Every consumer, particularly expectant or nursing mothers, parents of young or adolescent children, and couples trying to conceive- deserve to make an informed choice:

  • Either use sunscreens with soluble filters of small molecular weight that give incomplete protection and pass into blood, tissues and brain, and are implicated as hormone disruptors and carcinogens, with adverse effects on lower species and the environment/
  • Or to use insoluble particle based UV filters with large molecular weight or particle size that give better protection against skin cancer and photoaging, and remain on the skin without any risk to human health or the environment.
  • Absolutely avoid– avobenzone, oxybenzone, homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene, Mexoryl XL™, Eusolex™ (4-methylbenzilidene camphor), octinoxate (un-encapsulated)- some are known or suspected hormone disruptors, photoallergens, and carcinogens. The fact that they all attain levels in your blood is reason enough to avoid them even without considering risks, particularly for expectant or nursing mothers, young or adolescent children, and couples trying to conceive.
  • Select – large molecular size insoluble particles or engineered filters: Zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, encapsulated octinoxate, Mexoryl SX™, Tinosorb S™, Tinosorb M™, Parsol SLX™, iscotrizinol, octyl triazone, and bisdisulizole disodium. They have no entry into blood and none are hormone disruptors or photoallergens. They give balanced protection without any risks to human health or the environment. Only the first four are available in N. America.
  • Select a particle based product with adequate concentrations to provide an accurate SPF and enough UVA protection. A SPF of 30 and a UVA-PF of at least 10 is attainable with zinc oxide alone 22-25%,zinc oxide 15% plus 5% titanium dioxide or encapsulated octinoxate. I like Mexoryl SX ™ is but it is usually combined with undesirable soluble filters. Combinations of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide in adequate concentrations are hard to find. Some products that fly off the shelves in health food stores have inadequate concentrations of these filters- e.g. 1.2% and 3.8% respectively. This cannot have the SPF 30 claimed on the label and likely contains boosters (anti-redness agents) that diminish your erythema reaction from sunburn without actually reducing the UVB radiation passing through the sunscreen to your skin. The filters are safe but at that level cannot provide adequate UVA protection- likely has a UVA-PF < 5 and would be a FAIL in the EU and cannot deliver adequate photoprotection.
  • Higher UVA-PF values are possible with the use of either more zinc oxide up to 25%, or the addition of innovative filters like Tinosorb S™, Tinosorb M™ – approved everywhere in the world – except N. America. Most sunscreens here have UVA-PF values of 3-8, despite being labelled as “Broad Spectrum” under our rules that do not actually require this measurement, and rely on an indirect estimate. Most still fail to reach EU standards. The ideal sunscreen would combine 3 or 4 particle filters – encapsulated octinoxate, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, Tinosorb S™ (bemotrizinol), or Tinosorb M ™ (biscotrizole). Only the first 3 are available to us in ideal combinations. These combinations in optimal concentrations can achieve UVA protection values > 30, and achieve 3-5 X more protection in the UVA1 range than our typical UVB-biased N. American sunscreens.
  • For daily or recreational purposes, use SPF 30 – but if you are extremely fair, if you have a condition with extreme sensitivity to sunlight like lupus, or if you have an outdoor occupation, use a SPF 50. Bear in mind that the true SPF may only be 10 and adjust your behaviour accordingly – calculate your safe exposure time from the label SPF and divide by 5. Particle sunscreens appear to come closer to their label values in sunlight. Use the other elements of a photoprotection strategy – avoid sun exposure, wear UV protective clothing, wear head gear and UV protective sunglasses to the extent you can, and use a sunscreen with UVA filters like zinc oxide in adequate concentrations.

Praise For Cyberderm Products


I believe The Precautionary Principle is being ignored where soluble sunscreen filters are concerned. The case for banning them is much stronger than BPA. This shifts the burden of protection against harm from the government to you. Selecting your family sunscreen is actually quite simple – just avoid those filters that enter blood regardless of the level, and usethose large insoluble particle type filters – safer and more effective from better UVA1 protection.  In Canada and the USA- we have limited access to UVA filters – only avobenzone and zinc oxide. I do not recommend avobenzone – it enters blood to a “limited” degree and is not photostable. Industry adds other chemicals that also pass into blood to “stabilize” it. Yet looking at extinction curves (which consumers never see), informs  us that some formulas may still allow the transmission of over 35% of incident UVA1 through the sunscreen and damaging the skin.


Most zinc oxide sunscreens on the market have low levels that cannot provide optimal UVA protection. Our new sunscreens will provide UVA values > 15-40, unmatched anywhere.  Remember to look for 20% or more of zinc oxide. Many of these products have poor esthetic qualities- whitening on skin, oily or greasy feel on skin, and funny odors. At CyberDERM – we only use particles that remain on your skin- transparent zinc oxide and encapsulated octinoxate – titanium dioxide is a safe alternative – we do not use it as it adds to the white appearance on skin. Both of our sunscreens are EWG recommended Top Products. We are proud of our accomplishments, asa small Canadian company. Others share our enthusiasm.


Every Morning Sun Whip™ with 15% zinc oxide and 7.5% encapsulated octinoxate applies in a transparent film with a matte finish perfect for daily use under make-up. It receives widespread acclaim :

“As The Editor of New You, I have been asked to try numerous sunscreens over the years. I reviewed the material provided by Dr. Dudley in preparing my article. I appreciated his concepts  and after using the CyberDERM Every Morning Sun Whip, I became a huge fan of the formula that I now use exclusively – I feel it is a Goldilocks formulation – not too thick and not too thin – just right.   I am loving the CyberDERM sunscreen- it feels so good on the skin and I now trust his ingredients.”

Ruchel Louis, Executive Editor, NEW YOU, The Voice of Health and Beauty.


Simply Zinc ™ with 22% clear zinc oxide was named as sunscreen of the year 2015 by The Beauty Editor.  “I prefer to use mineral sunscreens, not chemical ones, and Cyberderm Simply Zinc Sun Ship SPF 30 is the best one I’ve ever found.“ http://beautyeditor.ca/2016/01/01/favourite-beauty-products-2015. It was also selected by ELLE and Canadian Living magazines as a favourite product.


Both Every Morning Sun Whip™ and Simply Zinc™ are preferred for photosensitive disorders “Zinc oxide has long been on my radar of excellent sunscreen ingredients. I waseager to try CyberDERM’s Sun Whips – I am now a huge fan of Every Morning Sun Whip.  I tested their products in the blazing New Mexican sun. I have  a medical photosensitivity due to lupus, nearly translucent skin that if unprotected burns in a few minutes and freckles in mere seconds. I live at high altitude, nearly a mile above sea level, in the New Mexican desert. Because of lupus, I require the utmost in UV protection for the sake of my overall health. Patients with photosensitive lupus demand and deserve a truly high-performance sunscreen, and  as we need to wear it religiously, it ought to be pleasant to use. With CyberDERM, I have finally found my Holy Grail sunscreens. They have achieved the rare feat of preventing me from freckling, making it the one and only North American sunscreen company I have tried that keeps me from freckling.  Although freckles are cute, they indicate a degree of sun damage. With all this in mind, CyberDERM Sun Whips have exceeded my hopes and expectations. They provide powerful, lasting and balanced UVA/UVB protection I trust, combined with an unexpected, but delightful blendability and aesthetic elegance.  In my vast sunscreen experience to date, CyberDERM Sun Whips are unparalleled.  I also exclusively use CyberDERM Sun Whips on my young daughters, to protect their delicate skin with efficacy and purity I trust. Simply Zinc Sun Whip is a joy to use.  These are simply the best zinc based sunscreens I have ever found and I use them daily.”

Melissa M. Davis PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Photosensitive Lupus Patient.

New Product in Moncton-CLEAROGEN

Why Other Acne Solutions Fail

Acne Medication

Millions of people every day suffer from acne problems, but current treatments for adult acne only address the symptoms rather than the root cause. Lack of long-term acne solutions that work can leave many sufferers feeling overwhelmed and defeated. The current slew of acne facial treatment products available over the counter, on TV, and by prescription are essentially all the same. These acne treatment products use FDA-approved medications to open the pores, kill bacteria, and reduce inflammation. Though they may be an effective way to treat pimples and get rid of acne fast, they do not provide long-term results because they don’t address the root cause, which is to prevent acne breakouts altogether.

Powerful Botanicals


Clearogen is a highly effective treatment designed to clear up acne and eliminate symptoms before they even start. Like other acne face wash products and control creams, Clearogen uses FDA-approved medications to clear up acne, but it also incorporates natural anti-DHT ingredients to reduce the skin’s oil production to normal levels and break the cycle of acne. Created by Dr. Alex Khadavi, renowned Board-Certified dermatologist, Clearogen’s 3 step acne treatment, an anti-DHT acne-fighting system, is scientifically proven to help you achieve healthier, more vibrant, acne-free skin.

The Real Cause of Acne


DHT (dihydrotestosterone) is a byproduct of testosterone, made within the skin of both men and women. DHT stimulates the oil glands to produce excessive oil, which leads to clogged pores and oily skin. This creates the perfect environment for bacteria to settle in and form the skin inflammation that we know as an acne breakout.

Most acne solution products on the market today don’t address DHT, allowing excessive oil production to continue, leading to reoccurring acne problems. Clearogen is the only topical acne solution that reduces DHT and breaks this cycle. Get rid of acne fast by treating the existing skin condition and preventing future breakouts.




5 Things That May be Contributing to Your Acne-DermaEnvy Moncton/Dieppe

If you’ve noticed acne symptoms on your skin for any amount of time you probably have a routine for dealing with the damage, but are you aware of some common factors that may be contributing to your condition?

What Is Acne?

Acne is the most common skin condition and can affect anyone regardless of age, race, or sex. Acne is attributed to a hormonal imbalance, which can affect the function of the sebaceous glands, whose job is it to create sebum, or oil, which travels along the pore to hydrate and protect the skin on the surface. When too much sebum becomes produced it can become clogged within a pore, and when paired with dead skin cells from the surface forms bacteria known a P. acnes, which triggers an inflammatory response from the body. The result of that response usually appears as red, swollen bumps such as pimples or cysts, although symptoms of this condition can come in many forms, including whiteheads, blackheads, comedones, or even just oily skin.

Many people look only toward topical washes to help treat their acne, not realizing that since acne is an external manifestation of an internal issue, the core issue has to be addressed internally. Yes of course an effective acne skin care regimen is important, but there are several additional factors that may keep acne coming back to your complexion if left unaddressed.

5 Things That May be Contributing to Your Acne

  1. Excessively flaky skin. Implementing a gentle exfoliation routine is recommended, as is keeping showers short and on the cooler side. If you can’t stand to turn down the heater, try adding a humidifier to your room while you sleep to replenish lost moisture to the skin.

  2. Harsh chemicals. Keeping oil under control is important for anyone with acne, but combating it with a harsh topical once it’s already reached the surface of the skin may actually do more damage than good. When necessary oils are stripped from our bodies, the sebaceous glands become triggered to create more oil to make up for what was just lost, which can possibly exacerbate acne symptoms. We may have said it before but it’s always worth saying again - acne is in most cases the result of a hormonal imbalance, and if this source of the condition isn’t addressed, you can pretty much guarantee a return of symptoms, even if you’ve found a way to experience temporary relief. Depending on who and where you are in life, you may be able to attribute your hormonal fluctuation to menstruation, puberty, pregnancy, or even just stress or lack of sleep.

  3. Dry, flaky skin. While the hormonal imbalance that sends our sebaceous glands haywire, triggering the production of too much oil, is partially to blame, there’s another step involved in the formation of acne, and that involves dry, dead skin cells. The cooler fall and winter months typically tend to zap moisture from the skin, as will the forced heat that comes with those times, long, hot showers, or sunburns during the warmer months. Avoid using too many salicylic acid-based acne treatments, as well as alcohol-based cosmetics, and formulas containing sulfates.

  4. Dirt, grime, and residue. Those dead skin cells responsible for the formation of bacteria can live on items our faces come into contact with every day, including pillow cases, towels, and even scarves. Throwing these items in with the wash once a week will go a long way in the prevention of acne symptoms, and always remember to clean any skin-touching items that may come in contact with sweat, such as workout gear.

  5. An undiagnosed health issue. We don’t say this to alarm anyone because for the most part, many with acne don't have an undiagnosed health issue.  Sometimes we can make minor adjustments to help alleviate or even prevent our acne symptoms, while other contributors are medical in nature, such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS. If your acne is chronic in nature, be sure to mention it to your physician, and stay on top of annual physical examinations and blood work. In some cases, there may be a reason for your acne that requires additional resources.

While addressing contributing factors can go a long way in helping keep your skin clear, treating the source of the problem is the only way anyone with acne will enjoy a real change. The only long-term solution that will keep your skin looking and feeling its best is to prevent acne before it starts, which means breaking the acne cycle.

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3 Acne “Fighting” Ingredients that Can Increase Signs of Aging!

When it comes to addressing acne, many will go to great lengths to treat their condition, but did you know that certain ingredients commonly found in many topical acne treatment can age your skin quicker?

We all know that what we put into our bodies can have a big effect on our health, and the things we choose to treat our body’s largest organ, the skin, can also yield differing results. Many acne-fighting topical treatments are intended to zap any of that excess oil created by the sebaceous glands. This oil is called sebum, and plays a necessary part in maintaining healthy skin by protecting and hydrating the complexion, keeping skin looking youthful and supple. While keeping our oil levels in check in important, it’s equally imperative we not over-dry, as that can not only lead to more breakouts, but advanced signs of aging as well.

Whether you’re a teen treating their acne for the first time or an adult working to keep their skin condition under control, it’s important to understand what ingredients to look out for to ensure the healthiest, happiest clear skin possible!

Common Ingredients To Look Out For

Alcohol. This is a tough one to avoid in a lot of acne cleansers but an important one to be aware of, as it can dry your skin to look ahead of its time. When researching your topical skin care treatment, keep a special eye out for ethanol, methanol, benzyl alcohol, isopropyl, and ethyl alcohol, and do your best to steer clear - your skin will thank you for it!

Mineral oil. A common ingredient found in many topical acne washes and creams, mineral oil is derived from petroleum, and can lead to clogged pores, which may result in acne. This alone can lead to inflammation, irritation and/or redness, which can result in fine lines.

Sulfates. Another ingredient commonly found in hygienic and cosmetic products is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, or SLS. During the manufacturing process, SLS is contaminated with a carcinogenic byproduct, and can irritate the skin and eyes. Toxic to body organs, sulfates can be linked to cell mutations and cancer, as well as increased dryness, which can result in fine lines and wrinkles over time. Many shampoos and conditioners contain sulfates, which tend to over-dry the scalp, leading to flakes, and may trigger an overproduction of oil.


Gentle Skincare Tips To Keep Your Complexion Healthy and Clear

Tone with a gentle astringent. If you aspire for a healthy and clear complexion, use a powerful natural astringent like chamomile, which can control bacteria, help to prevent razor bumps and even speed up the healing of pimples. Chamomile has naturally soothing and antibacterial properties, and when applied topically, it can help reduce inflammation associated with acne.

Moisturize. If you have an oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturizer that works to hydrate your acne-prone skin, we recommend sticking to it in addition to your skincare regimen. To add a little acne-friendly pampering that can also improve the condition of aging skin, try whipping up a gentle mask made of antibacterial honey and lactic acid-rich organic yogurt for a weekly treat!

Resist the urge to over-wash. Over-washing can lead to over-drying, and this dehydrating effect can result in enlarged pores and flaky skin, as well as fine lines and wrinkles. Finding a gentle formula that works for your skin is a crucial part of treating acne, and limiting your washes to twice daily will ensure that too much sebum isn’t being stripped from the skin’s surface (which can actually trigger even more sebum to become produced, potentially resulting in more acne!). Keep water lukewarm, and always gently pat skin dry with a clean towel after cleansing.

The New Powder Exfoliant Worthy of Top-Shelf Space is Now Available in Atlantic Canada

It's that good.

 Dermalogica has brought us some insanely cool skin-care launches over the years, including  its chart-topping eye cream, and now, the Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant.

The Daily Superfoliant, which is not to be confused with its rice-based, best-selling predecessor, the Daily Microfoliant, is the brand's answer to the rise of anti-pollution products we've seen within the last year. "While similar in form, the Superfoliant and Microfoliant couldn't be more different," says Diana Howard, vice president of research and development for Dermalogica. "Daily Superfoliant resurfaces skin and helps prevent premature signs of pollution-related aging, while Daily Microfoliant is known for its smoothing and brightening capabilities."

Dermalogica's new exfoliator, which is finely grained in texture, boasts the pollutant-absorbing ingredient activated binchotan charcoal powder (another ingredient we've seen sky-rocket in use in 2016) to extract dirt and oil; rice bran, which gives the powder its grit; anti-inflammatory niacinamide; and lactic acid to slough off dead skin cells.

So, how do you use it? Pretty easily, actually. After cleansing, simply pour out about half a teaspoon of the powder into wet hands (that's important) and start slowly rubbing the gritty formula together until it forms a foamy paste. (If your hands aren't wet, you won't activate the formula.) From there, glop onto your face, rubbing in circular motions for about a minute before thoroughly rinsing. The result? Gorgeous, glow-y skin (trust us, we've tried it).

And swapping out your go-to liquid scrub for a powder version like Dermalogica's is a great option for those who'd prefer the opportunity to customize their exfoliating routine, says Elizabeth Tanzi, a dermatologist in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the George Washington University Medical Center.

"The powder has to be mixed up right before use so it can be customized to be thicker or thinner, depending on individual needs," says Tanzi. For instance, you could go for a grittier consistency if you wanted to brighten your complexion, or a smoother more liquid version to target pores. Either way, you're getting an exfoliating double-whammy, as the powder's physical exfoliants, like rice bran, rub away dead skin cells, and chemical ones, like lactic acid, gently dissolve debris.

Tanzi warns to scrub with a light hand no more than once or twice a week, as overdoing it can lead to irritation. "Powder exfoliators are a mechanical exfoliator like mini microdermabrasion, so they can be a little too irritating for people with the most sensitive skin," she says.


Dermalogica Producats are available at DermaEnvy Skincare at all locations in Moncton - Dieppe NB, Mount Pearl NL, Gander NL and Corner Brook NL

Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup FAQ - Atlantic Canada's Skincare Experts

How to get the most out of your mineral makeup

We get very few complaints about our makeup, but here are the problems we sometimes hear and what we suggest to solve them. Usually, it requires just a simple adjustment. Most women are used to a liquid foundation that they have to apply in copious amounts to get any coverage. The switch to a powder that is applied in small amounts and gives instant coverage may take some suspension of disbelief as well as some practice. We always recommend that the tools that were designed for these powders be used. This isn't just to sell product – the results are visibly better.  

"Too Much Shine"

Layering too thickly and pressing into the skin with a sponge tends to separate the individual minerals. This pulls the mineral that creates the glow to the surface. It is easy to avoid this by applying the minerals in thin layers in downward strokes with the brush. Keep adding layers until the desired coverage has been reached. It may also help to spritz with our D2O, Balance or POMMISST and then blot. Try applying PureMatte on top. For very oily skin with large pores, apply Absence underneath powders especially in the large-pore area. Apply minerals on top and touch-up with PureMatte throughout the day.

“Accentuates Pores Or Fine Lines”

Try using the pressed powders not the loose. Spritz with D2O, Balance or POMMISST and blot, or mix the loose powders into a moisturizer and make a cream foundation. Apply it with fingers or a sponge. If the powders appear to accentuate lines under the eyes, dampen a cotton pad with one of our facial sprays and gently press it on the problem area, or dab on a small amount of moisturizer.

“Uneven and Blotchy” 

This is usually because the minerals have been applied before the moisturizer has been absorbed or because the moisturizer being used only lays on the surface of the skin. The simple solution is to wait a minute for the moisturizer to disappear or to blot any excess. D2O, Balance or POMMISST are good substitute moisturizers for oily skin. Also, some unevenness can be attributed to sponge applicators that do not “move” on the skin. This is why, if a sponge is used, we recommend our Flocked Sponge. It’s the only sponge we've found that blends the powders and does not drag. The sponge in the pressed compacts is only meant for touch-ups.

Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup is available at DermaEnvy Skincare at all locations in Moncton - Dieppe NB, Mount Pearl NL, Gander NL and Corner Brook NL