Increase in Botched Cosmetic Procedures

September 22nd, 2014

Procedures gone wrong are almost always performed either by practitioners without proper training or by individuals attempting to do it themselves. In some cases a practitioner may be legally able to perform a procedure that they are not necessarily well qualified to perform. Products can also be purchased online from other countries that are not tested or regulated by the FDA. In an attempt to cut costs, a customer might purchase a dermal filler online without any guarantee that they purchased a safe and effective product. They also will have only limited knowledge on how to administer it properly even if it were safe. According to FDA administration spokeswoman Jennifer Rodriguez, “The FDA has not approved any dermal filler devices for self-injection.”

Since fillers purchased online often come from countries with less strict regulation, they may contain synthetic substances that could cause an allergic reaction – a good reason to consult with a doctor before having a procedure done. A doctor, particularly a dermatologist, is the best qualified to perform a cosmetic procedure and will be able to give advice on the best kind of product for you based on your health and desired cosmetic outcome.

Repairing the damage of a botched cosmetic procedure can end up costing a patient much more than if they had gone to an expert dermatologist in the first place. Even with immediate medical attention there are sometimes permanent effects from improperly administered or counterfeit cosmetic products. These sometimes include scars from having to cut out and drain fillers obtained online from other countries.

Current laws regulating cosmetic procedure practitioners and facilities are varied and not always strict. Until there is greater regulation in this developing area it is up to the potential cosmetic patient to determine the risks and benefits. Consulting a physician with experience performing the procedure you are interested in should be the first step.

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Tips for Healthy Hair

September 15th, 2014

The products you use in your hair and how you wash it are very crucial toward maintaining smooth, silky, and fuller hair. An anti-aging regimen shouldn’t stop at your face and skin. Here are some tips to help keep hair healthy, strong, shiny, and bouncy.

Sun Damage

Hair ages faster at the hairline and where it is parted due to sun exposure. The sun dries out the moisture from the scalp making the color faded and dull. Protecting the hairline and part will lock in moisture and preserve color. Use a sunscreen styling cream that absorbs and smoothes the hair.

Vitamins

Vitamins play a huge role for healthy skin and hair. Using shampoos, conditioners, and masks that contain vitamins A, B, C, E and minerals such as calcium and magnesium will repair damaged hair while locking in moisture. Products should not contain sulfates. Sulfates strip the hair of natural oils and can damage your hair.

Hair Products

Avoid too much gel and hairspray. Overdoing it with hairspray and gel can damage hair. For a softer, more natural look, do not spray directly onto hair but instead keep it at a distance when you’re spraying. Hair products such as gel and mousse should be lightweight to avoid a hard crunchy look and dandruff.

Diet

What you put inside your body will show on the outside including your hair. Foods containing good fats such as salmon and walnuts, which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, will improve the health of your hair and scalp. Also include in your diet dark green vegetables, lean meat, and low fat dairy products.

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Ways to Make Dark Circles Disappear

September 12th, 2014

Our lifestyle can be the cause of dark circles under the eyes. Dark circles happen when you’re lacking sleep, suffering from allergies or stress, genetics, or even aging. Some of these reasons can be controlled while others cannot be controlled. The best way to prevent dark circles is to have a balanced diet with fruits, yogurt, vegetables, and beans. Here are a few tips on how to get rid of dark circles.

Cucumber

Cucumber juice has skin tightening properties and can work miracles. It should be applied daily around the eyes for fifteen minutes and then washed off with warm water. It will have a refreshing and soothing effect on your skin.

Green Tea Bags

Tea bags that contain caffeine will reduce puffiness by shrinking the blood vessels. To start, brew two tea bags and then let them cool in the fridge for thirty minutes. Place the tea bags on the eyes and relax for thirty minutes. The tea bags will rejuvenate while tightening the skin.

Almond Oil

Almond oil softens, soothes, and moisturizes the skin. Almond is a good source of vitamin E and K. These vitamins are very effective in reducing puffiness and dark circles under the eyes. Apply the oil around the eyes daily before going to bed. After applying, gently massage the skin under the eyes. Do not wash off the almond oil until the next morning.

Mint Leaves

Mint leaves are very useful in removing dark circles and reducing wrinkles. They contain an astringent that can effectively shrink blood vessels. Crush five to six leaves then apply it as a paste under the eyes for fifteen to thirty minutes.

Sleep

Sleep is nature’s best remedy for dark circles! The eye is very sensitive when it doesn’t get enough sleep. It will appear fatigued and drained out. A regular sleep schedule of eight hours is necessary to reduce dark circles.

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5 Simple Ways to Avoid Getting Wrinkles

September 9th, 2014

Are you worried about getting wrinkles? You can’t stop aging but you can prevent some wrinkles by changing simple things like:

  1. SLEEP POSTURE
    The way you sleep has a lot to do with your skin and health. Sleeping in a certain position has an effect on the skin and some positions can lead to wrinkles. Sleeping on your side may increase wrinkles on the cheeks and chin, while sleeping on the stomach or face may give you a creased brow. The best sleep posture for avoiding wrinkles on the face is sleeping on your back. However, it is not recommended to sleep on your back if you have back pain.
  2. SUN EXPOSURE
    The sun is one of the major causes of wrinkles. The UV Rays from the sun can cause premature aging. Avoiding the sun can help to prevent new wrinkles and skin cancer. If you cannot avoid the sun, wear a sunscreen of at least SPF 15.
  3. STOP SMOKING
    Smoking is dangerous to your health and will cause premature aging and wrinkles. Smoking cigarettes releases an enzyme that breaks down collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are the most vital components of the skin.
  4. BEAUTY SLEEP
    Sleep is very significant to the skin and our health. When you don’t obtain enough sleep, the body generates excess cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone that breaks down skin cells. The recommended amount of sleep is 7 to 8 hours EVERY day. Fluctuation in sleep patterns can cause weight gain.
  5. FRUITS
    Eating a lot of fruits has many benefits. Fruits contain antioxidants that keep the skin looking fresh, younger, rejuvenated, and healthy. Fruits are also a good source of vitamins.
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Is the Redness on Your Face Rosacea?

September 4th, 2014

Dermatologist Joshua Fox, MD Offers Tips for Understanding Rosacea Symptoms and Treatment Alternatives

Red splotches, facial flushing, unsightly bumps and pimples, bloodshot, watery eyes and even swelling of the nose are all symptoms which often fall under a general diagnosis of rosacea. But how is it possible to know for sure if these symptoms are truly caused by rosacea, or if it’s simply a case of allergies or sensitive skin? According to Dr. Joshua Fox, founder and director of New York and New Jersey-based Advanced Dermatology P.C., “Estimates for the total number of rosacea sufferers in the United States vary from 14 to 16 million, and the reason for this broad range is that many people who suffer from the disease don’t understand that there are treatment options available for them. They don’t seek help and therefore are never diagnosed. Also most patients don’t seek help because they don’t realize that it often involves the eyes”

Tips for understanding Rosacea

Rosacea is a little-understood condition that afflicts people of all ethnicities, but seems particularly prevalent in people with a Northern European background. Some well-known rosacea sufferers include Princess Diana and former president Bill Clinton. It typically presents in women over 30 and men over 40, and symptoms can come out of nowhere, sometimes seemingly popping up overnight. It causes not just physical but emotional damage to its sufferers as they battle unpredictable flare-ups of unsightly break-outs on their faces which can sometimes get even worse as a result of the products used to cover them up. “Even the stress of contending with a flare-up before an important event, such as a wedding or a job interview, can worsen the condition and extend the duration of it. Left untreated, it’s a vicious cycle and it can go into the eyes,” says Dr. Fox.

Research has shown that varying strains of rosacea may be caused by immune or nervous system irregularities, excess production of cathelicidin (a protein found in the skin,) excessive systemic levels of Vitamin D, and demodex mites on the surface of the skin. If a dermatologist is able to isolate the probable cause of the rosacea symptoms, it is then possible to determine the most effective method of treatment.

Rosacea Treatment Alternatives

So what’s the best course of action for someone who thinks they may have rosacea? “The first step is to see your dermatologist for a diagnosis,” Dr. Fox continues. “We believe there are several types of rosacea which are promoted by various factors, and it’s helpful to determine the underlying triggers before deciding on a course of treatment.” The following are treatment options for consideration. Each case is unique and a skilled dermatologist will advise patients on the alternatives for their particular situation.

  • Oral antibiotics, including doxycycline (effective for immune system and cathelicidin-based rosacea)
  • Non-Ablative Laser therapy (which can seal off dilated blood vessels, reducing the severity and duration of a flare-up and lessen background redness and swelling)
  • Topical treatments such as azelaic acid and metronidazole (which kill the bacteria that infect the pores)
  • Specialized skin care programs with sulfacetamide, precipitated sulfur and other agents which are formulated specifically for rosacea sufferers.
  • Demodectic Powder such as Moo Goo (a mineral blend treatment creates an environment on the skin where the demodex mites can no longer survive)
  • Appropriate Vitamin D levels (which may tie into the fact that rosacea is aggravated by sun exposure)
  • Ablative laser therapy can shrink and smooth out the bumps on the nose (Rhynuphema)
  • Surgery (in extreme cases, surgery may be needed to remove excess blood vessels and/or repair nose disfigurement caused by untreated rosacea)

Observe Triggers

Once a path of treatment has been determined, rosacea sufferers can also take steps to control the severity and frequency of flare-ups simply by being observant of the stimuli that seem to trigger them. Common triggers include: sun exposure, hot and cold temperature extremes, emotional stress, hormonal changes, cigarette smoking, alcohol, and spicy foods. Patients should also take great care not to use any soaps or cosmetics that might contain irritating ingredients, and they should never use loofahs or other harsh cleansing products.

While there is currently no cure for rosacea, there are many options to lessen its severity. “Sufferers should do everything they can to pinpoint and track the triggers which lead to flare-ups, concludes Dr. Fox. “This information can help their doctor determine the best plan of action to mitigate symptoms and keep flare-ups to a minimum.”

Joshua L. Fox, M.D., F.A.A.D., is the founder and medical director at Advanced Dermatology P.C. He is a leading authority in the field of dermatology with expertise in skin cancer, cosmetic surgery and laser procedures and is program director of a fellowship in laser and cosmetic surgery.

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