One of the good things about the job I do is that I come across interesting stuff all the time. For example Hinoki Oil, which is the oil obtained from the leaves and roots of Chamaecyparis obtuse, Cupressaceae. The shrub from which it is derived is commonly known as either Hinoki or Hinoki Cyprus and is […]
Sarah on my Facebook asked me if I had come across Skinetica. As it happened I had because I had been sent a sample of it when it came out, though I hadn’t taken a lot of notice of it. I get sent a fair bit of stuff and unless it grabs my attention I
If acne wasn’t bad enough already it can often leave scars on the face which can, in some cases, last a lifetime. Fortunately severe disfigurement as a result of acne is rare, but unfortunately there isn’t a huge amount that can be done about it. A paper published last month shows that at least some
One of the drawbacks I have found with setting myself up as an internet guru is that the more questions I get the more I realise how little I know. Take this one from Rebecca. Hello. First off, I am not entirely sure if this is a type of scientific problem that is addressable, or
A question from Talia I’ve got cystic acne. Currently I am on prescription medication, but before I was, I would get people stopping me in the street suggesting home remedies for the problem. One unusual one, offered by an East Indian man, was to apply jasmine oil to the pimples. I never tried it (it’s
In a recent post on antibacterial products I deliberately avoided talking about individual antibacterial ingredients. Most of them are interesting enough to deserve a post in their own right, and none more so than triclosan.
Acne is a miserable condition, particularly severe acne. When I used to work in research into acne I often used to get people asking me if it was affected by what they ate. A lot of people claimed that chocolate, particularly Mars bars for some reason, seemed to make their spots worse. I used to
A health water claimed to prevent acne is launched in the UK. The evidence that it works is very weak.