question, L.J., as there is a lot of hype about
parabens but not a lot of scientific backing to
the cytotoxic claims. We respect our customers
and their desire to have non-paraben preservatives
in their face and body products, so all of our
facial products and most of our retail products
are paraben free!
The truth is, parabens do occur naturally in plant
sources such as barley, strawberries, black currants,
peaches, carrots, onions, cocoa-beans, vanilla
and in foods prepared from fruit such as grapes
and fruit juices, yeast extract, wine vinegar
and cheese. The have an anti-microbial property
and that is why they are used in very small quantities
in products — to prevent the growth of bacteria,
yeast and mold in the lotions and potions we are
spreading over our skin!
The paraben controversy began with a very small
study conducted in England in 2004. The study
looked at the paraben level in 20 cancerous tumors.
Although paraben was one of the many molecules
detected in these cells, it does not prove that
parabens cause cancer or that they are harmful
in any way. As a matter of fact, they did not
even compare the level in that tissue to the levels
that naturally occur in healthy tissue! In addition,
although parabens can act similarly to estrogen,
they have been shown to have much, much less estrogenic
activity than birth control pills, hormone replacement
therapy and even the body’s naturally occurring
So why the hype? Unfortunately, sometimes companies
use false information to differentiate their products
and create consumer demand. At The Garden Spa’T,
we do our research to avoid false claims and give
you the information and high quality natural products
you deserve, such as Eminence’s
Tropical Vanilla Sun Cream SPF 32.
For more information about parabens and other
unsupported cosmetic claims, visit:
The American Cancer Society’s website.
Liz, I could write a novel about
those brown patches a.k.a. hyperpigmentation a.k.a.
melasma a.k.a. pregnancy mask. Simply, they are
areas that have produced more melanin, the pigment
that makes our skin have “color”.
It turns out that estrogen and progesterone levels
in combination with sun exposure are the culprit.
That is why melasma is often seen in woman with
only 10% of the male population experiencing this
harmless but aesthetic issue.
Prevention is the name of the game and that is
easier said than done. Things to avoid in order
to reduce your chance of developing melasma: the
sun, the “pill”, pregnancy, menopause,
being a female.
Okay! I know you want an answer that does not
involve becoming a male vampire! Use sunscreen
particularly if taking any kind of hormone therapy
or you are pregnant. If you have already developed
melasma, prescription strength hydroquinone blocks
the production of melanin in your skin while Retin-A
causes new cells to be made very rapidly. They
must be used in conjunction with one another for
optimal results. Call Dr. Lantry’s Laser
and Skin Care Center at 818.247.2170 to schedule
a consultation for this prescription.
The Garden Spa’T carries organic Tropical
Vanilla Sun Block spf 32, and Stone
Crop products that naturally block melanin
Jack, the symptoms you describe
are indicative of keratosis pilaris rubra (KPR).
KPR occurs in 40% of the adult population and
is more common in woman than in men. Although
both you and your wife have it, KPR is not contagious.
It is actually attributed to an autosomal dominant
genetic follicular condition…in other words,
you inherited it.
It occurs when dead skin cells (that normally
flake off) are left behind and form plugs that
block the hair follicles. The blocked follicles
form small red bumps that have a dry feeling when
touched. Although it looks inflamed it does not
itch or hurt. This skin condition is absolutely
harmless and gets worse when the skin dries out
in winter, during pregnancy and after child birth.
I highly recommend The Garden Spa’T’s
20% Glycolic Acid
Body Smoothing Lotion. This product delivers
a hardy punch of fruit acid (feel the tingle!)
to help unclog pores and it actually does smooth
the skin! Sunlight, coconut and emu oils (applied
and consumed) are also helpful.
A diet remedy is to consume foods rich in Vitamin
A and take whole food supplements such as the
ones found on my website at www.tanisjuiceplus.com