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Plant Stem Cells in Skincare

By Arthur W. Perry, MD September 7, 2019 No comments

© 2019 Arthur W. Perry, MD, FACS

One of the newest trends in skincare is the use…or alleged use…of plant stem cells. There are many dozens of moisturizers, serums, perfumes, “firming” creams, masks, and other products that claim to use plant stem cells to improve appearance.

Plants produce a myriad of chemicals that allow exposure to ultraviolet light blasting sunshine for many hours without developing DNA damage.  Many of the chemicals are pigmented antioxidants – chemicals like: 

  • green sulforaphane, isocyanate, indoles, and chlorophyll in broccoli 
  • red lycopenes in raspberries
  • purple and blue anthocyanins in berries, 
  • orange and yellow beta cryptothanxin in carrots
  • brown flavonoids in mushrooms
  • white allicin in onions and garlic
  • orange carotenoids in tomatoes
  • and red phenolics in citrus, blue beta-cyan and red betalain in beets, and yellow beta-xanthin in Swiss chard.   

A healthy diet should include a wide variety of colored fruits and vegetables, giving us a wide variety of protective antioxidants.  The chemicals are made by cells in roots, stems and leaves and can be made in larger quantities by special stem cells, under the right conditions.  These cells allow plants adapt to stresses by producing extra protective chemicals.

There are many studies proving skin can look younger and more attractive after applying a variety of plant based antioxidants and substances like Vitamins A and C, niacinamide, and fruit acids.  But the million dollar question is whether plant stem cells be helpful to humans?  To function, they would first have to be alive. Think about how lettuce turns brown after just a few days.  So how could stem cells survive the process of being isolated from a plant and being squirt into bottles that sit on store shelves for months in the heat of summer? In fact, no product actually contains live plant stem cells.  Those that imply that on the label are exaggerating at best.  You might call this fraud, but I’ll try to keep the high road. Giving companies the benefit of the doubt, let’s say that they use “stem cell extract” - a mixture of all sorts of chemicals that plant stem cells might produce.  Like all of those pigmented antioxidants listed above and good things like vitamins A, C, and E.  

Products with genuine stem cell extracts use a wide variety of substances created by plants.  These chemicals might be useful and they might be useless – it depends on what they are, their concentration, a bunch of complicated chemical factors, and the time of the day that they are applied.  One thing is an absolute certainty:  they cannot be better than the individual chemical ingredients they contain.  And another thing is also certain: “stem cell extracts” have no known benefits that have been studied under rigorous scientific conditions.

So the bottom line? Stick to products with proven science or you will simply be throwing out your money.  

Fighting Evolution - why modern skin looks bad

By Arthur W. Perry, MD July 26, 2019 No comments

© 2019.  Back in the old days – no not 1990 – let’s go back about 10,000 years when homo sapiens(that’s you!) started acting…human.  Back then, we rarely bathed – water was something we drank.  We dipped into it to catch fish.  Our skin was covered with a slimy goo called “sebum”.  This natural moisturizer is really a wonderful creation – it repels water, keeping us from getting waterlogged.  Its pheromone containing smell attracts mates and repels people we might be genetically incompatible with. Its antioxidants protect skin from inflammation and sun damage.  And it even kills bacteria, repels insects, and makes you harder to grip when encountering a foe.

Fast forward to 2019 – when we do everything possible to destroy our sebum.  Heaven forbid we have oily skin.  Since the mid 20thcentury, we have tortured our skin with thousands of substances in cosmetics, skin cleaners, medications, and workplace chemicals that destroy our natural skin coating.  This contributes to acne, contact dermatitis, and the common syndrome of red, swollen, unhealthy skin.

When we fight nature, we create havoc.  But there are ways to deal with sebum and still look and smell clean.  I spend my professional life keeping my cosmetic surgery patients looking as good as possible.  So here’s the first tip for you -and it may be the hardest to do.  Start with a skin detox.  Many products are simply unnecessary and so many are frankly toxic.  Eliminate these products – toners, moisturizers (yes!), makeup removers, are on the top of my list.  And cut out as many other products as possible for a few weeks, especially Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) from soap and shampoo.  Sometimes that’s all it takes to look better.  

In upcoming blogs, I’ll be giving more tips to help you choose safe products and keep your skin looking as good as your prehistoric ancestor’s…minus the dirt… 

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How a bottlecap can keep you from getting skin cancer (and other fun facts about sunscreen)

By Arthur W. Perry, MD June 20, 2019 No comments


1) A dose of sunscreen is one full ounce. Use the bottlecap system. Fill half a bottlecap with sunscreen for your face, 1 cap for each arm, 2 caps for your legs, front and back. Do this and you’ll use the correct amount of sunscreen.

2) You don’t need to wear sunscreen if the UV Index is under 3. Sunscreen is NOT innocuous, and so you should use it only when the risk of sun damage is great.

3) The FDA considers zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to be the only safe sunscreens. What about the other 15? PABA and Trolamine are not safe and probably will be taken off the market. 1 is not marketed. The other 12 must submit data to the FDA proving they are safe.

4) SPF 15 blocks 93% of Ultraviolet B rays and lets the average person stay in sun for 5 hours without burning. SPF 30 blocks 97%, allowing you to stay in the sun for 10 hours. But seriously, who does that?

5) It takes the average person 4 minutes and 15 seconds to apply sunscreen. If you move faster, you’ll miss some areas…

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Integrity in skincare

By Arthur W Perry MD, FACS May 28, 2019 No comments
Like you, I listen to all of those skincare ads on radio and television. There's always something remarkable - this year it is charcoal and plant stem cells. That was after coffeberry, peptides, caffeine, collagen, and hyaluronic acid. And there's been a slew of other things that creative companies have put into their products trying hard to get you to purchase their products. They tell you that your wrinkles will look better in days or even hours. Despite the fact that your body is programmed to degrade collagen, their products can magically not only stop the aging process, but actually reverse it. It's Botox in a bottle, magic in a spray, and the fountain of youth in a tube. Most ingredients that rapidly improve wrinkles do so by causing inflammation (others just temporarily hide it - like makeup). Inflammation is bad for your skin and accelerates aging in the long run. In actuality, there are really only a few scientifically proven ingredients - ones that improve the appearance of your skin. And that short list includes retinoids (Vitamin A), L-ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), alpha hydroxy acids like lactic and glycolic acid, niacinamide (Vitamin B3) and Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5). Other than these, there is scant evidence that even the expensive things like peptides actually do anything for intact skin (yes, they can help cells in test tubes and even wounds - but intact skin keeps them out of your body). So why do companies put these things in your skincare and tout their magical properties? Your guess is as good as mine... I know that if I put a "special" ingredient in my skincare - charcoal for instance - I would sell much more than I do now. But I will never sell out for the purpose of boosting sales. Call me old fashioned, but I have been a physician for 38 years and I spent 10 of those as a government regulator as a member of the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners. I've trained or been on the faculty of 5 of the top 10 medical schools in the US. When you purchase my products, you're purchasing integrity and honesty and products that really work.
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The FDA just did something remarkable with sunscreens

By Arthur W. Perry MD February 25, 2019 No comments

The FDA just did something remarkable with sunscreens

© 2019 Arthur W. Perry, MD

Last week, the FDA said that the only two sunscreen ingredients that are safe and effective are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.  That’s absolutely remarkable.  But not to me.  I’ve been saying that for years and even went on the Dr. Oz television showstating this.  And every sunscreen I’ve ever designed, including my Dr. Perry’s DayThyme SPF20 and my upcoming Dr. Perry’s SunThyme SPF30, include only the safest zinc oxide. 

The FDA’s new rule proposes to ban PABA and trolamine salicylate, two of the most dangerous sunscreen ingredients.  That leaves 12 so-called “chemical” sunscreens on the market, although right now the FDA does not consider them to be generally recognized as safe and effective.  So, if the FDA is not convinced they’re safe, why would you?

The FDA also will require all SPF 15 or higher sunscreens to be effective against UVB (which the SPF measures) and UVA (which has nothing to do with the measured SPF).  That’s good for consumers, because the average person really should not need a chemistry degree in order to be able to use safe sunscreen.

You may wonder why companies want to make sunscreens with unsafe ingredients.  Two reasons – they are cheap and the chemicals are easy to work with.  And while I don’t generally like government intervention in our lives, this is where it is necessary.  If you are happy with the short story, stop reading here…. But if you want to know why I, as a plastic surgeon and biologist consider sunscreens with chemical ingredients unsafe, keep reading…(In the spirit of scientific accuracy, I've even included some scientific references for you...)

The FDA is worried about chemical sunscreens with an unproven safety record. The scariest thing is their potential to cause cancer.  Benzophenones may cause ovarian and breast cancer, leukemia and other cancers. [1][2][3][4] [5][6].  PABA and Padimate-O are also suspected carcinogens [7][8][9][10].   Ensulizole damages DNA and might also be a carcinogen.[11]  Benzophenone and oxtinoxate are considered very risky substances.[12]   

Most sunscreens are endocrine disruptors

Nine of the 15 chemical sunscreens are considered endocrine disruptors- chemicals that interfere with the normal function of hormones[13].  Endocrine disruptors that interfere with estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, thyroid, and steroids contribute to cancer, diabetes, obesity, and infertility. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals have likely been the cause of increases in breast, prostate, and testicular cancer, diabetes, obesity, and decreased fertility over the last 50 years.  These chemicals are not proven to cause cancer but there is a higher risk of hormone related cancer in industrialized countries.  People who come from countries with lower cancer rates have a higher rate when they move to the United States.

In Great Britain, from 1978 to 2007, cancer increased by 32% in women. Breast cancer increased 57% in that time period.  In the US, childhood cancers increased almost 1% per year from 1975 to 2002. Many scientists believe this increase in cancer is due to bathing our bodies in toxic endocrine disruptors.

The 2009 Endocrine Society Scientific statement entails considerable evidence indicating that endocrine disruptors contribute to the risk of breast cancer, prostate cancer and testicular cancer[14].  These cancers may well be due to endocrine disruptors, particular estrogen like substances.  

Endocrine disruptors are worse for developing children, hurting development of their brains and reproductive organs.  That’s why pregnant women, breast feeding women, and growing children should avoid them.  Endocrine disruptors interfere with intrauterine growth in boys and girls and hypospadias and cryptorchidism in boys, small testicles.  In girls, they cause premature puberty, polycystic ovary syndrome, and abnormal periods.  In adults, low sperm counts, testicular cancer, prostate growth and in girls, vaginal cancer, breast cancer, ovulation disorders, uterine fibroids, and difficult breastfeeding.  

Exposure to estrogens throughout a woman’s life, including the period of intrauterine development, is a risk factor for the development of breast cancer.  Benzophenones specifically have estrogen effects. [15][16]  The increased incidence of breast cancer noted during the last 50 years may be because of women’s exposure to estrogen-mimicking chemicals that have been released into the environment.

Octylmethoxycinnamateshas hormonal effects and interferes with fat and thyroid metabolism. [17][18]  This very common sunscreen causes many different types of hormonal problems in pregnant animals.[19]   Octyl methoxycinnamate and avobenzoneare actually toxic to cells [20]and many sunscreens cause allergic reactions when exposed to the sun.[21]  Octyl methoxycinnamate, oxybenzone, homosalate, octyl salicylate, padimate-o, andsulisobenzoneincrease penetration of toxic herbicidesthrough skin.[22]   And most sunscreens increase the penetration of pesticides.[23] A large number of animal and laboratory studies have shown numerous adverse effects including developmental and reproductive effects of UV-filters present in sunscreens and cosmetics. 

So here’s the bottom line.  Because chemical sunscreens get into the body, blood, and tissues and are not considered absolutely safe, I believe thatchemical sunscreens shouldn’t be used in children or pregnant or breastfeeding women.[24]Read labels and avoid sunscreens that list any active ingredients other than zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.   And remember, you are safe with my DayThyme SPF20 skin protector...


[1]Nakajima D,Asada S,Kageyama S,Yamamoto T,Kuramochi H,Tanaka N,Takeda K,Goto S.  J UOEH.2006.  Activity related to the carcinogenicity of plastic additives in the benzophenone group. Jun 1;28(2):143-56.

[2]Schlecht C,Klammer H,Wuttke W,Jarry H.  Arch Toxicol.  2006. A dose-response study on the estrogenic activity of benzophenone-2 on various endpoints in the serum, pituitary and uterus of female rats.  Oct;80(10):656-61. Epub 2006 Apr 4.

[3]  Rhodes MC,Bucher JR,Peckham JC,Kissling GE,Hejtmancik MR,Chhabra RS. 2007. Carcinogenesis studies of benzophenone in rats and mice.  Food Chem Toxicol.May;45(5):843-51. Epub 2006 Nov 15.

[4]Acc Chem Res.2012 Sep 18;45(9):1558-70. Epub 2012 Jun 14.  Benzophenone photosensitized DNA damage.  Cuquerella MCLhiaubet-Vallet VCadet JMiranda MA.

[5]Toxicology.2013 Mar 8;305:41-8. doi: 10.1016/j.tox.2012.12.021.  Epub 2013 Jan 14.  Benzophenone-1 stimulated the growth of BG-1 ovarian cancer cells by cell cycle regulation via an estrogen receptor alpha-mediated signaling pathway in cellular and xenograft mouse models.  Park MAHwang KALee HRYi BRJeung EBChoi KC.

[6]PLoS One.2013 Apr 4;8(4):e60567. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0060567. Print 2013.  Estrogenic Potency of Benzophenone UV Filters in Breast Cancer Cells: Proliferative and Transcriptional Activity Substantiated by Docking Analysis.  Kerdivel GLe Guevel RHabauzit DBrion FAit-Aissa SPakdel F.

[7]Gasparro FP, Mitchnick M, Nash JF. A review of sunscreen safety and efficacy. Photochem Photobiol 1998; 68: 243–256

[8]Toxicol Sci.2005 Jul;86(1):61-7. Epub 2005 Apr 20. Promotion of thyroid carcinogenesis by para-aminobenzoic acid in rats initiated with N-bis(2-hydroxypropyl)nitrosamine.  Hasumura MImai TTakizawa TUeda MOnose JHirose M.

 [9]FEBS Lett.1993 Jun 21;324(3):309-13.  Sunlight-induced mutagenicity of a common sunscreen ingredient.  Knowland JMcKenzie EAMcHugh PJCridland NA.

 [10]Photochem Photobiol.1997 Aug;66(2):276-81. Characterization of DNA damage inflicted by free radicals from a mutagenic sunscreen ingredient and its location using an in vitro genetic reversion assay.  McHugh PJKnowland J.

 [11]Photochem Photobiol.2002 Feb;75(2):107-16.  Photophysical and photochemical studies of 2-phenylbenzimidazole and UVB sunscreen 2-phenylbenzimidazole-5-sulfonic acid.  Inbaraj JJBilski PChignell CF.

[12]Int J Androl.2012 Jun;35(3):424-36. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2605.2012.01280.x.  Sunscreens: are they beneficial for health? An overview of endocrine disrupting properties of UV-filters.  Krause MKlit ABlomberg Jensen MSøeborg TFrederiksen HSchlumpf MLichtensteiger WSkakkebaek NEDrzewiecki KT.

[13]J Environ Public Health.2012;2012:713696. Epub 2012 Sep 6.  Endocrine-disrupting chemicals: associated disorders and mechanisms of action.  De Coster Svan Larebeke N.

[14]E. Diamanti-Kandarakis, J. P. Bourguignon, L. C. Giudice et al., “Endocrine-disrupting chemicals: an Endocrine Society scientific statement,” Endocrine Reviews, vol. 30, no. 4, pp.293–342, 200

[16]Koda T,Umezu T,Kamata R,Morohoshi K,Ohta T,Morita M. 2005.  Uterotrophic effects of benzophenone derivatives and a p-hydroxybenzoate used in ultraviolet screens.  Environ Res.  May;98(1):40-5 

[17]Seidlova-Wuttke DChristoffel J,Rimoldi G,Jarry H,Wuttke W. 2006.  Comparison of effects of estradiol with those of octylmethoxycinnamate and 4-methylbenzylidene camphor on fat tissue, lipids and pituitary hormones.  Toxicol Appl Pharmacol.Jul 1;214(1):1-7. Epub 2005 Dec 20.

[18]Effects of pre- and postnatal exposure to the UV-filter octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC) on the reproductive, auditory and neurological development of rat offspring.  Axelstad MBoberg JHougaard KSChristiansen SJacobsen PRMandrup KRNellemann CLund SPHass U.

[19] Toxicology.2004 Dec 1;205(1-2):113-22.  Endocrine activity and developmental toxicity of cosmetic UV filters--an update.Schlumpf M,Schmid P,Durrer S,Conscience M,Maerkel K,Henseler M,Gruetter M,Herzog I,Reolon S,Ceccatelli R,Faass O,Stutz E,Jarry H,Wuttke W,Lichtensteiger W.

[20]S.T. Butt and T. Christensen. 2000  Toxicity and Phototoxicity of Chemical Sun Filters Radiation Protection Dosimetry91:283-286.  Oxford University Press

[21]Skin Pharmacol Physiol.2005 Nov-Dec;18(6):253-62. Epub 2005 Aug 19. Sunscreens - which and what for?  Maier T,Korting HC

[22]Toxicol Appl Pharmacol.2004 Mar 15;195(3):348-54.  Active ingredients in sunscreens act as topical penetration enhancers for the herbicide 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid. Pont AR,Charron AR,Brand RM.

[23]Toxicol Ind Health.2003 Feb;19(1):9-16.  Sunscreens containing physical UV blockers can increase transdermal absorption of pesticides.  Brand RM,Pike J,Wilson RM,Charron AR

[24]  Krause MKlit ABlomberg Jensen MSøeborg TFrederiksen HSchlumpf MLichtensteiger WSkakkebaek NEDrzewiecki KT.  Int J Androl.2012 Jun;35(3):424-36. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2605.2012.01280.x.  Sunscreens: are they beneficial for health? An overview of endocrine disrupting properties of UV-filters.

Fraud in Sunscreens

By Arthur W. Perry MD July 6, 2018 No comments
Did you know that so much of the sunscreen industry operates dishonestly? It's because of the prolific use of what are called SPF boosters. Never heard of them? Most people haven't. So here's a primer on why mineral sunscreens are the best sunscreen ingredients but you might not be getting pure minerals even if the label says so... Zinc oxide is the best sunscreen agent because it does not get absorbed into the body and it does not get “used up” by the sun. But there is a pretty strict relationship between the SPF achieved per % of zinc oxide in the cream: Every 1% increases the SPF by between 1.5 - 2.5, depending on the exact preparation. The elegant forms of zinc oxide (micronized = small particles, nano = very small particles) are much more expensive than the chemical sunscreens and most of them are patented. Elegant mineral sunscreens (ones that disappear on the skin and do not feel tacky) are 10 times costlier than chemical sunscreen ingredients. Most companies that advertise “mineral sunscreens” include a mix of cheaper chemical sunscreen agents. But, chemical sunscreens are almost all endocrine disruptors and, by definition, must be absorbed into the body to function (that is why they have to be applied 20 minutes before going into the sun). They hang around the body for 48 hours after application. No other drug, other than antacids, is consumed in such high amounts. And chemical sunscreens are topical drugs that are not processed by the liver before traveling to every organ in the body. The other game played by sunscreen companies is the use of “booster” chemicals. Boosters indeed block or absorb ultraviolet light, but they are not approved by the FDA for this purpose and therefore can not be listed on the label as a sunscreen agent. The FDA has a very short list of ingredients that can not be included in skincare preparations, and boosters are not on that list. That allows their use as simply “inactive ingredients”. Companies use this to their advantage, because they can achieve higher SPF values with just “mineral” sunscreens, and can legally claim to be “100% mineral” even though their SPF is largely achieved through the use of chemical boosters. Some commonly available mineral sunscreens advertise their SPF of 60 but list less than 10% mineral sunscreens on the label. This is physically impossible without the use of boosters, because the level of minerals in the sunscreens can only generate an SPF in the low 20s. Dr. Perry's DayThyme SPF 20 sunscreen and our soon to be released SPF 30 SunThymeTM suncreen will be honest as to the ingredients, effective, and aesthetically elegant.

It's the results that count

By Arthur W. Perry, MD August 12, 2017 No comments
So many skin care products make absolutely ridiculous claims. They claim that their products can rejuvenate your skin in just hours. Or they claim to cure certain disease conditions of the skin. When I look at the ingredients, I know that this is just plain fraud. But how do you know? It's so tough, and the FDA tolerates these lies... Why? I suppose they have their plates full with regulating medical devices and the entire food and drug supply of the United States. So when it comes to ridiculous claims for plant stem cells (don't work) and hexapeptides (can't work), I guess they just figure that no one is being injured and so they don't waste their resources pursuing them. My patients and my customers know that I tell it like it is. And I create products that are honest. With real ingredients that are scientifically proven to work. On this website, I'll be posting photographs of women who have used my products and I'll show you their real results. Here's the first woman. She's 64 years old and has used my Basic Regimen (NightThyme, DayThyme, and CleanThyme) for 6 months. Most of the women in my study had similar results. Her photo on the top is before she started the program and the bottom photo is after 6 months.

Don't Shake the NightThyme!

By Arthur W. Perry, MD June 3, 2017 No comments
Some people want to shake their products. I'm not sure why, but I'm going to ask you NOT to shake your bottle of NightThyme. First of all, it's simply not necessary. NightThyme has been perfectly formulated as a beautiful serum. There's nothing floating around in there that you have to mix up. There's nothing that will settle down to the bottom of the bottle... But here's why I don't want you to shake the bottle (sounds a little like the old "don't squeeze the Charmin" commercial....). I received my patent on the unique way I preserve the Vitamin C in NightThyme. I bottle NightThyme under a little pressure, And as the Vitamin C in the NightThyme ages (oxidizes), it generates a little carbon dioxide. So that little bottle of NightThyme is sort of like a can of soda. And you know what happens if you shake a can of out as it spews across the kitchen. The same thing will happen to NightThyme. So here's how I open my NightThyme. First, I refrigerate it to cool it down. Then I certainly don't shake it. Then I unscrew the cap slowly to release a little gas. You should hear a little "shvip" as it unscrews. And that's it. Keep it from getting too warm during the month that you use it. Room temperature is just fine, but don't let it sit in the sunroom. If you're stocking up, keep the extra bottles in the refrigerator. As for color - NightThyme starts out with a tiny tinge of beige. After about 6 months, there is a vague yellow color. After about a year, the color should be yellow. After 2 years, it will be darker yellow. After about 3 years, it will be light brown. It is still usable and will still have enough vitamin C with this color. When the product turns dark brown, it's thyme to toss it out.
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The truth about "Organic" Skincare

By Arthur W. Perry, MD October 20, 2016 1 comments

“Organic” may be the most bastardized word in the English language.

The strict definition of “organic” chemicals are chemicals that are carbon based. Somewhere along the line, the term became associated with edible products that did not contain toxins such as pesticides, herbicides, or antibiotics. While the definition was not particularly good, the concept was a welcome one. And over the last two decades the “organic food” industry has been steadily growing.

In the last few years, the "organic" concept has become even more bastardized, with the introduction of “organic skincare”. Real chemists cringe when products containing substances like inorganic zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, talc, and iron oxide are described as “organic”.   We are entering a whole new world of obfuscation…. The FDA does not even have a legal definition for “organic” and so if a company calls their products “organic”, they must follow the US Dept. of Agriculture definition. This is particularly bizarre since inorganic minerals are not agricultural products.

But let’s go a step further and consider why a skincare product should even consider being “organic”. The concept comes from a desire for healthy, wholesome products, made with healthy ingredients. This is a reasonable goal, but consider a skincare product made from organically grown poison ivy. Legally it could be labeled “organic”, but you don’t need to be a physician to know that this is not something you would want on your body. It turns out that essential oils, which make up so many wonderful fragrances, may be organic but also may cause allergic reactions called “contact dermatitis”. In fact, 14% of the population are allergic to one essential oil or another. Synthetic fragrances, certainly not called “organic” but indeed may be created with organic chemicals (in the strictest sense of the word), are often less likely to cause allergies than the “natural” ones.

And that brings us to the definition and benefits of “natural” substances in skincare. Plutonium and cadmium are natural, but you sure would not want those chemicals near your body. On the other hand, phenoxyethanol is a synthetic preservative that is particularly nontoxic and helps keeps your products safe and fresh. But organic or natural? No. So we must all be skeptical of the cosmetics and skin care that describe themselves as “organic” or “natural”.

The truth is that a well formulated product that is carefully evaluated for toxicity and efficacy is what should be created... For my products, I try and keep as short an ingredient list as possible because I know that each and every ingredient, whether “natural”, “synthetic”, or “organic” has the potential to cause toxicity or allergy. I choose my ingredients for for their scientifically proven efficacy and I scour the toxicology database to eliminate anything that can potentially cause problems. That is not as easy as it may seem, because safe and effective ingredients, such as vitamin C, can cause a terrible corneal injury if splashed in the eye. And because of that concept, simple table salt or vitamins are often considered “mildly toxic”.

Skincare is not as simple as it seems, and that is the precise reason I, as a plastic surgeon and biologist, have enjoyed creating safe and effective products for you.

It's sunscreen season

By Arthur Perry MD July 18, 2016 No comments

It's the middle of summer. The time when the sun is at its most intense. And that means you need to protect your skin - no matter what color it is. Sunshine contains visible light and invislble ultraviolet light (UV). You know that visible light contains all of the colors of the rainbow, but you may not know that UV light also contains a rainbow of colors. But you can't see the colors of UV light (did you know that some animals can?). The two main "colors" of UV light are called "A" and "B" (those scientists know how to name them, don't they?). The SPF designation deals with UVB. If your sunscreen covers UVA, it is called "broad spectrum". Sounds simple...but it isn't. In fact, there are many "colors" within UVA (85 to be exact), and to earn the "broad spectrum" designation by the FDA, a product only has to block exactly 1 of the 85 colors of UVA. Most broad spectrum sunscreens only block a few of the UVA colors. And that's the problem. So what's the solution? Zinc oxide - it blocks ALL of the UVA and UVB colors. It's a complete sunscreen. And now you know one of the reasons I use zinc oxide in my DayThyme product. (For the other reasons, check out my blog on the Dr. Oz website