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Sharmani said,

January 9, 2017 @ 2:55 pm

For Toby,
Thanks for your questions. You are right that the Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Fluide Extreme has been renamed Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Fluide Ultra-light Fluide with a new formulation. The link you provided has Tinosorb S listed with its chemical name, BIS-ETHYLHEXYLOXYPHENOL METHOXYPHENYL TRIAZINE. This matches with the stock that we currently have.
As for its suitability for those who have rosacea, it would be difficult to determine without a skin patch test. Because rosacea manifests itself differently for each person, it would impossible to tell if the Anthelios XL SPF 50 Ultra-light Fluide would act as a trigger. Those who deal with rosacea tend to do better with sunscreens that use only physical sun filters such as zinc oxide and/or titanium oxide.
Best, Sharmani

Alli said,

January 12, 2017 @ 4:28 pm

What is the difference between Preparation H with BioDyne Cream and Preparation H with BioDyne Ointment?

Sharmani said,

January 15, 2017 @ 2:40 pm

For Alli,
Thanks for your question. Both Preparation H Cream and Preparation H Ointment have the same active ingredient, 1.0% BioDyne. However, one has a cream base (some of our customers find this more agreeable when using it on their face for wrinkles and undereye puffiness) while the ointment has a petroleum jelly-like base.
Best, Sharmani

Mary ann Bickings said,

February 1, 2017 @ 5:29 pm

Hello Sharmani,
I have acneic, aging skin. Age 66. Very oily in summer in winter I experience some dehydration but acne persists, only somewhat diminished. I use Retinol in warm months but had to stop. I feel I still need it in winter. I’m looking at Green Cream Level 3 and the Apothekari A. I don’t know which to choose. How strong is the Apothekari A brand? I use a Vit. C, Sodium Hyaluronate and Rejuvinating serum in am and pm ( since I can’t find a nitetime treatment that doesn’t break me out. I like to stick with serums. What do you recommend? Thanks for your advice.

Sharmani said,

February 2, 2017 @ 1:27 pm

For Mary Ann:
Thanks for your question. The timing could not be more perfect as we just posted a blog about how Apothekari’s A is for Anti-Aging (and retinoids in general) can be an effective treatment for adult acne. You can read more about it here in our post.
In terms of strength, A is for Anti-Aging contains 0.1% retinaldehyde. And because studies have shown that retinaldehyde is the best tolerated form of vitamin A, products with this particular ingredient are able to take advantage of higher concentrations with less side effects for better results. Keep in mind, too, that retinaldehyde is just one conversion step away from retinoic acid, the form of vitamin A that the skin uses. Retinol, like in Green Cream, requires a two-step conversion process.
As with any new skincare product, we would always recommend doing a skin patch test to minimize any unexpected reactions. Initially with retinoids in general, there is a period of exfoliation while the skin adjusts so things may seem to get worse before they get better. However, we really believe in Apothekari’s A is for Anti-Aging (it has become the line’s customer favorite, hands down) in terms of its gentleness and effectiveness, so much so that we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Best, Sharmani

Vicki Brawner said,

February 6, 2017 @ 8:25 pm

Do you have a recommendation for a substitute for above?

Sharmani said,

February 7, 2017 @ 3:13 pm

For Vicki,
Many of our customers are still lamenting the fact that the Anthelios XL SPF 45 Spray was discontinued. At this time, we have two options if you are interested in a spray formula: Anthelios Dermo-Pediatric SPF 50+ Spray in a pump dispenser and Anthelios Dermo-Pediatric SPF 50+ Spray in an aerosol format. Both contain the same coveted sun filters that our customers are looking for: Tinosorb S, Mexoryl Xl and Mexoryl SX.
Best, Sharmani

Medric Smith Jr said,

February 12, 2017 @ 6:15 am

I used to use a product called “Complex 15 Facial Moisturizer”. It was the only thing I could use on my face and not have an allergic reaction. After trying to replenish my supply, I found that it was discontinued. Now, I see a product on your website advertised as “Complex 15”. Is this the same product? Have the ingredients changed?

Sharmani said,

February 14, 2017 @ 1:36 pm

For Medric,
Thanks for your question. We have been carrying the Complex 15 Daily Face Cream here at PharmacyMix for just over two years, largely at our US customers’ request when they were not about to source a supply locally. As far as we know, it is the same product with the same ingredients. However, we would always suggest comparing the list of ingredients shown on our website and the one on a tube you may still have, just to be sure. Our customers have not indicated to us that it is different than what they have come to know and love.
Best, Sharmani

Jan Soloy said,

February 14, 2017 @ 10:05 pm

Hello! I was born with the type of Icthyosis that is on every skin surface of my body. I am taking Femara now and it has become very high maintenance for flakes some larger than others. I also make literally 40x more skin cells than a normal person. I have seen dermatologist and they suggest Lactic Acid ( AmLac ) 12% that use to be Rx. I do not use Epilyt anymore as it is not strong enuf now. Use to love it!! I am going to try Glycolic Acid for face and mix it with a light cream. Every bit of cream I have to soak the RUB/ROLL of with flaking skin to get down to newest skin. This is Everyday or it is very uncomfortable. Hawaii would be good but I live in Alaska! Do you have anything you could suggest or mix for me? Thank you!!

Sharmani said,

February 17, 2017 @ 1:48 pm

For Jan,
Thanks for your question. Both Lac Hydrin Lotion with 12% lactic acid or Reversa Body Smoothing Lotion with 10% glycolic acid could help hydrate the skin while exfoliating. You may also want to consider a body lotion with urea. For the face, Neostrata has a 10% glycolic cream or lotion that may also help. If you require something stronger, your doctor and a local compounding pharmacy would be able to formulate a cream that is suitable for your particular needs.
Best, Sharmani

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