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Skincare Blog

In an effort to keep you informed about the latest products and procedures, please visit our Skincare Blog. And if you have any questions about any of these articles, please don't hesitate to call our office. Thanks for visiting!

Natural Cosmetics | Essential Oils | Beware

With all of the false information on cosmetics labels it can be very difficult to determine which products are safe, which brands are handing the consumer a line and which ones will deliver results. The latest buzz in cosmetic advertising and marketing is to appear “all natural” or healthy without actually being any of those things. The packaging is green, the slogans are too and it’s nearly impossible to knows what’s healthy or not.

The FDA oversees cosmetics safety. In reality, cosmetics in our country are extremely under-regulated. For example, out of the over 10,000 cosmetic ingredients available for use, only about 10% have been actually tested for safety. The average person uses around 13 different cosmetic/personal care products daily. That number represents that only 2 of the products one uses regularly has actually passed safety testing. Loose or nonexistent rules on ingredient usage and labeling rules make safety in cosmetics a bit of a toss up.

Accutane and IBD - Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Taking Accutane is always a hotly contested topic, but as I've stated again, and again, and again, I think that when prescribed by appropriately trained physicians, and when patients comply with the regimen, it is a safe medication and the only cure for acne. According to Dermatology Times, the news from prior years that Accutane (isotretinoin) was linked to IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) was also incorrect and grossly overstated.

Is Botox A Possible Treatment For Depression?

Dr. Eric Finzi and his team from Chevy Chase Cosmetic Center in Maryland report that Botox may work as a treatment for depression because it physically prevents a person from frowning, which can trigger negative emotions and depressions. Their research involved 84 subjects with severe depression that did not respond well to antidepressants. These patients were split into two groups and half were injected with Botox, while the other half were injected with a placebo.

Do UV Nail Lamps Cause Skin Cancer?

I get asked about this a lot, as gel manicures become more and more popular due to the lasting effect of the nail polishes. The truth is, we just don't have enough research yet for a conclusive answer. Dr. Joel Schlessinger, a leader in the dermatology community, recently stated in the November issue of Dermatology Times that, "The use of ultraviolet (UV) rays to dry nail polish can spell potential danger for patrons of nail salons. We are seeing more skin cancers on the nails of women who have been close to the UV light."

Dermatologists Selected As The Top Choice For Cosmetic Skin Procedures By Other Physicians

In a recent study published in the October issue of Dermatologic Surgery, researchers from institutions across the country asked 561 physicians in primary care, family medicine, and internal medicine residency programs to select which specialists were the most qualified to perform different skin procedures and non-invasive cosmetic surgeries.


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