Skin conditions and skin care


Sunscreens and skin care

Ultraviolet (UV) light is dangerous Everyone knows that sunshine can burn your skin. The main culprit in sunlight is a high-energy radiation called ultraviolet (UV) light. There are two types: UV-A and UV-B. UV-B is the major cause of sunburn and increased skin cancer risk, while UV-A causes tanning and ageing of […]


Antioxidants for your skin

We hear about antioxidants in any mention of skincare, but why? Oxidation and antioxidants Before talking antioxidants, first we need to talk about damage. Oxidative damage, that is. It’s a bit like rust in a machine, but in your cells. Oxidative damage occurs when the body’s cells become stressed, for example by heat or UV light. A particular stress to […]


Vitamin B3 for acne

No one likes pimples Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. Medically, it is known as acne vulgaris. It occurs when skin pores or hair follicles become clogged with dead skin cells and oil from the skin (sebum), and so usually affects skin areas where oil glands are present in relatively high numbers, […]


The skincare potential of silibinin

What is silibinin? Silibinin is a purified form of Silymarin, a standardized extract from the seeds of the milk thistle (Silybum marianum)—a traditional herbal medicine that has been used since antiquity (1). Silibinin is also found abundantly in globe artichokes (Cynara scolymus). Silibinin is a strong antioxidant chemical (2), but both it and the Silymarin extract have a […]


What your cosmetic’s packaging is telling you

Your skin care products — products you use every day — how are they packaged, and what does that tell you about them? Moisturisers and scrubs in particular are often sold in open-mouthed pots and jars. These look great, with a boutiquey, traditional feel. Scooping out and smoothing on a beautiful cream with your fingers can be a wonderfully uplifting experience, something a little like […]


The promise of Vitamin B3 for reducing skin cancer

Skin cancer in Australia Skin cancers – most Australians have either had one or know someone who has. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, making up at least 40% of all cancers worldwide. Skin cancers are especially common among people with pale skin. When people think of skin cancers, most think of melanoma… but […]


About BCP Custom Skincare

A glaring disparity As both pharmacists and industrially-trained cosmetics formulators, it was clear to us that there was a massive gap between the pharmaceutical and cosmetic sciences, a gap in both thought and approach. While both schools require the formulation of products to meet consumer requirements, pharmaceutical science centres around ingredient […]


Caring for baby’s skin

Everyone knows how special a baby’s skin is… or do they? It is very different from an adult’s skin, and requires special care. Why is it so important to be careful when putting anything onto your babies skin? Well, because a baby’s skin: is only about half as thick as […]


Skincare products and skin pH

What is the pH of your skin, and why does it matter? Acid vs. Alkaline vs. “Neutral” You might have heard these terms thrown about in relation to all manner of things. But what do they mean? Pure water has a pH of 7, and this is called “neutral pH”. […]


BCP Body Butter

Emollient (adj): having the quality of softening or soothing the skin. Our new BCP Body Butter provides maximum emollience for extremely dry skin. It is formulated using only highest quality natural ingredients, making it extremely soft and smooth to apply. Your skin will be restored almost immediately. BCP Body Butter […]


Hyaluronate and your skin

What is hyaluronate? Hyaluronate is the salt form of hyaluronic acid, a ubiquitous biopolymer. The average person has roughly 15 grams of hyaluronic acid in their body, and roughly one­ third of it is replaced and remade every day. It is a powerful humectant, or absorber and retainer of water. It is […]


Vitamin B5 and your skin

What is Vitamin B5? Vitamin B5 is also known as pantothenate, or pantothenic acid. Pantothenic acid is required by your body to synthesize and metabolize proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. It is an essential nutrient, and is found in almost all foods. However, when a vitamin is ingested it may function elsewhere […]


The BCP Custom Skincare system

BCP Custom Skincare is an easy four-step system to help you design a moisturiser that is best suited for your skin and needs. Step 1: Choose your base consistency To help you on your custom skincare journey, we have formulated four base moisturisers: three creams and a serum. Our organic cream bases contain avocado oil, […]


Why are there preservatives in your personal care products?

Are you concerned about the preservatives in your skin care or personal care products? We have a range of options to suit you. Preservatives What are “preservative” chemicals, and why they are used? In general, preservatives are added to cosmetic products to prevent microbial growth. Overgrowth of bacteria in cosmetic […]


Vitamins in personal care products?

Custom personal care products… formulated exclusively for you. Personal care products like moisturisers and shampoos are often quite complex mixtures of ingredients, but many commercial products seem to contain a bewildering and sometimes seemingly random array of ingredients that not everyone should want or need. Everyone’s skin and hair is […]


The oils in our skincare products

Our BCP Custom Skincare… formulated exclusively for you. Moisturisers (or emollients) are complex mixtures of ingredients. They work by increasing the skin’s hydration (water content) by decreasing the evaporation of water and by trapping it in the skin. Moisturisers are not one-size-fits-all. Everyone’s skin is as different as their DNA, and it […]


Personalised skin and hair care

Do you have ultra-sensitive skin? Do skin care products just not seem to work for you? Your skin Everyone’s skin is different, as unique as your DNA. Many ingredients in commercially-available skin and hair care products can be irritating or simply inappropriate for some skin types, leaving your skin dry, oily, clogged, […]


Topical Vitamin B3

What is Vitamin B3? Niacin or nicotinic acid and nicotinamide are both forms of Vitamin B3. Nicotinamide (also known as niacinamide) is the active, water soluble form of vitamin B3, whereas nicotinic acid (also known as niacin) is converted into nicotinamide in the body (1). As vitamins, niacin and nicotinamide […]


Biofilms, skin disorders and EDTA

What are biofilms? Biofilms are diverse communities of microorganisms (e.g. bacteria, fungi and yeasts) that embed themselves within a self-produced matrix and in doing so firmly attached themselves to one another and/or to surfaces. These surfaces may be biological (e.g. skin, wounds, teeth, or other body membranes), or not (e.g. […]


Vitamin K for cosmetic laser recovery and bruising

Most people have heard of B-group vitamins and Vitamins C and E, but although Vitamin K is less well-known it is no less important. It has been shown to have some surprising properties when applied to the skin. What is Vitamin K? Vitamin K1 (phytomenadione, or phylloquinone) is found in […]