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?

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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?

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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, […]

New Mission for BFT


We have decided to make some changes here at BFT.  While we will continue to unabashedly bash bad science and pseudoscience when we encounter it, we don’t want to become too […]

Topical Antioxidants: Protecting Skin from Cellular Assassins

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We have all heard that antioxidants are important in skincare. Do you know why? Do you know what they are? How they protect skin? How they make life possible? Without […]

The Docs Like this Pyramid. The Height of Hypocrisy?


We have written quite a bit about pyramid schemes here in the pages of BFT. Generally we have been, shall we say, critical. But now we must confess to our […]

Cosmeceuticals Applied to Skin during Microneedling. Safety, Efficacy, and Restoration of Sanity.


Primum non Nocere. First, do no Harm. It is a guiding principle in medicine, although in the world of skin care and topical aesthetic medicine, we seem to have been […]

Bright Lights in Skincare: Lasers & IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)


The relationship between light and health has been observed for millennia: Hippocrates often advised his patients to expose themselves to sunlight to treat a variety of ailments. Herodot, a citizen […]

Acne (part two): Fighting back with Lotions, Potions, and Notions


  Acne is as old as mankind (and womankind) so it is not surprising to see references to it in ancient texts. Aristotle and Hippocrates both referred to it in […]