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In a culture that emphasizes youth, it is no wonder that cosmetics and other products that purport to help keep one's skin looking young and wrinkle-free are a huge business. Since outward signs of aging can begin to appear as early as one's 20's or 30's, the market for these types of products is huge, and the solutions offered are many. Recently, there have been some alternative and effective kinds of therapies and skin treatments that come not from the cosmetics industry, but from compounding pharmacies. And in fact, it turns out that these products may have distinct advantages to mass-produced, over the counter skin care products.

One of the main advantages of a compounding pharmacy is the ability to create a customized treatment for an individual. For example, if you like the effects of a certain over the counter treatment, but, it makes your skin feel a little bit uncomfortable or you have an adverse side effect like a rash, your dermatologist should be able to decipher which ingredient is causing the trouble. Because commercial cosmetic companies have to be concerned with the shelf life as well as appearance and texture of their products, preservatives or other types of stabilizers are often part of the formula used. Many allergic reactions are caused by these additives, rather than the active ingredients. Specialist pharmacies can create a prescription that is all natural and fresh, and in most cases does not have to use additives. Also, since pharmacies are regulated more stringently than cosmetic manufacturers, especially in regards to labeling, you can be assured that you are getting exactly what has been prescribed.

Some of the ingredients that our pharmacy uses that have been discovered to be useful when it comes to preventing signs of aging and skin maintenance include:

DMAE. Helps prevent the signs of aging and increase skin firmness

Retonoic Acid. A type of skin peel that removes dead skin cells to and helps to promote collagen production and new skin cell growth.

Biopeptides. Helps with collagen production and also lessens the appearance of existing wrinkles.

Co-Enzyme Q-10. This remarkable compound helps to protect the under-layer of the skin against effects of free radicals.

Hyaluronic Acid. Hydrates, repairs and plumps skin allowing it to appear smoother, even glowing. Also helps wounds heal more quickly and diminishes appearance of scars.

Alpha Lipoic Acid. an antioxidant; is both water and fat soluble so it can go to many areas of a cell.

Vitamin A. Useful for smoothing out dry skin, minimizing pore size as well as keeping pores clean, and helps reduce the appearance of fine wrinkle lines. Causes sun sensitivity ad not to be used if pregnant or nursing.

Vitamin B. Helps improve chemical effectiveness; found in products such as Cellex-C Hydra 5-B.

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid); used as an antioxidant in its L-ascorbic acid form, can have skin lightening effect n certain preparations, s important t keeping as well as rebuilding healthy collagen fibers.

Vitamin D. Regulates cell turn over; used in prescription derivatives to help control psoriasis (Dovonex).

Vitamin E. Tocopherol; antioxidant; helps prevent ultraviolet light damage to the skin, so is incorporated into a variety of cosmetic as well as sunscreen preparations. Helps to moisturize skin as it is oil soluble.

Benzoyl Peroxide. antibacterial agent kills p. acnes, the germ responsible for acne flares. Can be drying and/ or irritating. some reports of benzoyl peroxide skin allergies.

Beta Hydroxy Acid. (Salicyclic acid); medically used as an exfolliant and debriding agent. Cosmetically used in some chemical peels and to reduce oilines, acne and the appearance of fine lines.

Caffeine. Used to alleviate puffiness under eyes.

Camphor. A cooling agent used to help alleviate itching and irritation in many skin care and medicated products.

Glycolic Acid. an alpha hydroxy acid helpful for acne-prone skin, resolves dry skin conditions; used in chemical peels as well as to help reduce the appearance of pores and wrinkles; exfoliates excess flaking or crusty skin.

Hyaluronic Acid. lately referred to as a "cyclic acid"; can hold 1000 times its own weight in water. great hydrator as used in Cellex-C Hydra 5 B-Complex and Cellex-C Skin Hydration Complex. ; Also helps to draw in "active" ingredients deeper in the skin

Hydroquinone. Skin pigment lightening agent; a maximum of 2% may be obtained over the counter, higher concentrations available by prescriptions.

Kojic Acid. Skin lightener; touted as a bleaching agent for  ethnic skin.

Licorice Extract. Skin lightener; deemed as more potent than kojic acid or vitamin C for this function

While you cannot go directly to your neighborhood compounding pharmacy to pick up individually formulated cosmetics, you can check with your dermatologist and work with us to find  a prescription skin care regimen which  will work  for you.

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