Thursday, June 18, 2015


Why you shouldn't trust home remedies for skin care?

I know you'll find thousands of skin care recipes online that promote home remedies for skin care. However very few of them are effective and most of them are not beneficial for your skin.

In order to recommend a treatment or procedure, it is important to understand how it works before to attempting the product.

Usually home remedies are done with materials that we have at home, either chemicals or natural products. Before you decide to start you need to know that every material is made of molecules, and that they have a molecular size and a chemical content.

Our skin is the largest organ of our body and it is really absorbent but not everything can penetrate the skin, depending on its molecular size and its consistency.

A good example can be "homemade" Vitamin C cream, some people promote that you can formulate your own vitamin C cream at your home and yes you can, but it would be useless for skin care. The main reason is because the molecular size is too large to penetrate the epidermis. You will have a cream that will remain on the top of the skin and may irritate it, causing more damage.

While in a specialized laboratory, the formula would be designed with appropriate molecular size to penetrate the skin to a certain level in order to get effective results.


Another example can be "peptides", they are only a portion of one amino acid and the amino acid is a portion of a protein (collagen). In order to penetrate and have a positive effect on the skin, not only the molecular size is important but also the percentage. Molecules should be very small to be delivered in to the dermis, as well as combined with a molecule of H2O to penetrate in perfect form, otherwise they will stay on the top of the skin and it will result in blocking pores, causing acne.

I don't want to forget to mention that the content of your formulas is even more important. If for some reason your formula has artificial color or perfumes, then you are introducing toxins in your body that unfortunately may be very difficult to excrete. Your body doesn't need those toxic chemicals at all, they cause lot of damage within the cells, like DNA damage.

As a doctor, I love science and that is why I do enjoy studying and analyzing chemistry in our body. Understanding the physiology of our body it is crucial for every human being. I felt that writing about this subject it would be very informative for the consumer, so they may understand why the source and content of your skin care products are so important.


Saturday, March 21, 2015


Carrot is one of the most healing foods that provides the finest and highest quality in nutrients, especially from its juice. It is an excellent source of pro-vitamin A, vitamins C, D, E, K, B1 and B6.

It is rich with biotin, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, organic sodium and some trace minerals. It is the antioxidant beta-carotene that gives carrots their bright orange color. Beta-carotene is absorbed in the intestine and converted into vitamin A during digestion.

The high quality vitamin A & C and other rich nutrients in carrot juice efficiently nourish the skin, preventing dry skin, psoriasis and other skin blemishes. We recommend only one carrot juice a week to our patients. Overconsumption of carotene may cause a slight orange tinge in skin color but is not harmful to health.

The known phytonutrients in carrots are lutein, lycopene, anti-oxidants alpha, beta and gamma carotenes, zeaxanthin and xanthophyll may also help with blood sugar regulation, delay the effects of aging, and improve immune function.

Beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin are some of the finest nourishment that help keep the optic system in tip-top condition, with special protection against astigmatism, macular degeneration and cataracts.

Other Possible health benefits of carrots:
Cancer: A variety of dietary carotenoids have been shown to have anti-cancer effects due to their antioxidant power in reducing free radicals in the body. Lung Cancer: One study found that current smokers who did not consume carrots had three times the risk of developing lung cancer compared with those who ate carrots more than once a week. Colorectal Cancer: Beta-carotene consumption has been shown to have an inverse association with the development of colon cancer in the Japanese population.3
Leukemia: Carrot juice extract was shown to kill leukemia cells and inhibit their progression in a 2011 study. Prostate Cancer: Among younger men, diets rich in beta-carotene may play a protective role against prostate cancer, according to a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health's Department of Nutrition.5
Vision: According to Duke ophthalmologist Jill Koury, MD, vitamin A deficiency causes the outer segments of the eye's photoreceptors to deteriorate, damaging normal vision. Correcting vitamin A deficiencies with foods high in beta-carotene will restore vision.

  1. "Carrots, green vegetables and lung cancer: a case-control study." Pisani P, Berrino F, Macaluso M, Pastorino U, Crosignani P, Baldasseroni A. Int J Epidemiol. 1986 Dec;15(4):463-8. Abstract. Accessed 13 December 2013.
  2. "Inverse associations between serum concentrations of zeaxanthin and other carotenoids and colorectal neoplasm in Japanese." Okuyama Y, Ozasa K, Oki K, Nishino H, Fujimoto S, Watanabe Y. Int J Clin Oncol. 5 Feb 2013. Abstract. Accessed 13 December 2013.
  3. "Bioactive chemicals from carrot (Daucus carota) juice extracts for the treatment of leukemia." Zaini R, Clench MR, Le Maitre CL. J Med Food. doi: 10.1089/jmf.2010.0284. 2011 Nov;14(11):1303-12. Abstract. Accessed 13 December 2013.
  4. "Plasma and dietary carotenoids, and the risk of prostate cancer: a nested case-control study." Wu K, Erdman JW Jr, Schwartz SJ, Platz EA, Leitzmann M, Clinton SK, DeGroff V, Willett WC, Giovannucci. E. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2004 Feb;13(2):260-9.Abstract. Accessed 13 December 2013.
  5. "Myth or Fact: Eating Carrots Improves Eyesight" Accessed 13 December 2013.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

What IS A PEPTIDE and what it does to help your skin ?

What is a PEPTIDE & what it does to help your skin?
Peptides are chains of amino acids that help to form proteins (like blocks to develop tissue). One of the most important proteins for healthy skin is COLLAGEN, then peptides can help significantly to increase collagen and elastin production.
Some of the best peptides for skincare are Palmitoyl pentapeptide-3 trademark Matrixyl3000 one of the powerful peptide molecules found in the latest generation of high-end wrinkle products. The active ingredient in M3000 is also called Micro-collagen as found in our MATRIX SKIN REPAIR serum. Also the most recently discovered "neuropeptide" hexapeptide-8 or argireline as found in our ARGIRELINE 20% FORMULA - Intensive smoothening serum.
Collagen makes up 75% of the skin, is crucial for the appearance of youthfulness; this naturally-occurring substance makes the skin strong, plump and smooth. Our body's production is significantly decreased as we age. That is why we need to help our body with amino acids intake and application. Most peptides function as agents that have theoretical cell-communicating ability to help skin repair itself.

There are multiple peptides available in the skin care market, but consumers need to know that concentration and purity are very important factors in the effectiveness of the substance.
Unfortunately, many prestigious companies use very good peptides but with very limited concentration and high content of preservatives. They are big producers and they need to use preservatives to protect their products from spoiling. On the other hand, prices are significantly elevated to cover all the advertisement and distribution expenses but price not always reflects the quality or concentrations of the substance.
The consumers must learn to read the ingredients and content of the products they apply to their skin just like the food we ingest.
For skin care, we highly recommend serums because their great absorption capacity. For best results never apply combined substances since the molecules will fight for channel penetration. In other words, skin care products that promote multiple substances content to solve multiple skin problems might fail in their effectiveness. Peptides must be applied on skin before the moisturizers to ensure appropriate penetration.
Peptides can be great anti-aging ingredients for skin care but they're not the only ones you need to make your skin appear as young and healthy as you'd like. There are other amazing ingredients that are important for every individual case. Healthy diet and exercise combined with a good quality of skin care products plus daily sun protection, all are crucial elements for a healthy appearance of your skin.
 In OJARI we will assess the needs of your skin with the minimum purchase of products. Just call to set up an appointment.
To buy or for more information about our skin care line of products you can visit or call 805-563-0450
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Monday, November 3, 2014

Diamond Micro-dermabration.


Give your skin the natural beauty and clarity of diamonds
With the help of Diamonds!
(Professional / Medical grade - Skin resurfacing treatment)
Microdermabration or skin resurfacing is a technique for removing the topmost layer of the skin leaving it supple and vibrant. In our center we have the DiamondTome Wand system that is crystal-free and gently removes this layer of skin by exfoliating with natural diamond chops, while at the same time is vacuuming the dead skin cells away in a sterile and controlled manner. Removing this outer layer of dead skin cells leaves a smother texture and promotes the growth of healthy new skin cells.
Resurfacing using a DiamondTome Wand is similar to any other microdermabration and chemical peels in its results but without the adverse effects of chemicals or loose particles, irritation and skin reaction.
This treatment is a wonderful alternative to laser or chemical peels because it is non-invasive, non-surgical and requires no down time after treatment. Normal activities may be resumed immediately. Your skin will have a radiant glow; most of the patients experience softer, smoother and cleaner skin after the first treatment.
Treatment series vary from five to ten sessions depending on the condition being treated and the type of skin. It is recommended for:

  • Sun Damage
  • Age spots
  • Reduction of minor early aging fine lines
  • Blending of cosmetic surgery or laser treatments
  • Reduction of acne scarring
  • Extraction of blackheads and whiteheads
  • Minor scar revision
  • Hyper-pigmentation reduction
  • Oily skin
  • Rejuvenation and skin health


Common concerns:

How much discomfort will I experience?

The treatments are painless yet effective.

How many sessions do I need for acne scars?

We recommend a series of 6 to 10 treatments to achieve your objective, same for wrinkles & hyperpigmentation problems. Every case should be evaluated individually. 
How will I look after the treatment?

Your skin will look slightly flushed immediately after the treatment but you should return to normal in 10-30 minutes. Your skin will look and feel smoother even after the first treatment and will continue to improve with additional treatments.


For more information or for an appointment please contact us @
221 West Pueblo St. Suite B, Santa Barbara, CA. 93105
PH (805)563-0450 or e-mail:

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for the surgery patients.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOt)

Pre & post Surgery Support Program

Mind and body approach               
The use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy before and after surgery can reduce healing time up to 50 %   Hyperbaric oxygen is the only treatment that allows a high percentage of oxygen molecules to penetrate in severely injured cells.
Multiple studies have been published testifying the remarkable healing of wounds with hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOt). The most important effects of hyperbaric oxygen for the post-surgery patients are:
* Increased Collagen formation & fibroblast proliferation which are critical in any wound healing and rejuvenation process.
*Accelerated Revascularization of ischemic tissues, optimizing cellular level of oxygen and nerve function.  Crucial aspect to prevent complications during any injury or surgery, therefore;  improves post-surgery nerve repair
*Stimulation of leukocyte for microbial control.

hyperbaric oxygen therapy can reduce healing time.

There is scientific evidence   that suggests that pre-surgery stress alters the functioning of the body’s endocrine and immune systems. These changes affect the release of important chemicals in the brain, which in turn may affect wound healing and other post- surgery processes.
When oxygen is under pressure, it acts like a drug and has drug-like effects on the DNA & other components of each cell, bringing about permanent change in the cell and surrounding tissue. Over the decades of experimentation with HBOT it has been discovered that its secret of success is its cumulative effect, meaning that after a series of at least 25 treatments, the body’s tissues have been permanently changed.
Steps can be taken to help prepare a person for a surgery and reduce post-surgery complications, while promoting a quick recovery.
Multiple factors will determine how quickly you will recover from surgery or any injury. (Age, Health, Chronic conditions, smoking history, poor blood circulation, poor immunity, etc.)
HBOt can have a profound impact on recovery factors, removing the barriers to healing and helping to prevent complications, reducing the severity of conditions that develop over the time.
“Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a wonderful tool in a comprehensive wound healing program.”
Our Surgery Program includes:
before surgery. (highly recommended, it helps the body for immediate injury response )
  • 1 (90 min)   hyperbaric oxygen treatment  
after surgery.
  • 4 or 5 (90 min) hyperbaric oxygen sessions.  ( Surgeons will evaluate each case individually )
 “The patients that have received hyperbaric oxygen therapy report:  less pain, less bruising, less swelling, less scars and less down time.”

HBO t is highly recommended after:      
* Plastic surgery.
*Liposuctiontummy tuck
*Laser peels & micro-dermabration
*Fat & hair transplants
*Chemical peelings
*Skin fillers
*Anti-aging / stem cells stimulation.
* Former smokers will have better healing
HBOt  is frequently used for :
*Diabetic foot /ulcers.
*Burns & Skin grafts.
*Fractures & Sport injuries.
*Skin damage from Radiation exposure.
*Brain injury / Stroke.
*Toxic - Chemical exposure
* & other multiple indications

Hyperbaric Medical Center

221 West Pueblo St. # B    Santa Barbara, CA. 93105   (805) 563.0450
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Monday, March 24, 2014


Did you know that The number of Patients suffering of Attention Deficit disorder ADD & Hyperactivity ADHD are more frequent than we think?

Kids forgetting homework, day dreaming at class, misbehaving at all places, adults having a hard time following simple instructions, or getting in trouble for making inappropriate comments at inappropriate times, with hyperactivity problems, all those are also signs of attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), which can affect the patient’s ability to learn and get along with others. A disorder that without professional management will affect radically the patients life and their family.

Don't you think that diagnosing ADD - ADHD correctly would be fundamental before to take any medication? Why not to test the patients before any prescription?

Don't you want to know if your child really have ADHD?
Can an adult have ADD?
As a clinician, do you want to find a better way to measure attention than only rating some one's behaviors? Something that's objective?

Have you heard about the TOVA test? or  Test of Variables of Attention (T.O.V.A.®)
If you or somebody you know are dealing with similar problems, you should know about the TOVA test.  Is an objective, neurophysiological measure of attention, not a subjective rating of behavior. It is a 21.6 minute long, very simple "computer game" that measures your responses to either visual or auditory stimuli.

The Test of Variables of Attention (T.O.V.A.®) is a computerized test of attention that assists in the screening, diagnosis, and treatment monitoring of attention disorders, like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It is used at all the states of USA and now can be found at some other international countries.

The cost of the test ranges between $115 to $170, you can inquire about it to you physician or to an expert in the field.

Plus, TOVA test can be repeated to evaluate how the patients are responding to the treatment, since every case is different, with the help of the test Doctors & Parents can monitor the progress of the patient.

A big problem is that many patients are undiagnosed & many others are just getting pills because their doctor thinks that it may be ADD and think that medication is the only solution they can offer, the fact is that it is very important to find out if the patients are appropriately diagnosed, because often they are prescribed with some medications that might have serious secondary effects.

If you want to take the test & know more about the test? feel free to contact our office @ Santa Barbara CA. for 805-563-0450

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Natural & Professional Strength Products
 Reverse skin aging with a chemical-free system

1.- MATRIX SKIN REPAIR - M3000 One of the best quality peptides in the market (compare with Dr. Perricone’s & La Mer peptides) $35.00 1fl oz.

Matrixyl is associated with increase in elastin fiber density and thickness and improved regularity of collagen IV, critical for smooth & supple skin. Matrixyl reduces surface wrinkles, improves skin firmness. A clinical study showed a 68% reduction of deep surface wrinkles in 60 days. This product is also great for wound healing.
·         Reduces deep wrinkles by 68%
·         Stimulates the “matrix” (the lower layers in the skin) to heal and regenerate.
·         Increases overall collagen I synthesis by up to 117% and a 357% increase in collagen IV synthesis according with some research.
·         This exclusive amino peptide complex regenerates your skin without chemical peels.
·         Use it every day for better results.

2.- SKIN HYDRATION COMPLEX – Hyaluronic Ac. concentrated formula $35.00 1 fl oz.

This delicious facial serum has the extraordinary ability to soak in, absorb and retain water.  When applied to the skin it forms a protective barrier which instantly improves the skin’s moisture level and brings the skin a renewed appearance of healthy, youthful vitality. This product has become one of our clients’ favorite serums. You’ll not find it at any retail store, just in medical offices.
·         It has the ability to retain up to 600 times its weight in water.
·         Boosts collagen production up to 300%
·         Perfect for sensitive skin
Apply every day over face and neck area, hydration is immediate.      

3.- REVITALIZING FACIAL OIL (Argan oil) for all types of skin specially for very dry & mature skin (compare with Clarin’s face oil & Josie Maran argan oil)$30.00 1 fl oz.

Delicious way to deliver nutrition to the aging skin, leaving it soft and supple. Light facial treatment oil that can be used daily. It is one of our finest facial moisturizers. Our product uses superior quality oils known for their anti-inflammatory, healing, skin-soothing, softening, anti-aging properties. This is a potent deep penetrating blend for reducing dryness and the signs of aging skin. It is superb for daily use and especially great for post-peel and post-laser applications.
When your skin needs extra hydration use the combination of the SKIN HYDRATION COMPLEX and the REVITALIZING FACIAL OIL for a concentrated moisture boost. You can also mix a drop of our oil with your make-up foundation and enjoy that "lit-from-inside" look! Ingredients: 100% pure organic Argan oil (Morocco) with a 1% Sweet orange oil, Tones & soften your skin
·         Very effective treatment to combat moisture loss; treats & prevents the formation of fine lines.  

4.- REFRESHING CLEANSING TONER (Moisturizing Rosewater with rose oil & Glycerin)
$10 - 4 oz. fl. One of the main benefits of rose water is that it acts as an anti-inflammatory, soothing irritated skin. Some people also use roses as a rich source of antioxidants, which can help strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin tissue. These properties, make rose water particularly beneficial to people with sensitive skin.

Those with dry skin sometimes use rose water as a moisturizer. The idea behind this is that sugars found in rose petals add to rose water's soothing effect, and its natural oils trap moisture in the skin, helping it feel and look smoother. Some experts even believe that rose water can play a role in reducing damage from sun exposure. Plus Rose water has a pleasant aroma that promotes healing and has rejuvenating effects which make the rosewater a potentially valuable addition to your skin care regimen

For Questions or to place an order just contact us @
Hyperbaric Med Center @ 805.563.0450