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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

Mary said,

February 23, 2017 @ 11:27 am

I was going to order your sun screen but I had ordered a sunscreen from Dr Mercola,s website it has Titanium Dioxide & Zinc Oxide and I can not use his as it pure white and does not spread on the skin. It looks like something that would be used in a Funeral Home. Why is it like this and is your product easy to spread and is it also very white ?

Thelma Sansome said,

February 23, 2017 @ 11:28 am

Hi Sharmani.
Just wondering if you thought the la Roche Posay Anthelois XL melt in cream 60 sunscreen would be okay for sensitive skin?

Many thanks,

Sharmani said,

February 23, 2017 @ 1:41 pm

For Thelma,
Thanks for your question. Anthelios XL SPF 60 Comfort Cream/Melt-in Cream is fragrance-free and has been tested on sensitive skin and is marked as hypoallergenic by the manufacturer. However, as those with sensitive skin may have a more difficult time tolerating chemical sun filters, you may want to consider something like Anthelios SPF 50+ Dermo Kids Lotion (which is made specifically for children’s sensitive skin and has a formula with higher amounts of titanium dioxide and lower amounts of chemical sun filters). You may also want to consider Cliniderm SPF 45 Protective Lotion which uses only titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as its active ingredients.
As with any new product, always perform a skin patch test to minimize any possible irritation.
Best, Sharmani

Sharmani said,

February 23, 2017 @ 1:55 pm

For Mary,
We recognize that finding a sunscreen that you love wearing every day can be a challenge. Physical sun filters titanium dioxide and zinc oxide can often be heavy and leave a white finish on the skin depending on your complexion. Zinc oxide covers the full range of the UV spectrum , both the longer UVA (aging) and shorter UVB (burning) rays. Studies have shown zinc oxide to be safe, effective and stable upon sun exposure. While titanium dioxide does a good job in blocking the UVB rays, it doesn’t block all UVA rays and should be used in combination with other sun filters to cover a wider range of the UVA spectrum.
If you want to stick with physical sun filters, you’ll be happy to hear that we’re working on a formulation called Apothekari Shade SPF 30, an all natural sunscreen with zinc oxide. Not only does it block 100% of both UVA and UVB rays but does it beautifully without leaving a white finish. Add in UV-absorbing red algae extract and antioxidant ergothioneine and we think it’s a winner. Watch for it soon!
If you are open to using the much sought-after filters Mexoryl XL or Tinosorb S, you may want to consider Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Comfort Creme, Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Ultralight Fluide aka Fluide Extreme or Anthelios XL SPF 60 Lightweight Lotion. All three provide great sun protection with an invisible finish.
Best, Sharmani

Grace said,

February 24, 2017 @ 9:06 am

Hi Sharmani,

may I please know whether Preparation H cream from Canada contains any hydrocortisone or any other steroid? I read on and other online sources that it contains hydrocortisone.

Also, may I please know whether the sodium lauryl sulfate in it will be sensitizing when used around the eyes?
Paula Begoun’s cosmetic ingredient dictionary says this about sodium lauryl sulfate:

Thank you for your time…

Sharmani said,

February 24, 2017 @ 1:39 pm

For Grace:
Thanks for your questions. The Preparation H Cream with BioDyne that we carry does not contain any hydrocortisone. There is, however, a version not offered by us that is specifically formulated as an anti-itch hemorrhoidal cream that contains 1% hydrocortisone.
As for whether or not the sodium lauryl sulfate will irritate the skin under the eyes, it is very dependent upon the individual. Those with sensitive skin may want to avoid this ingredient in their personal care products. As an alternative, you may want to consider looking for an eye cream or eye gel that contains peptides (BioDyne is a protein fraction containing a mixture of several peptides). One of the most widely used peptides is Matrixyl, which can be found in Neostrata’s Anti-Aging Eye Cream with Fruit Stem Cells.
Best, Sharmani

Griselda Dupuy said,

March 8, 2017 @ 10:38 am

How safe is Anthelios sunscreen .
Does it protect a dark skin person? Will it make you darker after sun exposer ?

Thank You

Sharmani said,

March 10, 2017 @ 1:16 pm

For Griselda,
Anthelios sunscreens are known for their stability, effectiveness and the wide range of products . When our customers ask about Anthelios, they are almost always looking for the sun filters Mexoryl sx or Mexoryl XL. Studies have demonstrated that Mexoryl sunscreens are safe. They have little or no absorption through the skin and are photo stable (they don’t degrade upon exposure to UV light).
Broad spectrum sunscreens, like Anthelios, protect skin from UVA (Aging) and UVB (Burning) rays, regardless of an individual’s skin color. The basic instructions for protecting the skin are the same: apply sunscreen generously 15-30 minutes prior to exposure and reapply after 2 hours or immediately after swimming, toweling off or sweating heavily. Proper use of sunscreen should in no way make your skin darker after sun exposure. That would be the opposite of its intention!
Best, Sharmani

Charlotte said,

March 13, 2017 @ 9:34 pm

I’m impressed with the sunscreen “mexoryl” in LaRoche Posays Anthelios. But I see it also has parabens in the ingredients. Parabens have been linked to hormone disrupters/ cancer. Why can’t they leave them out? Thank you.

Sharmani said,

March 15, 2017 @ 12:17 pm

For Charlotte,
Parabens are a class of chemical widely used in cosmetics because of their preservative qualities. If you are concerned but don’t want to give up the protective properties of Mexoryl XL, you’ll be happy to know that there are some Anthelios products without parabens, including Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Comfort Creme for the face, Anthelios SPF50 Dermo Kids Lotion, Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Ultralight Fluide and Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Lait Veloute.
Best, Sharmani

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