Debbie Dickson, DMKs Director of Education explains…

DMK has been specialising in transdermal delivery of skin care products for over 40 years.

In this day and age the competition is fierce in terms of skin care. There is an endless supply of so called ‘miracle’ products and avant-garde ingredients; therefore it is wise for the skin practitioner and physician to be aware of the importance of constant research. Education is essential to decipher intelligent conclusions regarding the latest product waves flooding the market.

Many new trends are designed with the discovery of new herb-plant extracts, vitamins and antioxidants. Good examples of this would be the Aloe Vera and Retinal-A craze of the 1980’s, and the Alpha Hydroxy Acid rage of the early 90’s. It is imperative that practitioners consider all products and ingredients no matter how miraculous they sound as there is no single ingredient, product or machine that will alleviate all the signs of ageing or skin disease.
Researching new ingredients will enable the practitioner to refine their skills in diagnosing skin problems.

The medical and aesthetics world have drawn closer together in this last decade, with physicians and therapists working harmoniously. However, there are boundaries that must be professionally established as to the claims that can be made by practitioners other than physicians.

Let’s take things one step further. Have you ever wondered if these so called miracle active ingredients are actually getting to the target area? Or are they merely sitting on the surface of the skin?

It is the effective delivery system of any skin care product that is of greatest importance.

Danné Montague-King, founder of the DMK Paramedical Skin Revision System, has used his unique transdermal delivery system in all of his DMK Treatments and Home Prescriptive products – for over forty years.

What is transdermal delivery?

The word ‘transdermal’ literally means ‘across the dermis’. Another term we use to describe the transdermal delivery system is ‘transepidermal’. This denotes a product settling into the voids of the skin through many chemical and enzymatic actions.

Active transdermal technologies include:
• Iontophoresis (using low voltage electrical currents to drive charged ingredients through the skin)
• Electroportation (uses short electrical pulses of high voltage to create transient aqueous pores in the skin)
• Snophoresis (uses low frequency ultrasonic energy to disrupt the stratum corneum)
• Thermal energy (uses heat to make the skin more permeable and increases the energy of the drug molecules).

We are ever searching for newer chemical permeation enhancers all the time —especially those which aim to enhance the solubility of the diffusing ingredients in the skin. And we encourage our practitioners to seek out knowledge regarding ingredients and what they do, we must emphasize that DMK formulations are very complex and these require precise and advanced manufacturing techniques.

Products that claim to contain active, near-miracle ingredients are not necessarily manufactured with a transdermal base. This means that these products cannot deliver ingredients into the epidermis properly.

After all, there is a certain formula in which active ingredients work in synergism with the skin. Many products may have less than what is required to cause any affect.

The success is in the delivery; 40 years, 32 countries; rebuilding skin and rebuilding lives.

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