Category Archives: Skin Care Tips

Too Much Unprotected Sun As A Kid? Prevent Aging Skin Now

(edited from article: Care Tips-Aging Skin) Aging brings about skin changes even before wrinkles become visible. Over time, your skin begins to reveal a dull or rough texture, visible pores, blotchiness, age spots and uneven tone. Premature aging of the skin is most often the product of years of unprotected sun exposure combined with […]

Have Sun Spots, Dark Patches of Skin? Glucosamine Holds the Key to Reducing Hyperpigmentation

Are you starting to notice signs of skin aging? Years of fun in the sun or accumulated routine UV exposure eventually catches up with us, but there’s help available. Permanent skin changes such as darkened patches, sun spots and fine lines are likely the result of accumulated sun exposure. Chronic UV exposure can damage melanocytes, […]

Your Hands Age Faster Than Your Face. Causes and Rejuvenation Treatments From the Dermatologist

Frequently ignored but never far out of sight, hands down, our hands need more than just occasional washing to stay in their best shape. Most of us concentrate on our faces, hair, teeth and so on, but our average beauty regimen pays little attention to our hands even though, it is our hands that give […]

The Big Squeeze on Pimples: Get the Facts on Acne Scarring

(edited from the article “A Discussion About Acne Scars“) We all aspire to have a smooth, clear complexion. When pimples arise, the urge to get rid of them by popping or squeezing can be irresistible. Unfortunately, this “quick fix” can lead to short and long-term skin problems such as persistent redness, hyperpigmentation (brown spots) […]

Danger in the Beauty Aisle: 19 Ingredients that Cause Allergic Contact Dermatitis (Skin Rash)

While browsing the beauty aisle you will most likely notice an impressive and overwhelming array of cosmetic products, each with an even greater number of individual ingredients. Unfortunately as the number of new products continues to rise, so does the rate of adverse skin reactions. It is estimated that the average woman uses 12 personal […]

Sudden Onset of Allergic Contact Dermatitis? Propylene Glycol May be to Blame

If you have experienced a rash after applying a skincare product or topical corticosteroid medication, a common ingredient found in these products, known as propylene glycol, may be the culprit. Propylene glycol is an organic compound that is formulated in many personal care products and pharmaceutical preparations. Research has suggested that individuals who have a sensitivity […]

Alcohol is Abusive to Your Skin, Find Out Why

We all know the damage excessive alcohol consumption can have on the liver and brain cells. But, have you ever thought about the impact it can have on your skin? Several studies have shown that excessive and prolonged alcohol consumption can directly cause or aggravate several skin conditions. In particular, alcohol misuse is implicated in […]

Is Tanning Addictive? Yale Study Finds 27% of Melanoma Survivors Forego Sunscreen

The National Cancer Institute estimates that in 2013 close to ten thousand people will die from melanoma. Although it is not the most common type of skin cancer, melanoma causes more deaths than any other type of skin cancer, which is why it has been labeled the “most deadly” type of skin cancer. Considering the […]

Dermatological Diseases Among Top Travel-Related Illnesses: Dermatologist Tips for Staying Healthy When You Travel

These days jet lag isn’t the only thing plaguing Americans who travel overseas. According to the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 70% of international travelers return to the US with a travel-related illness. A recent study published by the Annals of Internal Medicine found dermatological diseases to be the third most common […]

Miracle Active Ingredients: A Dermatologist Recommends His Personal Favorites

It seems like every week there’s a new “hot” active ingredient in the skincare blogosphere. To help us sort through the hype we asked Dr. Richard Thomas, Clinical Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology, Department of Dermatology and Skin Science, University of British Columbia, to come up with a list of 7 truly effective active ingredients.

FDA Warns Against Fake Botox: A Dermatologist’s Guide To A Safe Botox Experience

Last month the news was flooded with Botox -related stories: First there was the U.K. Department of Health panel report that called for stricter regulation of dermal fillers (the category of products that includes Botox.) Just a week later, the United States Food and Drug Administration released a warning about a rash of counterfeit Botox […]

Father’s Day Gift Ideas That Could Save Your Dad’s Skin

Would your dad laugh in your face if you told him to exfoliate? You’re not alone. A recent study by the American Academy of Dermatology found that middle-aged men and older men were the demographics least likely to perform monthly skin cancer self-examinations or visit a dermatologist regularly. The lack of interest results in delayed […]

Your Sunscreen is Likely Missing IRA Protection. Get the Facts

Although sunlight provides us with necessary health benefits, (Vitamin D for instance) prolonged and unprotected sun exposure can have several detrimental effects, including premature aging of the skin and the development and progression of skin cancer.1 For many years, the majority of research on the effects of sun exposure has been focused on the ultraviolet […]

Carcinogens Found in Popular Lipsticks: Should You Be Worried?

Do you know what’s in your lipstick? If the results of a recent University of California-Berkeley’s School of Public Health study are any indication, it’s time to find out. Researchers tested 32 popular lipsticks and lip glosses and found that some of them contained aluminum, cadmium, chromium, lead, and five other metals —some at potentially […]

New FDA Sunscreen Label Regulations + 4 Things To Know When Buying Sunscreen This Summer

It’s been over a month since the US Food and Drug Administration released a consumer update detailing the steps it is taking to stop manufacturers from producing misleading sunscreen labels. Recently a group of senators that included Senator Jack Reed, Senator Al Franken, and Senator Richard Blumenthal, published an open letter to the FDA, urging […]

DermNews: New Study Finds Sunscreen Prevents Aging

A new study funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia found that regular sunscreen use reduces the wrinkling, spotting and loss of elasticity caused by photoaging. Here’s how the study worked: Researchers gathered a group of 900 Australians with similar skin types (fair, prone to burning) and similar sun protection habits […]

Our Derms’ Top Picks: 5 Sunscreens That Will Keep Your Skin Young

Sunscreen’s been in the news a lot lately, and not just because summer sun is upon us. Just weeks ago, researchers at the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia released the results of a study that prove that regular sunscreen use slows the cosmetic effects of aging. Days later, United States Senators urged […]

Study Finds Link Between Skin Cancer And Denial: How To Assess Your Cancer Risk + Take Action

A 2008 study of sun-protective behaviors conducted by The National Cancer Institute found that 68% of American adults, 85.6% of teenage girls and 92.6% of teenage girls reported that they did not wear sunscreen regularly when outside for more than an hour on a sunny day. Those numbers are startling, given the prevalence of skin […]