Troubling. Troubling, indeed.


Shakespeare famously wrote “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”. BFT sadly cannot agree. This post discusses a new product and marketing ploy that can only be […]

Daily Dose of Inflamm’aging. Adipose Stem Cell Cytokines in Skin Care.


This is a follow up to our earlier post revealing the dangers of fat stem cells secretions as the basis of daily application cosmeceuticals. To be clear, we are not […]

The Horror of Hair Loss and What You Can Do About It (Hair – Part III)

4 stages of going bald

Having discussed the anatomy and physiology of hair growth, let’s take on the issue that everyone cares about most – hair loss – something that affects nearly all men at […]

The Naked Ape is Actually Covered in Hair? Yep. (Hair – Part II)

Emily Bland, 3, plays with Rishi, a 3 year old male orangutan. They first met 2 years ago when they sat and played and crawled around together. Now 2 years later they met up again and spent the afternoon climbing, swinging and playing in a paddling pool. In the wild orangutan's are threatened with extinction from to loss of habitat for palm oil production. Rishi lives at The Institute of Greatly Endangered Species, T.I.G.E.R.S., Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA. Photo by Barry Bland 23/06/10

It may come as a surprise to nearly everyone to learn that except for mucus membranes, the palms of the hands and soles of the feet, both men and women, […]

Hair, Glorious Hair – Part I


Every year, American women spend billions of dollars on hair products, haircuts, hair styling, hair extensions, perms and straightening, hair color, hair accessories, wigs, etc. Men are generally less hair-obsessed […]

Vaginal Rejuvenation: Beauty Below the Belt


  Pudendal pulchritude, or attractive genitalia, is, depending on one’s point of view (no pun intended), an important and legitimate concern in the world of female beauty, or a “yucky” […]

Speaking of really, really different: “Cosmeceuticals Confidential”


Some things seem like they should be the same, but in fact are really, really different.  You know, like those celebrity pictures posted online or in tabloids where you see […]

Do you know that fat stem cells and bone marrow stem cells are really, really different?

girls whispering

Some things seem like they should be the same, but in fact are really, really different.  You know, like those celebrity pictures posted online or in tabloids where you see […]

Snail Growth Factor Allergy with Microneedling? May not be such a tiny problem.


Microneedling, whether done at home, by an esthetician, or a medical professional, results in thousands of microscopic perforations in the stratum corneum, the uppermost layer of the epidermis. The result is […]

bFGF & microneedling. Procollagen or anti-collagen?


We get a lot of questions about individual growth factors and their role in wound healing, anti-aging, and aesthetics. A question from our friend Scott, prompted this post. “Many post-micro […]

Unsure about Growth Factor and Cytokine Products for Skin Care & Microneedling?

indecisive girl

By now, BFT readers are well familiar with our disdain for the hyperbolic and confusing marketing messages constantly foisted upon skincare product consumers. For more than a decade, marketing maestros […]

Hyaluronic Acid – Yes, Size Does Matter!


Being touted by some as a “better” hyaluronic acid (HA) for skin application, low molecular weight  hyaluronic acid (LMW-HA) is in fact a potent stimulus for inflammation and scarring. We […]

Microneedling and snail “growth factors” (so called). Here we go again!


In our previous post about microneedling safety & efficacy (collagen  induction therapy) we mentioned one particularly troublesome product designed to be used during a microneedling session that contains secretions of  snails.  We even […]

Growth Factors in Skin Care – Series Introduction


This is the first in a series of in-depth articles exploring the science of growth factors, cytokines, and stem cells in aesthetic medicine dermatology, and skin care… learn about EGF, IGF, VEGF, […]