What Are Emollients?

Emollients are commonly used ingredients in cosmetic products to help make your skin soft and smooth. They are usually lipids (fats), oils, silicones, or chemical additives such as propylene glycol. They may also be categorized as occlusive agents, humectants, or barrier repair ingredients. All the word “emollient” really tells you is that its function is … Continue reading

November 26, 2018 Eczema/Dry Skin

What Are Humectants?

Humectants are substances that have the ability to draw in moisture from their surrounding environment. Your skin naturally contains humectants such as hyaluronic acid, which is responsible for giving your complexion its plump, youthful appearance. For this same reason, hyaluronic acid is a popular ingredient in many dermal fillers used to plump your skin and … Continue reading

November 14, 2018 Skincare

Why Myristoyl/Palmitoyl Oxostearamide/Arachamide Mea—Also Known as MLE Technology—Is the Best Barrier Repair Ingredient

Our skin contains a built-in barrier system that serves two main purposes: 1) to hold in water and 2) to keep irritants, allergens, and other harmful particles out. Many different factors can affect the health and functionality of your skin’s barrier, including genetics, your Baumann Skin Type®, and the environment in which you live. If … Continue reading

October 30, 2018 Eczema/Dry Skin

The Bacteria That Causes Acne Has a New Name

You are probably used to seeing the term P. acnes in research studies and other articles that discuss acne-causing bacteria. P. acnes is short for Propionibacterium acnes, which, until recently, has been the scientific name for the specific type of bacteria that is known to cause acne. Now, you might also see this same bacteria’s … Continue reading

October 23, 2018 Acne

The 5 Layers of Your Skin

  Your skin is the largest organ of your body. It is comprised of three main layers: the epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis. The epidermis is the topmost layer of skin – the one you can see and feel on the surface. It contains four to five layers (depending on body location), each with an important … Continue reading

October 15, 2018 Skincare

Is There a Vaccine for Acne?

New data has shown us that there is more to the story about the acne-causing bacteria P. acnes than we thought. For years, we have known that P. acnes levels correlate with acne. The bacteria bind to the toll-like receptor 2 and cause an inflammatory response that leads to acne breakouts. Antibiotics have been used … Continue reading

October 1, 2018 Acne