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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

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.

Tighten Skin After Weight Loss

Battling loose skin after major weight loss and dieting?

Well, anyone who has lost a significant amount of weight knows that the weight loss itself is only half the battle. The war begins after the weight has fell off and the areas of loose skin begin to boldly appear.

Don’t fret – we’ve got your covered with some optimum skin care tips to attack that problematic post-weight-loss skin the natural way; before you venture out to seek out surgical or cosmetic alternatives.

Tips To Tighten Skin – Post Weight Loss

Lose Weight Gradually.

Most experts recommend aiming for 1 to 5 pounds per week, depending on your starting point.  

Exercise To Build Muscle.

Replace the fat that once filled out your skin with lean mass by focusing your fitness routine on strength training, says Lori Shemek, PhD, author of How to Fight FATflammation! “You want the muscle to essentially replace the fat that is being lost to prevent loose or sagging skin,”

Practice Good Sun Protection.

If you spend any time outdoors, take the precautionary steps to reduce your exposure to the sun’s collagen-destroying UV rays. If you’re exercising, plan your walk or run for the early morning or late in the day, when the sun is less scorching. Always wear a UV protection sunscreen as the fall and winter months have high levels of UV rays.

Eat Plenty of Colors.

Pile your plate with a rainbow of colorful fruits and vegetables, which contain nutrients vital to skin health, Chipps says. Specifically, load up on vitamin A or lycopene—a recent research review in Experimental Dermatology reports this antioxidant offsets damage from UV rays. (Try these 25 best foods for healthy skin.) You’ll find it in tomatoes, red peppers, and other rosy-hued veggies. Meanwhile, leafy greens and citrus fruits boast plenty of vitamin C, which helps build collagen, Chipps says

Stay Smoke-Free.

Toss your cigarettes and take an extra step away from any cloud of fumes you pass. Lighting up makes your skin less resilient. exposure to secondhand smoke raises levels of inflammatory proteins in your skin, reducing collagen levels and contributing to thin skin and wrinkles.

See an MD Dermatologist.

You may want to hold off for a face-lift or other surgical procedure until you’ve reached your ideal goal weight—skin responds best to these operations from a “steady state.”  Those minor in-office procedures can address troublesome areas once you’ve stopped losing the weight, Lawrence Jaeger says.

Speak with a dermatologist about radio frequency devices, which warm and expand collagen fibers to immediately improve your appearance while also stimulating new collagen production for longer-lasting results.

Tighten Skin After Weight Loss

Halloween Face Paint – How Toxic Is It?

Halloween is next week and the costumes are already in place to be adorned by children and adults. Halloween face-paint is all the rave. It’s the art of creation that makes any relationship with a makeup artist, a very prized one. But just how safe is the paint you’re about to smear all over your little one’s and your own face?

Halloween Face Paint – Trick, Treat or Toxic.

If you’re using face paint to add to your look this Halloween, it’s important to make sure you’re choosing the right products to avoid any harmful effects or skin reactions.

According to a report in 2009 by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC), a national coalition of nonprofit groups working to eliminate harmful chemicals from personal care products.

After testing ten major kids face paints sold in the US, the study found that all ten of the face paints tested contained lead.

Six out of the ten face paints tested contained the known skin allergens, nickel, cobalt and/or chromium, at levels far exceeding the recommendations of industry studies.

Yes, the amounts were low – but, as Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) points out, there’s no safe level of lead exposure, which is why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends protecting children from it.

Unfortunately things haven’t changed since then in the industry, as a recent report by (CSC) “Pretty Scary 2: Unmasking Toxic Chemicals in Kids’ Makeup was spearheaded by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and released by the Breast Cancer Fund and the California Public Interest Research Group. The report comes courtesy of the Breast Cancer Fund (BCF), which sent 48 different Halloween face paints to an independent lab to have them tested for the presence of heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead, and mercury. Nearly half the paints had trace amounts of at least one heavy metal, and some contained up to four different ones. Paints with dark pigments were more likely to contain heavy metals — and at high concentrations.

The report says that of the 48 Halloween face paints tested, 21 had trace amounts of at least one heavy metal and some had as many as four. Lead was found in nearly 20 percent of the paints and cadmium in nearly 30 percent.

Lead is linked to learning disabilities and developmental problems in children and cadmium is linked to breast, kidney, lung and prostate cancers, according to the report.

 

No Regulation On Makeup. 

So, how and why are these harmful products permitted in face paint, even though lead has been banned in regulated products like house paint for decades?

Unfortunately make-up is not regulated. The law does not require cosmetic products and ingredients, other than color additives, to have FDA approval before they go on the market.

Therefore the consequences of lead exposure are serious and rampant. The California Department of Public Health Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch website states that lead poisoning can harm a child’s nervous system and brain when they are still forming.

  • – Lead can lead to a low blood count (anemia).
  • – Small amounts of lead in the body can make it hard for children to learn, pay attention, and succeed in school.
  • – Higher amounts of lead exposure can damage the nervous system, kidneys, and other major organs. Very high exposure can lead to seizures or death.

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The Safest Options.

Since all of the face paints CSC tested contained lead, and none of the metals they found were listed on the ingredient labels, the CSC actually recommends avoiding Halloween face paint altogether until safety standards are put in place. CSC urges parents that, if they do choose to use face paint, they keep it away from kids’ mouths and hands so they don’t ingest it.

  • Go Natural: Homemade is the way. Make your own dyes and colors. The CSC has provided some DIY recipes using food or natural food coloring on their website.
  • “Say No” To Paint Kits: Don’t use paint kits. Professional face paint is actually cosmetic makeup that is made with ingredients that are safe for use on the skin. Halloween face paint kits often contain dyes or color additives that are not FDA-compliant. Never use craft paint, acrylic paint, markers or pens on the skin, which can cause an allergic reaction and can be very difficult to remove. Use cosmetic makeup products will come off easily using only soap and water.
  • Do a Patch Test (Skin Allergy): Patch testing may help to find the cause of allergic contact dermatitis.Whenever you use a new makeup product on yourself or your child, you should always do a patch test to check for sensitivity. “Non-toxic” doesn’t mean it won’t cause a skin reaction. Take a small amount of the product and apply it on the inside of your elbow. Watch for any kind of immediate reaction after about 20 minutes or so.
  • Wash Off With Soap & Water: Most of the times face paint products wash off with mild soap and water. For best results, remove with a high quality baby wipe or baby shampoo, water and a wash cloth. Avoid using low cost baby wipes, as these can be irritating to young children’s skin.
  • Moisturize Your Skin Post-Removal To Avoid Irritation: To reduce your chances of any skin irritation, breakout or redness, Alice and Pressler believe that it’s best to prepare you face and body before even applying the paint to begin with. Make sure that the makeup is put on to clean, dry skin and steer clear of painting over any wounds or rashes.
  • Also be sure to include a smoothing on a gentle skin moisturizer post-removal. “You can use Olay, Burt’s Bees or something from a health foods store. If you’re skin is really irritated, try an ointment like Lucas PaPaw,”

Hand Sanitizer – Know the Difference| Best, FDA Approved

Washing hands with soap and water is the best method for controlling germs. Regular hand-washing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. It’s quick, it’s simple, and it can keep us all from healthier according to the CDC.

However, access to water and soap aren’t always as convenient.

So, what does one do when there’s no soap or water?

The first step is understanding the different types of hand sanitizer . Then it’s realizing that some hand sanitizers may actually lower your resistance to diseases by killing good bacteria, which helps protect against the bad bacteria.

Three Types of Sanitizers: Know the Difference.

There are three categories of hand sanitizers in the current marketplace: alcohols, Quaternary ammonium compounds and triclosan.

The most common alcohol-based products contain ethanol, which are effective against gram positive, gram negative, and fungal organisms. It should be recognized that ethanol does not kill bacterial spores and some developed viruses. Ethanol purpose is to take away proteins in infectious organisms and no resistance to this type of hand sanitizer has been identified.

The second type of hand sanitizer is based on Quaternary ammonium compounds, such as benzaklonium chloride or benzethonium chloride. While the ethanol-based hand sanitizers are flammable, the Quaternary ammonium compounds are not. Quaternary ammonium compounds fungistatic, bacteriostatic against gram-positive bacteria, and bacteriostatic against some gram negative bacteria. Like ethanol, the Quaternary ammonium compounds are not active against non-enveloped viruses.

Some species of Staphylococcus aureus carry a gene that allows resistance to Quaternary ammonium compounds. These organisms are also more likely to be antibiotic resistant, as well. Quaternary ammonium compound hand sanitizers may not be the best choice due to methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a concern. Quaternary ammonium compounds adsorb to the cytoplasmic membrane of microbes causing leakage of cytoplasmic contents.

The third type of hand sanitizers contains triclosan. Triclosan is a commonly used antibacterial in a wide variety of products including deodorant soaps, toothpastes and mouth washes. Triclosan kills organisms by damaging the cell membrane, but has weak activity against gram-negative bacteria, such as Pseudomonas.  However, the The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says triclosan could also carry unnecessary risks. Triclosan contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics. Overexposure to antibiotics or improper antibiotic use can lead to bacterial resistance, making it more difficult or even impossible to treat.

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Enter Toxic Chemicals:

If your hand sanitizer is scented, then it’s likely loaded with toxic chemicals. Companies aren’t required to disclose the ingredients that make up their secret scents, and therefore generally are made from dozens of chemicals.

  • Synthetic fragrances contain phthalates, which are endocrine disrupters that mimic hormones and could alter genital development.
  • You should also look out for parabens, which are in many skin care products. They are used to preserve other ingredients and extend a product’s shelf life.

When Is Hand Sanitizer the Preferred Choice?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), alcohol-based hand sanitizers are recommended as an acceptable alternative to soap and water in hospital and clinic-like settings because healthcare professionals often perform duties in sterile settings and are required to clean their hands constantly throughout day.

With all the many choices available, the ethanol based hand sanitizers are the most practical for the dermatologist to use on a daily basis. Due to the facts that the chance of organism resistance to ethanol based hand sanitizers is the lowest and they are very cost effective. However, the main problem is their tremendous drying effect on the skin resulting in hand dermatitis. This is a secondary problem that must treat in themselves and patients!

Your Best Choice.

To properly sanitize the hands, soap and water for 20 seconds (“Happy Birthday” repeated twice) should be the first method. A hand sanitizer can not and should not take the place of proper cleansing procedures with soap and water.

But when there’s no soap or water? Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

So, when you go to reach for your next drop of hand sanitizer, just consider that you may be doing more damage than good.

Three Areas to Restore Youth & Vitality Using Dermatology

Youth-restoring Dermatological treatments used to be all about the face and hands, but that’s a thing of the past. Now, you can improve body parts once previously ignored by the anti-aging industry. In addition to your face, hands and feet, do you know there are others areas where Dermatological Treatment can help restore your youth and vitality?  

Three Areas To Restore Youth & Vitality – Using Dermatology Treatment.

I. Split & Torn Earlobes: 

  • The Causes – can vary depending on the case. Torn or split earlobes can happen as the result of continuous wearing of heavy earrings or can be a result of unfortunate accidents or incidents. More often earlobes get torn out as a result of pulling the earring with excessive force – ripping out of the earring. 

Split earlobes are commonly presented to plastic surgeons and the recurrence rate is high. 

As if you needed any video, but when it happens to Beyonce “Rips Ear”, the Queen Bey  – The singer was performing for fans at her Tidal X: 1015 performance at the Barclays Center in New York on Saturday night, when one of her earrings (in her outfit, above) appeared to get accidentally torn from her ear, causing some bleeding. That’s proof enough that it can happen to the rest of us.

Nickel allergy is another one of the most common causes of allergic contact dermatitis — an itchy rash that appears when your skin touches a usually harmless substance. This allergy is commonly associated with earrings and other jewelry used for body piercings and can be found in many everyday items, such as coins, necklace clasps, watchbands and eyeglass frames.

Treatment & Remedy: Splits in the ear can be sewn up quickly. It’s also recommended that ears aren’t re-pierced near the scar; or that you wait at least six months before doing piercing again.

‘We often treat wrinkly earlobes as part of the cosmetic face lift,’ says Dr. Lawrence Jaeger. ‘An earlobe reduction can also be done as an individual procedure under local anesthetic. We make an incision where the ear meets the cheek, remove a bit of excess skin and tighten the area.’ Lawrence Jaeger, Advanced Dermatology Associates.

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II. Saggy Triceps: 

  • The Causes – From our early 20’s, the collagen levels diminish throughout the body and we lose skin elasticity. Triceps are aged further as they are often exposed to sun. UV rays cause skin sagging, aging or sun spots.
    Another cause of sagging, especially under your arms, is excess weight gain or rapid weight loss. Surgery is an option; however loose, saggy skin can be treated through the help of your dermatologist.

Treatment & Remedy: Speak with your dermatologist regarding laser skin rejuvenation. Laser treatments heat up the underlying skin, forcing collagen production to increase and tighten the skin’s supporting fibers, according to Lawrence Jaeger, MD.

Several sessions may be required before results are noticeable; however, once they are obtained, the results are long-lasting.

III. Frown Lines & Hair Loss:

  • The Causes – Frown line don’t happen by chance, but they are a result of aging. As of such, your entire appearance can change when you gain frown lines. Frown lines, appear as the skin on your forehead loses its collagen and elastin over time, which reduces it tautness and smoothness.

Regarding balding or hair loss, there are a variety of conditions that can result in the temporary or permanent loss. Some of those conditions can range from aging and medical (local infections ie fungal or syphilis) or allergic reactions to elements & metals

Nutrient Deficiency: deficiencies in nutrients that negatively affect the hair on your scalp can also lead to sparse or receding hair loss.
Aging: As you get older, your hair generally gets thinner and drier and hair loss gets more common.

Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema): a medical condition that might lead to thin eyebrows and affects about 20% of people in their lives. It’s an inflammation of the skin that creates itchy, red and swollen skin. Common among younger children.

Alopecia Areata: also called spot baldness; Is an autoimmune disease in which hair is lost from some or all areas of the body. Appears on the scalp first; as a noticeable bald spot.

Treatment & Remedy: One form type of treatment could be Botox or collagen injections in the area. Consider taking vitamins and supplements that include Biotin – Also known as vitamin H, biotin is one of the B complex vitamins that help the body convert food into energy.

For hair loss and treatmentsPRP for Hair Restoration and applying a topical solution (drops) on the scalp – i.e. “ADA-5” Topical Solution , which is exclusively distributed through Advanced Dermatology Associates.

Other non-surgical options available, try seeking out creams that contain ingredients such as collagen– and elastin-boosting retinol or vitamin C ester, skin-hydrating hyaluronic acid, the antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid and SPF protection.

Restoring youth and vitality definitely requires implementing good resources – i.e. nutrition/diet, exercise & fitness, and even good sleeping/rest patterns… but with a little help from your Dermatologist, you can be on your way to experiencing a younger and more vibrant state of living – by boosting other areas of body other than your face, hands & feet. Schedule an appointment with your local board certified dermatologists to explore all the facts related to your specific health need.

As with any of your normal procedures, you should discuss your work-up and care with a designated physician, like New York’s “leading dermatology group” – Advanced Dermatology Associates and Lawrence Jaeger, MD – in Manhattan (200 Central Park South/Columbus Circle) and the Bronx. 

Six Skin Care Myths – Debunked

 

Debunking The Myths About Your Skin

How do you know the information and advice you get about your skin is true? Skin care product brands spend millions marketing their products. Your friends probably have as much medical knowledge as WebMD. With so much misinformation out there, we’re debunking six skin care myths.

6 Biggest Myths About Your Skin Care – Debunked.

Tanning is harmlessExposure to ultraviolet light, UVA or UVB, accounts for 90% of the symptoms of premature skin aging. Both UVA and UVB radiation can cause skin damage including wrinkles, lowered immunity against infection, aging skin disorders, and cancer.

Acne is caused by what you eatAcne is caused by overproduction of sebum (oil) and obstruction of the pores. The amount of sebum produced by the skin is regulated by hormones only, not food. This includes chocolate, greasy food, soda, and fast foods. These foods do not have any effect on the hormones that regulate sebum production.

Topical antioxidants reverse wrinklesFree radicals play an important role in creating wrinkles. Therefore, it makes sense that antioxidants will make skin more youthful. Unfortunately, there are no good scientific studies that show what type of topical antioxidant is effective. This research is being conducted now, but it is still too early. Right now the only topical product that has been proven to improve wrinkles is Retin-A.

“All-natural” skin care products are best: What exactly does “all-natural” mean? Unfortunately, this term can mean just about anything, and cosmetics companies use it any way they want. All cosmetics and skin care products have synthetic ingredients in them. Because a skin care product is made from a plant does not mean that it is better for the skin than a product created in a lab.

Expensive skin care products are better than inexpensive ones: The cost of a skin care product or cosmetic is absolutely NOT an indicator of effectiveness. The consumer industry would like people to believe that more expensive product have some special ingredient in it that makes it more effective. However, there are many products in every category that are effective and don’t come with a high price tag. “Retinol is one of them—so much science has been done on the value of it. Vitamin C and Vitamin A, have all been proven by science to work.

Men don’t have as many skin problems as women: Untrue, men wrinkle as much as women and they get skin conditions such as acne, seborrhea, atopic dermatitis, and psoriasis just like women. Men also have additional concerns surrounding facial hair. It can be argued that men don’t use sunscreen and protect their skin properly.

Six Biggest Myths About Your Skin Care. (Advanced Dermatology Associates & Dr. Larry Jaeger)

What is the Link Between Breast Cancer and Dermatology?

Link between breast cancer and dermatology is melanoma. Breast Cancer Awareness.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States has a chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer at some time during her life. You may be wondering “But what does breast cancer have to do with dermatology?” What is the link between breast cancer and dermatology?

As a matter of fact, there is a direct correlation between breast cancer and melanoma. For many years, there has been only speculation as to

why the two cancers are linked.

According to a study by the Irish Journal of Medical Science, there is a strong association between breast cancer and melanoma.  Women with breast cancer have an increased risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, and women with melanoma are at a higher risk for developing breast cancer.

“In general, patients with melanoma or other skin cancers are always at higher risk of developing other malignancies,” Dr. Murphy commented. “But this is about a fourfold increase, which raises the possibility of a genetic predisposition linking the two cancers.”

The four-fold increase gives a greater likelihood of the two cancers being linked by a genetic predisposition. Additionally, it is found that women under 50 with breast cancer are at a higher risk of melanoma as are breast cancer patients who have been treated with External Radiation Therapy

The Irish Journal of Medical Science study corroborates the findings of journals such as Annals of Oncology and Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, which reported that breast cancer patients have between 1.4 and 2.7 times the risk of developing melanoma. In addition, The International Journal of Cancer noted that female melanoma patients have a 1.4 times greater chance of developing breast cancer.

“All of these studies reinforce the importance of routine breast cancer exams for melanoma patients and annual skin exams for breast cancer survivors,” said Perry Robins, MD, President of The Skin Cancer Foundation. “It is particularly alarming for young women as melanoma rates are increasing rapidly among this demographic.” Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old. Women under the age of 39 have a higher probability of developing melanoma than any other cancer except breast cancer.

The Foundation recommends that high-risk patients undergo an annual full-body skin screening by a physician. And self-exams are just as important, coupled with the practice of rigorous sun protection methods. Performed regularly, self-examination can alert you to changes in the skin and aid in the early detection of skin cancer.

On behalf of Dr. Lawrence Jaeger and the medical staff at Advanced Dermatology Associates, we’re concerned about your overall health. As the leading Dermatologist provider network in New York City, we strongly encourage both men and women to educate themselves with the proper knowledge and to seek the necessary medical care for decreasing the incidences of breast & skin cancer.

Visit Dr. Larry Jaeger and the Advanced Dermatology Associates at 200 Central Park South – Suite 107 in Central Park South/Columbus Circle neighborhood of Manhattan; or in the Bronx (Grand ConcourseParkchesterCo-Op City and Third Avenue) or contact us at (212) 262-2500 or toll-free at 800-545-7546 (SKIN) to schedule your appointment.

www.adv-derm.com | www.doctorlarryjaeger.net

 

Dermal Filler Treatments

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What Are Dermal Filler Treatments?

If you’re troubled by facial lines and wrinkles, your dermatologist may talk to you about dermal filler treatment. Like chemical peels, Botox, and laser skin treatments; dermal fillers can help to reduce the signs of aging. These injections provide long-lasting results and can be administered in your dermatologist’s office in a single visit.

Dermal fillers help to diminish facial lines and restore volume and fullness in the face.

As we age, our faces naturally lose subcutaneous fat. The facial muscles are then working closer to the skin surface, so smile lines and crow’s feet become more apparent.

The facial skin also stretches a bit, adding to this loss of facial volume. Other factors that affect the facial skin include sun exposure, heredity, and lifestyle.

Dermal fillers can be used to:

  • – Plump thin lips
  • – Enhance shallow contours
  • – Soften facial creases and wrinkles
  • – Improve the appearance of recessed scars
  • – Dermal fillers can be very helpful in those with early signs of aging, or as a value-added part of facial rejuvenation surgery
  • – Restore fullness to cheeks, hollow areas under the eyes, and deep creases.
  • – Erase fine lines.
  • – Lift the brow or a down-turned mouth.
  • – Rejuvenate hands.

Dermal Filler Treatment Benefits

Dermal filler treatment works by plumping up the skin in the depressed portion of a wrinkle. When that dip in the skin is filled in, the appearance of the wrinkle is diminished and the skin looks smoother. The results of dermal fillers can last a year or more before maintenance treatments are needed. In addition to plumping wrinkles, fillers can also help you look younger by boosting facial contours that have sagged due to skin aging.

To find out if this anti-aging treatment is right for you, see Dr. Lawrence Jaeger at Advanced Dermatology Associates. You can make an appointment with a dermatologist serving Manhattan and The Bronx, NY by calling (212) 262-2500 or toll-free at 1-800-545-7546 (SKIN) today.

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A Closer Look At Who Is Affected By Acne

Who Is Affected By Acne

Acne primarily affects teenagers in the midst of changes in their hormone levels, but adults can also suffer from acne outbreaks. Acne can decrease your self-confidence and make you feel uncomfortable. Some forms of acne can even be painful. With the right treatment from your dermatologist, you can minimize or even eradicate acne outbreaks.

Who Is Affected By Acne

Causes of Acne

Acne is caused by hormone fluctuations. The combination of hormones with the bacteria found on the surface of the skin, and the fatty acids that are present in your oil glands, can lead to an acne outbreak. When the fatty acids mix with dead skin cells, this can clog your pores, allowing bacteria to grow. This results in swelling and redness known as pimples.

Why Some People Get Acne While Others Don’t

Some people seem to be more prone to acne than others. While there isn’t just one cause of or one solution to acne outbreaks, there are a few conditions that are more likely to result in acne. The primary cause of acne is the hormone androgen, which increases the size of oil glands and the production of sebum. This hormone can increase during pregnancy, or when starting or stopping birth control pills. Genetics also play a role in one’s likelihood to develop acne. Certain medications, such as prednisone and lithium, can cause acne, as can oily cosmetics or lotions.

Acne Treatments

The best way to find an acne treatment that works for you is to visit a dermatologist. Your dermatologist will evaluate the type of acne you have, and may be able to identify certain lifestyle elements that may be contributing to or aggravating your acne. Your dermatologist may recommend a topical treatment or an oral treatment, either prescription or over the counter. Depending on the severity, he or she may also suggest laser skin treatments or microdermabrasion.

If you’re looking for an acne treatment in New York City, contact our team at Advanced Dermatology Associates. We have five convenient locations throughout New York; including our Bronx locations (Parkchester, CoOp City, Third Avenue and Fordham Rd; as well as same-day appointments. Call us today at (212) 262-2500 or toll-free at 1-800-545-7546 (SKIN) for more information.

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