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You’ve tried everything and your skin is still dry. These are the 10 reasons why.

Skin dryness is one of the top complaints I receive and at the same time the most common skin care products in the world are for remedying dry skin. Although certain genetic factors contribute to dry skin, there is a substantial environmental impact on skin hydration. Meaning, although some of us will naturally have dryer skin than others, the vast majority of dry skin is caused by our lifestyle choices.

A common misconception is that dry skin is caused by not drinking enough water. While it is true that if you are...

The 5 unnecessary (and damaging) skin care products that are in everyone’s routine

To have perfect skin, you need the basics, and nothing more. I’m not a fan of the #shelfie, a photo of a cluttered bathroom shelf filled with 50+ skin care products. Maybe it’s just a way to show off how much is spent on skin care. Regardless, it promotes an unhealthy and false notion that more skin care means better skin. In reality, more skin care means more skin damage. I’m all for the #deshelfie, a before and after photo where those 50 products were thrown...

Is water irritating to the skin? Is bacteria-infused skin care beneficial? And does the sunscreen in your makeup provide enough sun protection?

Ask a Skin Care Biologist

Ask a Skin Care Biologist is a recurring Bioluminescence post where OUMERE's CEO and CSO, Wendy Ouriel, M.S., answers your skin care questions. Wendy is a cellular biologist with expertise in cellular aging, extracellular matrix biology and the biology of skin care.

Question: Why is water irritating to the skin?

- Carrie L.

It’s a running joke for whomever knows me that I am such a skin care purist that I even consider water bad for the skin. I think the jokes are apt...

Adult Acne is a Modern Woman's Problem

Acne is not a modern phenomenon. Teenage acne has existed for as long as teenagers, and has been documented in ancient Roman, Greek, and Indian cultures (to name a few). Regardless of what year we are in or what culture we find ourselves to be apart of, teenagers experience a surge of hormones that drive development. Most notably, particular hormones affect skin oil production keratinization (the making of skin cells).

What is a modern phenomenon is adult acne. Adults in America make up a greater portion of acne sufferers than teenagers. According to the American...

How Dermarolling Causes Collagen Breakdown, Premature Aging, and Possibly Cancer

If I had a dollar for every time I was asked whether or not dermarolling/micro-needling was beneficial to skin, I would have enough money to buy that Hitachi transmission electron microscope I have had my eye on.


If you’re in a hurry, the answer is: no. Dermarolling is dangerous and has no skin benefit.

If you have time to read on, lets explore how derma rolling breaks down collagen, causes scar tissue formation, accelerates the aging process and puts you at risk for...