Professional skincare products are not necessarily any better than those sold solely to consumers. My sister recently received a cream from a dermatologist and was told to apply it three times a day to a burn. When she read the label, she saw that the primary ingredient was petroleum jelly.
Dermatologists should be well aware that petroleum jelly provides no healing benefits. Researchers proved that many years ago to force manufacturers to stop making outrageous claims. When it was first introduced, it was hailed as some sort of miracle cure.
Scientists worked hard to prove that petroleum jelly does not help heal burns. In fact, the opposite is true. Burns take longer to heal when petroleum jelly is applied.
Honey would have been a better choice. At least it helps to prevent the risk of infection because of its low water content. It also helps to keep bandages from sticking to a burn.
Honey is still considered a folk medicine by the mainstream medical community. But, one honey-based ointment recently received FDA approval for use against MRSA, an antibiotic resistant skin infection that is plaguing hospitals, military bases and even lobster boats.
The typical professional skincare treatment for MRSA is methicillin, an antibiotic. Many other antibiotics have been tried, but they are largely ineffective.
The ointment recently approved by the FDA is effective. It contains a specific kind of honey called manuka.
Manuka honey has been used for centuries for a variety of ailments. It is a mono-floral honey, which means the bees gather pollen from only one (mono) kind of plant. The variety is found only in Australia and New Zealand. The antibacterial activity varies. A special grading system is used to distinguish between the most and least active honeys. Professional skincare products contain the most active form of manuka.
Manuka can also be found in consumer products including cleansers, nighttime moisturizers, under-eye serums and many others. The natural antibacterial activity helps to heal pimples and other blemishes. With regular use, it may help prevent others from forming.
The honey is being included in some of the better anti-aging products, because of its antioxidant activity, as well. Antioxidants help to prevent and repair free radical damage, which has been identified as the primary cause of wrinkles and other visible signs of aging.
Knowing that dermatologists would recommend professional skincare products containing petroleum jelly is troublesome. A respected dermatologist warned that the use of petroleum products on the skin could contribute to premature aging. He delivered that warning years ago. It almost seems like no one is listening.
The Environmental Working Group and other consumer organizations have warned that any compounds derived from petroleum could increase a person’s risk of cancer. A recent study supports that thought. Creams containing mineral oil, which is nothing more than liquid petroleum jelly, were shown to stimulate tumor growth.
The bottom line is this. Whether or not it is a professional skincare product, you need to read the label of ingredients before using it. There are some excellent products on the market. With just a little research, you can find them.
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