Skin Health Ask Me Archives


Question:
I have been diagnosed with sebhorreic Keratosis and was afflicted for the last seven years on both arms, legs and skull. I have consulted with several dermatologists in Trinidad and Tobago and am currently taking shark 1000 mg of shark liver oil with 30 % AKL.

Answer:
You are on the right track, but still need to be fine tuned. First you are taking a dose that is far too low to have any anti-inflammatory effect. Second, if you take higher doses, liver oil is not indicated due to excessive vitamin D unless you monitor your vitamin D blood level or live in a place with minimal sunshine. I suggest you take 10,000 grams per day of pharmaceutical grade fish oil with less than 1 ppb of toxic metal, yielding 5.4 grams of EPA /DHA. Take one tsp two times a day to get this amount.That is an average dose, some people need more. Do not take fish oil capsules or regular grade fish oil at this high dosage, as low dosages as what you are doing now seldom work.


Question:
You have mentioned Dermalift for a topical cream I can not locate it anywhere where would i get it? Do you recommend any beauty product lines and where might I get them?

Answer:
Cartilage and collagen are different. To built collagen, you need to understand the mechanics first by reading this article: Vitamin C Therapy In Cardiovascular Disease
Now that you know how collagen is made, you will know what to take, and its not so glucosamine and chontroitin at all.


Question:
With the coming of colder weather, I am interested in skin lotions to prevent drying. I read the labels of such products in the stores, which contain ingredients I cannot pronounce, much less know what they are! I am concerned about using these products and absorbing all these chemical ingredients through my skin. I am wondering how they will affect my body – liver, etc. – once they are absorbed. Does their use over a period of time precipitate diseases? Can you comment/suggest products that are effective, yet not chemically-oriented?

Answer:
You are smart to start taking action, as cold weather will chap your skin, leading to premature aging. Focus on finding products that are water based and natural. There are many on the market, and I don’t think you need to really go for the expensive ones. Soap that contains some oil is also helpful. It is important to drink lots of water (12 glasses a day). Lastly, avoid hot showers or baths if you are taking it. Take only luke warm shower, and if you really like hot showers, limit them to 3 minutes. That is the common cause of dry skin as the heat is most damaging.


Question:
I have read your article on dehydration and I am hoping you can help me with my tragic case. I am 24, I have been on a series of anti-depressents and sleeping pills which have caused hair loss, loss of my skin elasticity, and my eyes are big, not the same shape as they were before I took the medications. I was in the hospital twice for dehydration, currently I don’t sweat much anymore because my body is trying to hold on to the fluids. Do you know of any way to reverse this condition? Also will my body hydrate to its normal level again and if it does, will my face go back to the way it looked–I know this is alot of questions, but my body has been so ruined from these medications that I’m unable to live my life, I haven’t been on any pills for a month and I’m not witnessing any changes. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Answer:
For a young person your age, you have sure gone through a lot. Hydration status is a summation of input minus output. Unless you are on diuretics (drugs that causes you to urinate), the more your drink, the more water you have. You can measure the amount of water you have by a body fat analyser, or a blood test call hemotcrit will give you an indication. Some people tend to loose water quickly, and others may sweat more. Generally speaking, taking 12-15 glasses will not hurt. Carry a water bottle around if you need to.
Interestingly, you said you have been hospitalized twice for dehydration. Do have your endocrine system checked out to find out why you are not able to hold onto water. It takes sometimes a few weeks for drugs to wash out of your system, so monitor yourself carefully now that you are off drugs.


Question:
You probaly have been asked this question many times. I’m 83 years old and in good health, still play golf, however only nine holes at a time. My question to you is: I bruise very easily on my arms etc. The least little touch or bump results in a bruise. Is there any thing I can do or take that will improve this condition?

Answer:
There are many reasons why you may get bruises. First thing to do at your age is to see your doctor and get a throrough checkup. If you have been given a clean bill of health, then we can start looking at how to repair lost vascular integrety and strengthen the collagen matrix that builts and support the vascular wall. Nutrients that do that are. For my patients, I use a special combination “cocktail”, vitamin C, lysine, proline, and carnitine. You cannot miss any of it one as they work together, and you need to take up to 5 grams a day for 3-6 months to see effect, starting at a low dose and slowly working up if your body can tolerate it. This may sound like a lot to you but rebuilding collagen is a slow process.


Question:
Malic acid is not a nutrient I associate with women’s health, skin, hair or nails. As a matter of fact, I had to look it up! Do you have any articles on your web site on malic acid? I do use a lot of MSM, which has proven to be very helpful. Is Alpha lupaline available as a separate supplement or is it best used in symphony with other ingredients?

Answer:
Alpha lupaline is not a supplement but an ingredient. It is a strong antioxidant. Malic acid is a little known secret very good for fibromalygia generally, but when used in right configuration and in combination with magnesium, is very good for skin and women in general, esp in hormonal balance.


Question:
I love your article on Aging Skin and was interested in alpha lupaline. I never heard of it before. Is it in Dermalift? Any suggestions on skin care, nutritional supplementation, and anti-aging? I am looking into Lane Labs new product called TOKI. Don’t know too much about it, but it is supposed to rebuild the scafling structure in collagen.

Answer:
As you know, the skin is one major detoxification center of the body. A good digestive system is the key to good skin. For women, malic acid and magnesium are very important for hair and nail care. I have not heard of Toki.


Question:
Is it effective to restore elasticity and firmness if applying very little topical triestrogen cream on the face on every other day? Would Estiol cream also with the same effect as triestrogen?
Would estriol and progesterone cream cause weight gain because these 2 hormones are the main hormones during pregnancy?

Answer:
Elasticity and firmness has to do with collagen structure. Estrogen does not have significant collagen rebuilding effect. You need vitamin C, lysine, proline, ascobyl palmitate to build collagen, or topical secretagogue that can stimulate collagen production.
Triestrogen cream and estriol are very different compounds. Tri-estrogen, as its name imply, is a combination of three types of estrogen: E1 (estrone), E2 (estradiol), and E3 (estriol). It can be synthetic or natural, and the ratio is very different in each. Synethetic kind is commonly available as a drug called Premarin. Natural kind needs to be compounded by a special pharmacy.
During pregnancy, your progesterone is kept high to maintain proper function. The weight gain is from the pregnancy and not so much from the progesterone. In fact, progesterone has the opposite effect of estrogen which causes water retention.


Question:
How can I get more information about face skin wrinkles?

Answer:
Here is my article on aging skin that covers wrinkles: Aging Skin
If you just have to remember a few things, here it is for beautiful skin:

  1. drink lots of water
  2. take enzymes to help digestion. A good digestive system will result in beautiful skin.
  3. dont expose to direct sunlight without sun block
  4. take a good water based moisturizer
  5. do not take hot shower that dries up your skin

Question:
Hi, I am 17 this year. When I was 10 I had chicken pox, this left me scars till now. Besides these, I cannot stand itches; therefore some scars were also caused by mosquito bites. Can I know if there is any fast and cheap ways to lighten these scars? Thanks for your help advice!

Answer:
There are several things you can do. The success rate is highly dependent on the degree of damage you already have. If the scar is deep and beyond the superficial layers of the skin, the chances of recovery is much lower. You can try some lightening cream over the counter that contains hydroquinone as a main ingredient. If that does not work, laser treatment by a dermatologist can be considered. Lastly, make sure you apply sun block when you are in direct sunlight which can worsen the pigmentation.