Thanks to a comment from Aimee for highlighting a new product available from DERMAdoctor that looks both innovative and potentially beneficial for rosacea sufferers.
The makers claim that DERMAdoctor Photodynamic Therapy enables users to “experience continuous exposure to anti-aging red light through the mere application of a lotion” and call it a “ground-breaking, patent-pending solar powered technology in lotion form captures UV light transforming it into visible red light, a proven energy source for eliciting anti-aging effects on the skin”.
Would it be too cynical to discount these sorts of claims out of hand? The story sounds compelling, something that one might even wonder why it hasn’t been created before.
This so called `solar powered lotion form of red light therapy’ works by acting as a selective sunscreen. Morinda Citrifolia, also known as Indian Mulberry, is the listed as the base active ingredient that allows red light around 648nm wavelength to pass through the applied lotion.
From: DERMAdoctor PDT Page
How Does It Work?
Morinda Citrifolia Extract (Noni Fruit) contains a special polyphenol that specifically captures the sun’s rays then converts and emits this energy as a highly focused visible red wavelength of light (648nm) equivalent to that of a red LED. Encapsulating this polyphenol with an inert tricalcium phosphate particle creates a complex capable of transmitting the visible red light to the skin where it works to firm the skin.
Certainly a novel concept, to filter out the harmful parts of the sun and allow through a particular wavelength that is thought to be beneficial for rosacea skin.
It would be helpful know to if this product also contains ingredients that are considered likely to irritate to rosacea sufferers. The few ingredients that are listed do not include how this product achieves its SPF30.
Lets look at the ingredients that are listed.
Pomegranate, Ubiquinone, Vitamin E, Cucumber and Green & White Tea Extracts work to fight against free radical environmental damage to the skin.
We do know that Green Tea helps with the efficacy of Red Light Therapy.
Photodynamic Therapy contains the sole non animal Vitamin D source available: sun exposed shitake mushrooms, to help boost levels of this vitamin so critical to overall well-being.
We can read in Myceliuim Running, How Mushrooms Can Help Save The World (By Paul Stamets, Ten Speed Press 2005), “Freshly picked indoor-grown shiitake mushrooms when dried indoors, had only 110 IU vitamin D, but when placed outdoors to dry in the sun produced an astonishing 21,400 IU of vitamin D per 100g”.
Benzylidene Dimethyoxydimethylindanone (C20H2003)
Sunscreen booster. This is said to enhance SPF proection by blocking the AhR receptor, shields DNA & provides cellular defense.
Questions I’d like Answered
How long do they expect 30ml to last – $85 is a lot for a tube of anything, let alone an amount as little as 30ml.
What ingredients are being used for the sun protection?
Is the product safe based on prolonged exposure to an extreme UV environment?
The suggested directions include instructions to apply daily, 15 minutes before exposure and reapply every 2 hours while outdoors, and to not seek additional sun exposure.
Game Enough to Try?
As this product has received high profile exposure on Dr. Oz we can probably expect that this product will become more visible to rosacea sufferers.
If you do decide to invest in this lotion, please do let us know how you get on.