Master Ingredient List

This page is a quick reference for all the ingredients mentioned on the blog. It will fill up as ingredients are mentioned in each new post!

Biotin – a B vitamin important to protein metabolism. It has been used as a supplement for hair and nails for decades, but there is no data supporting these claims. Furthermore, biotin supplements can be dangerous.

Botulinum Toxin – an injectable medication derived from the toxins of Clostridium botulinum bacteria. Common uses include facial rejuvenation (reduction of hyperdynamic wrinkles), treatment of excessive sweating, treatment of migraines.

Collagen – the major protein of connective tissues, including skin. Collagen supplements have shown some promise as a potential strategy for anti-aging and skin quality.

Corticosteroids– anti-inflammatory medications that mimic the stress hormone cortisol which is naturally produced by the adrenal cortex. They can be administered topically, orally or intravenously. ex: prednisone, hydrocortisone, triamcinolone etc

Hyaluronic Acid – a naturally occurring molecule in the dermis, it is one of “natures moisturizers,” with the ability to attract 1000x its own weight in water. It has risen to prominence in skincare as an ingredient in hydrating products. It is also the most popular dermal filler for soft tissue augmentation.

Ketoconazole – an anti-fungal medication commonly used in topical formulations for fungal infections and seborrheic dermatitis. There is some research to suggest that it also has anti-inflammatory and anti-androgenic effects which make it useful for certain kinds of alopecia.

Retinoids – Derived from vitamin A (retinol), retinoids are a family of molecules used for skin conditions ranging from acne to dyspigmentation.  They’re also considered anti-aging powerhouses due to their ability to shallow wrinkles, increase firmness and even skin tone.  Oral versions are used to treat severe acne, psoriasis and a host of other dermatologic conditions and carry significant side effect profiles. Examples: adapalene, tretinoin, tazarotene (all topical), isotretinoin, acitretin (both oral).

Selenium Sulfide – an anti-fungal medication commonly used in over-the-counter shampoos for dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis).

Zinc Pyrithione – an anti-fungal medication commonly used in over-the-counter shampoos for dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis).