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.