For thirty years we have been practicing skin and body revision in nearly every country of the world with three research centers: Johannesburg, Singapore and Los Angeles. These centers are in operation full time in order to update our physicians and therapists on the latest techniques of applied chemistry and treatment protocol.
Constant education is the key to the success of our method, known as the Danné Method of Natural Pharmacology. As a scientific journalist and practitioner advocate, it has been my duty and goal to keep as many professionals (and ultimately the general public) informed as much as possible about what works and what does not work in regard to skin treatment, skin care, plastic surgery and the so-called “Miracle Breakthrough Products” flooding the common market daily.
Before a professional practitioner can assess whether or not a skin treatment product or range is workable and will achieve the results needed for the client, he or she must consider the following rule of thumb or “Concept.”
Our research over the years has shown that if any products or treatment range do not fit the following four categories in tandem, or in the order presented, there is little chance of success in alleviating the patient’s skin disorders or revising their appearance from an aged look to a youthful look. The Danné Method, employed in all of our international clinics from St. Petersburg, Russia, to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is based on the following concept and is consistent and ethnically correct from country to country. We observe all of the biological differences from race to race and the various ecological and climate aspects of each region.
The DMK Concept of Skin Revision
We have never relied on the conventional popularity of so-called “peeling” techniques. The human skin is not really like an onion as so often
depicted in advertisements selling peels. Under microscopic view, human skin is actually a series of hill and valleys, old cells, new cells always changing and always inter-connected. Thus skin cannot be peeled or removed by “layer,” revealing new skin underneath. Skin,as most professionals know, is in sections – the epidermis, the dermis, and the subcutaneous section, each having many complicated mechanisms but each section synergistically connected to the next.
When we remove the excessive cuticle build-up known as dry or wrinkled skin, we must also remove gases, impurities and other effluvia from the newer cells in the epidermis that would shorten their life span. In addition, this type of removal helps to regulate the secretive glands, the immune system of the skin (Langerhans cells) and melanogenesis (color and tone of skin).
We accomplish this through a process we call hydrolyzation – or turning dead keratin or dead protein into a weak acid and flushing it out of the tissues. This removal system, using a sophisticated and exclusive group of enzymes and co-enzymes is the first step to any full skin revision results. It is nearly infallible with results observed from the very first treatment – yet there are no known contraindications and no age limits as to clients who are candidates.
The DMK enzyme removal system also progressively tightens loose skin, helps build sagging muscle on the face and body and opens the door to further collagen enhancing treatments in the “Rebuild” category of the concept.
Other removal systems in the concept may include, ‘playing the piano on the pH scale.’ In other words, we have formulas that can dramatically lower the pH of the skin so cell material is removed either hygroscopically with our unique approach to alpha hydroxy acids, or
through hardening of the superficial corneum at such a rate it becomes brittle and detaches from the underlying newer cells of the skin. Or we can jump to the other end of the pH scale – the alkaline side with a compound that desquamates or softens all hair on the skin, pustules,
folliculitis, congested follicle and hyper pigmentation – all in four minutes flat.
If removal is like ‘cleaning the house,’ then rebuilding is like ‘repairing the house.’ Most signs of aging or disorders start in the underlying tissues – however the surface dead cell structure may appear to be aged, lightly wrinkled, dry skin. This dead excess corneum is actually
not dry skin at all. In fact dry skin is a misnomer, it is actually just dead skin and once hydrolyzed away, the newer, still alive cells can then
be kept alive a bit longer – this would be referred to as “anti-aging.”
In order to keep these cells alive, we must provide them with the chemistry they recognize and need as food, i.e.; products containing amino acids, other proteins as building blocks and certain vitamins. In order to maintain moisture balance, secretions from the sebaceous glands and the suderiferous glands (oil and water) need to be imitated. This would take two products – a highly fractionated, antioxidant oil and a polarized water containing herbs and minerals that mock the suderiferous secretion. This is the only way to truly “moisturize” the skin.
Then a transdermal crème must be applied over this moist, acid mantle created by the two above-mentioned products. The crème would be a protein, amino acid and vitamin crème, which would deliver the nutrients to the skin systematically all day long.
This in turn would feed other cell structures that are important to the re-building process. Namely, the collagen fibers. Collagen fibers look a
bit like little wires or cables that branch freely throughout the connective tissues, keeping the skin firm and tight. When these fibers
break and fray, they sag and the skin also sags. Injured areas may heal very slowly due to this depletion of collagen.
However, there are hardworking amino acids that actually make baby collagen (called tropocollagen) inside the fibroblast cells – rather like
workers at a factory. The boss of this factory and of the amino acid workers is vitamin C.
It is clear that the role of vitamin C is two-fold; as both a free radical scavenger and as a precursor to new collagen production in aging skin.
There are many controversies about vitamin C and which is the best and which is the most powerful – or stabilized. The word stabilized is often used wrong in advertising. Stabilized ingredients do not necessarily always mean the ingredient is better than an unstable ingredient. It means that it will not de-nature as quickly as a product as an unstable ingredient, which can be far more powerful and effective.
I have had to wrestle with a great many highly effective ingredients in my time – trying to keep them in-solution in a product or active for any
length of time. But thirty years ago, when we first started to work with vitamin C after observing its important role in the body from reading Grey’s Anatomy 35th British Edition, and the works of Linus Pauling, we never thought to make a big marketing scheme just based on vitamin C products, which is currently the popular misleading trend.
We have included vitamin C therapy in all phases of our products since 1969. We use other vitamins as well, each coordinated to its specific role in the skin – such as vitamin E as the first line of free radical defense, vitamin A as a lock and key cell growth enhancer, etc.
Once the skin is rebuilt back to its normal status quo, it is vital to protect the result indefinitely. Protection from the sun is vital. Solar
radiation is responsible for 90 percent of all aging and is also a free radical. There is no compromise. Newly revised skin will quickly revert
back to aging or troubled skin if exposed to the sun excessively (beyond 10 a.m. and before 4 p.m. in most countries).
Maintain and Protect go hand in hand. The physician or advanced therapist who performs DMK procedures will never sell a DMK product for home use. They will prescribe the proper home prescriptives according to the condition, not the type of skin the patient or client has.
All DMK Home Prescriptives are modified versions of the professional treatments and must be used on a daily basis for progressive results. Any other product used in combination with DMK formulas, no matter how innocuous, will abort and negate effects of the treatment – wasting the practitioner’s time and the client’s money.
Written By Danné Montague-King