411 on SPF: New FDA Sunscreen Regulations

Google “sunscreen” and you’ll find that it has been in the news rather frequently lately: Recent media reports debating the validity of sunscreen manufacturer’s claims prompted the American Academy of Dermatology to issue a response calling sunscreen “ … an important tool in the fight against skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.”

New FDA regulations aim to eliminate common sunscreen misnomers and better protect consumers from sun-induced skin damage. These regulations impose new guidelines for all…

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The Importance of Mole Checks

Panos Vasiloudes, MD, PhD, FAAP, FAAD; Dermatologist, Academic Alliance in Dermatology, Tampa, Fla.

Skin cancer affects over 2 million people each year, making it the most common form of cancer. Accordingly, every patient should make mole checks a priority at least once a year. A mole can be more than just an aesthetic nuisance: Though often benign in nature, moles are a very specific type of lesion that may require medical assessment.

The term “mole” is used generically to describe many types of spots on the skin—freckles, beauty marks,…

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What are the Benefits of Mineral Makeup

NewBeauty magazine has called mineral makeup “makeup with meaning,” and I couldn’t describe it any better. With its numerous skin benefits, I consider mineral makeup to be an extension of skin care.

As a devoted mineral makeup user for nearly 20 years, I have seen its benefits not only in my own skin, but in hundreds of my patients. Working in a dermatology practice, I treat patients with various skin issues, from excessive sensitivity and acne to problems with uneven pigmentation. Many of these patients have experienced challenges with traditional makeup.…

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Choosing the Right Skin Care for Men

Kevin L. Smith, MD, FACS; Plastic Surgeon, Charlotte Plastic Surgery, Charlotte, NC

Men often don’t mind confessing to their age—or looking it, for that matter. But at any age, men want to appear vigorous and healthy, not run down and tired. That’s where a good skincare routine comes in.

Long gone is the stigma of women’s-only skin care—in fact, a recent NPD Men’s Grooming Consumer Report shows that nine out of ten men over the age of 18 use a grooming product (including facial and body skin care). And while a man’s…

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Skin Sense: What Factors Impact our Skin?

Sarah A. Haydel, MD; Dermatologist, Haydel Dermatology, Houma, LA.

Every day, we make decisions on behalf of our skin: How to protect it, how to care for it and how to treat it. The skin is also faced with numerous challenges, starting with external factors we encounter every day—like sun exposure and pollution—and lifestyle decisions we make that can contribute to the aging process.

The biggest way that external factors affect the skin is through the breakdown of collagen. Think of youthful skin as a hard mattress: It contains strong collagen…

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Seeing the Light: Red and Blue Light Therapies for Acne

Acne can range in severity from the occasional breakout to the ongoing eruption of painful, swollen cysts—and as any sufferer of severe acne knows, it can be debilitating. Fortunately, advanced light-based technologies are making the battle against blemishes easier for those who have not seen results from conventional therapies.

Whether caused by hormonal shifts, excess oil production or multiple factors, the best way to fight stubborn forms of acne is to attack it at the source. An acne lesion forms when bacteria (called p. acnes) and sebum mix with dead skin…

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Preserve Your Procedure with At-Home Care

Anita Saluja, MD; Dermatologist, MIMA Dermatology, Melbourne, FL

In the dermatological field, modern technology has afforded us the ability to affect real change in a patient’s skin with just one in-office procedure. But the treatment doesn’t stop at the office. When patients expand the treatment protocol to include proper at-home care, they not only play a role in their overall outcome but can enhance their results, as well.

As I often tell my patients, it’s important to remember that cosmetic or anti-aging treatments are first and…

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The Essential for Healthy Skin

You have a multitude of skincare concerns, so you need a vast array of products to treat them, right? Not so fast. With a do-it-all treatment like the SkinMedica® TNS Essential Serum®, you can undergo a skin transformation with just one product.

TNS Essential Serum has won multiple awards, and for good reason: This first-of-its-kind serum combines powerful antioxidants, anti-aging peptides and an exclusive blend of growth factors to…

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Not All Peels are Created Equal

Chemical peeling is not a new concept. Since the days of ancient Egypt, people have looked to chemical substances to rejuvenate the skin. The original chemical exfoliants were natural acids: During ancient spa days, nobles created beauty treatments from lactic acid (found in sour milk) or tartaric acid in red wine. According to legend, Cleopatra even bathed in sour milk to brighten her complexion.

Modern-day chemical peels utilize a variety of peeling agents—acids derived from natural sources, such as salicylic, glycolic or other alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) along with…

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Natural Skincare Ingredients: The Truth Behind the Buzz

Michelle C. Turley, Managing Aesthetician for The Skin Institute at Savannah Plastic Surgery, Savannah, GA

As an aesthetician, I’m regularly exposed to the latest advancements in the skincare field—and that means navigating an increasingly abundant selection of options. One current buzzed-about concept in skincare is the use of “all-natural” and organic ingredients. As consumers continue to focus on healthier lifestyle choices and analyze what they put into their bodies, they are developing an increasing interest in what they use externally, as well.…

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