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Many people have noticed that as soon as you start using a skin cream, you have to continue with it; if you stop lubricating, your skin becomes drier than when you started. And now there is research to confirm for the first time that normal skin can become drier from creams.

Izabela Buraczewska presents these findings in the dissertation she is publicly defending at Uppsala University in Sweden on October 24.

The findings in Izabela Buraczewska’s dissertation confirm what many have suspected: creams can make the skin drier. She has studied what happens in the skin at the molecular level and also what positive and negative effects creams have on the skin. Her research shows that differences in the pH of creams do not seem to play any role.

Different oils were also studied in a seven-week treatment period, but no difference was established between mineral oil and a vegetable oil. Both oils resulted in the skin being less able to cope with external stresses. Treatment with a more complex cream compound, however, resulted in more resistant skin with no signs of dryness.

Tissues samples taken from the treated skin areas also show that the weakening of the skin’s protective barrier can be tied to changes in the activity of certain genes involved in producing skin fats, among other functions. The conclusion is that the contents of creams impact these effects on the skin. This knowledge enhances our potential to develop creams that reinforce the skin’s protective barrier in a positive way, without making the skin drier. Such creams would mean that various groups of patients with dry skin, for example eczema and ichthyosis, could enjoy a better quality of life.

“My findings show that creams differ and that knowledge of the effect of various ingredients is important for us to be able to tailor the treatment to various skin types,” says Izabela Buraczewska.



  1. Jean-Luc
    January 23, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Creams are a fantastic way to moisturize your skin. Polynesians learned since centuries the benefits of Kukui products.

    Have you ever wonder why they’ve got a beautiful skin and hair? Because all their products are natural.

  2. Carol
    February 8, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    There is such a thing as overdoing your skin care program. Additionally, alot of cosmetics are not as natural or organic as they claim. Consider making your own skin care products. They are truly all natural.

  3. devan
    March 5, 2009 at 5:48 am

    Have you heard about the latest Canadian dermatologist to create his own skincare line? I don’t normally ever write on these blogs but if you suffer from dry or dehydrated skin this new line built on the “hydration concept” is a FIVE STAR PRODUCT LINE!! Seriously, its filled with potent anti-oxidants that have changed the way my skin looks and feels and other makeup artists across North America are raving about it since he works on sets to assist top artists when needed! Good luck! Devan, Vancouver.

  4. Karla
    March 29, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    There is a lot of science and research behind your dissertation. While many creams do not follow this trend, yes, in fact there are many that do. Many people share a theory that it is a marketing trick in order to obtain more re-orders of the creams, but it’s simply the reaction the skin has when it is receiving certain nutrients on a consistent basis, and then when they are taken away the skin has a bad reaction to that. Great post, hope it obtains a lot of reads.

  5. BeautyTalk
    April 4, 2009 at 10:21 am

    I already came accross several articles saying that moisturizing your skin makes skin cells “lazy”.. that’s how some put it… But the fact is that people who use moisturizers look younger and preserve their beauty longer than those who don’t!

  6. Angel
    April 20, 2009 at 11:22 am


    Have you heard about 24/7 Protect Serum by Xsura?
    It works wonders! The advanced extremophile blend along with shiitake mushroom extract help to calm redness and soothe inflammation for a more youthful complexion. It is ideal if your skin is showing visible signs of loss of elasticity, fine lines, wrinkles, dryness, rough texture, sun damage, discoloration and crow’s feet. You simply have to apply after cleansing in the morning and evening.

    They use tiny microorganisms called extremophiles, a life form found to possess a unique and powerful enzyme structure that not only protects the organism from the ravaging effects of its unusually harsh habitat, but even has the ability to repair itself.

    Now this is good news for aging skin!

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    What are your thoughts on this?


  7. mdh
    June 10, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    This post makes a lot of sense, and so does Izabela Buraczewska’s research.

    The most effective treatment for dry skin, I believe, is not what you put on the outside of your face, but what you feed your body — namely, drinking water or juice.

    I just read a piece on nutralegacy.com that confirms this. It says that practitioners in India for thousands of years have suggested drinking apple or grape juice at room temperature to treat itchy skin or rashes. Drinking it after an oatmeal bath is even better. They believe strongly in the connection between food & health.

    Great article. Google Nutralegacy.com and search for “Best Natural Itchy Red Rash Treatment” to read the article.

    Thanks, Don

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