Important Ingredients

CherylLeeMD uses only the most effective, skin-soothing and proven ingredients for our products. Every ingredient is scientifically backed has passed our rigorous analysis for toxicity and allergenicity. Safe for all skin types and all ages.

Niacinamide

Niacinamide

  • Shown to thicken the epidermis without the irritation of a retinoid.
  • Has post-UV DNA-reparative benefits.
  • Shown to be effective in treating acne, eczema, rosacea, radiation dermatitis, and aging skin.
  • Shown to up-regulate fillagrin production; fillagrin is a very important skin protein that helps the skin to hold on to water and to stay hydrated.
  • Shown to up-regulate ceramide production; important skin lipids that are needed to keep the skin barrier healthy AND which have been shown to prevent UV-induced overproduction of the matrix metalloproteinase(MMP) enzymes that destroy collagen and elastin.
Licorice Root

18-β Glycyrrhetinic Acid

  • The strongest licorice root-derived anti-inflammatory molecule.
  • Has been shown to inhibit the metabolism of the enzymes in the body that break down our own anti-inflammatory cortisol.
  • Shown to have unique DNA-reparative capabilities.
  • Shown to have significant anti-oxidant effects.
  • Shown to be one of the most effective plant-based, non-hydroquinone skin brighteners in the world.
  • Shown to have anti-staphylococcal, and anti-candidal, and anti-pityrosporum effects.
Gluconolactone

Gluconolactone

  • A polyhydroxy acid that has been shown to help moisturize the skin and to decrease the loss of water from the skin.
  • Does not cause "sun-burn cells" after sun exposure like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) do.
  • A powerful anti-oxidant molecule.
  • A heavy metal chelating agent.
  • A very effective, non-irritating pH adjuster.

Ceramide-3

Ceramide 3

  • A phytosphingosine-containing ceramide. Ceramides are needed to maintain the skin barrier integrity and contribute the acid mantle of the skin to protect from water loss, infection and irritation.
  • Ceramides have also been shown to down-regulate MMP production after sun exposure. MMPs are inflammatory molecules that digest collagen and elastin after sun exposure.
  • Phytosphingosine-containing ceramides have been shown to be deficient in aging, dry, and eczema-prone skin.
Phytosphingosine

Phytosphingosine

  • An important lipid used by the skin to make ceramides. Also shown to have anti-staphylococcal and anti-candidal effects.

C10-C30 Cholesterol EstersC10-C30 Cholesterol Esters

  • Fatty acids that are esterified, or joined, to a cholesterol molecule.
  • A very important lipid in the skin barrier; the fatty acids on the cholesterol esters are likely used by the skin to make more ceramides (Dr. Eberting's opinion).
  • Found to be deficient relative to cholesterol in aged and atopic eczema-prone skin.
Very Long Chain Fatty Acids

Very Long Chain Fatty Acids (VLCFs)

  • VLCFs have been shown to be particularly deficient from atopic eczema-prone skin.
  • Melissic (26 carbons), Montanic (28 carbons), and Cerotic (30 carbons) acids have been found to be particularly deficient from active atopic eczema-affected skin.
  • Candelilla wax is a very hypoallergenic source of some of these VLCFs.