Answers to frequently asked questions about Dr. Alkaitis' organic skin care product line ingredients, skin care recommendations, questions about acne, dehydrated skin, dry hands, skin reactions, sun burn, sun protection and more.
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Q. Are Dr. Alkaitis products good for acne? Is their one in particular that you recommend?
A. Yes, in fact, the whole line is especially good for sensitive, acne, and mature skin.
A must-have product specific to an acne condition is the Organic Soothing Gel. It is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. You may use it as a spot treatment or just use it all over your face to control bacteria from spreading. The Organic Soothing Gel is also a non-greasy hydration product applicable to acne and problem skin.
If the acne condition is in a very active phase, we recommend the Organic Purifying Cleanser and the Organic Soothing Gel as a daily routine morning and night. In the evening, apply the Nourishing Treatment Oil after cleansing. Massage a small amount on your skin before bed. Once inflammation has been soothed, feel free to incorporate other Dr. Alkaitis products into your daily routine.
We interpret and apply the Ayurvedic philosophy concerning oil: "Oil cuts Oil". Nourishing Treatment Oil will have both a therapeutic effect on your skin and it will also bring imbalanced skin into balance.
Babies, Children & Pregnant Women
Q. Are your products safe for babies, children & pregnant women?
A. Yes. Always avoid eye area the eye area with the exception of the Eye Cream. The Nourishing Treatment Oil is also excellent to use for against stretch marks during pregnancy, and the Soothing Gel is very good for exczema, bites and other skin complaints.
Q. I have extremely dry skin due to my medications. What would you recommend for me?
A. This is a common issue. We recommend the following product options and alternatives for your daily routine.
Cleanser followed by Soothing Gel. Night Cream ? instead of Day Cream on the face and finish with Eye Cream.
Cleanser followed by Soothing Gel. Night cream mixed with a few drops of Nourishing Treatment Oil on the face.
Cleanser followed by Soothing Gel and Nourishing Oil directly onto the face. Note: It is important to gently massage our products thoroughly into your skin.
Q. I have dry hands all of the time. What would you suggest?
A. Try smoothing on equal amounts of Soothing Gel, Nourishing Treatment Oil, Night Cream onto freshly washed hands. Massage well.
Ingrown hairs from Shaving
Q. My boyfriend gets painful and difficult ingrown hairs. He is currently using a steroid to ease the pain. What do you recommend?
A. Many of our male customers have written to us raving about our shaving & exfoliating treatment.
Exfoliate once a week or as needed. Use a teaspoon of Universal mask mixed a few drops of Nourishing Treatment Oil. Combine into a paste with the consistency of a yogurt drink and with your fingers apply the mixture to skin in circular motions on to damp skin. After rinsing, finish with Soothing Gel.
Shaving cream may be made by mixing the Organic Purifying Cleanser with a few drops Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil, apply to damp skin in circular motions, and create a light lather. Shave and rinse. Finish with a small amount of Soothing Gel.
Note: If acne is present, exclude exfoliation process and continue to the Shaving cream directions.This treatment is applicable to leg, bikini and underarm shaving as well.
Q. I have only been using your products for two days now. My skin tingles and turns red. Is this ?normal'?
A. Yes, this is normal. Our products are 100% biologically active. The combined ingredients are actively working to bring a fresh supply of oxygen and blood to the skin's surface via the capillaries, thereby a first reddish or tingly reaction. A reaction is very common when you switch to any new brand and particularly with organic and raw products. Most skin care experts suggest a two-week acclimation period. If you have a reaction that you are unsure about please feel free to contact us via the contact form on this website.
Q. What do you recommend for sunburn?
A. Gently sponge the sunburned area with tepid water and gently blot dry with a towel. Apply Replenishing Serum directly onto the skin and let dry. Re-apply as needed. You may hydrate with the Organic Night Cream.
Q. Do the Dr. Alkaitis products offer sun protection?
A. in a certain sense, yes, the entire line has it's own natural sun protection which is inherent in the plants themselves. The Replenishing Serum is recommended for the face and body before, during and after sun exposure. The Nourishing Treatment Oil and Day Cream may be worn on the face for daily sun protection.
Q. Can you recommend a good sunscreen to use in conjunction with your products if I want a higher SPF rating?
A. We recommend using zinc oxide.
Q. Will your products stain my linens?
A. Yes, it is possible due to the natural ingredients i.e. The Universal mask is deep green and made entirely out of vegetables, sea vegetables, and various grasses - which may stain.
Agave vs. Organic Raw Honey
Q. Is agave an alternate mixing agent to regular honey?
A. Yes, agave is an acceptable alternate if honey is too sticky for the client. Raw and organic are the key words when choosing your ingredient. In the conventional market, non-organic or cooked honey (or agave) maybe be sprayed with pesticides in very high doses, which would, then be absorbed into the skin.
Note: Our primary recommendation is organic raw honey. Honey is nature's first-aid kit for the skin. It is a traditional ingredient, used for thousands of years in beauty products. It has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and is loaded with active enzymes. It is highly hydrating for the skin. Upon application, honey instantly melts to your body temperature, thus bypassing its ?sticky nature', creating a silken texture. This keeps the masks moist and in place. If you prefer to use water as another alternate mixing agent, the masks will still perform well.
Q. Can you tell me what combination of essential oils Dr. Alkaitis uses in his formulations? Every once in a while I will have a client who will have an allergy to certain essential oils.
A. If you have a client with a specific allergy, you may contact us through the contact form on this website and we will be happy to inform you if it is present in the product in question. All bottles are labeled with the list of ingredients, however the exact combination of oils and their quantities are proprietary.
Note: Many inferior essential oils that are used in other products are extracted using a low-cost chemical solvent process. In many cases a person is actually having a reaction to this chemical ? not the essential oil. We use only top of line 100% certified organic essential oils that are made via a cold distillation process.
Q. Where do your herbal extractions come from?
A. All our herbal extractions are done in-house by Dr. Alkaitis.
Goat's milk yogurt
Q. Why do you recommend organic goat milk yogurt to mix with your masks? Is there an alternate ingredient that I might use?
A. We recommend organic goat milk yogurt because it is laden with beneficial probiotics, healing enzymes and lactic acid, which is a natural exfoliator for the skin. Organic goat milk is hydrating, making it an excellent choice for anti-aging and problem skin. This hydrating quality supports the essential moisture provided by the mask's ingredients, which are biologically activated by an aqueous element. We choose organic goat as an alternative to cow's milk due to allergic reactions.
Our customers have experimented with great success using spring water, raw organic honey as well as organic green tea and organic fruit teas.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Q. Grapefruit Seed Extract is included in some of your products. I have read that Grapefruit Seed Extract includes a preservative Benzethonium Chloride.
A. We manufacture our own Grapefruit Seed Extract and do not use any preservatives, including Benzethonium Chloride.
Q. Some websites claim to warn against biologically active products that do not contain preservatives due to potential bacteria and issues relating to longevity. I am a supporter of Dr. Alkaitis' products but do not know how to reply to these claims.
A. We absolutely do not use synthetic preservatives in our products. Each product has its own built-in natural preservation system that is enhanced and supported by the proprietary combinations of essential oils, herbal extracts, the ingredients themselves and/or the presence of endogenous enzymatic activity.
Q. What is the definition of Endogenous enzymatic activity?
A. Endogenous: produced from within. Enzymatic: any numerous proteins produced by living organisms functioning as catalysts in all life processes.
Witch Hazel & Alcohol
Q. I recently purchased some of your products for my 11-year old niece and myself. She suffers from acne and I recently read in Dr. Copeland's book that I shouldn't use toner with alcohol and witch hazel. The doctor states that both are stripping for the skin. Can you explain this since you use both alcohol in the Serum and Soothing Gel and Witch Hazel.
In regards to Alcohol, the type normally used in personal care products is denatured alcohol. Alcohol is denatured by adding certain chemicals to ethanol (the drinkable alcohol) so that it becomes unsuitable for internal consumption; one becomes violently ill if one drinks it. Denatured alcohol will wreck havoc to your skin. The reason for using denatured alcohol is economics - denatured alcohol costs 1/3 that of drinkable alcohol (no excise taxes on denatured alcohol). I use the most expensive and skin-friendly type - certified organic, drinkable alcohol from the distillation of organic grains or organic grapes.
There are two roles of alcohol in our formulas: 1. It is critical to keep certain components of herbal extracts in the solution, thereby acting as a preservative; 2. Witch hazel and/or organic alcohol will accelerate the absorption of materials by the skin.
When used in specified formulas and quantities, such as in our Organic Replenishing Serum and Organic Soothing Gel, witch hazel and certified organic alcohol facilitate the therapeutic properties of these ingredients. In fact, they act as a hydrating tonic for oily skin.
B. Witch Hazel
This ingredient has been used for thousands of years for therapeutic treatments for the skin. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, an astringent, an anti-oxidant and protects against sun (UV-A and UV-B) damage it's also anti-ageing, anti-wrinkling and an analgesic. It plays an integral role in the formulations of our products.
Commercially available witch hazel is NOT skin friendly because it usually contains chemical additives.
Q. Can the Nourishing Treatment Oil double as a body moisturizer as well?
A. The Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil may be used for the entire body, face, and hair. A small amount may be applied after shower or into a bath. We recommend massaging the product into damp skin.
Regular use of our products will stimulate natural and gentle exfoliation of your skin. For those who seek a specific item that focuses on exfoliation, we recommend a once-a-month (only) use of our Enzyme Exfoliating Mask.
Q. Can you share more about the qualities of the Dr. Alkaitis-branded mask treatments?
A. Please read below about our two masks. All our masks are biologically activated by an aqueous substance and must remain moist on the skin.
Organic Enzyme Exfoliating Mask is ideal for skin that needs to be renewed, refreshed and rejuvenated. It is a gentle and effective anti-aging treatment. It thoroughly removes all of the accumulated debris in the skin, while supplying essential phyto-nutrients, anti-oxidants, and minerals to the skin. This mask also has a brightening effect. Good for all skin types. Best utilized as once-a-month treatment.
Organic Universal Mask nourishes and rejuvenates sensitive, mature, inflamed damaged and/or troubled skin. Excellent for use after peels, micro-dermabrasion, photo facials, etc. Contains grass-check for allergies. Best utilized as a once-a-week treatment.
Most important: the best way to keep the masks moist is to combine them with half teaspoon of organic raw honey, a teaspoon of organic goats milk, two drops of Nourishing Treatment Oil and a few drops of spring water, or any combination there of.
Glass / Recycle
Q. Why do you not use glass bottles for your products? I was under the impression that pure botanical ingredients need to be in dark containers. Isn't this the best way to keep your products fresh?
A. No, glass is filled with impurities that are impossible to regulate, such as lead. Glass is generally not safe neither in a bathroom nor an esthetician's setting. On top of that it's much heavier then plastic so shipping would be much more expensive and use more fuel which is not good for the environment.
Note: All of our containers are recyclable and do not contain BPA (Bisphenol A).
Q. I notice your products smell differently from all the other personal care products that I have used up until now.
A. Our products smell very natural, clean, and organic ~ referring to the forest, woods, ocean, herb and flower gardens. Our products do not contain any synthetic scents. We derive our pure scent from plants and essential oils so that each product has a distinct smell and, thus "personality".
Also, our male clientele (who normally tend to shy away from skin care products due to dislike of synthetic scent) have remarked positively on the natural and clean scent of our products.
Q. What is the shelf life of the Dr. Alkaitis products?
A. One year. Additionally, our products do not need refrigeration but should be kept in a cool and/or room temperature environment and out of direct sunlight. We recommend from time to time you give the products a good shake before use.
Q. I am an esthetician who chooses not to use steam in my practice. May I still use your masks?
A. Most important: the best way to keep the masks moist is to combine them with half teaspoon of organic raw honey, a teaspoon of organic goats milk, two drops of Nourishing Treatment Oil and a few drops of spring water.
As an alternative to steam, please follow these steps:
Brush a layer of the mask mixture onto your client's face. Apply warm damp gauze to the face over the mask, leaving only the nostrils and eye areas exposed. Brush the remainder of mixture on top of the damp gauze. Allow the mask to penetrate for 10-15 minutes. If it starts to dry, you may mist it with a spray bottle or water atomizer.
Vitamin A and Retinol/retinoids
Vitamin A, also known as Retinol, is a fat-soluble vitamin.
Vitamin A is essential for the proper functioning of the eyes. It is also involved in the formation and maintenance of skin (including wrinkle formation), hair, and mucous membranes. Vitamin A is necessary for proper bone growth, tooth development, and reproduction. Vitamin A and its analogues influence differentiation and growth of cells, and also strengthen immune responses.
There are two natural sources of Vitamin A; animal (Retinol) and plant (Caretenoids or Pro-Vitamin A).
Natural animal sources includefish oils (such as cod liver oil), liver, egg yolk, fish, whole milk, butter and cheese.
Natural plant sources of Pro-Vitamin A are plants containing carotenoids (the pigments giving them a yellow to orange colour). The most abundant, and widely distributed of these being Beta-Carotene. The best food source of Beta-Carotene is carrots/carrot juice. Other good food sources are sweet potatoes, dried apricots, spinach, cantaloupe, pumpkin and broccoli.
Retinol is the active form of Vitamin A and is stored in the liver. Once the storing capacity of the liver is exceeded, excess dosing of Vitamin A can lead to acute and chronic toxicity. Babies and children are more sensitive and can get sick with smaller doses so creams containing Retinol should not be used (because dosing occurs as Vitamin A is absorbed through the skin). Almost all Vitamin A used in personal care products and in supplements is a synthetic form of Vitamin A and in my opinion should be avoided.
Beta-Carotene is composed of two molecules of Vitamin A. When ingested, enzymes in one's body breaks up Beta-Carotene into two molecules of Retinol or Vitamin A. This break-up occurs only when the body requires Vitamin A so that an overdosing of Vitamin A does not occur when using plant sources (or Beta-Carotene). Also there is no toxicity from overdosing of Beta-Carotene. One's skin turns orange; it reverts back to normal color without any damage once excess ingestion of Beta-Carotene stops. One word of caution - some of the Beta-Carotene supplements area synthetic form of Pro-Vitamin A. Use of this synthetic form can have negative health results as was indicated by studies showing a significant increase in cancer mortality when using synthetic Beta-Carotene. In fact a good general rule to follow is, accept for Vitamin C, to never use synthetic supplements.
Retinoids are chemical derivatives of Retinol. Tretinoin and Isotretinoin are two of the better known retinoids. They are used to treat skin disorders such as acne. These are potent, synthetic drugs that can cause a series of severe side effects and, if used at all, should be used only under the supervision of a qualified medical professional. They also can dramatically increase the toxicity of Vitamin A.
Q. How do I pronounce Dr. Alkaitis?
A. It is pronounced "AL-KI-TIs". Dr. Alkaitis is originally from Lithuania.