American Laser Skincare Launches SilkPeel® Technology in Select Boston Locations

American Laser Skincare Launches Cutting-Edge Palomar Icon® and SilkPeel® Technology in Select Boston Locations

New Offerings Enhance American Laser Skincare’s Suite of Services to Ensure Clients Have Smooth Skin All Year Round

BOSTON, March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — American Laser Skincare today announced that is has selected four Boston area clinics for a field test of two additions to its skin rejuvenation service portfolio. Peabody, Worcester, Braintree and Boston (Newbury Street) will be the first clinics in the country to test the Palomar Icon®  and Envy SilkPeel® skincare systems.

“Boston is a dynamic market. We believe our aesthetic skincare customers here are quite discerning,” said Dr. Paul Flashner, chief medical director for American Laser Skincare and medical director for the Boston area. “We’re excited to share these new products and give our local clientele the chance to experience them.”

The Palomar Icon Aesthetic System uses state-of-the-art laser and optimized light technology to treat hyperpigmentation, rosacea, facial vascular lesions, surgical scars, fine lines, wrinkles and stretch marks. It includes the Skintel® Melanin Reader, the only FDA-approved melanin reader, which determines the average melanin density of skin. The Icon also contains a built-in cooling system, allowing more energy to be delivered with less pain. The result is more customizable treatments, yielding a safer, more comfortable and more effective user experience in up to 50 percent less time required by other systems.

SilkPeel is a unique microdermabrasion technology that is the only medical-grade in-office procedure to use patented dermalinfusion technology. This allows SilkPeel to treat a wider variety of skin conditions. The process uses a diamond-tipped hand piece to remove the top layer of skin while simultaneously infusing the skin with a potent topical SilkPeel serum. Microdermabrasion is one of the top five non-surgical procedures performed nationally. Envy Medical’s unique SilkPeel protocol allows it to expand on traditional microderm benefits to treat acne, hyperpigmentation, dry skin, stretch marks, as well as combat signs of aging in the face and body.

“Palomar Icon and SilkPeel are two of the most cutting-edge technologies available in skincare today and something we want to share with our clients,” Flashner said. “This is just another example of how American Laser Skincare constantly looks to provide the best technology, services and skincare expertise, helping our customers look and feel their best.”


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Lumixyl and SilkPeel Benefits Shown in Skin Of Color

dark-skin-light-skin-pic_edited-3The benefits of SilkPeel have been well documented in recent years for treating a variety of skin conditions, from acne and acne scarring, to hyperpigmentation and other skin tone/texture issues.  This month, the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology provided further evidence of these benefits for patients with darker skin-types in a feature case report, authored by a very accomplished team of leading dermatologists including Ashish Bhatia MD (of Northwestern University, Chicago, IL), Jeffrey TS Hsu MD (of Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH) and Basil M. Hantash MD, PhD (Stanford University trained founder of the Elixir Institute of Regenerative Medicine, San Jose, CA).

The feature publication is titled “Combined Topical Delivery and Dermalinfusion of Decapeptide-12 Accelerates Resolution of Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation in Skin of Color”.  Dermalinfusion is the clinical name for the SilkPeel MD, a popular face and body rejuvenation procedure performed by dermatology and cosmetic surgery professionals all over the world.  Decapeptide-12 is the generic name for the Lumixyl peptide, a Stanford University discovered peptide that has been shown to minimize the appearance of dark spots, age spots and other skin discoloration conditions (collectively called “hyperpigmentation”).  In this case study, the patient was treated with the SilkPeel, which abrades the skin, peeling way the surface layer, while forcing a Lumixyl peptide solution into the deeper layers of skin where it can be most effective.

Base Line - 12 Weeks - 16 Weeks  Pictures courtesy of Dr. Ashish Bhatia (Naperville, IL.)

Base Line – 12 Weeks – 16 Weeks Pictures courtesy of Dr. Ashish Bhatia (Naperville, IL.)

According the the study authors, “The combined use of topical delivery and dermalinfusion® of decapeptide-12 represents a novel, safe, and efficacious noninvasive approach to achieve accelerated resolution of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), an especially difficult to treat and common dermatoses in skin of color.”

The patient pictured in the study, as is common with many people and particularly women with skin of color, suffered from hyperpigmented skin that occured as a result of simple acne break-outs, and lingered on the skin long after the acne itself had healed.  This is one of the more common forms of PIH, due in part to the commonality of acne itself, even in women that are well into their 30’s or 40’s.  The patchy discoloration is more commonly found in darker skin types that are genetically prone to experiencing hyperpigmentation whenever the skin is traumatized, whether by acne, sun-damage, medical laser procedures, or some other unintended skin injury.

In this case the patient received four SilkPeel procedures using the Lumixyl serum (a solution commonly used by physicians who provide SilkPeel procedures), spaced 2 weeks apart.  The SilkPeel treatment generally takes about 20 minutes to perform, and is non-invasive (so there is no “down time” for the patient).  The patient additionally applied the Lumixyl Brightening Creme twice daily in between SilkPeel treatments, and achieved complete visual clearance of the PIH over the course of six weeks.

The SilkPeel technology was developed by Envy Medical, Inc. in 2004, and has since grown to be one of the most popular non-invasive medical skincare procedures in the country, while also spreading to over 35 countries worldwide.  It is used and endorsed by a litany of leading dermatologists as well as plastic surgeons, due to its versatility in treating a wide variety of skin conditions and, as this most recent publication indicates, also due to its ability to treat a wide variety of skin types safely and effectively.

SilkPeel is the only in-office procedure that incorporates the Lumixyl peptide technology for the treatment of skin tone issues.  Lumixyl is incorporated into a line of skincare products that promote healthy skin function and an even skin tone.  Lumixyl fits well with the SilkPeel technology because it too is supported by an expansive body of studies, and it too has become popular in the treatment of skin tone and texture issues.  It is known by physicians and their patients as the safe and effective alternative to prescription hydroquinone (HQ) products commonly prescribed.  Unlike hydroquinone, results can be achieved with Lumixyl without the risk of side effects, and without safety concerns associated with longer term HQ use.

For more information on SilkPeel go to, while more information on the Lumixyl peptide technology and skincare can be found at  This case report is available at the JDD’s online publication.

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Breaking News: Hydroquinone Products Halted in Five States


Several HQ Skincare products will no longer ship to TX, NY, MA, MT or NH.

Reports have been streaming in from physicians and their staff throughout New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Montana, and Texas.  What they are reporting is that they have been notified by Obagi Medical Products (now a division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals), that starting November 1, 2013, they will no longer be shipping any of their hydroquinone products to physicians in those states.

This effectively means an immediate moratorium on the Obagi Nuderm system, Obagi CRx system, and the Elastiderm Décolletage system, and any parts of those systems that actually contain hydroquinone.  The notice does not appear to give an explanation as to why action has been taken in those states specifically and not others.  Texas is the least surprising due to the fact that the Texas district attorney has tangled with Obagi in the past, blocking their ability to ship into the state at times.  More recently, Texas Governor Rick Perry vetoed a bill that would legally clear the way for companies like Obagi to sell products to physicians for dispensing, citing public safety concerns (details of that story found here).

However, no such public issue has been foreshadowed for the other states.  Some have surmised that with the success of new alternatives to hydroquinone for treating hyperpigmentation, and perhaps also due in part to recent lawsuits against doctors and/or manufacturers of hydroquinone products brought by individuals claiming to have suffered permanent side effects, larger companies may be limiting their sales and distribution through physicians as a precaution.

For those physicians that still use and recommend hydroquinone products in their practices, the primary advice is to ensure each patient is informed of the potential for side effects (even if such potential is considered unlikely), and that they are informed of the available alternatives for addressing skin tone issues such as melasma, photo-damage, age spots and PIH.  Doing so and documenting it will help limit liabilities should the patient become dissatisfied with the outcome of such product use.

The other advice for hydroquinone prescribing doctors?  Ensure your patients take a break from using it every couple of months, for a few months.  This will help reduce the risk of resistance issues, and what some doctors describe as severe rebounding (a return of melasma in the skin after use, that become more stubborn, and therefore harder to treat than the original occurrence).  Here again, having a non-hydroquinone skin brightener will help immensely by giving the patient a maintenance regimen to keep and improve upon the progress they have made in clearing up their skin discolorations.

The ongoing trend in removing hydroquinone from commercial skincare products appears to remain firmly in place in the United States, as it has been (dating back further) in many countries around the world.  This latest news comes as a surprise some, as well as being a headache and disruption to their practice.  However disturbing, it appears to be just one more step in the same road we have been traveling.

Stay tuned, there will be more to report as this story develops.

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ClarityMD “Best Acne Solution” By Harper’s Bazaar

A lot has happened since the new ClarityMD Acne Solution was launched at the American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting earlier this year.  The simple two step system, consisting of Deep Pore Cleanser and Clarifying Gel, was introduced on the strength of a clinical study which showed over 90% clearance of inflammatory acne in subjects after just 14 days of use.

ClarityMD was quickly picked up for distribution in Malaysia and Singapore, due to its high satisfaction among young adults, particularly women, who found it not only eliminated acne outbreaks, but actually improved the texture and tone of their skin as well.

A skin beautifying acne product?  Who ever heard of such a thing?  Apparently no one until now.  The editors of Harper’s Bazaar Singapore apparently agree.  In their November 2013 special beauty awards edition hitting the stands now, it was revealed that ClarityMD Acne Solution was awarded their “Best in Beauty” award, in the category of “Best Adult Acne Solution”


As mentioned – this product was only launched a few months ago, but it has been getting praise by reviewers, users and editors all over.  Celebrity beauty consultant Mickey Williams is among those that are happy to see this new technology for the face.  She joined Fox news to talk about her favorite skincare tips.

“There are lots of different things out there to choose from,” she said, “I love that ClarityMD is a two step process, so you can still use your sunscreen while it works on both inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne, and it works really, really fast.”

She noted that this combination of speed and working on acne before it becomes inflamed is important because, “you can get rid of the acne BEFORE you create the scarring”.

Beauty and lifestyle expert Sarah Eggenberger has also added her voice of approval.  “This is an incredible product line that shows a difference immediately,” Sarah told Val Warner onWindyCity Live in Chicago, “I swear by it”.

Part of the reason it has the attention of beauty experts is that ClarityMD also helps reduce the appearance of large pores, soften the skin, and fade the marks or dark spots that acne often leaves behind.

ClarityMD is available in doctors’ offices and professional skincare centers nationwide, and can be found online as well.  This month, the maker also announced that the ClarityMD technology is now also available as a “ProInfusion” solution for the popular SilkPeel in-office treatment.

For more severe acne, the ClarityMD SilkPeel can be used for 4 to 6 treatments over 6 to 12 weeks, followed by using the ClarityMD Acne Solution for accelerated results.  For mild to moderate acne, the two step system has proven a fast and effective acne solution on its own.

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The New “Facelift” That Requires No Surgery

“Stackable Procedures” Technique May Suspend The Aging Process For Years – And The Need For Cosmetic Surgery

Dr. Julius Few is a renowned plastic surgeon, and the founder of The Few Institute, with offices in Chicago and New York.  So, it can be a little surprising to hear him talk about his latest advancements in combining minimally invasive procedures in order to get near-surgical results, without the need of cosmetic surgery.

Dr. Few recently visited the set of WindyCity Live, a Chicago television program hosted by Val Warner (who also fills in as guest-host on “The View”), to discuss his age reversing concepts which have been getting a lot of attention.

“Even though I am a plastic surgeon, I have so many patients who come in, who don’t want to go under the knife.”  Dr. Few noted in the interview, “What we realized at the Few Institute, is that if you combine minimally invasive technology, and you put it in a certain order, you can get near surgical results.”

Val waisted no time in getting to the point.  “Near surgical results,” she echoed, “like, how close are we talking?”

Dr. Few responded by first qualifying that this technique is not designed for somebody who is already very advanced in the visible aging process, but then offered specific examples of what a good candidate for the stackable procedures protocols would look like.

"Remember with aging, there are three things that happen, and it happens for everybody. our skin gets wrinkled, we lose volume and we start to sag. So that is what we are doing, we are targeting all three of those things."

“Remember with aging, there are three things that happen, and it happens for everybody. Our skin gets wrinkled, we lose volume and we start to sag. So that is what we are doing, we are targeting all three of those things.”

“This is often the case, I may have a man or a woman, in their 50’s or 60’s, who really are trying to avoid going under the knife, then we can combine, or so called ‘stack’ things,” said Dr. Few.

In fact, Dr. Few explained that part of his discovery came when he applied SilkPeel facial procedures, which are strong stand alone facial treatments.  What he noted in his patients was that the SilkPeel opened the door to the skin.  “That is really where the concept of ‘stacking’ came in, so that then I can apply other techniques that are less invasive.”

As recently featured in the New York Times, each procedure then added in his technique is amplified in its result.  An important part of the concept, however, is to target all of the major causes of aging in one session.  “Over the course of an hour or hour and a half in the office, we will do the SilkPeel, and then follow it with the Icon Laser which takes it a step further.”  Dr. Few then completes the session with Ulthera’s ultrasound therapy.

So looking at the the stackable procedures in order, Dr. Few explained that he starts with the SilkPeel Dermalinfusion.  SilkPeel is a medical grade device that not only peels away the upper layer of skin, but it also infuses different agents to help brighten skin and fade fine lines and wrinkles.  It is the door opener, because in the process of removing old dead skin, and cleansing the skin from excess oils and debris, it prepares the skin to be much more receptive to the following laser and ultrasound procedures.

"Surgery isn't your only option anymore, in fact facelifts could actually become a thing of the past." Val Warner, Co-Host, WindyCity Live

“Surgery isn’t your only option anymore, in fact facelifts could actually become a thing of the past.” WindyCity Live Co-Host Val Warner noted, in introducing Dr. Few’s “Stackable Procedures”

Dr. Few then prefers the Icon Aesthetic laser, to take the results further – targeting deeper pigmentation issues, and further enhancing the texture of the skin.  Then comes the Ulthera treatment, which Dr. Few describes as “the only FDA approved, non-surgical way to lift and tighten the face and the neck”.  Ulthera is included in order to target laxity skin issues on the face and particularly under the chin and neck.

“Remember with aging, there are three things that happen, and it happens for everybody,” Dr. Few continued.  “Our skin gets wrinkled, we lose volume and we start to sag.  So that is what we are doing, we are targeting all three of those things.”

What has made this stacked approach so popular is that there is no downtime involved.  People can go right back to work, or whatever activities they have planned.  Dr. Few also follows up with a medical grade makeup to camouflage any minor redness that the patient may experience immediately post procedure.

So the advantages in terms of downtime, and recovery is clear.  Turning her attention to the financial commitment involved, Val asked, “How much would a facelift cost versus doing the stackable procedures?”

“It is real important to remember, people are doing this so that they can avoid both recovery and surgery,” answered Dr. Few.  “To do this stackable approach – when you put it all together – it’s probably $5,000 to $10,000, so it’s not a cheap thing.”  He went on to explain, “But at the same time, it lasts a long, long time, [compared to] a facelift.  When you are looking at time off work, and anesthesia, your looking at twice that [cost], or more.”

Looking at actual patient results, this technique really shines.  Looking at one patient that Dr. Few called a “powerful example”, her “after” picture was taken actually 7 years after her pre-treatment “before” picture (see video inset).

“It’s not about overdoing things.  It’s more about doing things very slow, very strategic,” concluded Dr. Few.  By stacking these proven non-invasive procedures, “What has happened is, you can actually stall or almost hold in suspended animation, the aging process, and that’s what we are finding.”


More information on Dr. Few and the Few Institute can be found at  Additional information on SilkPeel Dermalinfusion, manufactured and sold by Envy Medical, Inc. can be found at  For more about the Icon Aesthetic Laser, made by Palomar, inc., visit, and for more informaton about Ulthera, visit

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Advanced Dermalinfusion Versus Traditional Microdermabrasion

In the United States alone, there were almost five hundred thousand microdermabrasion procedures performed by physicians, nurses, and/or medical assistants during the last year, making it one of the most popular aesthetic procedures in the world.  In fact, it is only surpassed by injectable toxin treatments (like Botox), tissue fillers (hyaluronic acids like Juvederm or Restylane), and laser hair removal.  Microdermabrasion has been a top 5 preferred procedure for at least the last decade.

Compare that to breast augmentation, or liposuction, each of which were performed just under 350,000 times during the same period, or the ever popular “nose job” that lightened the facial load for just under 150,000 recipients, and you get a sense for just how popular facial rejuvenation techniques covered under the category “microdermabrasion” are.

However, it is also important to note that the term microdermabrasion covers a range of mechanical skin resurfacing procedures.  These include the “old school” technology of using sand or aluminum particles to “sand blast” the skin, stripping away the superficial layer.  It also includes the use of abrasive tips, fibrous pads or brushes to give the skin sort of a “polished” feel.  However, it also includes the more advanced technology, known as dermalinfusion, which is growing rapidly worldwide in its popularity.  Dermalinfusion incorporates a form of microdermabrasion, in the process of clearing debris, oils and other impurities from the skin while also delivering a therapeutically appropriate treatment serum.


Dermalinfusion vs. Microdermabrasion

Marketed under the brand SilkPeel in most countries (and also “EnDouceur Dermolissage” in Europe), there are some stark differences in how medical professionals use dermalinfusion, and what they use it for, versus other more traditional microdermabrasion devices.

While they both remove a portion of the upper layer of the skin, or the stratum corneum, dermalinfusion devices are much more controlled and consistent in the way they do it.  That is because, rather than blasting particles at skin (as with older microderm devices), or pushing an abrasive tip across the skin by hand, dermalinfusion uses the controlled vacuum pressure to pull the skin up into a chamber in the

Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation Treated over 8 weeks with Lumixyl

Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation Treated over 8 weeks with Lumixyl. (click to enlarge) Courtesy Dr. Ashish Bhatia

hand piece, where it is evenly abraded only as hard or softly as the vacuum pressure is set.  This is significant, because all other devices (including Diamond Tome, Hydrafacial, and Dermasweep) rely on the operator to apply the same pressure, at the same speed, consistently over the skin.  Unfortunately getting a perfectly even, consistent treatment from beginning to end is just not humanly possible with these devices.  If an operator leaves the particle blast in one place too long, they can remove too much skin, causing pinpoint bleeding, and damaging the skin.  If the operator pushes the hand piece down too hard or too soft, they will under-treat or over-treat the skin – and perhaps both over different areas during the same treatment.

The process of controlled exfoliation, or microdermabrasion is where the comparisons stop.  However, it is just the beginning of the actual dermalinfusion treatment one receives during a SilkPeel procedure.  This is where SilkPeel truly shines, both as a preferred treatment by the patient/client, and also as an invaluable tool for the skin care professional in treating a wide variety of skin conditions.

You see, with a SilkPeel Dermalinfusion, that same controlled vacuum pressure that is used to pull the skin into the chamber, allowing the diamond abrasive tip to very consistently remove the stratum corneum, is also driving a therapeutically designed topical solution deep into the skin, right down to the dermal junction where the skin cells are regenerating.  Think about this – as your skin is pulled up into the hand piece, the pores are stretched open, the top layer is stripped away, and at that very moment – not one second before or after, but at that moment when your skin is temporarily compromised and the pores are stretched open – the pneumatic pressure of the closed loop vacuum drives the solution down into the skin where it is needed most.

hyperpigmentation: After 4 Lumixyl SilkPeel Treatments.  Courtesy Dr. Audrey Gentle

Tone/Texture Issues: After 4 Lumixyl SilkPeel Treatments. Courtesy Dr. Audrey Gentle

There are some devices that attempt to replicate dermalinfusion, by creating what they call “wet microdermabrasion”.  That is, they scrape or blast away the skin, and then drip a solution onto the skin as they pass over.   This will likely feel more comfortable than a traditional “dry” procedure, which can be quite irritating to already dry/damaged skin (Hydrafacial, or Dermasweep are examples of this, giving what amounts to a soothing spa-facial experience).  But in reality, they are simply providing a lubrication so the exfoliation is not as harsh – they are not doing anything special to get the solution they are using to penetrate. Silkpeel’s dermalinfusion by contrast, provides the benefit of engaging the serum more deeply into the skin using pneumatic pressure to effect real penetration of an active ingredient.  Nor do they tend to have as well formulated solutions, likely because the concept of applying a solution is largely an afterthought for many of these device-makers, and therefore not a core focus of their design or technology offerings.

On the other hand, the delivery of cutting edge ingredients to effect real benefits, visible improvements, to in effect transform your skin, is the very reason why the SilkPeel Dermalinfusion device was originally conceived into existence.  And this is just what it does – quite well.

In fact, it has been reported in aesthetic medical journals recently that SilkPeel is being used for an ever increasing number of common skin conditions, and notably, with a great deal of success as well.  From acne, to body treatments, to hyperpigmentation on the face, back and chest, dermalinfusion is making steady inroads to both dermatology and cosmetic surgery clinics.

In summary, microdermabrasion services (wet or dry, with crystals, diamond tips, or abrasive brushes) can be found in spas, salons and medi-spas, and they can give a nice “polish” to the skin, by stripping away the stratum corneum.  The SilkPeel Dermalinfusion is found in medical practices and high-end medical spas and goes much further, not just providing an effective and controlled exfoliation, but also treating your skin with a variety of active ingredients that address all things tone and texture related from acne and acne scarring, to hyperpigmentation, photo-damage, fine-line wrinkles, and even stretch-marks, and surface appearance of cellulite.

If you are looking for a solution to your skin conditions, that can be done in non-invasive phases during your lunch hour, won’t leave your skin dry or excessively irritated, and delivers tangible results that last, then you owe it to yourself to talk to today’s professional SilkPeel provider.  Go to Envy Medical’s Physician Locator HERE to find the nearest provider to you.

If you are a dermatologist, plastic surgeon, or other skin care professional, and you want to provide the gold standard non-invasive treatment in your office or medspa, contact Envy Medical now to arrange a demonstration of the latest advances in dermalinfusion – Click HERE to get contact information or to talk to a live representative based in Envy’s Westlake Village, California headquarters.  SilkPeel outside of the USA can be found HERE.

ABOUT ENVY MEDICALEnvy Medical is one of the most technologically innovative dermatology and medical aesthetics companies to enter the competitive skin care market in the past decade. Envy 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 available in Envy’s Lumixyl Topical Brightening System as well as in a topical solution for SilkPeel procedures, addressing hyperpigmentation and photodamage. More information can be found at

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Envy Medical Takes ClarityMD International

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ClarityMD Acne Solution

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., Sept. 16, 2013 /CMDNews/ — Envy Medical Inc. announced the introduction of the new breakthrough acne treatment, ClarityMDtm Acne Solution throughout Mexico and the Far East under distribution partnerships forged with sales and distribution leaders, Ghunther Pharmaceuticas SA, and Zoe Nissi Pte Ltd, respectively. Each of these distribution partners have a track record of building highly successful brands in their countries, within the professional medical, physician dispensed, drugstore, and pharmaceutical channels.

ClarityMD was first unveiled at the American Academy of Dermatology’s 2013 congress, in March of this year, and began shipping to leading dermatology, aesthetic medical clinics and medispas across the United States by the end of April. Backed by clinical studies that demonstrate a 59% clearance of inflammatory acne within 7 days, and over 90% clearance within 14 days, ClarityMD Acne Solution has become an instant best seller for the early adopting skincare professionals that have embraced this new technology.

The reason for its success has a lot to do with how effective it is, and how fast people tend to see results, but that is just part of the story. The other striking aspect of this face-saving technology, is the fact that it contains no alcohol, no benzoyl peroxide, no parabens or artificial colors. In short, it contains none of the skin irritants so commonly found as the basis of other acne product formulations. As a result, the ClarityMD Acne Solution does not irritate the skin. This was confirmed by a six week study in which study volunteers actually found their skin to be less red, and more moisturized within a few days of using ClarityMD, than it was before they started using the product.

“This is truly a breakthrough in acne therapy, whether you are talking about treatment at the prescription, OTC, or retail level” noted Dr. Felipe Jimenez, Envy’s Chief Scientific Officer. “ClarityMD represents a powerful acne fighting technology with efficacy that is simply unmatched, wrapped in high-end skin health formulations.”

“The result is a simple two step acne treatment that works on teen acne, but is also a hit for adults, particularly women who want to get the best skin possible while addressing the occasional acne flare-ups that can plague them well into their 40’s” Dr. Jimenez also noted.

promiseComprised of a simple two step system including the Deep Pore Cleanser and Clarifying Acne Gel used once each morning and again at night, the product offering is expected to do very well in the international markets of Mexico and the Far East. Other professional acne brands sell for well over $100.00, compared to a list price of $59.95 for the ClarityMD Acne solution. So its advantage is unusual, in that it has been shown to be both more effective, and more affordably priced. This has promoted a strong early adoption in the US, and will be very welcome in international markets where acne is a significant consumer concern, but where there is also greater price sensitivity.

The products are already available now in Mexico, Singapore and Malaysia, and with registration expected in the coming weeks for Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. More information on these new ClarityMD distribution partners can be found on the website on the International Partner Page.

ABOUT ENVY MEDICAL: Envy Medical is one of the most technologically innovative dermatology and medical aesthetics companies to enter the competitive skincare market in the past decade. Envy 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 available in Envy’s Lumixyl Topical Brightening System as well as in a topical solution for SilkPeel procedures, addressing hyperpigmentation and photodamage. More information can be found at

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Breaking News: Hydroquinone Dispensing Banned in Texas – Again?

The following story is updated from the original story posted May 13, 2011, and updated July 11, 2011.  

June 17, 2013 – Two years ago, the makers of the Obagi Nu-Derm system broke the news that the Texas Attorney General’s office had informed them that selling hydroquinone (one of the key ingredients of Obagi skincare) through physician and medi-spa offices is against the Texas Food Drug and Cosmetic Act and the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, and hydroquinone (HQ) is an “unapproved Drug” (at least as far as Texas is concerned).  In short – Texas Authorities banned the distribution and sale of HQ through physician offices.

In connection with that announcement, Texas authorities had confiscated Obagi products containing hydroquinone, including their Nu-Derm®, Obagi-C® Rx, and ELASTIderm® brands, citing the doctors for “dispensing drugs without a pharmaceutical license”.  Obagi voluntarily ceased shipping any products containing HQ and subsequently the Attorney General of Texas closed its investigation, rendering no penalties against the company.  Presumably, this affected several other companies that make prescription-strength HQ products for sell through a physician’s office in Texas, just as they do in other states.  Obagi was simply one of the more visible examples, due to the volume of product they sold in Texas at the time and their strong HQ focus.

Then in May of the following year, the way seemed to be cleared for HQ to be sold through the physicians’ offices once more.  A legislative bill (SB 227) was being brought forward in the Texas legislature that would allow doctors to sell certain prescription products, including those used primarily for “aesthetic purposes” (including products containing HQ).  In fact, Obagi announced at that time that they would already begin to re-introduce their HQ products in the coming months.  The bill was passed in early 2013 during a regular session of the Texas legislature.

And so ends the saga, right?  Well – not so fast.  On June 14, 2013, when it came to the desk of Texas Governor Rick Perry, he veto’d the bill, effectively killing it. This has apparently placed HQ back in the category of being banned from sale by a physician or any other entity outside of a licensed pharmacy.

Why did Governor Perry veto the bill? He cited two specific reasons. First, he stated that had he allowed the bill to pass it, ”would circumvent existing safeguards for the dispensing of certain prescription cosmetic drugs by allowing physicians and optometrists to sell these medications directly.”  Stating more directly that, “It is the role of pharmacists – who are trained specifically in drug interactions, side effects and allergies – to dispense the medications.  Additionally, the State Board of Pharmacy has the authority to inspect pharmacies to ensure drugs are stored securely and at safe temperatures.”

Secondly, Governor Perry noted that he shared “concerns from within the health care community that though these drugs are used for aesthetic purposes, they are still prescription-strength drugs with potentially dangerous side effects and interactions, and therefore should remain subject to existing safety protocols and oversight.”

This last objection went even further than the original issue raised by the Attorney General’s office two years earlier.  In taking action to stop the import and sale of HQ products in Texas, the Attorney General did not specifically indicate that they had an issue with the safety of hydroquinone administered under a physician’s care.  Rather, the issue was presented more as an enforcement against the sale of the product outside of a licensed pharmacy, in line with Governor Perry’s first stated objection.

These events, however framed, are a concern for physicians, as they once more can become the target of investigative office “visits”, product confiscations, and agency citations.  Their distress is completely understandable, especially as one looks at the larger trend over the last three years that goes beyond state legislative activities.

Exactly what new restrictions could be placed on those physicians operating retail and online shops in the state is not yet completely clear.  It does, however, signal the continued reversal of the 50-year trend worldwide where people were increasingly using HQ as if it were a daily cosmetic lotion.  What is important for dermatologists to understand is that the potential for liability is trending upward just as quickly.

Ochronosis Is a permanent darkening or bluish discoloration in skin.

Ochronosis is a permanent darkening or bluish discoloration in skin.

A case in point can be found in an ongoing lawsuit brought by a consumer/patient in California superior court against her dermatologists.  In this case, a dermatology company operated by dermatologists Dr. Fields and Dr. Rodan, has been sued by a woman who claims she has suffered “irreversible skin discoloration and permanent disfiguration to the skin on her face”, alleging it comes from the use of the Rodan & Field’s hydroquinone products manufactured under the “Reverse” brand.  The plaintiff also claims that she was never properly informed of the risks associated with hydroquinone or that there are other safer alternatives commercially available and furthermore, the defendant “knew or should have known” about these risks before recommending and supplying the product.

For the most part, this is not an issue that was created by physicians.  Over the last twenty years, hydroquinone has found its way into marketed skincare brands that promote long term use.  This has created a growing problem that has not gone unnoticed by some medical professionals.  The Dr. Oz show featured a segment on this issue, with guest Eliot Battle, MD, a prominent dermatologist based in the Washington D.C. area.

Dr. Battle noted that the #1 concern from patients in his offices is how to get a clear complexion.  Dr. Oz showed a case of a woman who suffered a permanent darkening, or “bluing” of the skin due to ochronosis, associated with hydroquinone use (or misuse).  While he noted that under proper medical supervision hydroquinone can be quite beneficial, he also described the growing concern with wide-spread use of these products.  Dr. Battle noted that in the past, he would see patients coming in to his practice with hydroquinone or topical steroid related skin damage about once a year.

“We are now seeing this monthly, or weekly, most of the patients are getting these drugs, these medications, from the internet or over-the-counter,” commented Dr. Battle.  “This condition now has gotten to be so popular unfortunately, that we are nervous about this.”

Dr. Zein Obagi, who is the principle creator of the Obagi Nu-Derm system, has added his voice to the concern, recently going on record in confirming that most patients build a resistance to hydroquinone, such that the hyperpigmentation they were trying to treat not only comes back, but will no longer respond to even prescription levels of hydroquinone.  When that happens, you have a real problem.  In Dr. Obagi’s own words, he says, “For example, where hydroquinone might have previously been used, it is now known that 80% of patients can develop a resistance if used for more than a few months.”

Lumixyl System

Lumixyl System

Fortunately, there really are safe new technologies for addressing hyperpigmentation on the face and other parts of the body.  One example is a new peptide technology discovered by Stanford University dermatology researchers, and developed under the trade name Lumixyl.  Several clinical studies evaluating both the safety and efficacy of the Lumixyl Topical Brightening System have been published, including one in the April 2012 issue of the Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, and the June 2013 Journal of Drugs in Dermatology.  That study on 15 women with moderate to severe photo-damage related hyperpigmentation showed significant improvement in all of the study participants.  Earlier studies have documented that the peptide technology is completely non-toxic, and therefore safe to use in topical cosmetic formulations.

According to dermatologist Dr. David J. Goldberg (, one of the lead authors from one of these studies, “It is particularly valuable for treating chronic or persistent hyperpigmentation conditions, where longer term use of prescription products are a concern.  This study suggests that a decapeptide-12 based regimen can achieve excellent results, without the risk of side effects commonly associated with hydroquinone.”

If you find yourself plagued by hyperpigmentation, blotchy and uneven tone, or discolored patches due to years of sun exposure, there are two pieces of sage advice to be gleaned.  First, be skeptical of lotions and potions making promises online or at the local store.  The risks often outweigh the benefit.  And second, be proactive in consulting with your doctor on the best way to achieve long term results that translate into healthy skin function.  There are new alternatives, and where a prescription product is needed, there should be a timeframe discussed for getting the desired result, and close monitoring to ensure your skin is safely on track to a healthy positive outcome.

Article References:

1) November 2010: Breaking News: Medical Report Details The Increasing Risks of Hydroquinone in Skincare

2) Lukemia Journal, Jan 2001: Hypothesis: Phenol and hydroquinone derived mainly from diet and gastrointestinal flora activity are causal factors in leukemia

3)  Skin whitening creams found to contain toxic mercury. Chicago Tribune

4) Skin lightening creams in California linked to mercury poisoning.

5) Hydroquinone Acute Myelogenous Injury Lawsuits

6) Man Claims Sunscreen Gave Him Leukemia

7) Dr. Oz & Dr. Battle Discuss the Dangers of Hydroquinone and Steroids

8) FDA’s proposed ruling regarding HQ and skin bleaching/lightening claims

9 ) Information about Lumixyl


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ClarityMD Acne Solution Garners Praise From Early Users

ClarityMD Acne Solution was only officially announced by Envy Medical in March at the American Academy of Dermatology.  It was something for physicians and their acne prone patients to be excited about, because an initial study using the product showed amazingly fast results – clearing acne weeks faster than other leading acne remedies or even prescription acne medication.  And at the same time, the study showed an equally amazing lack of irritation or dryness, symptoms commonly associated with other acne products.

Dermatologists, however, had to wait until April to get their hands on the first commercially manufactured units of this promising new acne brand.  It shipped, and we have since been waiting with bated breath; waiting to see if your typical everyday person would get the same kind of fast and powerful effect that those patients participating in the study received (which was over 50% clearance in 7 days, and over 90% clearance in just 14 days!).

Well, ClarityMD Acne Solution, which uses natural ingredients and plant extracts to help empower salicylic acid, has been making its way into dermatology offices, medical spas and skin care centers for about two months now – and that is ample time to hear from people who lined up to be the first to try it.  Here are some of the recent first-hand reports we have received.

Kelsey G., Missoula, Montana (A Client of Skin Chic Medical Spa)

“I have nothing but great things to say about my experience with the product, ClarityMD. I’m in my 5th week using the 2-step system and I am very pleased with the results. My skin is, for the most part, clear with only a few blemishes and some hyperpigmentation. Before I started the product I had hormonal acne all over my forehead and chin; it was a huge confidence killer to say the least and just very painful and red. I tried benzoyl [peroxide] and I saw some results, but it really just irritated my skin. I kept returning to Skin Chic for tips and advice, and once ClarityMD was introduced we jumped on it right away. I did, in fact, notice results within the first week and each week from there got better. My blemishes became less inflamed and eventually would just disappear. My skin also appeared to be less red.

What I love most about this product is it’s very gentle yet it gets the job done. It didn’t irritate my skin even within the first week, which was great! I’m so happy my skin is almost completely back to being clear, and I can’t wait to see what it will look like this next week (6th week of use)! I would certainly recommend this product to anyone who is struggling with acne or who has acne prone skin.”

Kelsey G. After 5 Weeks of using ClarityMD Acne Solution Twice Daily

Kelsey G. After 5 Weeks of using ClarityMD Acne Solution Twice Daily

Kathleen, Portland, OR (MediSpa Owner/Operator)

“I just had to drop by and say I love the new ClarityMD products. As usual, I tried them out on myself first and the small pinpoint difficult blackheads on my nose have melted away completely, after less than one week’s daily use. Bravo, Envy Medical! Another home run, and what a great price point!”

Mary, Los Angeles, CA (Banking Executive)

“I have to tell you how amazed I am with your product. My son has been struggling with acne for years. We have tried everything on the market to no avail. As you can see from the attached pictures, your product has worked miracles!!! I have been having him use it in the AM and before bed, and I could see the difference in days.

Thank you so much, we will never use any other acne product but yours!!!”


Young Man After 4 Weeks of ClarityMD Acne Solution, Twice Per Day

Kelsey T., Crowley, LA 

“I, like many of you have tried every over the counter product to get rid of my breakouts. They all promised the same thing but all were big flops! I’ve struggled for years with big breakouts and large cysts that take over my life and make going out in public or taking pictures a nightmare! I had a baby recently, which has made it even worse. I was hoping for a miracle!

To my relief and surprise, I started using ENVY Medical’s ClarityMD; it’s a very simple regimen to follow. I saw amazing results in just one week. By the second week my face had almost completely cleared up, and even the texture had improved. For the first time in a very long time, I can actually leave the house without makeup on and not be embarrassed in public. I even enjoy having my picture taken. I have found my miracle!”

Kelsey T, Results with ClarityMD In Just 2 weeks (Cleanser & Gel used morning and night)

Kelsey T., Results with ClarityMD In Just 2 weeks (Cleanser & Gel used morning and night)

These are just a few of the comments we have heard!  Almost every day we get another unsolicited testimonial.  Things like “My daughter not only saw great results in the first week, she actually enjoys using the products because they don’t dry her skin out”…  These comments all center around two huge advantages to the ClarityMD Acne Solution over other top acne treatments.

"I swear by it" - Sarah Eggenberger, Beauty/Lifestyle Expert.

“I swear by it” – Sarah Eggenberger, Beauty/Lifestyle Expert.

First, they work exceptionally fast, even on oily acne prone skin; even on hormonal cystic acne skin; even on teenage overactive sebaceous gland skin (juvenile acne).  In every case the results start to become visible in a matter of hours up to a couple of days. Significant results are seen within the week, and complete clearance for most users is being reported in as little as two weeks or no more than 6 weeks.  Why is this “huge” news?  No one wants to walk around with acne all over their face for several weeks, waiting for an acne product to work.  Acne is such a visible and potentially embarrassing problem, we all want results now!

Second, every leading pimple treatment or acne medication on the market today is drying and/or irritating to the skin to some degree. That is not true with ClarityMD Acne Solution for the majority of those patients reporting results.  Within days, in fact, most patients report less redness, less irritated skin than they had before using ClarityMD, with no dryness as they continue to use it.

When clinical studies conducted in a controlled environment are matched by actual results in everyday home use, you have a very strong case.  In this case, those results in the clinic and in the homes of the early adopters has made a very strong case that the ClarityMD Acne Solution is the best take home acne treatment to come along, ever.

ABOUT ENVY MEDICAL — 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 also available as a topical solution for SilkPeel procedures, addressing hyperpigmentation and photo-damage.  In 2013, Envy launched it’s latest breakthrough technology, the ClarityMD Acne Solution, a simple two step solution that has been clinically shown to eliminate acne three times faster than the leading acne brands.

Watch This Video For Actual Results From A Real ClarityMD User

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Hyperpigmentation Is The New Wrinkle

On the popular Seattle television program New Day Northwest, Margaret Larson caught up with celebrity beauty expert Mickey Williams to cover summer skin care essentials to keep your skin looking good and being healthy.  The beautifully bright Ms. Williams explained that, “Hyperpigmentation has become the new wrinkle.”  (Written story continued below the video.)

“Hyperpigmentation has become the new wrinkle”:  What does Mickey mean by that?  Simply that when it comes to looking your best, it used to be all about addressing fine lines and wrinkles.  That is something you can do with some improved moisturization, a bit of good exfoliation (need we say “SilkPeel” anyone?), and perhaps a dash of Botox.  But for a younger look, addressing those lines is where most of the focus started and stopped.  No one really tried to address a poor skin tone marked by sun spots, age spots, hormonal discoloration and good old-fashioned sun damage.  Perhaps that was because there was not much you could do about it other than cover the problem areas over with makeup.  Or, perhaps it was because the era of addressing wrinkles – call it the golden botox era – was still so new and fresh.

However, as Mickey explained, “Everyone is figuring out that if you even out your skin tone, it is going to make you look younger, it is going to make you look brighter.”  As one dermatologist commented confidentially, “Sometimes after a patient gets botox, they all of a sudden notice those spots that were there before, but now really show up because they don’t have those forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet to distract them.”

Said another way – nothing really makes you look more aged than blotchy, discolored skin or an uneven skin tone.

“So Envy Medical came out with this product called Lumixyl, way before everyone, you know, signed on with BB and CC creams,” Mickey goes on to explain.  “And now there are these incredible brightening pads.  I like them 

Lumixyl Topical Brightening Pads
Lumixyl Topical Brightening Pads

because you apply it twice per day, in the morning and night, and what’s great about it is, it has a little woven pattern to the fiber that will exfoliate while you do it.”

“So you are going to see incredible results because Envy are the people behind the whole hyperpigmentation push.”  Mickey continued, “They created this ingredient called Decapeptide-12 which will lighten all of the dark spots and even out the skin.”

Intrigued, Margaret commented, “Well it is true, that while I put sunscreen on my face, my hands look 105 years old and need to be lighted up,”  exaggerating the conditions of her hands while at the same time, tapping into a concern shared by millions of women around the world.

This is where the Lumixyl brand of products really shines.  It is such a gentle, non-irritating set of formulations, as Mickey encouraged, “You can use it on your hands, and on your face and anywhere you want.”

Lumixyl is at the forefront of treating those spotty, freckly discoloration issues with the Stanford University developed power of Decapeptide-12, the star ingredient that Mickey called out as the power behind the brand.  In fact,

Lumixyl System

Lumixyl System

no other non-prescription skincare regimen has more clinical studies behind it, supporting its efficacy.  That efficacy has earned Lumixyl rave reviews across the blogosphere, and growing ranks of fans.  

As noted on the label, you can use the pads twice per day for a brighter complexion.  The jar of sixty pads will last thirty days.  But they are also great for the face, back of hands, chest – wherever the sun has been unkind to your skin.  The serum is also rich with hyaluronic acid and aloe, making it an ideal to use after being in the brutal summer sun to both soothe and rehydrate the skin, while giving a brightening boost to stave off photo-damage.  At less than $60 per jar, these jars are fast becoming a summer blockbuster!

Lumixyl is a professional skincare brand available at dermatology, cosmetic surgery and high-end medical spas worldwide.  For more information, google Lumixyl to find a provider in your area, or visit

ABOUT ENVY MEDICAL — 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 also available as a topical solution for SilkPeel procedures, addressing hyperpigmentation and photo-damage.  In 2013, Envy launched it’s latest breakthrough technology, the ClarityMD Acne Solution, a simple two step solution that has been clinically shown to eliminate acne three times faster than the leading acne brands.


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