My top 6 of IMCAS 2016

Hello everyone! So I'm back from a Valentines weekend to Basel, hence the lack of posts these last days. I will get better at scheduling them, I promise.

As promised I'm following my IMCAS picture show with my top 6 IMCAS experiences. I think it is important to stay on your toes, and always keep learning. That is why international scale congresses like these are so valuable. I got insight into new cosmeceutical technology and trends, there were business classes, and full day courses and workshops on aesthetic treatments and plastic surgery. Following are my personal top 6 things of IMCAS 2016. 

1. New cosmeceutical delivery systems

There were full day course on cosmeceuticals, how to incorporate them into medical practice, new ingredients, and also a really interesting talk on a completely new delivery system that I think will be a huge game changer in cosmetic formulation and development. A company from Israel have been looking at how to harvest the stings from sea anemones, loading them with skincare ingredients instead of poison, and activating them on the skin so that their content is "injected" into the deeper layers of the skin, without you feeling anything, amazing, right?! I'm very excited about this bio-tech beauty-trend we're seeing.

2. The hair follicle as an integral part of skin recovery

There were also full day courses on medical strength peels, where the most interesting lecture was on hair follicles and skin recovery after peels. It seems hair follicles are integral to proper, fast, and smooth recovery of the skin after trauma, such as a chemical peel. The hair follicle are the main site of stem-cells in the skin, and so regeneration becomes slow and inadequate when you are missing these. That is why you should not have deep peels done on skin which has undergone laser hair removal f.ex, you are much more likely to end up with adverse effects after a peel such as f.ex hypo-pigmentation.

3. New skincare ingredients target "cause of aging".

I have more than once mentioned inflammation as the root of all evil here on ROKderm, and there is now great consensus that inflammation (in it's many forms) leads to aging, illness and death - excuse the dramatics. The powerhouse that is Loreal laboratories have been researching the process of aging on a cellular level and claim to have developed a new skincare ingredient that targets the very signalling molecule of inflammation NF-kB, which is up-regulated with increasing age. This ingredient will target wrinkles, pigmentation spots, and loss of elasticity all in one. It is not yet available for purchase, but I am sure we can expect a new Loreal product on the horizon soon.

4. The role of probiotics in skincare

A hugely interesting lecture! I'm very into everything skin & diet, and have been hearing of probiotics for quite some time now, I've even tried to incorporate more of it in my diet, but after this lecture I will make it a priority! The lecturer showed research pointing to a compromised immune system being responsible for skin diseases such as eczema, in the lecturers own words "your skin will be affected by what goes on in your gut". In my book Frisk Hud, immunologist Dr. Szabo gives his reasoning for why a "leaky gut" one where there is an overgrowth of bad bacteria rather than good ones leads to slow and silent inflammation that can cause premature ageing and disease. It is becoming more and more clear that probiotics SHOULD be supplemented daily, but they are best taken in their pure form i.e Greek yoghurt with live bacterial culture, Sauerkraut, and my favorite; Korean Kimchi!

5. Air pollution and skin ageing

This was mentioned at least twice during the 4 days of the IMCAS, and there was a lecture focusing on this topic alone. A few years ago I wrote an article here on ROKderm about the effects of pollution on the skin, and there were not a lot of papers to find on PubMed regarding this field of research. Now, on the other hand it has become accepted that pollution does in fact have very negative effects on skin and skin health, where increased aging, and pigmentation spots are more commonly seen in polluted areas. Skincare is now being actively developed in order to combat the effects of pollution.

6. Nutriceuticals - the future of skincare?

This is sort of a continuation of the probiotics revelation. Science, and so also physicians are starting to open up about the fact that what we put into our bodies will have an affect on what we see as well. Nutriceuticals were a huge part of the IMCAS this year, and I think nutriceuticals will become a natural part of a sound and complete skincare regimen with time. I always recommend supplements to my patients depending on skin-concern, when you think about it, it makes total sense that a full and complete treatment plan should incorporate diet, at least that is what I think . Research is also pointing to the most important vitamins and minerals to include, some are vitamin Bs, C, and fatty acids.

So there you have my favorite trends of the IMCAS 2016! Now I'm on my way to Norway, and the BeWell clinic again, can't wait to celebrate my dad's birthday, and I have also planned girl-trip to Oslo, a little pre-birthday getaway with a purpose. I'm doing a couple of meetings and also trying on wedding dresses! Cross your fingers I'll find, "the one".