The case for using products that mimic a natural skin environment
Your skin protects your internal organs, nerves, muscles and blood vessels from damage. Your epidermis — the thin outermost layer of skin — protects you from the harmful effects of sunlight, bacteria and environmental toxins. The epidermis is also responsible, in part, for the look and health of your skin.
A layer of lipids, produced by keratinocytes in the epidermis and by sebaceous glands, covers the skin’s surface. The lipid barrier prevents the loss of water and electrolytes from the skin’s surface and protects the skin from infection by bacteria and fungi.
The outermost layer of the epidermis — the stratum corneum — is a physical barrier that protects your skin from the environment. The stratum corneum is relatively waterproof and prevents most bacteria, viruses and other foreign substances from entering the body. The stratum corneum is composed of layers of corneocytes (dead skin cells) embedded in a lipid matrix in a “bricks and mortar” type structure. The corneocytes are the bricks, and the lipids are the mortar. The main components of these intercellular lipids are ceramides, cholesterol and free fatty acids, produced by lamellar bodies in the epidermis.
Sebaceous glands secrete sebum, a mixture of lipids that coats the surface of the skin. Human sebum is composed of triglycerides, wax esters, squalene, fatty acids, cholesterol and cholesterol esters. Natural sebum is “breathable” and doesn’t seal off the skin.
Nutrients have to be able to pass through the stratum corneum to reach the dermis. When the skin is sealed, the nutrients can’t reach their intended targets. Furthermore, the skin maintains its homeostasis, in part, via feedback derived from its environment. Therefore, the integrity of the natural skin barrier is essential for proper skin function and maintenance.
Your skin care products should mimic the natural skin environment. They should contain natural lipids, not petroleum-based (petrolatum) or silicone-based products (silicone, methicone or dimethicone). Petroleum- or silicone-based lipids — present in some skin care products — coat the skin, sealing it off and preventing the skin from proper homeostasis, especially during wound healing. Avoiding products that contain petroleum, silicone or dimethicone is particularly important for the first two to three days following the SkinPen micro-needling procedure. Sealing off the skin during the crucial remodeling phase hinders the wound repair process.
Skinfuse post-micro-needling protocol
The Skinfuse post-micro-needling protocol products contain ingredients that mimic the natural skin environment. Skinfuse products don’t contain silicone, methicone, dimethicone or petrolatum that seal off the skin. Skinfuse RECLAIM Hydrating Support contains these natural lipids:
- Ceramides (lipids that are formed by linking a fatty acid to sphingosine)
- Fatty acids
RECLAIM helps to restore the skin’s natural barrier and encourages increased retention of the skin’s natural moisture.
Contact your SkinPen provider to learn how the Skinfuse post-micro-needling protocol optimizes the results of your SkinPen micro-needling procedure while minimizing potential complications.