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New Awakening – Men Spring Skin Care

Technically speaking, spring begins this year on March 20th. Although for some of us in the northeast who are continuing to dig out from the remnants of winter storm Stella; the rest of nature is beginning to awaken from winter’s hibernation. New Awakening – Men’s Spring Skin Care.

Lawrence Jaeger of Advanced Dermatology Associates provides men skin care tips to renew your best self – spring forward to younger, healthier skin care regimen to take you through the spring and the summer months. Real men take care of their skin. ‘

Ladies, no worry. We have you covered already in our previous blog: “Renewing Your Best Skin – Springing Forward

Here’s our guide to a “New Awakening – Men Spring Skin Care.”

Spring Forward – New Awakening: Men Spring Skin Care

“Winter’s end is here. The last few month have been cold, dry winter air, which is harsh on the skin. As the temperatures start to rise, removing dead cells can renew and refresh your skin for spring and the summer months ahead” – Lawrence Jaeger, NYC Dermatologist.

New Awakening - Men Spring Skin Care Tips

Seek out a dermatologist: Advanced Dermatology Treatments.

A dermatologist can help you understand how your skin is aging and help guide you to the best ingredients, products and procedures to keep your skin looking and feeling it’s healthiest best for years to come.

Also, if you have any risk factors for skin cancer, or if you have a high degree of sun exposure, you should see your dermatologist regularly. A dermatologist will be able to perform screenings and tests that can diagnose any problems, and the dermatologist can help recommend treatment to maximize your skin health.

Microdermabrasion was developed to treat acne and minimize acne scarring, as well as to minimize pox marks, wrinkles, age spots, or other scarring. During the procedure, a dermatologist uses a small, handheld tool to exfoliate your skin, revealing the newer, smoother layer of skin beneath. It is a safe and painless treatment with minimal side effects.

Microdermabrasion can improve the appearance of dull skin, uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles, blackheads, and even sun damage.

Dermal fillers help to diminish facial lines & restore volume or fullness in the face. Therefore injections and fillers are also highly encouraged during this spring period.

Chemical peels, botox, or laser skin treatments – all additional dermal treatments which can be used help to slow down the effects of aging. These advanced dermatological injections provide long-lasting results and can be administered in your dermatology office, including in one single visit.

Men’s Skin Protection – Spring & Summer Months

Daily use of sunscreen must be a priority; especially if you work or spend more than two hours a day outside.Sunscreen is still your best resource in the next months.

Even in the spring, the sun’s rays can be harmful. In fact, ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight is the greatest in North America during the late spring and early summer, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally all skin has been covered up by clothing or materials which have shielded it from the skin. Therefore, you skin is even more susceptible to sun damage during the warmer and sunnier months.

Remember most moisturizers with sunscreen aren’t water-resistant, so you can’t rely on them to protect your face or body if you swim or sweat. Some aren’t broad spectrum sunscreens either, so they don’t shield you from ultraviolet A rays, the kind that can cause aging and skin damage. The bottom line is that everyone, even those with darker skin, should use sunscreen when they’re out in the sun for any length of time.

Sun Protection - Men Spring Skin Care

Sunscreen protection - Men Spring Skin Care

  • – When you go out, dress appropriately. Sunscreen is just one part of a smart sun protection program.
  • – Cover up with a long-sleeved shirt or light jacket to protect your arms and a hat to protect your face and neck.
    Remember sunscreen on cool and overcast days. Clouds expose a lot of UV rays; up to 80 percent of them reach the earth.
    Be Prepared.
  • – Apply sunscreen to exposed areas—face, ears, back of the neck, and hands—15 to 30 minutes before you go out to give it time to start working. And reapply sunscreen every two hours, if you’ll be outside that long.

Men need to moisturize too: It’s about hydration.

Just as your body requires more water, so does your skin.

During the spring and summer, you need hydration. Higher temperatures result in oilier skin for everyone. Since there’s humidity in the air, a heavy moisturizer isn’t necessary. Therefore, use a lighter moisturizer during spring and summer months.

So, lotion up: While your skin does get a dose of hydration from the warmer climate, sweat and sun exposure actually dehydrate the skin, so lotion is still necessary. Remember to apply the cream to your hands and nails as well as the rest of your body – these areas are often easily overlooked!

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Re-fresh the medicine cabinet: Update old skin care products.

Toss and purge old cosmetics and skin care products. These products have a shelf life. Old, outdated products can harbor bacteria and lose their effectiveness.

Check the dates on your products. You may want to toss the following:

  • – Anything past the expiration date
  • – Products that appear dry or crusty
  • – Anything that has changed consistency, color, or smell
  • – Anything with an SPF older than one year (SPF loses its effectiveness over time and it’s just not worth the risk.)

Toss your old razors and blades.

Think that having a bad pimple is painful? There’s more threatening issues others than razor bumps or pseudofolliculitis barbae.

Ever considered that you could possible become infected by a deadly form of a staph infection known as MRSA as a result of your breakout from the result of using old and dull razors, blades and clippers.

Therefore, throwing out and replacing those old or dull blades is extremely important and sanitary for your health.

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New Awakening – Men Spring Skin Care

Again these are just some general skin care tips on how to maintain the best men’s skin care regimen for the spring and summer months. In order to achieve your optimum health – schedule an appointment with your local dermatologist office to develop a personal regimen based on your needs. New Awakening – Men Spring Skin Care.

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Comparing Skin Treatments

Comparing Skin Facial Treatments

Skin resurfacing treatments help to restore a more youthful, beautiful complexion by removing the most damaged outer layers of skin to reveal younger, vibrant looking skin beneath -simply by encouraging new, healthy skin cell growth.

Skin rejuvenation is anything that makes the skin look better — skincare products, treatments or in-office procedures.

The Glowing Differences:

Skin Rejuvenation & Skin Resurfacing

Skin resurfacing is simply a method of reviving (simply rejuvenating) the top layer of damaged skin. Skin resurfacing can be achieved in a host of methods. Lasers, acids or other means are the more common methods used to remove damaged cells on the skin’s surface.

“When it comes to skin treatments, there’s lots of good news in therapies for medical conditions as well as cosmetic concerns,” says Dr. Kenneth Arndt, adjunct professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School.

A growing population of healthy, active older women who want to look as young as they feel has spurred the development of skin rejuvenation techniques that are more subtle and have much shorter recovery times than face-lifts.

Always consult a dermatologist to weigh the possible risks and explore your benefits from the best available treatments.

Cosmetic procedures aren’t covered by insurance, so cost might also be an important factor in choosing your skin rejuvenation procedure.

The Most Common Skin Rejuvenation Procedures.

The following are several often-used techniques to remove fine wrinkles, scars, uneven pigmentation, and other imperfections.

Botox.

Microdermabrasion.

Injections of botulinum toxin — a category that includes Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin — are relatively affordable, have very few risks, and require no recovery time. And they’re quite effective at temporarily smoothing a wrinkled face, brow, or neck.

In this procedure, the doctor or aesthetician sands an area with tiny aluminum hydroxide crystals to create smoother-looking skin. It’s relatively inexpensive, and no recovery time is needed.

Soft tissue fillers

Injections of soft-tissue fillers under the skin can add height to cheekbones, improve the jawline, diminish acne or surgical scars, restore fullness to hollow cheeks and eyes, fill fine vertical lines, re-sculpt lips, and fill in nasolabial folds (the deep lines that run from the outside of the nostrils to the corners of the mouth). Some fillers, such as hyaluronic acid and poly-L-lactic acid, are eventually absorbed by the body. Others contain tiny beads of solid materials suspended in gel. The gel is absorbed over time, and the beads form a scaffold for collagen growth.

Spring 2017 Internship: Integrated/SEO Marketing

Spring Summer 2017 Internship- We're Hiring NYC

Spring & Summer 2017 Internship Overview

Our spring & summer 2017 internships are designed to provide meaningful work and life experiences. Interns are selected by the mentoring professionals after a careful review of their complete application. An extensive interview will be held before you arrive to ensure the placement is right for you and provides the experience you expect.

Depending on your chosen field, you will spend eight (8) – twelve (12) fascinating weeks working in an office, lab, or clinic.

Submit your transcripts and necessary supporting documents to info@adv-derm.com | Attention: Internship.

A team member will work with you on finding the ideal placement for you. You will be notified of your internship workplace as soon as you are placed.

Spring Summer 2017 Internship- Digital Marketing

Spring 2017  – Integrated/SEO Marketing Internship

You will have an opportunity to work on dermatological products and related medical/health care brands. This internship will work directly with the integrated marketing team to gain and offer experience in digital, social, channel, and search and content, partnership marketing. The candidate will have heavy involvement in competitive/industry, auditing and analysis of the brand, managing campaigns for asset trafficking, keyword and search.

  1. 1. Work cross functionally with web, media, and social/content teams to optimize content for our prospect base
  2. 2. Search Engine Optimization focused strategies (Digital Strategies adhering to Integrated marketing concepts)
  3. 3. Support current/past marketing campaigns including, e-Newsletters, marketing visual, co-branding one-pagers, marketing/content blogs, visuals
  4. 4. Dive into program reporting and analytics to make business recommendations for improved campaign performance (optimization areas)

Required Skills and Experience:

  • – Rising Seniors or students currently enrolled in an accredited university majoring in Marketing, Communication or relevant Science/Technical majors; MBA welcomed too.
  • – Strong in analytical or technical
  • – Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • – Software skills strongly preferred: Microsoft Office (specifically Excel), Google Enterprise
  • – Familiarity with automation platforms.
  • – Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • – Exquisite presentation skills; Exceptional organizational skills
  • – Desire to work in a fast paced environment while handling multiple projects
  • – Interest in dermatology, medical/healthcare, and proficient in social media.
  • – Content creators and/or visual programmers or coders; are bonus talents.
  • – Detail-oriented approach to everything
  • – Talent for effectively interacting with individuals at all levels of the organization
  • – Ability to follow directives

Internship Location:

Midtown, New York 10019: (6-8 weeks) Unpaid Internship with Bonus/Perks & Credit potential.

To Apply: Spring Summer 2017 Internship

Submit resumes, portfolios & transcript: info@adv-derm.com

To the Attention: Corey Chambers, Strategist


Dr. Lawrence D. Jaeger is an expert Medical, Cosmetic & Surgical Dermatologist with over 25 years experience treating patients suffering from a wide range of Dermatological conditions, skin diseases and growths. Visit www.lawrencejaeger.com.

Dr. Lawrence is the Medical Director of both, Advanced Dermatology Associates, a network of Dermatology treatment centers in New York City. Since 1991, Advanced Dermatology Associated has grown to become the largest privately owned practice New York City with locations in the Bronx. Visit www.adv-derm.com or call (212) 262-2500.

Central Park Medical Associates, is a private and confidential STD testing and treatment facility. Located at 200 Central Park South, Suite 107 in Columbus Circle – Central Park Medical Associates is highly esteemed for its reliability and accuracy regarding same-day std test results. Visit www.centralparkmedicalassociates.com or call (212) 246-0800.

Is Your Fragrance Causing Wrinkles

Sweet Toxic Fragrances

The perfumes used to give cosmetics and beauty products their pleasant scent are complex and often comprised of several different chemicals, many of which have been found to cause everything from allergic reactions to cancer. There are as many as 3,000 chemicals being used as fragrances in not only perfume, but most of the beauty and personal care products on the market. Many of these chemicals have yet to be tested for toxicity and include known hormone-disrupting chemicals and carcinogens.

“An allergen is a protein that is known to cause an IgE-mediated reaction,” explains Beth A. Miller, MD, director of the University of Kentucky’s Asthma, Allergy, and Sinus Clinics and chief of the school’s division of allergy and immunology in Lexington. IgE, or immunoglobulin E, is an antibody produced by the body in response to exposure to an allergen.

Is Your Fragrance Causing Wrinkles

Fragrance Allergies – Skin Reactions

Immunoglobulin E (IgE) are antibodies produced by the immune system. If you have an allergy, your immune system overreacts to an allergen by producing antibodies called Immunoglobulin E (IgE). These antibodies travel to cells that release chemicals, causing an allergic reaction.

An irritant, on the other hand, doesn’t provoke the immune system. But it has no problem making eyes water or noses run.

It’s not understood how or why this happens. “An irritant is a chemical or product that causes symptoms without a known immunologic cause,” says Miller, so it does not cause an IgE-mediated reaction.

“Sensitivity is really a non-specific term,” notes Miller. Only an allergen can cause a true allergy, while “irritants cause sensitivities.”

The bottom line: What people call a “perfume allergy” is either fragrance sensitivity or an allergy to some chemical in the perfume.

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Fragrance Causes –  Burns or Brown Age Spots

Have you ever noticed that some ladies have distinct brown discoloration on areas such as the neck, décolletage and even on and behind their ears! This condition is a direct result of daily application of perfume to these areas.

Some perfumes even contain bergamot, a fragrant fruit that is photosensitive, meaning that it can cause aging spots or brown spots on your skin when it combines with the sun on your skin. The solution: spray perfume on your clothes instead of directly on your skin. Age spots are flat, brown, gray, or black spots on the skin.

Your favorite perfume or cologne is likely to contain alcohol, which when applied to your exposed skin during daylight hours, causes it to become photosensitive to sunlight. This means your skin is more likely to suffer from sunburn, leading to wrinkles, pigmentation and possibly even skin cancer.

So basically, applying perfume directly to the skin will accelerate burning; which in turn, sunburn causes wrinkles and pigmentation.

Contact dermatitis is a fairly common effect of perfume on the skin. This can cause your skin to develop a red, itchy rash that can be quite painful and even blister and become infected, depending on the severity of your reaction to the product. Those who use certain products regularly increase their risk of a severe reaction and even chronic skin disorders, such as eczema.

Safe Skin Perfume Tips:

  • – Spray your perfume onto your wrists.
    • – (Just don’t rub them together – this bruises the notes, altering the scent.)
  • – Squirt your delicious smelling smell onto the skin under your clothes.
    • – (Avoid spraying it onto your actual clothes – fragrance can stain fabrics!)
  • – Heat helps emit the perfume from your body, so any body parts like your inner elbows and knees are also wonderful places to spray.
  • – Oh, and spritzing your fragrance on your hair does leave a lovely lingering scent, but the alcohol can also dry out your strands so be careful when doing this.
    • (Try spritzing your hair brush instead.)

       

      Fragrance Causing Wrinkles

Anal Warts & Hemorrhoids or Anal Fissure – Treatment & Symptoms

Experiencing Pains ‘in the Buttock’?

One of the most typical health conditions confused with hemorrhoids is anal warts. They are sorta the same… yet they stem from entirely different causes and therefore are treated in very different methods. Anal warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). This virus is highly contagious and often transmitted through sexual intercourse or skin-to-skin contact. An anal fissure is a small tear in the thin, moist tissue (mucosa) that lines the anus.

The major distinction of course is the occurrence of pain.

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Anal Pains & Conditions: Anal Warts, Hemorrhoids or Fissure

What are Anal Warts?

Anal warts (also called “condyloma acuminata”) are a condition that affects the area around and inside the anus. They may also affect the skin of the genital area. They first appear as tiny spots or growths, perhaps as small as the head of a pin, and may grow quite large and cover the entire anal area. They usually appear as a flesh or brownish color. Usually, they do not cause pain or discomfort and patients may be unaware that the warts are present. Some patients will experience symptoms such as itching, bleeding, mucus discharge and/or a feeling of a lump or mass in the anal area. Anal warts are caused by HPV and can be transmitted by direct contact ie. basically any contact exposure to the anal area (hand contact, secretions from a sexual partner) can result in HPV infection .

HPV infection does not lead to hemorrhoids.

What are Anal Fissures?

An anal fissure is a small tear or crack in the lining of the anus. It may occur when passing large or hard stools, straining during childbirth, or experiencing bouts of diarrhea. An anal fissure is usually a minor condition that goes away within six weeks. Home treatments can help ease pain and promote healing.

Causes of Anal Fissure

Anal fissure can occur as a result of any circumstance that puts excessive pressure on the lining of the anus. Thus there are a variety of causes, which may include:

  • – Constipation with large or impacted stools
  • – Chronic or persistent diarrhea
  • – Inflammatory bowel disease (e.g. Crohn’s disease)
  • – Childbirth
  • – Infections such as syphilis, herpes, HIV or tuberculosis
  • – Cancer

What are Hemorrhoids?

On the other hand, are a very painful condition. Symptoms of hemorrhoids are anal itching, pain (especially while sitting), blood on stool, and lumps near the anus. Increased pressure in the veins of the anus causes hemorrhoids. This is why hemorrhoids are common during pregnancy and after childbirth.

Hemorrhoids result from weak points in hemorrhoid veins below your skin or mucous tissue. As the weak spot gives way, it stretches out and takes surrounding tissue by using it. Traumatized hemorrhoids may get infected with a number of bacteria and/or viruses, but infection does not lead to hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoid symptoms may include finding bright red blood on your toilet paper or seeing blood in the toilet after a bowel movement. Other common symptoms include rectal pain, pressure, burning, and itching. You may also be able to feel a lump in your anal area.

Hemorrhoids are common and usually not too serious. They can often be treated with home remedies, and you may not even need to be seen by a doctor.

But some symptoms of hemorrhoids, especially rectal bleeding, may also be caused by other diseases, some of them serious, like colon cancer.

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Treatment of Anal Conditions

Anal Warts Screenings, Tests & Checks:

Anal warts and hemorrhoids can both seem like lumps or masses of tissue round the anal area. However, there are difference scan result in a proper identification upon near inspection of the area.

Anal warts testing demands that your doctor may inquire as to the presence or absence of risk factors to include a history of anal intercourse, a positive HIV test or a chronically weakened immune system (medications for organ transplant patients, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, etc).

Anal warts’ physical examination should focus primarily on the anorectal examination and evaluation of the perineum (pelvic region) that includes the penile or vaginal area to look for warts.  Digital rectal examination should be performed to rule out any mass.  Anoscopy is typically performed to look within the anal canal for additional warts.  This involves inserting a small instrument about the size of a finger into your anus to help visualize the area.  Speculum examination may also be performed to aid in vaginal examination in women.

Hemorrhoids Treatment & Care:

Hemorrhoids, have a smooth texture that’s identical towards the tissue they originate from, regardless of whether that’s external skin or inner mucous membrane. They are often soft or “squishy” to touch, and they range in size from how big a pea to the size of the grape. You’ll never find them anywhere except right round the anal opening.

Hemorrhoids are usually best treated in your own home through a high-fiber diet, a proper amount of exercise, and easily obtained over-the-counter relief. Home remedies often work nicely on hemorrhoids and surgery is just rarely needed.

Hemorrhoids are often kept away by keeping the lifestyle changes that were made to assist cure them.

You should seek treatment for hemorrhoid symptoms if:

  • You have rectal bleeding for the first time.
  • You have heavy rectal bleeding.
  • – You have rectal bleeding that is not responding to home care.
  • – You have other hemorrhoid symptoms, such as pain, pressure, itching, and burning, that do not respond to home care after a few days.
  • – You have hemorrhoid symptoms along with other symptoms such as fever, weight loss, abdominal pain, or a change in bowel habits.

Anal Warts Treatment:

Anal warts, however, always have to be handled surgically, usually on an outpatient foundation. The warts will not go away by themselves. Instead, a physician has to make use of liquid nitrogen to freeze all of them off.

If warts are not removed, they can grow larger and multiply. Left untreated, warts may lead to an increased risk of anal cancer in the affected area. Internal anal warts may not respond to topical medications, so surgery may be required.

Anal warts will frequently come back for no cause under your control, because the virus can reside dormant in your skin cells for a long period. Post-treatment care and doctor’s supervision are often stressed to minimize chances of future outbreaks. When warts come back, they can usually be treated at your surgeon’s office. If a large number of new warts develop quickly, surgery may be needed again.

Treatment options for anal warts include:

  • Topical medication: These creams usually work best if the warts are very small and located only on the skin around the anus.
  • – Topical medications that will freeze the warts (liquid nitrogen)
  • – Topical medications that will burn the warts (Trichlorocetic acid, podophyllin)
  • – Surgery: When the warts are either too large for the above mentioned treatments or are internal, surgery is considered. During surgery, the warts are surgically removed. The patient will be anesthetized for the procedure. The type of anesthetic depends on the number and exact location of the warts being removed. When there are many warts, your surgeon may perform the surgery in stages.
  • – An internal examination will also be performed so that any lesions on the inside can also be found and treated.

 

Anal Warts, Hemorrhoids or Anal Fissure: Anal Conditions & Treatment

#NewYearNewYou – Annual Checkups, Health Screenings

New Year – Annual Checkups, Health Screenings

You’re in good health. You physically feel fine.

No colds and other medical ailments to date.

So, why should you see a doctor and/or specialist for annual check-up, testings or screenings? 

Getting annual check-ups, testings and/or screenings can inform, alert or provide insights of one’s health. Most people only have a test or screening if they have symptoms or risks factors. But in short, some medical issues come with little to no symptoms, while others can lay dormant and quiet for years without any precursors. For example, some common medical conditions including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes come with little to no signs or warnings, but usually made aware out of the result of another compromising factor.

However, other more pressing medical conditions such as HPV, skin & melanoma and cancers can linger for any duration of period within the body and without warnings.The key with managing these and many other diseases and conditions is to catch them early so they be managed and kept under control before they become serious threats to your health and well-being.

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Age, Gender & Extracurricular Factors Play Risks.

A lot of what happens during your annual physical will depend on your age, gender, medical history and risk factors. Your doctor will check the condition of your heart, lungs, circulatory system and auditory system. You may need blood tests as follow-up.

Are your immunizations up-to-date? Some vaccinations you had as a child may require boosters. Depending on your age, your doctor also may recommend you get vaccinated against shingles, hepatitis A and B, human papilloma virus and pneumonia.

If you were born between 1945 and 1965, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you be screened for Hepatitis C.

At your annual physical, your doctor also will check your height and weight and discuss lifestyle habits that can improve your health such as eating a heart-healthy diet and getting regular exercise.

Cancer Screenings are Vital.

In addition to your annual physical, it’s important you adhere to recommended cancer screenings for your age and gender. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has concluded there is not enough evidence to recommend for or against routine screening (total body examination by a doctor) to find skin cancers early for people who do not have a history of skin cancer and who do not have any suspicious moles or other spots. All others, report any unusual moles or changes in your skin to your doctor. Also talk to your doctor if you are at increased risk of skin cancer.

Each year more than a million people in the United States are diagnosed with the most common forms of skin cancer — basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma — which together are known as non-melanoma skin cancers. Fortunately there are ways to detect most non-melanoma skin cancers early, when they are curable.

Genital human papilloma virus (HPV) is a very common virus. Some doctors think it’s almost as common as the cold virus. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that about 14 million people get a new HPV infection every year in the US. HPV vaccines can prevent infection with the types of HPV most likely to cause cancer and genital warts

  • – In women, the HPV test checks for the virus, not cell changes. The test can be done at the same time as the Pap test, with the same swab or a second swab. You won’t notice a difference in your exam if you have both tests. A Pap test plus an HPV test (called co-testing) is the preferred way to find early cervical cancers or pre-cancers in women 30 and older.
  • The American Cancer Society recommends that women aged 30 to 65 have an HPV test with their Pap test (co-testing) every 5 years to test for cervical cancer. Talk to your healthcare provider about co- testing. It’s also OK to continue just to have Pap tests every 3 years.
  • – Men are encouraged to have a prostate-specific antigen blood test and digital rectal exam to look for early signs of prostate cancer.

Sexual Testing & STD/STI Screenings.

Young adults under 25 have the highest rates of STIs, but you can get an STI at any point of age. The most common STIs include chlamydia, gonorrhoea, herpes, syphilis and genital, anal, or penile warts.

According to a latest studies which states that the number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among the 50 to 70 age group have soared by 38% in the last three years.

STI is an infection that you get from another person during sexual activity. Often this means that the virus, parasite, or bacteria is living in your sexual partner’s semen or vaginal fluid and gets into your body through your vagina, the urethra of your penis, your anus, or your mouth, but some are transmitted through skin to skin contact.

STIs only show up on the tests a few weeks after a potential incident. This is because these tests often aren’t looking for the virus or bacteria in your body. Instead, they search for the antibodies your immune system has created to fight off the invading infection. It takes your body a few days to create these antibodies, which means it takes time for the test to pick up on them.

Each STI has a different lag time between when you get it and when it will show up on a test.

  • You can test positive for gonorrhea or chlamydia in two weeks.
  • Syphilis can show up in one week or take three months to surface on a test.
  • HIV and Hepatitis B and C can show up as early as one month on a rapid test (the one that takes 20 minutes to get results), but in certain cases it can take six months to show.

Additional Health Tests & Procedures.

Some 30 million women in the United States have hereditary hair loss (compared with 50 million men), according to the American Academy of Dermatology, though that figure does not include the millions more who struggle with thinning hair because of pregnancy, menopause, stress and other health conditions.

Platelet-rich plasma showing promising results treating hair loss. The non-surgical procedure uses platelet-rich plasma known as PRP. PRP is taken directly from the patient’s blood, then placed in a machine where it spins and separates. The platelets contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which help heal injuries. For years, platelet-rich plasma has been used to treat tendon injuries in famous athletes like Tiger Woods and Victor Cruz. But now, doctors are using the healing properties to help regrow hair.

  • -Studies show PRP works best in thinning hair.

  • PRP Patients can expect 25-25% more growth and increased thickness in existing hair after treatment.

Currently Advanced Dermatology Associates is offering Free PRP Hair Restoration Therapy Consultation at 200 Central Park South, Suite 107. To schedule your hair consultation, please contact: prp.advderm@gmail.com

The art of living your optimum health basically begins with the actions you’ve already embarked upon. Start living your best life today. The key to living your best life is being able to live knowingly in control of whatever condition of illness you may be facing. The sooner you can can take control and manage your medical being; the earlier you can become more successful at managing and keeping watch as they become serious threats to your health.

 

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Anal Sex Myths – Cancer, Infections & Prevention

ANAL SEX – Hidden Taboo… No More.

Anal sex was once a thing of hidden or shunned mystery indulged by a select few. However, anal sex is no longer quite the dreaded dark hidden taboo it once was.

An estimated 90% of men who have sex with men and as many as 5% to 10% of sexually active women engage in receptive anal intercourse. Not only has society become more accepting of the evolving relationships involving the same sex, but more heterosexual people are trying it and enjoying it more often than ever before. Recent surveys  estimate that 40 percent of women between the ages of 20 to 24 have tried anal sex, and 20 percent of all women have tried it in the last year.

However, there are still unclear truths or inaccurate facts (myths) around anal sex, anal cancer and the associated sexual infections. When it comes to anal sex and the topic of anal cancers, HPV; knowing the associated truths can make a difference in knowing the best methods of protection to decrease risks and treatment options.

ANAL SEX MYTHS: Cancer, Infections & Prevention

1. ANAL SEX CAUSES ANAL CANCER

Basically yes, anal sex is a risk factor for anal cancer.

Anal sex can transmit the human papillomavirus (HPV), and HPV in turn leaves the cells around our rectum more vulnerable to mutating and becoming cancerous. A similar risk exists wherever HPV rears its ugly microscopic head, including the mouth, throat, and cervix. And because anal sex is generally more damaging to the inner lining of the rectum than the stereotypical notion of heterosexual sex is to the vagina, HPV and other sexually transmitted infections are more easily spread between people who engage in anal sex. Similarly, the greater number of sexual partners, the greater the risk of cancer.

2. ANAL CANCER RATES ARE ALARMING.

Close to 90 percent of anal cancer cases can be traced back to HPV. But the cancer itself is relatively rare.

More white women get HPV-associated anal cancer than women of other races. More black men get HPV-associated anal cancer than men of other races.

According to The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons:

  • – 8,000 people will be newly diagnosed with anal cancer this year.
  • – About 8,080 new cases (5,160 in women and 2,220 in men)
  • – About 1,080 deaths (640 in women and 440 in men)

3. ANAL CANCER IS PREVENTABLE.

Like other forms of cancer fueled by HPV, the available HPV vaccine can likely cut down the risk of developing anal cancer in both men and women.

While HPV vaccination rates still aren’t anywhere near as high as we’d like them to be, there is already evidence that the vaccine has lowered the risk of later cervical cancer in teen girls.

A growing number of gay physicians and health activists now believe that routine screening, using an anal pap smear, could reduce the incidence of anal cancer as dramatically as it has cervical cancer in women. They recommend that all MSMs, especially those who are HIV+, be tested every 1-3 years depending on their immunological well-being and CD4 count.

 

 4. ANAL CANCER IS SCREENABLE.

In fact, a standardized screening protocol for anal cancer does not yet exist. Most health care providers are not offering anal cancer screening to their patients, either because they are unaware of the risk factors for anal cancer, do not inquire about their patients’ high risk sexual practices, and/or do not know how to perform an anal pap smear.

While only one of these locations is screened routinely (the cervix), there are screening tests that you can request from your doctor for the other locations. For women, a simple pap smear is used to detect these cell changes in the cervix in their early stages.

There seems to be little consensus on the practicality of offering anal pap smears to all clients, despite the fact that the AIDS Institute of New York recommends that HIV positive gay men “and others with history of HPV disease” should be tested annually.  In addition, most health insurance policies do not cover anal pap smears.

5. ANAL CANCER IS GAY DISEASE – OR MEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH MEN (MSM)

This is a big myth. Approximately 75% of all sexually active adults acquire HPV, often within the course of early adulthood, and often in the first two years of becoming sexually active and often without any symptoms.

Each year anal cancer is diagnosed in about 2 people out of every 100,000 people in the general population. Current estimates are that HIV negative MSMs are 20 times more likely to be diagnosed with anal cancer. Their rate is about 40 cases per 100,000. HIV-positive MSMs are up to 40 times more likely to diagnosed with the disease, resulting in a rate of 80 anal cancer cases per 100,000 people.

6. ANAL CANCER HAS VISIBLE SYMPTOMS.

Not always true. Although many men have no obvious symptoms, one of the most common manifestations of HPV infection is genital warts which can affect the anus, the penis and/or the peritoneum. Other possible symptoms are abnormal discharge from the anus, bleeding from the rectum and anus, itching of the anus, pain or pressure around the anus, and a sore or sores around the anus that do not heal.

7.  I’M NOT PROMISCUOUS, SO I DON’T HAVE TO WORRY.

Wrong – HPV is transferable through skin to skin contact. So, yes, you reduce your chances of getting HPV if you practice safer sex and exercise monogamy when it comes to sexual partners.This means using a latex condom during anal and vaginal sex, and using a dental dam or a condom during oral sex. You can protect sex toys with a latex condom, too… and always make sure to change the condom or wash the toy if you switch from the vagina to the anus or the other way around.

However, STIs can be passed along as readily in a loving, long-term relationship as in a one-night stand. Remember, though, that HPV can infect areas that aren’t covered by a condom or dental dam, so safer sex isn’t foolproof.

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Preventing Anal Infection & Cancer

The only way to completely avoid anal sex risks is to abstain from anal sex. If you do engage in anal sex, it is always important to use a condom to protect against the spread of infections and diseases.

Sex Tips: Decreasing Anal Sex Risks

  • Avoid inserting a penis into the mouth or vagina after it’s been inserted in the anus until your partner puts on a new condom.
  • Use plenty of lubricant to reduce the risk of tissue tears. With latex condoms, always use a water-based lubricant.
  • Relax prior to insertion of the penis to help reduce the risk of tears. Taking a warm bath before anal sex or lying on your stomach may make insertion easier.
  • Stop if anal sex is painful.
  • If you experience bleeding after anal sex or you notice a sores or lumps around the anus or a discharge coming from it, see your doctor as soon as possible.

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Black Men Shaving Tips: Prevent Barber’s Rash (Pseudofolliculitis Barbae)

Black Men Shaving Problems

It’s the timeless battle in which every black man often experiences head-on.  The vicious and often ferocious battle between the razor and ultimately those nuisance soldiers called razor bumps.

Which leads to the age-old question….

Razor Bumps/Pseudofolliculitis Barbae:

“Why Do Black Men Suffer From Razor Bumps (Pseudofolliculitis Barbae)”

Short answer – razor bumps are caused by shaving. Sometimes when a hair is cut off at the point where it exits the skin, it can curl back and start growing inwards. These ingrown hairs cause irritation to the hair follicle, which swells into a small red lump that looks a bit like a pimple. A razor bump forms when a hair that has been cut off close to the surface of the face turns around and begins growing back into the skin.

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Pseudofolliculitis Barbae and Shaving.

This painful process only affects about 20% of Caucasians, while various sources claim that between 60-80% of black men are affected.

The main reason why black men get razor bumps more often than their white or Asian counterparts is because the type of curly hair is particularly likely to become ingrown. Black men often have coarse or curly hair, which may lead to razor bumps and ingrown hairs. “People with darker skin often are susceptible to inflammation, such as that caused by razor bumps; along with hyperpigmentation,” says Dr. Lawrence Jaeger, DO of Advanced Dermatology Associates in NYC and the Bronx.

Razor bumps form as new strands of hair curl back, puncture, and re-enter the skin while growing. Although not a serious health problem, these bumps are by no means pretty and can be a nuisance. They can fill up with puss, cause skin discoloration, or give rise to keloidal scars. The worst part is that razor bumps itch and cause quite a bit of discomfort. And when these pustules develop an infection from staph bacteria, they turn into a more serious skin disorder called Barber’s rash or folliculitis.

Also, darker skin is more prone to keloid scarring, which can develop if razor bumps are left untreated. Which is why it is especially important for black men to learn how to prevent and treat this common skin condition or seek dermatological treatment.

Black Men Shaving Tips: Prevent folliculitis

SHAVING TIPS – Black or Darker Skin People Should:

  • – Always use a sharp razor blade and discard old blades after 4-5 uses. You might think this is excessive, but dull blades force black men to go over the same area of skin again and again, increasing the chances of irritation and improperly cutting hair. This goes for electric razors, too: replace the blades after every few months of use.
  • – Reduce your number of shaves by shaving every other day. Giving the skin time to heal will allow hairs to grow straight through the skin’s surface, without forcing too-short hairs back into the skin. Frequent shaving too close to the skin will trap hairs inside the follicles.
  • – Exfoliate! Exfoliate! Exfoliating with a gentle scrub like Microfine Face Scrub removes the top layer of dead cells and allows hairs to grow out more easily. It also helps soften skin, clears pores and evens out patchy skin tones.
  • – Many African-American men benefit from using a single-blade razor, or a Deep Edge razor. Most dermatologists will encourage patients who suffer from razor bumps from using triple or quadruple blade razor systems. They exponentially increase the  potential for razor bumps. The closer the shave, the worse the razor bumps will be.
  • – Always shave in the direction of hair growth. While shaving upward seems to give a closer shave, shaving in the hair’s direction reduces irritation and the likelihood of hairs growing back into the skin. Don’t pull skin taut when shaving since this can also cause ingrown hairs to form.
  • – Soften hairs before shaving by massaging warm water into the beard area and then applying a professional-grade, highly-lubricating shave cream. Allow it to sit on the face for a minute or two to completely coat hairs before shaving.
  • – Follow a shave with an after-shave solution that contains hydrating ingredients like aloe, witch hazel and tea tree extract like Post-Shave Repair to cut down on redness and discomfort. Stay away from products that contain alcohol since this can dry skin out and provoke an ashy appearance in black skin.
  • – Resist the urge to pluck ingrown hairs out. A new hair will just grow again, and you’ll be facing the same exact problem…even worse. It can become irritated.
  • -Most importantly, take your time when shaving. Stop that 30-second shave on Monday morning. Taking your time to shave slowly and with care can dramatically reduce nicks, cuts and abrasions that can aggravate razor bumps.
  • – Aloe Vera is your best friend because it act as a moisturizer which will help speed up the healing process of the razor bumps. Aloe Vera also helps with the burning and soothing pain or discomfort.

Top Anal Cancer Myths – HPV Video

Anal sex is no longer quite the dreaded dark hidden taboo it once was.

Not only has society become more accepting of the evolving relationships involving the same sex, but more heterosexual people are trying it and enjoying it more often than ever before. Recent surveys  estimate that 40 percent of women between the ages of 20 to 24 have tried anal sex, and 20 percent of all women have tried it in the last year.

When it comes to anal sex and the topic of anal cancers, the dialogues and conversations around HPV begin to drastically vary. Then the topic of those discussions begin to be shaped by many stigmas and false perceptions which aren’t always accurate, truthful or informative to our society’s best understanding.

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In this blog, we discuss and share…..

The Top Anal Cancer Myths – video included

 

  1. 1. ANAL SEX CAUSES CANCER

In theory, this is yes, anal sex is a risk factor for anal cancer. Anal sex can transmit the human papillomavirus (HPV), and HPV in turn leaves the cells around our rectum more vulnerable to mutating and becoming cancerous.

A similar risk exists wherever HPV rears its ugly microscopic head, including the mouth, throat, and cervix. And because anal sex is generally more damaging to the inner lining of the rectrum than the stereotypical notion of heterosexual sex is to the vagina, HPV and other sexually transmitted infections are more easily spread between people who engage in anal sex. Similarly, the greater number of sexual partners, the greater the risk of cancer.

  1. 2. ANAL CANCER RATES ARE ALARMING.

Close to 90 percent of anal cancer cases can be traced back to HPV. But the cancer itself is relatively rare.

According to The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons:

  • – About 8,080 new cases (5,160 in women and 2,2920 in men)
  • – About 1,080 deaths (640 in women and 440 in men)
  1. 3. ANAL CANCER IS PREVENTABLE.

Like other forms of cancer fueled by HPV, the available HPV vaccine can likely cut down the risk of developing anal cancer in both men and women.

While HPV vaccination rates still aren’t anywhere near as high as we’d like them to be, there is already evidence that the vaccine has lowered the risk of later cervical cancer in teen girls.

A growing number of gay physicians and health activists now believe that routine screening, using an anal pap smear, could reduce the incidence of anal cancer as dramatically as it has cervical cancer in women. They recommend that all MSMs, especially those who are HIV+, be tested every 1-3 years depending on their immunological well-being and CD4 count.

  1. 4. ANAL CANCER IS SCREENABLE.

In fact, a standardized screening protocol for anal cancer does not yet exist. Most health care providers are not offering anal cancer screening to their patients, either because they are unaware of the risk factors for anal cancer, do not inquire about their patients’ high risk sexual practices, and/or do not know how to perform an anal pap smear.

For women, a simple pap smear is used to detect these cell changes in the cervix in their early stages.

There seems to be little consensus on the practicality of offering anal pap smears to all clients, despite the fact that the AIDS Institute of New York recommends that HIV positive gay men “and others with history of HPV disease” should be tested annually.  In addition, most health insurance policies do not cover anal pap smears.

  1. 5. ANAL CANCER IS ONLY A GAY DISEASE – MEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH MEN (MSM)

This is a big myth. Approximately 75% of all sexually active adults acquire HPV, often within the course of early adulthood, and often in the first two years of becoming sexually active and often without any symptoms.

Each year anal cancer is diagnosed in about 2 people out of every 100,000 people in the general population. Current estimates are that HIV negative MSMs are 20 times more likely to be diagnosed with anal cancer. Their rate is about 40 cases per 100,000. HIV-positive MSMs are up to 40 times more likely to diagnosed with the disease, resulting in a rate of 80 anal cancer cases per 100,000 people.

  1. 6. ANAL CANCER HAS VISIBLE SYMPTOMS.

Not always true. Although many men have no obvious symptoms, one of the most common manifestations of HPV infection is genital warts which can affect the anus, the penis and/or the peritoneum. Other possible symptoms are abnormal discharge from the anus, bleeding from the rectum and anus, itching of the anus, pain or pressure around the anus, and a sore or sores around the anus that do not heal.

  1. 7. I’M NOT PROMISCUOUS, SO I DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT HPV.

Wrong – HPV is transferable through skin to skin contact. So, yes, you reduce your chances of getting HPV if you practice safer sex and exercise monogamy when it comes to sexual partners.This means using a latex condom during anal and vaginal sex, and using a dental dam or a condom during oral sex. You can protect sex toys with a latex condom, too… and always make sure to change the condom or wash the toy if you switch from the vagina to the anus or the other way around.

However, STIs can be passed along as readily in a loving, long-term relationship as in a one-night stand. Remember, though, that HPV can infect areas that aren’t covered by a condom or dental dam, so safer sex isn’t foolproof.

Top HPV Cancer Myths - Genital, Anal, Penile Warts

 

Best Lip Relief – What’s On Your Lips.

Lip Relief – What do you reach for when your lips become chapped, dry and begin to experience cheilitis. Not sure which brand or product is best for your lip condition? By exploring the many options available to your troubling lip issues will you begin to take stronger returns for what’s on your lips and how you’re either helping or hurting those suckers in the end.

The Best Lip Relief: Lip Balm, Salves, Butters

Lip balm or lip salve:

Lip balm is a wax-like substance applied topically to the lips of the mouth to moisturize and relieve chapped or dry lips, angular cheilitis, stomatitis, or cold sores. Lip balm often contains beeswax or carnauba wax, camphor, cetyl alcohol, lanolin, paraffin, and petroleum, among other ingredients. Some varieties contain dyes, flavor, fragrance, phenol, salicylic acid, and sunscreens.

Dry lips are also caused due to dehydration. Lip balms are just intended to protect, moisturize, nourish, condition, and hydrate your lips. Lip balms are made to stop irritation of the lips by keeping them moist or hydrated. Lip balm may come in various forms such as small round tubs, jars, cylinders or twist up tubes. They may be applied using your fingers or directly from the packaging that it comes in.

Lip balms are most commonly made of beeswax or similar ingredients which form a protective layer over the skin and prevent loss of moisture. They basically seal in all the moisture to prevent dryness. A lip balm may be clear where it contains only the base ingredients or it may be tinted with a host of other ingredients.

Some lip balms are being made with SPF which means they give you an additional advantage of sun protection.

 

Lip Balm Tips (for selecting the best lip balms):

  • Avoid ingredients like phenol, menthol and salicylic acid. Some lip balms — typically those containing ingredients like phenol, menthol and salicylic acid — make the lips drier. “You have to apply more, and it becomes a vicious cycle,” Dr. Piliang says. “Sometimes these cause a tingling feeling when you apply them. They either cause irritation or remove outer layers of the skin. They exfoliate. Then you have less protection, and you’re more susceptible to environmental factors, so you have to apply more product. Avoid lip balms that contain those ingredients.”
  • Limit your use of lip balms containing scents or added flavoring. The chemicals in scents and added flavorings can irritate your skin or cause allergies. They dry out the skin and then it can feel more chapped.
  • Find lip balm that is at least SPF 30. Use lip gloss or lipstick that’s at least SPF30 — and use sunscreen on your lips when you’re at the pool or beach.
  • – Be cautious of those lip balms containing petroleum. As harmless and “normal” as it might seem, petroleum jelly and mineral oil, which are derived from oil refining, can possibly be contaminated with carcinogens called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and 1,4-dioxane.

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Lip Butters:

Genuine lip butters will contain actual butters, like avocado butter, shea butter, olive butter. All these help to soften and nourish your skin. BEWARE – Cheap lip butters will often contain some form of petroleum as their ingredient. So try to stay away from these.

ChapStick:

ChapStick is just a brand name of lip balm manufactured by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and used in many countries worldwide. It is intended to help treat and prevent chapped lips. However, ChapStick is just a very popular brand of lip balm, and probably one of the most commonly used one, people have gotten familiar to calling every type of lip balm, “ChapStick” when it’s not always the case. ChapStick’s purpose is to prevent chapping.

Keep in mind that all chapsticks are lip balms; whereas all lip balms ARE NOT chapsticks.

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Keep These Factors In Mind When Shopping for Lip Balms…

  1. 1. Look for the seal. “The vague terms ‘green,’ ‘organic,’ ‘natural,’ and so forth are not regulated,”. Companies can slap those terms on any product, regardless of what’s inside. Instead, rely on seals signifying a product has been certified by an independent third party, such as the “USDA Organic” seal or the “Natural Products Association Certified” seal, “both of which restrict the use of unhealthy synthetic ingredients.”
  2. 2. Stick to beeswax: Pros: Beeswax works like petrolatum by creating a seal on your lips that protects them from air and other elements that can dry them out. Plus, it’s made by bees, so there’s no worry about depleting nonrenewable resources and there are no adverse health effects associated with licking too much beeswax off your lips.Cons:Due to the current decline of honeybees, beeswax-based lip balms may not be around for us to enjoy forever. Plus, the cost of the ingredient continue to raise the prices of lip products.
  3. 3. Make Your Own or DIY. If your lips are dry and you aren’t in the mood to hit the store, or you just prefer a DIY approach; use a little cooking oil to soothe an irritated pucker, “Any cooking oils will soothe chapping, including safflower, olive, sunflower, canola, and corn oils will help offer some moisture. Just don’t put any type of oil on sunburned skin. It can irritate and prolong the sensation of burning,” expresses Lawrence Jaeger, Medical Director of Advanced Dermatology Associates.

 

If You Have Chapped Lips,… 

  • – Don’t lick your lips. Sure, it’s tempting, because your saliva will immediately moisten your lips. But as soon as it dries, according to Wu, “things get even worse. It’ll dry them out even more.” The instant gratification just isn’t worth it. And as Fishman reminded us, “Your saliva was meant to digest food. That’s why it’s so drying to the lips.”
  • – If you can, steer clear of all “sticks.” Both matte and long-wear lipstick tend to dry out your lips. “Instead, use a creamy lip conditioner, it’s much less drying.” But the truth is, all balms or lipsticks that come in tubes contain waxes that tend to dry out your lips. You’ll be better off opting for an emollient ointment, which can be applied with the tips of your fingers with greater care and gentleness. Dragging a stick across your dry lips, especially one that’s not brand new, can only irritate the skin even further.
  • – Don’t pick your lips if they’re flakyPicking at them can trigger a cold sore or lead to bleeding. And all of that’s not just unsightly, it can be unhealthy, too, leading to serious infections.
  • – Don’t chew mint gum or use balms with mint, menthol or cinnamonYes, gum… and lip balms that share its common flavors. Cinnamon in particular is known to irritate lips. 

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