About Skin Station

Our Chairman and CEO, FRED C. REYES has been doing research and developing new advanced skin care products for SkinStation, which are now available under the DERMAX Professional brand. He is a multi-awarded cosmetic Chemist. In 2008, he was the recipient of Achievement Award in Industry conferred by the Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies, the umbrella group of Chemists associations in the country. The Outstanding Professional Award in Chemistry came next, in 2011, from the government's Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).

DERMAX Professional is the exclusive skin care line of SkinStation. It has established a cult following among the urban sophisticates. “DERMAX uses only the best, the latest, and the safest ingredients at clinical strength, definitely at par with the world’s best. With DERMAX, we have no cost constraint. Our only aim is to delight our customers,” declares Fred Reyes.

We present to you articles written by Fred Reyes himself which appeared in the SKIN SMART column in Manila Bulletin, Lifestyle Section.

Martes, Pebrero 24, 2015


Is Fragrance Bad For Your Skin?

There are many documented cases of allergic reaction to fragrances. Statistics show that fragrances account for 35% – 40% of contact dermatitis in cosmetics.  

If fragrance is bad for the skin, why is it that the first thing almost everyone does when testing any skin care product is smell it? A product with a wonderful aroma will almost always have the edge. The big majority certainly believes that fragrances can be a positive enhancement in their skin care routine.

The simple truth is that only 1% – 4% of the general population is at risk, and the allergic reactions are generally described as mild.

Statistically though, the numbers are considered significant. The fragrance-sensitive population is also steadily growing, from 1% in 1997 to 4% in 2003.  It’s 2015 now. How high has this number increased?

If you are one of those prone to allergic reactions, it is best to look for truly fragrance-free products. This can be very tricky and challenging.

Products labeled as fragrance-free may still contain scent-masking ingredients with potential for irritation. These are usually essential oils that can contain the very same allergens found in fragrances.

The more commonly used essential oils with offending allergens are lavender oil (linalool), rose oil (geraniol), cinnamon and vanilla (eugenol), chamomile (cinnamal), citronella (citronellol), and citrus (limonene).

DERMAX fragrance-free products
are guaranteed free of fragrance.
These are among the 26 fragrance ingredients in the EU Cosmetic Directive (March 2005) requiring that these be included in ingredients list at concentrations >10 ppm for leave-on products, and >100 ppm in rinse-off products.

The bottom line: For the majority, and that means over 90% of the general population, fragrances in cosmetics need not spell trouble. If you belong to this group, and a refreshing lavender-scented moisturizer will relieve you of your stress, then you should go for it. If you are the sensitive skin type, you should be careful in choosing the right skin care products that are really fragrance-free. ____________________________________________________
This article appeared in the main section of The Manila Bulletin, page 3, on February 24, 2015. Fred Reyes is a cosmetic chemist and scientist, and the CEO of DERMAX and SkinStation, two leading skin clinic chains in the Philippines. He was awarded the Outstanding Professional in Chemistry in 2011 by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).

Huwebes, Disyembre 18, 2014



Argan Oil is one of the most expensive natural beauty oils, produced exclusively in Morocco. It has been in the spotlight as one of today’s MUST HAVE hair and skin treatments in Hollywood.

Riding the wave of Argan Oil popularity are many products claiming to be pure. Unfortunately, many of these are either fake or adulterated.

How can you tell the pure from the fake? You should check the following:

The Ingredients List. There should be only one ingredient: 100% Argan Oil. No fragrance. No preservative. No parafinum (mineral oil) or any other kind of cheap oil.

The Packaging. Definitely not plastic. Look for glass packaging. Better if clear glass, not amber. This means there’s nothing being hidden.

The Scent. Argan Oil has a mild characteristic nutty scent. The scent will disappear in a few minutes after application, as Argan Oil is absorbed rapidly. Be suspicious of odorless or scented Argan Oil.

The Color. Argan Oil has light golden yellow color. If it is too light, it is most likely adulterated with other oils. If it is too dark, it’s not cold pressed. The Argan nuts may have been roasted for faster processing. This will result in loss of vitamins, essential fatty acids and other nutrients.

The Price. Argan Oil is not cheap. It requires 100 kilograms of raw nut to produce a liter, and this is done the traditional way by Berber women. Don’t be fooled by low priced offers. Be wary also of pricey brands in fancy packaging.

To ensure that we are giving only the best to our customers, we imported our PURE BLISS Argan Oil direct from Morocco, complete with ECOCERT certification. The PURE BLISS brand is your guarantee that you are getting genuine, 100% pure organic Argan Oil. PURE BLISS is available exclusively in all SkinStation branches.

This column was published in the Manila Bulletin Lifestyle Section on December 22, 2014. The author is the CEO of SkinStation. He received the 2011 Outstanding Chemist Award from Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) for his achievements in the field of cosmetic chemistry. Skin Smart aims to clarify facts and myths on skin care. Send your questions and comments to info@skinstation.ph.   

Miyerkules, Disyembre 10, 2014


MedLight Laser for Birthmarks

According to folklore, a mother’s unsatisfied craving for strawberry during pregnancy can be the cause of a baby’s strawberry birthmark. Interesting trivia, but the simple truth is that nobody really knows what causes birthmarks.

A birthmark can have a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. Some birthmarks are small and inconspicuous. Others are large and unsightly. Some birthmarks fade or completely disappear over time.  Others do not fade and even darken or become larger with age.

MedLight Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser therapy is a safe and effective treatment option for birthmarks. It is used to lighten the appearance and reduce the bumpiness of port-wine stains and other types of birthmarks that are close to the surface of the skin.
Port wine stains can be successfully
treated with MedLight Laser.

Port-wine stains are red or purple marks that commonly affect the face and neck. They are caused by abnormal bleeding of blood vessels in the affected area. If left untreated they may eventually get darker. Laser therapy for port-wine stains can have better results when it is done at a young age.

After laser therapy, the treated skin may have slight temporary bruising or crusting for about 7 to 10 days. This is to be expected as it indicates that the laser treatment is working. After that time, the skin will have some noticeable fading.

Several sessions of MedLight laser treatment maybe required depending on the size of the birthmark.

It is important to understand that not all types of birthmarks can be treated with laser. In some cases, surgery maybe required. Visit one of our doctors for your free consultation if you would like to learn more about MedLight Q-switched laser treatments.

This column was published in the Manila Bulletin Lifestyle Section on December 9, 2014. The author is the CEO of SkinStation. He received the 2011 Outstanding Chemist Award from Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) for his achievements in the field of cosmetic chemistry. Skin Smart aims to clarify facts and myths on skin care. Send your questions and comments to info@skinstation.ph.  

Biyernes, Disyembre 5, 2014



Everyone loves the smell of a baby. But at puberty, body odor (B.O. for short) starts to become a problem, triggered by increasing level of androgen hormones. Then as we age, our body chemistry ages along with us. If you can recall the smell of your own grandparents, there’s a term for that - “old person smell.”  The good news is that most people find "old person smell" not unpleasant at all.

There are two glands responsible for body odor: the apocrine glands (located in the underarms, genitals, and around the nipples) and the eccrine glands (found mainly in the underarms, hands, and feet). These glands produce sweat that becomes fodder for skin bacteria, causing the malodor. There is a third gland, the sebaceous glands (scalp, face, and chest) that produce oil that has a light odor, with or without bacteria.

To prevent body odor, start with the basics - bathe daily, use underarm protection, and wear clean clothes that breathe. Here are some other ways to help keep you smelling fresh.

1.   Keep your underarms hair-free. Hair absorbs odors easily. Getting rid of the hair in your armpits can help reduce the amount of body odor.

2.    Watch what you eat. What you eat can affect how you smell. If you are having problems with body odor, limit your intake of garlic, onions, curry, and other spicy foods. Red meat, caffeinated drinks, and foods that contain high amounts of sugar can also increase body odor.

3.   Keep your skin dry. Bacteria like an environment with lots of moisture. It is important to dry off your skin whenever it becomes moist, whether the moisture is from taking a shower or sweating.

4.   Stay hydrated. Drinking 2 to 3 liters of water daily helps to wash out the toxins in your body. This promotes good gut health, which in turn can reduce body odor.

New NanoWhite underarm whitening cream contains
antibacterial silver to keep you fresh-smelling all day. 
5.   Change your shoes often. If foot odor is the problem, give your shoes a chance to dry inside by changing them often. Apply foot powder inside the shoes and on your feet to maintain dryness.

If the problem persists, consult a doctor. You may have a medical condition that is causing the smell. Visit any of our dermatologists to discuss your body odor issue and get a diagnosis. You might have hyperhidrosis, a condition that causes people to have excessive sweating, or a metabolic disorder that prevents your body from breaking down an amino compound.

The doctor may prescribe prescription-level antiperspirants. These can cause skin darkening and irritation. Do not use this if you have no medical issue.

Botox injection can also be prescribed to block sweat glands and eliminate excessive sweating. The effects do not last long, anywhere from 3 to 8 months. Most people may find this an expensive option.
______________________________________________________________ This was published in the November 25, 2014 issue of Manila Bulletin, Lifestyle Section. The author , Fred C. Reyes, is the CEO of SkinStation. He received the 2011 Outstanding Chemist Award from Professional Regulations Commission for his achievements in the field of cosmetic chemistry.