A Conversation With Her Dermatologist: Why A System Approach Is Important

It is great to get feedback from people who are using Lumixyl.  This woman – let’s call her Mary – stopped me in a hotel lobby recently and proceeded to tell me in detail about her first experience with Lumixyl at her dermatologist’s office.   At the time, she had suffered from hyperpigmentation on her cheeks and forehead for years, and although she had tried several things, she could not make these dark patches go away.  Some things helped a little, and other things, like a laser treatment she tried, actually made it worse.   The doctor explained to her that her skin is exceptionally prone to getting hyperpigmentation, particularly from two things – first, exposure to the sun (or heat and light), and second, just about anything that causes irritation to her skin (that could be anything from a pimple to irritating ingredients in the cosmetics she was using to cover up the problem).   So, her doctor explained, treating her skin with a laser can be tricky because a laser is essentially focused  light and heat – and therefore irritating to her skin as well.

Then her doctor told her about the Lumixyl Topical Brightening System – a set of products systematically designed to clear out those dark patches and promote a healthy even skin tone within about 8 weeks. Mary said she was skeptical, but hopeful at the same time.  So she decided to “split the difference” in trying the system:

“I’ll try the Lumixyl Topical Brightening Creme (with the Stanford developed decapeptide-12 for reducing new melanin formation to diminish darkened spots of the skin), and the GlycoPeel 20 Rapid Exfoliating Lotion, for now and hold off on the Lumixyl cleanser and sunscreen that are sold as part of the system.” She said.

The next part of the conversation went something like this:

Doctor: “Ah, got it. You just want to use the two main products in the Lumixyl System – the Brightening Creme and GlycoPeel Rapid Exfoliating Lotion, but not the cleanser and sunscreen?”

Mary: “Right, I mean why would I need to buy the cleanser?”

D: “Well, do you plan to wash your face daily?”

M: “Of course I do!  I wash my face morning and night!”

D: “That’s good to hear – what are you going to use?”

M: “I use a very popular moisturizing soap.”

D: “Are you serious? You’re going to use soap?  Why would you do that to your skin when you are trying to improve its function?”

M: “Is it that bad?”

D: “Well it definitely doesn’t help your hyperpigmentation.  Most soaps have a high pH factor, which is to say, they tend to strip your skin’s natural ‘protective acidic barrier’, which weakens skin function.  I would not be surprised if your soap has contributed to the skin issues you have.  Soaps also often leave a residue on your skin that will decrease the penetration and efficacy of the Lumixyl Topical Brightening Creme and the GlycoPeel.  Many soaps have dyes and artificial fragrances that can be irritating to skin as well.  So if you are going to invest in improving your skin tone and function, why work against yourself like that?”

M: “I never thought of it like that…Well, what should I use?”

D: “Actually, the Lumixyl Active-Prep Cleanser is specifically designed to work with you in evening out your skin tone. It has a lower pH, which makes it gentle; cleansing away make-up, dirt and oil buildup, but leaving your skin’s protective qualities intact. It is also rich in antioxidants.  Free radicals are one of the culprits in stimulating overproduction of melanin, so the neutralizing power of antioxidants is an important step in setting the stage for improved skin tone.”

M: “OK – I get it now, I will use the Lumixyl cleanser.”

D: “Good choice.  Now, lets talk about protecting your skin from new damage.  Do you use a sunscreen?”

M: “Uh, I do if I am going to be out in the sun all day.”

D: Shifting forward in his seat for emphasis, “Your skin gets assaulted by UV rays every day, everywhere – even while you are driving. The driver window-side of your face particularly gets hit with damaging rays whether it is cloudy, sunny, windy or cold. I said before that your soap is likely contributing to your issues, but the sun’s rays are definitely contributing.

Why would you make the effort to get rid of the damage caused yesterday, if you are just going to let it happen again tomorrow?”

M: With brow slightly crinkled and looking up to the side, “It does sound crazy doesn’t it?”

D: Saying nothing but giving that “you already know the answer” look.

M: “OK, I will use a sunscreen every day.  I’ll pick one up from the drugstore – there are shelves full of them there.  What should I get – an SPF 15? SPF 50?

D: “Above SPF 15, it really doesn’t matter so much. What matters are the ingredients.  Most of those drugstore sunscreens contain chemical sunscreen agents.   Chemical based sunscreens are fine for preventing sunburns, but the way they do it is by soaking into your skin and absorbing the UV rays.

A physical sun-blocking agent, like the micronized titanium dioxide found in Lumixyl MoistureLock, stays on the surface of your skin and deflects the UV rays away from your skin.  Remember, light and heat are common triggers for hyperpigmentation.

For you, the goal is not just trying to prevent a burn. You are trying to prevent tissue damage and irritation. And really, when we are working with your skin using therapeutic topicals, we don’t want your sunscreen getting in the way.”

M: “OK, I really get it now.  The Lumixyl System really is…well, a system.  If I use the full system they all work together.  And that includes the Lumixyl sunscreen right?”

D: Now with the satisfied look of a sensei who’s pupil has just snatched a fly with a pair of chopsticks,  “That’s right.  There are other things you will like about the Lumixyl sunscreen as well.   It has an ingredient called SymHelios 1031.  This ingredient was developed in Europe recently, and what is important to remember about it is that it provides a second layer of protection for your skin by preventing the toxic interactions that UV rays can cause in skin – the types of interactions that lead to photo-damage, premature aging and hyperpigmentation.”

M: “Got it.  If I am going to make a commitment to healthier looking skin, I need to do it systematically and completely, with the right cleanser, brightener, exfoliator and sunscreen.”

Of course, you know the rest of the story.  Mary used the Lumixyl System and got results that she calls “amazing”, and had to tell us how grateful she was that there is a non-toxic, non-irritating alternative to lasers and HQ available to address her hyperpigmentation and overall skin health.

Her story illustrates the importance of a systematic approach, and making a commitment to improving your skin function by following a daily regimen with Lumixyl’s clinically proven peptide technology.   Too many times, people end up disappointed with even a very effective topical treatment, because their doctor is not aware of what they are putting on their skin – soaps, dyes, artificial colors, and skin irritating preservatives – which in turn are counteracting the results they should otherwise be seeing.  At the same time – anything worth having is worth taking care of. So it is with your skin; if it is worth having healthy skin, then it is a must to care for it with the best physical sunscreen that modern science has to offer.   That just happens to be what the Lumixyl System offers.

To find a physician dispensing Lumixyl near you click here.

About Lumixyl.  Lumixyl is manufactured and marketed by Envy Medical, Inc. Envy Medical develops, markets and sells highly effective non-invasive skin rejuvenation therapies for patients suffering from either dermatologic or aesthetic conditions.  The Company’s lead products include SilkPeel®, a breakthrough device combining exfoliation with Dermalinfusion™ for deeper tissue delivery of active ingredients and better patient outcomes.  Envy is also the exclusive licensor of skin brightening peptides including Lumixyl, developed at Stanford University. The Lumixyl peptide is now also available in a topical solution for SilkPeel procedures, addressing hyperpigmentation and photo-damage. More information can be found at www.envymedical.com or by calling (888) 848-3633.

For media inquiries or to secure expert testimonial please contact Melissa Kelz, Principal, Melissa Kelz PR at melissakelz@kelzpr.com (312) 543-8300

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