Hello and welcome. I’m Dr. Trevor Cates. Today I am going to do something a little different. I have received so many questions on skin health, skincare and aging. Along with requests for the best beauty tips that I decided to dedicate an entire podcast to answering your questions. I’ve received so many questions that I had to split this show into two parts. I will also answer more questions in upcoming podcasts.
Your Questions Answered:
I am almost 60 years old, have very visible and clogged pores especially in the t-zone. In the last couple of years, these areas have started peeling and flaking. I have purchased a Clarisonic, a facial steamer, and was getting regular facial/ peels. I have used expensive skincare products in the past, and use a 2% salicylic lotion occasionally. My skin drives me crazy. Hope you can help.
My approach to skincare is an internal and external approach. It is important to look at what you are eating. Until you make changes in your diet, you will probably have trouble with your skin.
A misconception about acne and pore size is that we have to do things that strip the skin. It’s better to create balance in skin. Oils aren’t bad. The problem is the combination of sebum production and oxidized oils.
We want to keep the skin clean without drying it out.
Adjust the PH
Balance the oils
Enhance the skin microbiome
Use products with a mild ph balance a 4-5
Antioxidants can be very helpful
Look for underlying causes of why you are having clogged pores.
I’m so excited you are taking questions. My dermatologist won’t even consider any natural options, so it’s nice to have a place to ask these questions. I would love to know how to get rid of Keratosis pilaris. I have reduced the bumpiness on my arms, but the redness is really bad. I think it was reduced by taking natural vitamin a.
Keratosis pilaris is a common, harmless skin condition that causes dry, rough patches and tiny bumps, usually on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks or buttocks.
Essential Fatty Acid deficiency
Try vitamin A (CLO), zinc – in my supplement Skin, Hair and Nails
Cod liver oil and avocado and a high quality supplement
Omega 3 supplement or GLA
I would also like to know if there is any non chemical, non laser way to reverse or reduce the sun damaged skin on my chest. I have a lot of redness and discoloration.
Topical use of antioxidants can help with sun damage
Green tea, white tea, black tea
Green Algae – Chlorella
Cranberry seed and Raspberry seed oil – which can protect against oxidative damage
If you have sun damage, have your dermatologist take a look
Take internal antioxidants – astaxanthin
And one more, how can I improve the appearance of my neck. I’m 45 and going through peri menopause right now.
Oils and antioxidant rich ingredients
Hyaluronic acid – hydrating and space filler, supports collagen and elastin – make sure it comes from a clean source
I got something in my e-mail called “botox in a bottle” . It looks great for bags under the eyes. What are your thoughts on this kind of product?
Botox is a neurotoxin, that causes the muscles to freeze when it is injected, but it is very toxic.
There is no cream that freezes your muscles
Use natural ingredients that protect your skin
Pullulan has an immediate skin tightening effect
Oils with long term benefits, like resveratrol, raspberry and cranberry seed oil extract
Find the underlying cause of the bags under your eyes
My step two antioxidant serum
Green or black tea bag, refrigerate and put on eyelids while the bag is still damp
Hello. I am a dermatopathologist. I am impressed with your knowledge base, positive attitude and entrepreneurship. I am interested in purchasing your new book when available. In the meantime, I would like to know your thoughts on the effects of SPF additive in skin products (other than what it is suppose to do, ie protect skin from damage over a certain time). I am asking because I really want to use SPF products but I noticed that some companies, stopped manufacturing SPF products for many years but then started selling them once again?
Oxybenzone (avoid – EDC, absorbs easily, 97% of Americans have this in their bodies according to research by the CDC.)
Avobenzone (safer but doesn’t last as long),
Octisalate (generally good and often added to avobenzone to make it last longer),
Octocrylene (okay but some people react to it),
Homosalate (weak EDC)
Octinoxate (hormone-mimicking effects on laboratory animals. This chemical is found in humans, including mother’s’ milk samples.)
Zinc Oxide is a better option – a mineral based sunblock, it works as a barrier instead of a chemical reaction, no hormone disrupting effects