About Skin Station

Our Chairman and CEO, FRED C. REYES has been doing research and developing new advanced skin care products for SkinStation, which are now available under the DERMAX Professional brand. He is a multi-awarded cosmetic Chemist. In 2008, he was the recipient of Achievement Award in Industry conferred by the Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies, the umbrella group of Chemists associations in the country. The Outstanding Professional Award in Chemistry came next, in 2011, from the government's Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).

DERMAX Professional is the exclusive skin care line of SkinStation. It has established a cult following among the urban sophisticates. “DERMAX uses only the best, the latest, and the safest ingredients at clinical strength, definitely at par with the world’s best. With DERMAX, we have no cost constraint. Our only aim is to delight our customers,” declares Fred Reyes.

We present to you articles written by Fred Reyes himself which appeared in the SKIN SMART column in Manila Bulletin, Lifestyle Section.

Martes, Abril 3, 2012

Top Causes Of Dark Underarms

Top Causes of Dark Underarms

How many times have you been embarrassed by dark underarms? Know the causes and learn what you can do to finally say goodbye to dark underarms. Here are the most common causes:

Shaving. When you shave, you cut most of the hairs off at just below the surface of the skin.  This can give the appearance that your skin has a dark stain when it`s really just sub-surface hair.

Scratching. The hairs grow back after shaving, or plucking, or waxing. They can cause itchiness that results in “pleasurable” scratching. The constant friction from scratching can cause skin discoloration.

Skin cells build up. Dark spots can be the result of dead skin cells that are trapped in microscopic “hills and valleys” on your skin.

Antiperspirants. The aluminum salts and the fragrance ingredients in antiperspirants  could be reacting with skin to cause discoloration. Many claim that when they stop using their antiperspirant, the darkness goes away.

Overweight.  Fat people tend to have light-brown-to-black markings not only in their underarms, but also on the neck and in the groin. Friction is an obvious cause, but there is the more serious issue related to insulin production.

Pregnancy. A number of physical, chemical and physiological factors can induce your skin to produce excess melanin pigment during pregnancy. 
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What To Do: 
  1. Stop shaving, waxing, and plucking. Once the hairs start growing back, scratching can be a problem.  
  2. Go for the more permanent solution: laser hair removal (LHR). Prices of LHR have gone down tremendously. Check the very affordable packages offered by SkinStation, the leader in painless diode laser, the gold standard in laser hair removal.  
  3. Exfoliate and apply underarm whitening cream such as DERMAX NanoWhite UA cream with retinol to prevent formation of excess melanin.
  4. Use a deodorant like DERMAX deowhite natural deodorant instead of an antiperspirant. You may get wet in some adverse conditions, but that is probably less embarrassing than having perpetually dark armpits!
  5. If you have weight problem, go on diet and exercise, and monitor your insulin level.  ____________________________________________________________________________________________This column was published in the Manila Bulletin Lifestyle Section on March 13, 2012. The author is the CEO of SkinStation. He received the 2011 Outstanding Chemist Award from Professional Regulations Commission for his achievements in the field of cosmetic chemistry.  (Updated on April 24, 2013.)