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.

Huwebes, Pebrero 21, 2013

THE FAT BUSTERS


  

THE FAT BUSTERS

Non-invasive procedures to shape the waist and tone the thighs have gained ground in the past decade. New tools, techniques and technologies that break down fat cells are now available to either complement or potentially replace traditional liposuction.


What’s out there are briefly described below:

LipoLight. This treatment is easy, painless, and carefree. The noninvasive device uses 8 pads with LED light to "flatten" fat cells to reduce inches. Two to three sessions per week for a minimum of 4 weeks is recommended. The treatment targets the waist, thighs, and arms. 

UltraSlim. This body-contouring device uses low frequency ultrasound waves to break up and dissolve fat through ablation or fat-cell disruption. It stimulates the natural drainage of the lymphatic system resulting to a primary fat loss, body sculpting and improvement in cellulite appearance.

CryoLipo. This refers to a controlled cooling device for localized reduction of fat deposits. The cooling is set so that it causes cell death of subcutaneous fat tissue without damage to the overlying skin. The results are not rapid. Gradual reduction starts at about 6 to 8 weeks.

Thermage. This radiofrequency (RF) device, intended for body contouring and facial firming, uses high level of monopolar heating to penetrate tissue, with the intent of tightening existing collagen and stimulating new collagen growth. There maybe some redness and swelling after the procedure, which will go away in a few hours.

ThermaShape. This works by delivering controlled amount of radiofrequency (RF)  energy using both multipolar and monopolar handpieces. The procedure has less discomfort than Thermage, and achieves skin firming and tightening by encouraging collagen production. After the treatment, the fat cells shrink in size. The skin will be smoother, eliminating the dimpled effect.

There are two types of fat cells - Subcutaneous and Visceral. Subcutaneous fat is located directly above the skeletal muscle and below the skin. Its superficial placement makes it vulnerable to the fat busting procedures described above.

If you have high percentage of visceral fat (fat below the skeletal muscle), you are not an ideal candidate. You should make lifestyle changes simultaneous with the fat busting procedure. You should engage in exercise to keep yourself fit and try to actively reduce weight.

Overall, you can expect long-term effect in one key area: The fat cells that are removed or destroyed do not return, at least not in the area treated.

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This was published in the February 26, 2013 issue of Manila Bulletin, Lifestyle Section. The author , Fred C. Reyes, 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. He can be reached at fred.reyes@skinstation.ph. 

Sabado, Pebrero 9, 2013

IS THERE HOPE FOR OLD SCARS?


Is There Hope For Old Scars?
You have this patch of skin that grew over a cut when you were a child. As you become more conscious of how you look, the visible scar on your body is now a bothersome thought. Is there a way to remove this old scar?
A scar forms when your body heals itself. If the wound heals within two weeks, minimal collagen will be deposited and no scar will form. If the healing takes longer than 4 weeks, a scar will form. Semi-occlusive silicone ointments and sheets are used to speed up healing and prevent scar formation. Other factors are your age, sex, ethnicity, and your inherited tendency to scar.

How your scar looks depends on its location and how big and deep your wound is. Scars are often thicker, pinker, redder or shinier than the rest of your skin.
What we usually call a keloid is usually just hypertrophic scar, not yet in the magnitude of a keloid. This kind of scar does not breach the boundary of the wound. When the scar extends beyond the site of injury, it is medically termed a keloid. When the scar is indented or sunken, or has a pitted appearance, it is called atrophic. This type is often associated with acne, chickenpox, and other infections. Contracture scars are caused by burns, which cause the tightening of the skin. Serious burn scars are beyond the scope of this article.
What can we do with old scars? The truth is, the scars will not go away completely, but there are methods that can reduce their size and appearance.
1) Collagenesis involves repeated puncturing of skin with a microneedling device. The infusion of serum to even out discoloration, like collawhite serum, improves the effectiveness of the procedure.
2) Fractional Lasers, such as CO2 or Er:YAG offer the best result for atrophic and acne scars. Multiple sessions are usually required.
3) Dermalfillers using collagen or hyaluronic acid provide instant but temporary relief for pitted and sunken scars. Re-injection of filler is required every year or so. Artefill is permanent filler, but in inexperienced hands, this could cause permanent disfigurement.
4) Keloid Injection with corticorsteroid will flatten and soften hypertrophic and keloid scars. The steroid is injected into the scar itself, so there is minimal side effect. Repeat sessions may be needed.
5) Chemical Peels such as TCA can be used, with the depth of the peel controlled depending on the kind of scar being treated.
6) Scar Revision is a process of cutting the scar tissue out. After the excision, the new wound is usually closed up to heal, assisted by silicone sheeting to speed up healing and prevent new scars from forming.
Consultation with a doctor is the first step in determining the best scar treatment option for your specific case. Do not self-medicate, and do not waste your money on creams and potions claiming to erase scars completely.
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This was published in the February 12, 2013 issue of Manila Bulletin, Lifestyle Section. The author , Fred C. Reyes, 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. He can be reached at fred.reyes@skinstation.ph.