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Ideal for its versatility and utility for all skin types, Alkaline Wash depilatory powder from Danné Montague-King Co. (DMK) located in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., serves as a topical solution for a variety of common aesthetic concerns. Less than three minutes after application, DMK Alkaline Wash elevates the skin’s pH from 5.6 to about 12, causing volumization and softening of the skin by breaking down keratin and protein bonds at the surface.
This action helps to treat corneum buildup and texture, reduce fine lines and unwanted pigmentation, treat acne and revise scars or stretch marks as well as overall resurfacing to manage the appearance of aging. It is also used for hair removal. Designed for use in advance of, and in combination with other DMK product protocols, while also serving as a stand-alone therapy, Alkaline Wash has a wide range of uses for a non-invasive treatment with results that may match those of energy-based therapies, or even more invasive and surgical procedures.
DMK’s proprietary formulation of calcium carbonate, thioglycolic acid and magnesium oxide is a powerful tool to prepare the skin for DMK Skin Revision. It is the ‘removal’ component of the DMK treatment concept of ‘Remove. Rebuild. Protect. Maintain.®’, with other products used in combination. Typical follow-ups to DMK’s Alkaline Wash treatments include many other products in their extensive line of topical actives.
LaRay Johnson, LE, owner of LaRaydiance Wellness Spa in Laurel, Md., relies on Alkaline Wash for many of her patients for that very reason. “One of our patients presented with severe hyperpigmentation and scarring on her legs. She would no longer wear shorts or dresses. After a series of 12 Alkaline Wash treatments finished with DMK Body Enzyme Masque and a Remodeling Procedure (RP), her legs look spectacular.
“We position Alkaline Wash as a powerful alternative to lasers, microneedling, or microdermabrasion and it is easy to explain to patients that way,” Ms. Johnson continued. “It treats multiple skin conditions but less invasively and with virtually no downtime. The beautiful thing for me is its utility in combination with other DMK products that I can use for just about any skin condition presented to me.”
The rise in skin pH helps to arrest acne and can reduce uneven skin texture post-acne. “It is ideal for both facial and body acne,” Ms. Johnson explained. “The bacteria cannot survive the high pH so it is a good treatment for active acne, and when we get that under control, DMK Alkaline Wash helps treat hyperpigmentation and scarring.” According to Ms. Johnson, the most common use as a stand-alone therapy is that of hair removal. “We regularly use it to remove vellus hair and it is especially great for leg or underarm hair where we may see hyperpigmentation in skin of color.”
Approximately 12 treatments is the magic number, according to Ms. Johnson. “Treatments can be performed once per week. Typically, we do that for the first several sessions, then progress to bi-weekly. Once desired goals are obtained, we maintain results with monthly sessions. There is no trouble with compliance because treatment is not painful, and there is virtually no downtime.” She added that DMK Alkaline Wash is for professional use only, by trained clinicians, and not available for over-the-counter sale.