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How To Be A Skin Care Failure

How To Be A Skin Care Failure

Extensive scientific analysis of patients' facial skin over the last decade reveals what many would instinctively realize given pause for thought — that barely any individuals possess skin of notably above average quality for age and background, even where extensive skincare and treatment has been followed for many years prior.

Yet somewhere between 70—90% of skin aging is technically optional and common skin complaints — including acne, hyperpigmentation and visibly open pores — are imminently treatable.

Despite the potential latent within best-practice treatments, the almost total lack of efficiency for individuals' irreplaceable skins supports a global marketplace with a value in excess of $200 billion US dollars, disposing of approximately 25 billion containers each year, much of it in tiny, futile samples, and fostering skin care practices which set in train life-long prematurely and irreversibly aging idiocy.

Patients need to experience sound skin care tailored to individual characteristics by objective, scientific measurement before all else — not brands and beauty therapy, but tools and precise protocols — and to stop inventing placatory, nonsensical theories about their skin care.

Almost all skin care misfortunes arise from false ideas about what individuals believe about their skins and about what they purport is happening when they use brands and products.

If skin care is complicated by an aging crisis or irrational fears, the likelihood of an absurd treatment being commenced is virtually assured.

There are no miracles or silver-bullet solutions to aging and other cosmetic complaints, only the truth, which with time is quickly and inevitably etched on the face for better (wiser and healthier) or worse.

The points below chronicle some of the primary reasons why masses of women, and increasing numbers of men, are "skin care failures" in the cosmetic, dermatological sense of this coined term.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Do Nothing/Forestall Care

The cosmetics industry has construed and supported the false notion than skin aging is a mature person's concern.

In reality, all skin is aging skin, at all ages, at all times, in all conditions.

The skin aging process does not commence sometime after forty, rather the skin begins to show the outward signs of neglect, however inadvertent, overtly from around that age.

Each day you allow your skin to age prematurely is a day you cannot recover because treatments are ameliorative, not curative.

There is no real "anti-aging" once aging has occurred, there is only relatively meek "age management" on offer.

Ideal anti-aging skincare should commence during childhood.

Antioxidants, sunscreens, retinoids and moisturizers together with dietary and lifestyle factors are the only worthwhile interventions available at this time.

Patients neglect their optimal use to their detriment.

Monday, 9 November 2009

Only Use One Brand

Less an overt skin care failure than the result of brand evangelism, it is almost invariably a mistake to use the products of one brand only.

A single skin care brand will typically provide 1-3 products of potential benefit to some, supplemented by additional products which are of more benefit to the companies' bottom lines than to your skin.

The more popular or well-established a brand, the more likely it is to be loaded with products which will do nothing to support the health of your skin, and which more than likely get in the way of better care.

Brands such as Cetaphil, which provide (and promise) no more than basic cleansing and moisturisation of your skin are largely exempt from this phenomenon, however other brands — be they drugstore/chemist, salon/spa or cosmeceutical — are usually not.

A typical optimal daily skin care protocol will encompass 3+ brands at an average cost up to 75% less than one constructed from 1-2 brands, for far greater immediate and long-term benefit.

The either/or approach to the use of skin care is largely attributable to the dermatologically unaware and commercially-derived ideas and needs of quasi-medi-spas, beauty therapy, the department stores and media.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Do Everything At Once / Never Complete A Single Treatment

Inattention, endless sampling and shopping for products (either barely used or used for inadequate periods of time) are among the shortcomings representative of wasted effort, relatively careless detriment and unnecessary aging.

As A. A. Milne's hapless Old Sailor remains shipwrecked and star-crossed without concern for the ultimate consequences, the cosmetic user whom remains mindless can find him or herself simultaneously:

  • in possession of an abundance of products;

  • and without positive actual results and progress, let alone prolonged momentum, to their skin's care and treatment.

For better actual care of skin, avoid approaches to skin care derived from individual brands, mass-market trends and advertising.

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Use Excess Antioxidants

Inappropriate antioxidant use can have deleterious effects.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Be a Brand Evangelist

Oxidized nicotine and tar provide the same ultimate result, irrespective of the supplying brand. Here a celebrity and beauty therapy's "T-Zone" are appropriated to lend trust and technical credence in the worth of a brand's careless practice. As in skin care, celebrity endorsement and widespread product popularity currently and generally signify a failure in actual care.


No one brand provides an absolutely comprehensive solution to skin's needs — particularly aging skin's needs — and the majority provide little (if any) benefit beyond basic moisturization.

Neither is any brand beyond its real world potential as the skin care ingredients it provides.

Excepting some patented ingredients and formulas, ingredients exist outside of brands and are the only means by which to produce actual change (or not) in skin.

Brand evangelism places skin care users in a position where they are unlikely or unable to:

  • identify the information asymmetry in skin care which serves to disproportionately convert skin's health into a brand's profit;

  • separate lifestyle use from therapeutic use;

  • make healthier changes to their skin care due to (irrational) feelings of emotional severance implicated in changing or stopping the use of products;

  • identify or accept responsibility for wrong decisions;

  • prevent recommending poor, absurd or irrational skin care to others.

It's practically impossible to get concrete and lasting improvement in fervent skin care brand evangelists because they are head over heels, if not manic, about mirroring and dancing to department store tactics and beauty therapy dogmas.

It was addictive brand evangelism — and celebrity endorsement — that also sustained harmful interest in smoking.

It's been the long-term ubiquitousness of Clinique's 3-Step System (forced by media) which has prevented bona fide skin care for many.

The cosmetic patients that do best are healthily disinterested in skin care as brands.

Monday, 15 June 2009

Only Use Organic or Natural Skin Care

Only Use Organic or Natural Skin Care

Heavily-invested organic and "natural" skin care users are doggedly focused on imaginary useful differences (rather than overt commonalities) between skin care products to the point of dermatological therapeutic disablement.

Self-proclaimed and evangelical organic and natural skin care users — like the makers of home-made skincare — are almost always permanently unable to realise anything other than their own psychological reassurance.

No considerable cosmetic maintenance or improvement to skin function is ever objectively measured among users of organic and natural skin care.

On the contrary, organic and natural skin care users exhibit among the worst Visia scores for photoaging, with organic skin care users generally trumping "natural" skin care users for unnecessary permanent damage to their skin's DNA.

In spite of the evidence — which is outwardly discernible even in the absence of scientific measurement — organic and natural skin care users frequently exhibit an insulated superior mindset.

Prime among the organic and natural brands are Jurlique, Dr. Hauschka and Decleor, although many bit-players have come to pass over the years.

Organic and natural skin care manufacturers tout highly similar, more or less fearful variations on the same primitive and exclusive logic, specifically that:

  • the world is dangerous, polluted, carcinogenic, masculine and ideologically repressed;

  • the skin responds more favourably to plants than it does other substances, including its primary constituents;

  • large cosmetic companies in general exist to exploitatively poison the body, mind, soul and planet;

  • medical approaches only ever treat the symptoms and not the causes of disease, and do so out of modern ignorance and a desire to profit from placing patients in a position of perennial reliant suffering.

Accordingly, in its marketing, organic and natural skin care is not expressly about actual care of the skin as an organ — even if many of its products provide basic moisturisation — nor is it considerably protective of the environment:

  • Natural skin care manufacturers are likely to be among the most polluting of all manufacturers:

    • they transport massive quantities of unprocessed plant materials from disparate global locations for local processing;

    • they distribute many times more futile samples (typically packaged in oil-derived plastics) than they do actual retail product in a bid to force sales;

    • their skin care is comparatively inefficient, so individuals frequently amass large collections of products to force fleeting change.

  • It is biologically impossible that the skin would respond more favourably to whole plant extracts than it would its frequently declined primary constituents because human skin is demonstrably not plant matter:

    • chemicals isolated from plants (for example thymol from thyme) are another therapeutic matter, however these rarely turn up in meaningful concentrations, if at all, because organic and natural skincare users thrive on confusing therapeutic activity with poisonous processes;

    • furthermore, more topical plants than chemicals are known skin irritants — organic and natural skin care manufacturers keep their concentrations low enough to avoid change and obvious side effects, however subclinical inflammation is often seen in users of these products and their skin frequently shows general improvement on discontinuation;

      • plants are not the path of least biological interference — they affect skin by means largely unknown and rarely publicly measured;

    • irritation by plant extracts probably assists sale of natural and organic sensitive skin care products.

  • Despite its unadulterated connotations, natural skin care such as that made by Decleor features both chemical preservatives and artificial fragrance;

    • Organic skin care tends to avoid preservatives and artificial fragrance, however is characteristically bland and/or oleaginous — ensuring it remains purely superficially moisturising — and is nevertheless frequently fragranced by aromatic plant content exuding chemical substances such as citronellol, limonene and eugenol.

  • The skin care products of smaller manufacturers — be they organic, natural or neither — are rarely but nevertheless more frequently contaminated, adulterated or otherwise imperfect when compared with those of larger manufacturers;

    • Smaller manufacturers, particularly those of organic products, frequently cite "seasonal variability" as a reason for difference between batches, even if irregularities are likely due to quality control failure;

    • Although Jurlique lays claim to growing the plants used as raw materials in the production of their products, it seems unlikely that a relatively small South Australian farm could meet international demand for their products — particularly leaving biodynamic and organic farming principles intact — without assistance from other suppliers;

    • Despite the absolute purity suggested by organic skin care, Dr. Hauschka's farm sites will not have escaped some of the radioactive fallout of Chernobyl;

    • For all the generosity and decency suggested by organic skin care, in 2007 the ACCC fined Jurlique and its founders (former employees of Dr. Hauschka) 3.4 million dollars for price fixing — a practice of which Decleor is also fond;

    • Their users tend to wishfully believe otherwise, however natural and organic skin care manufacturers do not recognise aging as a biologically ameliorable (dis-eased) state.

    • Natural and organic skin care does not enhance or extend skin's health — it celebrates senescence.

Organic and natural skin care plainly does not directly treat or prevent skin conditions, let alone aging processes — it only manages ineffectual support of the psychological symptoms arising from cutaneous issues while purporting superior benefits to a public which typically presumes those benefits are directed at the skin.

If the superficially moistening emollients of organic and natural skin care are removed, only the scent of plants remains, all dressed up with nowhere to go.

Organic and natural skin care is of greater benefit to its manufacturers than it is to patients' skins.

Moreover its use is comparatively harmful where it is possible to medically implement more therapeutic, sensible, sustainable and individually relevant alternatives.

Organic and natural skin care is a means by which ignorant or disenfranchised individuals can:

  • avoid the difficult work of coming to terms with biological realities of the skin — consequently this category of skin care is popular among manic patients and beauty therapists because it requires the least sustained thought;

  • project their insecurities or grievances about the world onto psychological products as a means of self-expression;

  • find reinforcement through online skin care forums and other like-minded communities (virtual and real);

  • feel better about aging crises or global environmental concerns without actually doing something useful about them;

  • feel special about possessing knowledge or wisdom beyond what is mainstream;

  • re-live childhood;

  • show their disdain for medical, scientific and industrial professions.

Dermatology and psychiatry are again seen to intersect and the most fundamental of organic and natural skin care users typically reveal a degree of one or more of:

  • some form of psychological scarring — particularly premature loss of someone they considered to be healthy or healthy if "the modern world" hadn't intervened;

  • a history of engagement with a similarly-conditioned or brand-evangelical beauty therapist/aesthetician who has put forward a more or less frightened view of the world to an impressionable individual within the intimacy of a moisturizing facial;

  • "sleeves rolled up" and aggressive contribution with various skin care forums or other dermatologically unsound avenues — forum contribution in excess of a hundred messages is a fair marker that something probably isn't quite right;

  • having to impress upon you their (undervalued) artistic or psychic potential and beliefs.

Ultimately, organic and natural skin care are central tenets and symptoms of patients developing and maintaining among the worst skin possible.

For the purposes of preventing aging and the worsening of inflammatory disorders such as rosacea, a patient need only have followed organic or natural skin care "regimes" exclusively for a few months during their teenage years to have set permanent unnecessary deterioration in train.

Unthinking organic and natural skincare users support a proud, global, unnecessary and growing market currently (1/08) estimated to be worth around ten billion US dollars.

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Impact of Beauty Therapy on Patients' Skins

Impact of Beauty Therapy on Patients' Skins

Blinded by distractions from the main event...


An individual does not necessarily need medical attention, cosmeceuticals or cosmetic procedures to secure and develop more healthy skin, but they do need to avoid beauty therapy.

Beauty therapy's impact on skin is to encourage (through misinformation) and actively produce (by mistreatment) unnecessary and irretrievable loss at the skin's most fundamental level.

Fundamentally and most unfortunately, skin aging-prevention strategies are most usefully applied in the first two decades of life, yet "anti-aging skincare" has typically been a mature women's marketplace, providing too little, far too late.

Compounding Flaws of Beauty and Spa Therapy

  • Diagnosis of concerns is fundamentally profit-driven by biologically-unaware observation and outcome prediction is below poor;

  • As a profession, beauty therapists do not measure, record, share or analyse useful data;

  • Most product and brand availability concerns controlled distribution and not proven performance or need;

  • Treatment and prevention strategies are dictated by biases unrelated to actual skin functioning, cosmetic companies offering training, public relations/media and word of mouth.

  • Most beauty therapy skincare practices are about endless, haphazard trial and error culminating in disappointment relative to latent potential.

Rather than recognize the underlying abusive and contemptuous aspects of the profession, individuals often reveal feelings of great trust and affection toward beauty therapists and brands, just as some individuals gain psychological reassurance and pleasure from smoking.

Whatever its appeal to the mind, no one should expect to derive any concrete skin benefit by sourcing empirical beauty therapy evidence, any more than they will trawling department store counters, coveting Paula Begoun publications or heeding the bulk of skin care forum discussions.

Hyperpigmentation resulting from unprofessional chemical peels seems an endless occurrence.

The Bottom Line

  • beauty therapy and spas have not reduced the prevalence of undue premature skin aging and other diseases, but they have increased — at great financial cost — the likelihood of futile and incorrect treatment;

  • problem detection is poor, late and associated with largely irreversible poor outcomes;

  • tanning salons have increased mortality.

Because you can't have actual care of the skin without intricate scientific regard for its organic nature, it has always been, and may always be, that beauty therapy fails skin from the outset.

For the mind, not the skin...

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