, please call 877-722-7546.