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We don't currently carry this product but I felt it was worth a discussion about Skin Accumax and what I have noted so far on this front.

First, what is Skin Accumax?
This is a supplement formula patented by Jane Iredale to help clear up acne prone skin using essential plant nutrients to support the immune system and boosts skin health. The main ingredients that are present in this formula are: Vitamin A, an antioxidant found in brightly colored vegetables; Vitamin C, an antioxidant found in citrus fruits and other vegetables; Vitamin E, an antioxidant found in oils, grains and nuts; and DIM (Diindolylmethane), a natural plant nutrient found in cruciferous vegetables.

According to Jane Iredales website: Skin Accumax contains a synergistic combination of vitamins and plant nutrients which address the underlying factors of problem skin. This unique combination of ingredients works to improve skin texture; additionally it helps condition, balance oil, and reduce redness. It's easy to see how they can work together to help achieve a clearer complexion.

Most of our customers do not realize that some of our skin care professionals work in the field for dermatologists and plastic surgeons. I happen to be one of the estheticians that works here at Radiant Skin Clinic who also works part time for a dermatologist practice in their medical spa doing treatments and recommending skin care products for home use.

Recently, we had a rep from Jane Iredale come in to the medical spa to discuss the mineral cosmetics line. We do quite a few skin treatments that leave the skin red and irritated. We use Oxygenetics to cover some of the more invasive treatments (such as microneedling) but this foundation is quite thick and heavy looking on the skin which is fine if you need heavy coverage to leave the office not looking scary but most of the treatments we offer leave the skin a little red and not in need of such heavy coverage. We also look for products that contain ingredients that are not irritating. We use EltaMD UV Daily Tinted or EltaMD UV Clear Tinted for light coverage on these clients because of the sunscreen component but these products are so lightly tinted that you don't get good coverage. So we have a hole between too heavy and too light, hence why Jane Iredale is being looked at to "fill the gap" so to speak.

So here is where it got interesting...while there discussing the mineral cosmetics, the rep mentioned adding Skin Accumax for clients who suffer from acne. We see LOTS of acne clients in the medical spa and the dermatology practice sees even more patients with acne prone skin. The rep offered literature on Skin Accumax and explained how well it works for non-cystic acne prone skin. Our nurse practitioner (who works in both departments) asked for studies showing how Skin Accumax compares to other conventional treatments. Of course, the rep did not have any studies to offer and explained that since this is a supplement formula, it is not regulated by the FDA. Conventional Western Medicine practitioners do not typically recommend supplements and they often offer prescription medications to treat acne. These practitioners are not taught much about wellness, immune support or natural forms of treating dis-ease. I found this discussion enlightening to say the least.

I personally do not take prescription medications if I can help it. I look for natural alternatives or therapies that are less synthetic in nature. My personal belief system is more Eastern oriented than Western. There are some compounds that are not naturally derived that have been found therapeutic so I try to keep an open mind. As I watched this interaction between the two parties, a few questions and thoughts came to mind. First, is there incentive for a medical spa to bring in a supplement formula to clear up acne when so much money can be made off treatments and home care? Is this the reason why our nurse practitioner is asking for case studies or is she truly interested in seeing the studies? I thought to myself, "why would a dermatology practice want to offer a supplement to help clear up acne? Wouldn't that reduce repeat business?" I hate when my brain does this...but business is business and I find the world of allopathic medicine is really more about repeat business these days and not about cures.

So not to drag this out -- this interaction really made me think about the divergence between natural forms of medicine and big pharmaceutical interests. No judgment here...just an observation that has me questioning peoples motives.