DIY SKIN CARE Formulations | The Ordinary; Niacinamide

DIY SKIN CARE Formulations | The Ordinary; Niacinamide

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The new trend in skin care is DIY skin care, namely self compounding. This gives the consumer a higher level of independence to compound new and exciting ‘bespoke’ formulations. For example if one has sensitive skin, a formulation that has a lower concentration of actives may sit just below the irritation threshold of the consumer. If the lowest percentage of a formulation is 5%, why not compound a 2% formulation? The flipside is that if one has ‘resistant skin’, a formulation that has 20% concentration may well be tolerated.
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The Ordinary has recently launched a new vitamin B3 or niacinamide formulation that consists of 100% Niacinamide in a powder form. This complements their range of Niacinamide 10% with zinc. More on powdered DIY compounding skin care below-
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Niacinamide – B3 forms part of the ABCs of dermatological skin care. Though it has anti-pigment properties, this compound is most useful in the management of inflammatory skin conditions such as rosacea and eczema. In higher doses it can reduce UV induced skin damage. The Ordinary has recently launched its DIY compounded B3 in a powder form
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Ascorbic acid – Vitamin C. Much harder to mix, as bioactivity is dependent on pH. Best formulations are pH2.5 to 3.0. Most commonly concentrations range from 1% to 20%, the former as a stabilizing agent, the later as a skin care active in patients with normal, oily to resistant skin. Michelle Wong has done a great article on DIY ascorbic acid @labmuffinbeautyscience
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Abrutin- Found in bearberry, cranberry & wheat, arbutin can be considered as #organicskincare. In the context of cosmeceuticals, the molecule is manufactured. Arbutin breaks down to form hydroquinone & functions to decrease the activity of the enzyme that produces pigment (melanin). Alpha arbutin powder is readily available
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Hyaluronic acid- Banal compound, so if you have sensitive skin, start with this one. Acts as a humectant-moisturizer. HAs belong UNDER your skin not on it. The high molecular weight does not penetrate the basement membrane and hence it will not have a long lasting effect, unlike cross linked dermal hyaluronic acid fillers
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DIY skin care recipe L Ascorbic Acid, Dr Michelle Wong-

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Skinopedia Channel; great content on topical skin care

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Dr Davin Lim, Dermatologist
Brisbane. Australia
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