Sesderma, new location for the work of Ernesto Knorr

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“Butterfly tree” is the title of the sculpture that Ernesto Knorr has presented at the Sesderma Laboratories

The new work of the popular Basque sculptor Ernesto Knorr was inaugurated by Dr Gabriel Serrano, dermatologist and founder of the laboratories, on Thursday 15th October at the headquarters of Sesderma in Puzol, Valencia. This new work by Ernesto Knorr, made of lacquered stainless steel and decorated with different-coloured butterflies which symbolise the countries where the company is present, is three metres tall and is the first big-format work of the artist in Valencia.

The evolution of the company has a special connection to Nature, a connection that is reflected by its logo: the butterfly. Dr Gabriel Serrano is very fond of butterflies, and these have a special meaning for Sesderma. Butterflies travel big distances and cross oceans, just like Dr Serrano did when he left his native Colombia and moved to Valencia, which resulted in the creation of the labs.

Butterflies also symbolise change, beauty, sensitivity, and transformation, qualities which are present in the Sesderma products. This company, just like butterflies when leaving their cocoon, has been built with great effort and the will to overcome all obstacles.

The work of Ernesto Knorr, a sculptor with a wide professional career, forms part of important public and private collections, with special emphasis on his open-space sculptures. His works are characterised by clean forms and lines.

It’s the lactoferrin, stupid!

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ideas.economiadigital.es. 26 September 2020 // JOSÉ MARÍA F. AMENEIRO

A protein present in breast milk is responsible for children not contracting the disease. Applied to adults, it acts as a barrier against contagion

Those of us of a certain age remember the famous sentence by Bill Clinton which prevented George H.W. Bush from being re-elected as President in November 1992, which had never happened with any other North American President since before World War II. “It’s the economy, stupid!” is Clinton’s sentence we remember most from that campaign and was coined by his strategist, James Carville. Clinton took the elections by storm by appealing to the obvious: economy, the main concern for the average citizen.

Bush Senior had had a superb term of office, with impressive success in foreign policy such as the end of the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, or the first Gulf War, but Americans had started noticing a slight recession at home. The sentence, used in campaign posters, became a kind of motto throughout the country – obviously, Clinton would never call the President “stupid”, since there is absolute respect for the head of state.  

I follow the data about the world’s coronavirus pandemic daily, and read all articles that fall into my hands. There is something addictive about it, for me, for everyone, as expressed by panellists, newsreaders, scientists, and even former ministers turned science gurus, like Miguel Sebastián. The data is absolutely devastating: Italy has set an example for many countries to follow, while Spain has become a living hell, a mire where the virus roams freely among insults from wasteful and incompetent politicians, under the subtle sense of humour of the king of comedy, Fernando Simón.

Italy has set an example for many countries to follow, while Spain has become a living hell

I live in Madrid, which used to be the engine of national economy and is now a devastated city. Here, districts are being fenced in as we wait for the big closing, which many date on 5th October, as if the virus was programmed to increase on set dates.  

Many talk about the Italian Miracle, as they call it, without even trying to solve the enigma. I hear nonsense, such as that the Italians have been stricter (discipline and Italy sounds like the perfect oxymoron). They say that the Italians have invested 5,000 million euro in these last three months to improve their battered public health care, whose quality is very similar to the Spanish, you know: “the best health care in the world” according to both Sánchez and Casado, both traitors, as if an improved health care was the key to a reduced number of infections out in the streets…

But let’s analyse the data: Italy has 15 more million inhabitants than Spain on an area that is a third smaller. Its population density is 206 persons per square kilometre, as compared to Spain’s 92, that is, more than double. Italian customs and traditions are, say, similar to ours, however they have more personal contact – men kiss too – which makes us seem somewhat Nordic to them (and I know what I’m talking about).

Gastronomy and cuisine are also similar, but Italians eat more carbohydrates; both age pyramids are similar and their life expectancy is a bit higher. Racially, there is little to say: there is total equivalence regarding milk-intolerance or negative RH rates… In short, no-one can empirically explain what’s going on.

But there is one piece of information that no-one looks into and many hide: In the early summer, the Tor Vergata University in Rome, the country’s second oldest and among the world’s best 150 universities for years (stage never reached by a Spanish university), and La Sapienza, also in Rome, published a study performed with 100 Covid-19 patients. This proved through scientific evidence – they’ve later performed similar studies in other centres and public hospitals in the country – that a protein present in breast milk is responsible for children not contracting the disease. Applied to adults, it acts as a barrier against infection.

A protein present in breast milk is responsible for children not contracting the disease 

Italian TV began their news bulletin with said piece of news, it made the front page on all written press (just type “lattoferrina” on Google, the Italian word for lactoferrin, and you’ll see the explosion of articles, videos, and links available). Then, it got out of hand. In June – and I’ve seen official data – Italians were buying 17 times more lactoferrin at the chemist’s (no need for medical prescription, it’s just like buying vitamin C) than the Spaniards.

Now, it must be around 50 times higher. All my Italian friends (and I’ve got quite a few) are taking lactoferrin. Their parents, relatives, and friends, too. I’ve calculated the average rate of infection in the last 30 days. Italy – which, remember, has a population 32% higher than Spain – has, on average, 7.3 times less infections than Spain, even though they don’t use masks as much and perform many more tests.

To talk about deaths seems improper, but compare the last figure of deaths in Italy and Spain during the second outbreak of the pandemic. Terrifying. Is it magic? No, just Nature. Have you ever asked yourself why a four-year-old is more affected by tobacco but rarely gets a virus?  

Lactoferrin was first synthesised in a lab shortly before World War II. The world’s leading countries, like Australia, United StatesJapan, or Germany produce it industrially. It has always been added to formula milk, for infants who don’t breastfeed. Now, several countries – Russia is about to introduce its use in public hospitals – use it as a natural protection against this pandemic. 

several countries use lactoferrin as a natural protection against this pandemic. 

Australia is the first lactoferrin producer, consumer and exporter in Asia/Oceania, and has an average infection rate of just six cases a day (12,000 in Spain), with a population of 27 million people. Rare is the day when the Australian government attributes a death to Covid-19. Almost all lactoferrin exported by Australia and New Zealand has the same destination: China.

I encourage you to use the best verifier for news and data: Google, if you speak the language of Shakespeare. Both the readers and the politicians that so badly govern can check everything I’ve stated here. I know for a fact that senior positions of the Spanish health care – I’ve been told personally-, take lactoferrin, as do many doctors and scientists I know.

What I’m not aware of yet is that all these rubbish politicians have made its use easier and have spread this information among the population, and I assure you these are proven data – I’ll apologise if there’s one single mistake in this article. If I told you that eating yoghurt or kefir helps your gut health, you wouldn’t doubt me. Believe me and take lactoferrin, it’s going to be a hard autumn.  

Sesderma looks after the youngest with the new LACTYFERRIN Kids

The new hygiene gel that cleanses and looks after the children’s skin

This year’s return to school will be unlike any that has come before. The mandatory use of masks, the adaptation of the classrooms to keep social distancing, and the availability of hydroalcoholic gel in them are measures taken to enhance safety, but many teachers and parents consider they are not enough to guarantee a safe return to school.

That’s why Sesderma, Spanish reference lab in the manufacturing and development of dermatological products, has created LACTYFERRIN Kids. This new hand hygiene gel allows to keep children’s hands clean, in addition to looking after their skin and moisturising them without causing dryness or irritation.

Why use LACTYFERRIN Kids?

The different health organisms recommend frequent hand washing using soap and water and, whenever this is not possible, to use specific gels. These sanitising gels, the so-called hydroalcoholic gels, are solutions with a 60 to 85% alcohol content, and can be very aggressive to the skin.

In fact, Dr Gabriel Serrano, dermatologist and founder of the labs, warns about the consequences of abuse and too-frequent use of gels with a high alcohol content in children: “An excessive use of hydroalcoholic gel can alter the skin barrier, thus causing dryness, dehydration, and even irritant contact dermatitis, or aggravate cases of atopic dermatitis. Alcohol can dehydrate the skin, so the application of these type of formulas that don’t have any emollient or moistening active ingredients can end up affecting the epidermis. Not only that, but their continued use can disrupt the skin, the first defensive barrier of the body, and its protective layers (acid mantle, water-lipid mantle, good bacteria, etc.).”

The innovative gel formula of LACTYFERRIN Kids delivers a silky touch and extra hydration to the children’s skin, and thanks to its low alcohol concentration, it can be used as often as necessary without causing dryness or irritation. Likewise, it maintains the skin’s lipid mantle in perfect condition, protecting and looking after the natural barrier.

Moreover, in the case of nursery schools or crèches, and of special education centres for disabled pupils, the protocol designed by the Departments of Education and Health recommends avoiding the use of hydroalcoholic gels as a precaution, given that children often put their hands in their mouth and that this product has a high alcohol percentage.*

We recommend that they wash their hands and then apply LACTYFERRIN Kids, our hand hygiene gel with lactoferrin that delivers advanced cleansing and maximum skin care.


* Ministry of Education and Professional Training. Government of Spain. PREVENTION, HYGIENE AND HEALTH PROMOTION MEASURES FOR COVID-19 IN EDUCATION CENTRES FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR 2020-2021. Page 17.  https://www.educacionyfp.gob.es/dam/jcr:7e90bfc0-502b-4f18-b206-f414ea3cdb5c/medidas-centros-educativos-curso-20-21.pdf

Post-summer sun spots? How to reduce and prevent them

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After your summer holidays, you might notice the appearance of sun spots on your skin. Although their causes are varied, they can be triggered by genetics or hormonal changes, and especially by the sun if you haven’t used suitable sunscreen or have over-exposed your skin. Apart from causing wrinkles and lack of luminosity, the sun is to blame for most of the blemishes that appear on your forehead, cheeks, or nose.

Therefore, specialists like Dr Gabriel Serrano, dermatologist and founder of Sesderma, insist on the importance of adopting a skincare routine that includes depigmenting products.

The perfect anti-blemish routine

As previously mentioned, the sun is the main cause of skin spots, such as melasma or lentigines. Therefore, the first and most important recommendation is to avoid direct sun exposure and always use SPF50 sunscreen, even when it’s cloudy. After cleansing, your routine must include a twice-daily (morning and night) depigmenting treatment. Some complementary products can help improve and reduce the appearance of blemishes.

The AZELAC RU line, with the effective TRX formula (based on tranexamic acid), prevents sun-induced pigmentation and, in combination with active ingredients such as azelaic acid or 4-Butyl resorcinol, has a double depigmenting action: it acts directly on the source of blemishes thanks to nanotechnology, and it has a selective action thanks to its depigmenting agents.

Like most Sesderma products, AZELAC RU is formulated using nanotechnology, which guarantees deep penetration levels and high effectiveness. The combination of the products of the AZELAC RU line delivers visible results. In just eight weeks, it’s able to clarify skin spots up to 90%, reduce the depigmenting effect by 75%, and prevent the potential appearance of future blemishes*.

AZELAC RU Liposomal serum is an intensive treatment to be applied day and night. Its potent depigmenting power acts on the skin to achieve an even tone.

AZELAC RU Luminous Fluid SPF50 has been especially formulated to be used during the day. It improves the appearance of blemishes and protects the skin thanks to its SPF50. In addition, its luminous pigments can bring the skin a healthy, soft, and glowing aspect.

AZELAC RU Gel Cream is applied at night and combines the different depigmenting active ingredients included in the line, with plant-origin growth factors and retinol.

AZELAC RU SPF30 Hand Cream is specifically formulated to hydrate, regenerate, protect, and even out the skin tone of hands.

Complementary products of the depigmenting routine

ABRADERMOL Microdermabrasion cream for face and body exfoliation. A weekly exfoliation is recommended to achieve smooth and flawless skin, improve its complexion and eliminate impurities.

SENSYSES Cleanser Lightening is a lipidic-bubble cleanser with vitamin C that cleanses the skin, removes make-up, evens out the tone and restores lost luminosity.

MELASES TRX Depigmenting Gel has an intensive focal action to improve melasma. Its high tranexamic acid content combined with active ingredients like azelaic acid and 4-butyl resorcinol reduce hyperpigmentation. Its light texture in gel format is suitable for all skin types. THIOMELAN SPF15 Cream is indicated for mild pigmentation and the prevention of chloasma, hormone-induced blemishes that tend to appear during pregnancy.