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 9, 2016

Top 8 Causes of Thinning Hair

Statistics show that 85% of men will experience thinning hair and hair loss by the time they are 50.  For women, most will experience it in their 40s. Know the causes of thinning hair and learn how to deal with it.

Top Causes of Thinning Hair

1. Genetics
Genetic predisposition is the most common cause of hair loss. Medically termed as Male Pattern Baldness (MPB), this accounts for more than 95% of hair loss in men. A hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) causes hair follicles to shrink, which prevents hair from growing. As its counterpart, Female Pattern Baldness (FPB) is the general thinning over the entire scalp, predominantly at the crown.

2. Aging
As you age, so does your hair growth cycle. It’s inevitable that the hair follicles deteriorate and cause thinning hair.

3. Severe stress
Stress produces increased levels of testosterone, which converts to DHT and interrupts the hair growth cycle.

4. Poor nutrition
This includes Vitamin D, iron, and protein deficiency, and too much Vitamin A.

5. Illnesses
This includes anemia, thyroid disorders, autoimmune diseases, infection, inflammatory skin conditions, and other skin disorders.

6. Medications
Some types of drugs especially with high dosage can interfere with the normal cycle of hair growth.

7. Hormonal imbalance
This includes extreme hormonal changes caused by pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum depression, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and menopause.

8. Self-Inflicted
This includes excessive styling, applying too much chemicals in your hair, using hot combs, and getting overly tight hairstyles.

Dealing with Thinning Hair

DERMAX Professional recently launched DERMAX PHYTE Thinning Hair Therapy, a new and advanced plant-based serum formula specially developed to target and prevent thinning hair.

It is formulated with encapsulated procyanidin oligomers from apples that have been clinically shown to target thinning hair. A clinical study shows that hair thickness increased by 80% and hair growth activity increased by 300%. The results are far better by 160% compared to the common hair thinning treatment, Minoxidil. And because procyanidin oligomers are natural and plant-based, it didn't have any side effects.

DERMAX PHYTE Thinning Hair Therapy is enhanced with Shikakai water, Jeju aloe, and Acacia extract to help rejuvenate scalp.

Shikakai is known as "hair fruit" that strengthens hair roots by enhancing hair's binding properties. Shikakai water and Acacia extracts are high in vitamins A, C, K, and D, along with other micronutrients and antioxidants. Jeju Aloe has been specially imported from Jeju island. Aloe extract contains enzymes that eradicate dead skin cells on the scalp that could be clogging the hair follicles. It reduces redness and inflammation and it retains water and moisture in the scalp.

DERMAX PHYTE can be most effective in cases caused by hormonal imbalance, aging, or temporary causes. For genetic predispositions, it can only lessen or delay thinning hair. Generally, improvement can be seen after the new hair growth cycle (3 to 6 weeks). Results may vary, however, depending on your hair and scalp condition so it is best to consult with a doctor for personal assessment. 

*NEW* DERMAX PHYTE Thinning Hair Therapy is
exclusively available in all SkinStation, DERMAX Laser Center,
and Blushing Beauty branches nationwide. P999 only.

This article was published in The Manila Bulletin, Lifestyle Section, page C-3 on February 9, 2016. The author is Fred Reyes, a cosmetic chemist and scientist, and the CEO of SkinStation, DERMAX Laser Center, and Blushing Beauty, the fastest growing skin clinic chain in the Philippines. He was awarded the Outstanding Professional in Chemistry in 2011 by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).

Lunes, Enero 18, 2016


WebMD cited peptides as the “Top 4 Anti-Aging Breakthrough”. Peptides are also claimed as one of the most promising discoveries over the last few years.

Defining Peptides
Let's start with amino acids. Amino acids are the skin’s building blocks and they form into long and short chains. Generally, long chains are those with more than 50 amino acids. The long chains become proteins. The structural protein that makes up 75% of the skin is collagen, which is responsible for the skin's thickness and elasticity. More collagen means more youthful glow. Less collagen means sagging skin and wrinkles.

The shorter chains are called peptides. Since peptides are smaller and shorter, they can be applied topically and penetrate the deeper layers of the skin. Peptides help with skin regeneration and rejuvenation by acting as collagen booster. They have Botox-like benefit without the undesirable side effects. Moreover, they also reduce skin pigmentation.

Types of Peptides and Their Benefits

Signal Peptides
These collagen-stimulating peptides are the most popular type. They stimulate skin fibroblasts to produce more collagen, elastin, and other dermal proteins. The more these structural proteins are boosted, the more supple the skin become.

These are the most innovative type of peptides that work similar to Botox minus the injection. They reduce wrinkles by approximately 30% by blocking transmission of signal from nerves to facial muscles. Then, they relax the facial muscles and keep it from forming wrinkles.

Carrier/ Penetrating/ Copper Peptides
Copper is an effective agent in skin's natural healing. It has been used for many years to treat chronic wounds. By delivering trace elements like magnesium and copper to the skin, Carrier Peptides help in skin regeneration by reducing inflammation and skin damage.

Enzyme Inhibitor Peptides
Due to aging, free radicals, and harmful UV ray exposure from the sun, collagen breaks down in the skin, which consequently leads to wrinkles. Enzyme Inhibitor Peptides reduce the breakdown of collagen by inhibiting the activity of protein-degrading enzymes. They also reduce skin pigmentation.

DERMAX Professional now offers a proprietary blend of advanced peptide serum in two variants: anti-wrinkle and whitening. Both variants come in novel airless injection design packaging, providing instant porcelain skin finish with long-term benefits. It is ideal to use for those picture-taking opportunities.

DERMAX Advanced Peptide Whitening Serum gives intensive lightening performance with a proprietary blend of advanced peptide complex, plus whitening and antioxidant ingredients to help even out skin tone and enhance skin protection.

DERMAX Advanced Peptide Anti-Wrinkle Serum contains advanced peptide complex and protective ingredients to help regain skin elasticity and boost collagen production.

For best results, always avoid unnecessary sun exposure. It is important to use DERMAX UV Milk or UV Active, both high performance broad spectrum sunscreens, once the peptide serums have been absorbed by your skin.
*NEW* DERMAX Advanced Peptide Whitening Serum and Anti-Wrinkle Serum are exclusively available in SkinStation and DERMAX Laser Center branches nationwide.
This article was published in The Manila Bulletin, Lifestyle Section, page C-3 on January 19, 2016. The author is Fred Reyes, a cosmetic chemist and scientist, and the CEO of SkinStation, DERMAX Laser Center, and Blushing Beauty, the fastest growing skin clinic chain in the Philippines. He was awarded the Outstanding Professional in Chemistry in 2011 by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).

Lunes, Setyembre 14, 2015


Retinol stands out as one the best ingredients for skin care, providing multiple benefits. Initial research shows it helps reduce acne breakouts by unclogging pores. Succeeding studies establish the role of retinol in boosting collagen production, reducing wrinkles, lightening skin discolorations, and more. Sounds like a miracle ingredient? Let’s find out how retinol actually works on skin.

Retinol comes from the vitamin A family. It is the nonprescription type of retinoic acid, which is sometimes called tretinoin. Once retinol penetrates the skin, it is slowly converted to retinoic acid. The slow conversion to retinoic acid makes incidence of skin irritation much less. Retinoic acid is known to exfoliate the dead top skin layer thus quickening skin renewal. It helps prevents collagen from breaking down and thickens the deeper layer of the skin making the skin firmer. It also improves skin tone by optimizing cell turnover and slowing down the production of the dark melanin pigment.

Prescription grade retinoic acid creams are very potent, showing results in merely 6 to 8 weeks. However, they also pose higher risk for irritation and other side effects. On the other hand, nonprescription retinol is far less aggressive but so much gentler on the skin so side effects are minimal to none at all. While it may take longer to achieve results, it is less irritating than the prescription formula. Generally, it takes about 3 to 6 months of daily use to get the best results.

Start adding retinol to your night care routine in your 30s. By 40s and 50s, retinol is a definite must in your skin care regimen. But regardless of age, retinol is still useful for various skin problems, including acne.

Apply DERMAX Retinol-C every night
and DERMAX UV Milk on mornings.
DERMAX Retinol-C Instant Effect
is ideal for photo opportunities.
Retinol works better when paired with vitamin C. It defends skin against free radicals and increases its anti-aging benefits. DERMAX Retinol-C Deep Wrinkle Moisturizing Therapy combines the power of Retinol and vitamin C to significantly reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Having reunions and get-together parties? Grab the instant effect version of this product for “look, no wrinkle” picture-perfect results.

It is important to note that retinol is highly reactive and can lose its potency if not formulated properly. DERMAX Retinol-C uses time-released encapsulation technology to ensure long-term stability and efficacy. Retinol is released only upon application, triggered by the skin’s acidic pH.

Retinol is an exfoliant, so it is important to avoid unnecessary sun exposure. Always apply broad-spectrum sunscreen on mornings, such as DERMAX UV Milk Sunscreen Anti-Aging Sunscreen with SPF50+ PA+++

This article will be published in The Manila Bulletin, Main Section on August 25, 2015. The author is Fred Reyes, a cosmetic chemist and scientist, and the CEO of SkinStation, DERMAX Laser Center, and Blushing Beauty, the fastest growing skin clinic chain in the Philippines. He was awarded the Outstanding Professional in Chemistry in 2011 by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).

Huwebes, Agosto 13, 2015


As you age, so does your skin. Deep within the layers of your skin are support structures made up of collagen and elastin fibers. These are proteins that keep your skin tighter and firmer. Over time, the skin’s support structure breaks down. This eventually leads to sagging skin.
In this day and age, advanced solutions are now available for sagging skin problems; listing five options below:
Ultra V-Lift
Korea’s original face lifting procedure developed by Dr. Kwon Han Jin is one of the most effective nonsurgical options to lift sagging skin and achieve the highly desired V-shaped face. Ultra fine threads are inserted in specific layers under the skin to stimulate collagen production in targeted areas. Since effectiveness is technique driven, only well-trained doctors should do this. Results can last for 1 to 2 years.
This firming procedure works by delivering controlled amount of Radio Frequency (RF)
energy to the dermal layer of the skin to stimulate collagen production. Visible results
are best seen 3 months after completing a program of 10 weekly sessions.
Hyaluronic Acid
This naturally occuring ingredient in our skin will help boost collagen production provided it is made small enough to penetrate the dermal layer. DERMAX offers Hyal-C, the combination of Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C, known for its antioxidant and anti-aging benefits. Hyal-C has instant firming and long-term anti-aging benefits, and is a popular option for infusion during facial procedures.
Licorice Extract
Licorice extract is not only excellent for skin discolorations. New research shows that licorice extract in skin care products produces the same positive effects as that of facial exercises. According to the study, facial exercises relax and contract facial muscles. In turn, it stimulates fibroblasts to prevent sagging. Licorice Extract mimics this effect and does the same to our skin. The entire DERMAX NanoWhite line contains Licorice Extract as an active ingredient with added nano-encapsulation technology for improved absorption and stability.
Organic Silica & DMAE
Organic Silica improves sagging skin by restoring strength, flexibility, and elasticity to the collagen and connective tissues. Similarly, DMAE works by protecting the elastin and collagen cross-links. We offer MesoFirm Facial infused with MesoMed serum, a potent blend of Organic Silica & DMAE Solution.
Always remember, prevention is better than cure. The number one cause of aging and
sagging skin is the sun’s harmful UV rays. You should wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen
every day. DERMAX UV Milk Anti-Aging Sunscreen with SPF 50+ PA+++ provides intensive defense against UVA/UVB rays.
All solutions mentioned are available at SkinStation and DERMAX Laser Center. Consult with our doctors to know the best treatment option for you.
Trust only the original -
Ultra V-Lift by Dr. Kwon Han Jin
available at SkinStation and DERMAX Laser Center branches nationwide.

This article will be published in The Manila Bulletin, Main Section on August 25, 2015. The author is Fred Reyes, a cosmetic chemist and scientist, and the CEO of SkinStation and DERMAX Laser Center, two leading skin clinic chains in the Philippines. He was awarded the Outstanding Professional in Chemistry in 2011 by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).

Martes, Hunyo 23, 2015



Are you bothered by numerous small, rough, tan or slightly red little bumps you find in your underarms, legs, and arms? They are called by many names. Medical terms used to describe this skin condition are keratosis pilaris, follicular keratosis, and lichen pilaris. It is known by the more popular name, chicken skin.

When your body produces excess amounts of skin protein keratin, it surrounds and entraps the hair follicles in your pores. It then results to hyperkeratinazation, or the formation of small bumps in the skin. These unsightly bumps contain ingrown hairs caused by the keratinized skin trapped inside the hair follicle, which prevents the hair from exiting. The hair then grows encapsulated inside the follicle. 

Waxing and plucking can lead to chicken skin condition. Some people are simply more prone to developing chicken skin because of genetics, or due to pregnancy or obesity. It affects up to 50% of adults worldwide, mostly women.

Chicken skin condition can be very itchy. Pleasurable scratching can result in skin discoloration, or post-inflammatory hypo and hyperpigmentation. Pricking and aggressive treatments may result in some scarring. Fortunately, chicken skin doesn’t have any health implication and it’s not contagious. It is neither an infection
nor caused by fungus or virus. 

Exfoliating creams and lotions are the most commonly used treatments for chicken skin, specifically those with retinol, salicylic acid, or alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA). DERMAX Retinol C serum and DERMAX NanoWhite underarm cream with retinol are excellent exfoliating topical products.

Chemical peel and diamond peel are clinical procedures that can prevent entrapment of hair follicles. Diode Laser Hair Removal also permanently prevents chicken skin as its side effect. With multiple sessions of Diode Laser, eventually, there will be less to almost no more hair. With no hair regrowth, there will be no more chicken skin.

Stop scratching now. If you are bothered by chicken skin, visit any SkinStation or DERMAX Laser Center for your free consultation. Our dermatologists will give you the best treatment option for your specific condition.

DERMAX NanoWhite Underarm Cream with Retinol (for underarms) and DERMAX Retinol-C serum (for face & other body parts) are excellent exfoliants that can prevent chicken skin.

This article appeared in The Manila Bulletin, Main Section, page 2 on June 23, 2015. The author is Fred Reyes, a cosmetic chemist and scientist, and the CEO of SkinStation and DERMAX Laser Center, two leading skin clinic chains in the Philippines. He was awarded the Outstanding Professional in Chemistry in 2011 by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).

Martes, Hunyo 9, 2015



SkinStation now offers MesoFirm Facial, a new firming and anti-aging treatment. The facial finale involves the application of Mesomed, a powerful rejuvenating serum designed to give you instant facelift effect. 

MesoFirm facial is an effective solution to delay signs of aging. It improves skin elasticity and gives you tighter, firmer, and more youthful skin.

Mesomed serum contains two key ingredients, widely recognized as safe and clinically proven: Organic Silica & DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol) Solution. The combination of Organic Silica & DMAE gives an all-in one facelift and anti-aging treatment.

Organic Silica helps fight free radicals and stimulates the production of elastin and collagen — proteins that help you achieve firmer skin. Organic Silica slows down the aging process by restoring strength, flexibility, and elasticity to the collagen and connective tissues.

Similarly, DMAE has been used in skin care for over two decades without unwanted side effects. It works by protecting the elastin and collagen cross-links. DMAE also provides an instant facelift effect, while defending the skin against free radicals and simultaneously infusing it with moisture.

To preserve the freshness and premium quality of the Organic Silica & DMAE, the Mesomed serum is packed in a single-use medical glass vial. The therapist breaks open the glass vial right in front of the client and massages the serum on the face until it is fully absorbed by the skin.

To achieve desired and long-lasting results, multiple sessions are required with treatment interval of two (2) weeks. Results are best seen at the end of a 4-month program. Also, bear in mind that wearing sunscreen every day is a must in any anti-aging regimen.

This article was updated last June 25, 2015. It was originally published in The Manila Bulletin, Lifestyle Section, page C-3 on June 9, 2015. The author is Fred Reyes, a cosmetic chemist and scientist, and the CEO of SkinStation and DERMAX Laser Center, two leading skin clinic chains in the Philippines. He was awarded the Outstanding Professional in Chemistry in 2011 by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).

Lunes, Mayo 25, 2015

Sclerotherapy vs. Laser Vein Therapy -- Which is Better?

Sclerotherapy vs. Laser Vein Therapy -- Which is Better?

Our doctors are often asked by their patients, “Which is the better treatment option for spider and varicose veins, sclerotherapy or laser?” They have seen some clinics promoting laser vein therapy on TV, and the spider veins are shown to disappear instantly. Inspite of the hoopla on laser vein therapy, most doctors will tell you that sclerotherapy is still the better treatment option.

Sclerotherapy is more efficient in targeting and removing veins, and it is much less expensive than laser.

Sclerotherapy is a simple and well-proven clinic procedure since the 1930s. Veins are injected with saline solution, which causes the veins to collapse and fade from view. It is effective, reliable, and affordable. Through the years, Nd:YAG lasers and IPL devices have been offered as treatment alternatives. To date, none have succeeded. Sclerotherapy is still considered the best treatment option in removing unsightly spider and varicose veins.

Nevertheless, Sclerotherapy has its downside. It is quite technique-dependent. Some doctors are not as good as others. Ask for a doctor with years of experience, a sharp shooter. An indicator that you got a newbie doctor is when a 15-minute session takes an hour to finish.
Sclerotherapy is available in all SkinStation  and
DERMAX Laser Center branches nationwide.
Compression stockings are also offered as an
add-on for Sclerotherapy.

Another downside is that barely visible, tiny, and thin veins may be too small to treat with sclerotherapy. This is especially true with spider veins on the face. Nd:YAG laser is good for eliminating the smallest veins that sclerotherapy cannot destroy. That's why some doctors recommend laser as a finishing touch for vein treatments.

Bottomline: Sclerotherapy still gives the better and more reliable results vs. laser. And it’s cheaper too. Sclerotherapy and laser may be combined to get a thorough clean up of spider veins.Going back to basics, spider and varicose veins can be avoided by having regular exercise to improve blood circulation, avoidance of work that requires hours of standing, and wearing of support stockings daily. Compression stockings are often recommended for post-treatment care.

This article appeared in The Manila Bulletin Main Section, page 2 on May 26, 2015. The author is Fred Reyes, a cosmetic chemist and scientist, and the CEO of SkinStation and DERMAX Laser Center, two leading skin clinic chains in the Philippines. He was awarded the Outstanding Professional in Chemistry in 2011 by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).