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.

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  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.