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Starting With A Clean Slate – Detoxifying Your Skin

zOur skin is the largest organ of the body and its health is crucial for our overall well-being. In addition to providing a physical, anatomical barrier to protect the inner tissues, the skin also functions to detoxify the body through sweating and excreting sebum (oil). The skin also “breathes” by absorbing oxygen directly through the pores, regulates body temperature, and creates sensory touch. Our skin is certainly much more than just a canvas of youthfulness and beauty. It is a living, breathing organ that must be protected and cared for in order for us to be our healthiest and most vital.

 

As we would want our heart, lungs, kidneys, and other vital organs to be working at their best, the skin also deserves our thoughtful attention and time. This is why it is so important that we understand exactly what we put on our skin so that we don’t inadvertently do more harm than good.  

 
Anything applied onto our skin is the same as putting it directly into our mouth. These substances are absorbed and then travel into the bloodstream through a network of tiny blood vessels, so we must be sure they are not toxic or harmful. Unfortunately, many conventional skincare products are made using potentially toxic substances such as petrochemicals, aldehydes, or low-quality raw ingredients. After long-term use, these can result in local side effects such as inflammation and sensitivity, disrupt the hormonal pathways, and sometimes even promote certain types of cancer. For instance, when petroleum products are applied to the skin surface, they often cause acne flare-ups, dehydration or blackheads because the molecules are too big to penetrate and be absorbed by the skin. Instead, these sit on the surface of the skin and clog the pores. “Clogged skin” impairs its ability to perform all its vital functions. This is not only bad for overall health, it also makes the skin look more blotchy, dehydrated, and inflamed.

 

As an eye surgeon who specializes in eyelid and facial plastic surgery, I have treated many patients with so-called “autoimmune” reactions around the delicate eyelid and facial skin. Many of these patients were suffering because of adverse reactions to their skincare products. Once these products were discontinued, the skin had  an opportunity to finally heal itself.   


 
aThere are many incredible benefits to adopting a daily skincare regimen but these are only realized if the correct products are selected based on an individual’s unique skin type and skin challenges.

 

The first step towards experiencing truly healthy, radiant, and beautiful skin is to detoxify and start with a clean slate. By taking away all exposure to potentially toxic substances while living a healthy lifestyle (ie. proper nutrition, water intake, physical activity, and sleep hygiene) the skin will heal itself. This is why I recommend that all our new clients start by discontinuing their current conventional skincare products and adopt natural organic product line for at least 3 months. After this 3-month period, the skin is usually detoxified and now medical-grade products can be introduced safely if necessary. Detoxified skin looks naturally radiant because of its renewed hydration, clear complexion, and glandular stability.  
 
The MD Results, Naturally line of skincare products was developed using the maximum percentage (92-100%) of high-quality botanical naturally-derived ingredients and it has been clinically tested for safety and efficacy. These are very well-tolerated by even the most sensitive patients, including those who have recently undergone laser resurfacing or facial surgical procedures.

 

Only after the 3month detoxification period, do we selectively introduce the more powerful medical-grade products for specific skin challenges. These stronger products are typically used for shorter periods of time in order to achieve specific result. For long-term skincare, however, we typically rely on natural organic products to limit toxicity and optimize overall health.  

 
As we age, the skin undergoes changes such as loss of collagen, fat, and elasticity. The epidermis (top-most layer) also gets thicker over time as the skin cell turnover rate decreases. This aging process typically becomes noticeable by the age of 25 in most people. Changes include enlarged pores, a rougher texture, fine lines, deep wrinkles, and surface changes such as dark spots, visible vessels, or redness. 

 

By adopting a consistent daily skincare regimen coupled with a health-optimizing lifestyle, many of these age-related skin changes can be delayed, prevented, and reversed. It’s important to recognize that the human body will naturally change over time, so the skincare needs will also change. You can’t keep using the same products you did 10 years ago because they simply won’t give you the same benefits. At MD Results, we establish your baseline skincare needs for this moment in time and then measure the results you’re getting every 3 months.

 

If we don’t achieve the result we want, we simply refine the product combination, active ingredient concentrations, and/or frequency of application in order to ensure there are measurable benefits for all  your efforts. It is our pleasure to help you navigate through this process and you can start by learning more about the MD Results Skincare System

 

Dr. Gill

Dr. Harmeet S. Gill MD FACS FRCSC is a Royal College and board-certified oculofacial plastic surgeon.

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