Do I need to moisturize if I have acne? Dr. Joel Schlessinger reveals the answer

Contrary to popular belief, people with oily skin are not the only ones who have to worry about acne. People with dry skin also experience blemishes and breakouts along with flaking, dryness and irritation. Whether you have skin that’s oily, dry or somewhere in between, hydrating acne-prone skin is essential. Here are Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s tips for finding the right moisturizer.

What sort of formulas should I use? Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends his favorites.

If you consistently experience blemishes in the same areas, clogged pores may be to blame. When excess oil, dirt and bacteria remain in the pores, the skin cannot heal itself and acne returns again and again. Along with regular exfoliation, you should use a moisturizer that is non-comedogenic.

Non-comedogenic products are proven to contain ingredients that will not clog pores. You should also steer clear of pore-clogging ingredients such as mineral oils and petrolatum, which are found in many moisturizing products. SkinMedica Ultra Sheer Moisturizer provides lightweight hydration without a heavy formula.

Another way to deal with clogged pores is to use a moisturizer with an exfoliating ingredient in it such as salicylic or glycolic acid. Jan Marini Bioglycolic Bioclear Face Cream unclogs pores with glycolic acid and prevents dryness, flaking and irritation that can be caused by acne treatment products.

Can I skip moisturizers on some days? Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends against it.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when dealing with acne is to skip moisturizing, especially if you have oily skin. Skipping your moisturizer encourages your skin to produce more oil, which leads to clogged pores. Keeping the complexion hydrated will help regulate oil and reduce shine.

If your skin is oily and you’re worried about shine, try LovelySkin LUXE Mattifying Antioxidant Moisturizer. The oil-free formula does not clog pores and it leaves a matte finish to the complexion. If you have dry skin or are on aggressive acne treatments that dry out the complexion, try Avene Clean-Ac Hydrating Cream.

Do you have a question about whether your moisturizer is right for acne-prone skin? Ask Dr. Joel Schlessinger in the comments!

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Here's to a New You in the New Year

You know 2016 is going to be your year, so take care of that person you see in the mirror every day. Simple, little to no down-time cosmetic surgery treatments will help you look as young as you feel.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains how you can relax wrinkles with BOTOX.

That little wrinkle between your eyes that makes folks think you’re mad? POOF, it’s gone! BOTOX, one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the world, has proven effective for smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, particularly those we tend to sustain from facial expressions. BOTOX is technically a neurotoxin, but there’s nothing toxic about it in the miniscule doses received during a procedure. It works by relaxing the facial muscles responsible for smile lines, crow’s feet, “eleven” between the brows and more.

Dr. Schlessinger performs all of his own injections, and each procedure is quick and painless. Temporary bruising is often the only visible side effect, and this may be covered with a little makeup. Patients may return to normal activities immediately after receiving treatment.

Fillers help you regain volume in the cheeks instantly, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Fillers, such as JUVEDERM VOLUMA and Restylane, make the perfect companion to BOTOX. Made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body with the ability to hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water, fillers are introduced under the skin to help plump, firm and minimize fine lines.

The full lips trend doesn’t appear to be going anywhere any time soon, and with Restylane Silk, you can enjoy a fuller, plumper pout in minutes. This hyaluronic acid gel is composed of smaller particles that are specially developed for the lips. Fine lines on and around the lips also appear smoother.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger was the first in the nation to offer Kybella for minimizing a double chin.

Expected to be the cosmetic skin care trend of 2016, Kybella is the first injectable designed to minimize the appearance of a double chin. Kybella is a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body that works to absorb, metabolize and destroy fat. When the substance is introduced to the chin area in a series of injections, it targets fat cells without harming healthy surrounding tissue, making a noticeable improvement in chin contour in as little as two or three sessions.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses how VelaShape can help minimize cellulite.

In addition to facial treatments, there are many procedures designed to improve the look of skin on the body and encourage a slimmer contour. VelaShape uses a combination of radiofrequency technology and mechanical massage to gradually smooth the appearance of cellulite and reduce the circumference of areas like the abdomen, hips and thighs.

The virtually painless, non-invasive device works by delivering heat to the desired area, increasing the metabolism of stored energy and encouraging drainage. This helps to shrink the size of fat cells and help you achieve a shapelier, more youthful appearance just in time for swimsuit season.

When you choose Dr. Joel Schlessinger, you put your appearance in the best hands.

While the treatments themselves are painless and typically take no more than an hour, exploring cosmetic surgery is always a big deal. You deserve the best, and at Skin Specialists P.C. of Omaha, we take each and every patient’s needs and concerns seriously.

With Dr. Joel Schlessinger, you’ll be in the best hands with your appearance. His expertise has won him Best Omaha Cosmetic Surgeon for more than 14 years running, and he has been instrumental in shaping and developing the fields of dermatology and cosmetic surgery. At his clinical research facility, he helps test and perfect treatments, often years before they are available to the general public, ensuring that when you go to Dr. Schlessinger, you are going to the most experienced cosmetic surgeon in the country.

Do you have a question about cosmetic surgery for Dr. Schlessinger? Let us know in the comments.

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Why am I so dry during the winter? Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains eczema flare-ups
Dealing with eczema throughout the year is difficult enough. Add in factors like cold, dry winter weather and it can become almost unbearable. Dr. Joel Schlessinger is here to explain why you experience eczema flare-ups in winter and what you can do this season to deal with this issue.

Low humidity and cold temperatures are to blame for flare-ups, explains Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

In many areas, winter brings cooler temperatures and a drop in humidity, which means there is less moisture in the air. Eczema already causes moisture-deprived skin so low humidity only exacerbates the problem. The skin is also susceptible to changes in temperature. Moving often from bitter cold weather to the dry heat of indoors makes it difficult for your skin to adjust, which can lead to irritation, itching and flaking.

Eczema triggers are different for everyone so it is important to notice the changes in your skin during winter and find out which treatments work best for you.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends adding moisture back to your skin and the environment.

There’s nothing you can do about the dry, cold air outside but you can do something about the air in your home. Use a humidifier to replace lost moisture and make sure that you frequently replace the water to continuously cycle fresh water through the air.

You should also avoid ingredients that are known to cause irritation including fragrances, dyes, sulfates and chemicals. Don’t just avoid these ingredients in your skin care products; look for soaps, laundry detergents and cleaning supplies that are free of irritants as well.

Moisturizing is the most important step in dealing with eczema in the winter. Use a cream that is free of irritating ingredients such as Avene Tolerance Extreme Cream. You should apply your moisturizer immediately after you shower when your skin most easily absorbs moisture. For localized rough and itchy patches, use FixMySkin Healing Body Balm Unscented with 1% Hydrocortisone. You can apply this product multiple times a day to elbows, knees, knuckles and other areas to relieve itching, flaking and irritation.

Have you experienced eczema flare-ups this winter? Share with us how you deal with them in the comments.

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Happy Holidays from Dr. Schlessinger

Dear Patients and LovelySkin Customers,

As the year comes to a close, it’s important to reflect on my team’s accomplishments this year as well as the incredible support from patients, customers and family, and our amazingly dedicated staff. We grew significantly in many ways this year as we continued to add new staff members, patients and customers for the store and website. While many changes were internal ones that simply made our website better and more intuitive, there were also significant changes that were implemented to make your experiences at better.

Top Five Most Buzzed About Accomplishments of the Year:

1. Expanded customer service! You are the reason we come in every day and love our jobs so much. We expanded our customer service department from 6 to 12 employees to allow for more hours and better service for you, including quicker live chats, phone calls and email responses.
2. New website enhancements! Now you can easily access LovelySkin on mobile and tablet, search for your favorite products in the expanded search bar and even find the perfect shade for yourself with our popular makeup ‘shade selector’.
3. Video! We expanded our offerings greatly over the year, adding many fantastic tutorials by our terrific staff members (here’s a sample of some of our favorites).
4. Introducing LovelySkin Luxe! We spent 18 months producing five products from scratch, researched in-house and developed to my standards. While most brands are rushed to the market to bring in orders, we took the time to create a product that is truly unique and offers the best dermatological benefit. We’re so pleased with your feedback – thank you!
5. Lastly, your continued support! I am ever grateful for continuing to be a Google Trusted Store and BizRate Platinum Circle of Excellence award winner, recognitions shared with very few etail stores. Thank you for your continued trust and support!

There were also many noteworthy happenings during the year.

I was honored to speak at the Internet Retailer Conference this past summer. While I have spoken at and run many dermatology conferences during my career, I never thought I would have the opportunity to speak on this ‘chapter’ of my life. It was fun to be able to share my methods of taking a ‘medical’ approach to selling on the internet and how I use the lessons from my medical training every day in the management of LovelySkin.

LovelySkin was once again able to lower the price for international shipments from $30 to $25 and $20 to $15 to Canada (with minimum order prices of $100). The result is a significant increase in our reach around the world. With over 200,000 Facebook fans and hundreds of thousands of other users of LovelySkin, our reach around the world (and more ‘pen-pals’ for us!) and involvement in the industry continues to grow. We continue to remain a family organization even as we grow and that is really important to us. We have fun at work, and our team enjoys what they do, every day of the year. Without that, we wouldn’t continue to have our high level of customer satisfaction, and we don’t intend to change that any time in the future!

As I stated last year, we never want to be a ‘corporate’ website – instead, we relish our personal involvement with our users as a family-owned business. We have had many offers to sell to larger companies, but we continue to enjoy being your source for skin care and don’t see any reason to become part of a larger, stock market-based company. Our Omaha-based, Midwestern values-oriented customer service is a distinction we hope never goes out of style. One other value that we have is that of helping others, something that our entire team did this year when we worked to help out at a local charity shelter and many other places. Please see the video here that details the work our folks did.

The invention that my son Daniel and I introduced four years ago, FixMySkin Healing Balm with 1% Hydrocortisone, continues to be very popular! It is now sold in over 175 dermatology offices across the world, 300 Walmart locations and, of course, on Additionally, it continues to get great reviews and offers a low-cost method of improving skin conditions such as eczema, dry lips and cracked fingers in a simple delivery system. It makes us so very happy to know that we are helping people who may not have ready access to a dermatologist for their skincare needs.

The medical side of the business has continued to grow, while we have added several new procedures this year. Additionally, we recently completed two trials on topical botulinum toxins for sweating, several new product trials on hand creams, and neck creams, and a ground-breaking trial on a new biologic medication for psoriasis. The innovation that continues in our field is truly incredible. I am fortunate to be in a specialty, dermatology, that is filled with remarkable individuals who help to advance science, while making products and procedures safer and more effective.

This was the seventh year for our Cosmetic Surgery Forum conference in Las Vegas which I founded to train young and established dermatologists on new techniques in dermatology and cosmetic surgery. Over 375 attendees were present this year, and I personally sponsored 75 residents (now a total of 575 since inception) in dermatology, ophthalmology and plastic surgery so they could learn and be a credit to the profession I love and respect.

The LovelySkin retail store has continued to be successful in its fifth full year, and was once again voted the Best Beauty Supply Store in Omaha this year. Competing against powerful and well-known brands was a huge challenge, but we succeeded! Additionally, our website,, was voted one of the top three websites in Omaha, which was rewarding for our entire staff!

Our spas, LovelySkin Spa in the clinic and LovelySkin Spa Express in the retail store, were honored as one of the top three spas in Omaha – for the third year in a row! Both spas are seeing large increases in services performed and customer satisfaction, which is a source of pride for all of us. We finished a complete remodel of the spa and clinic this year, which was a trying, but ultimately happy experience.

I was fortunate and honored to be voted Doctors’ Choice for Dermatology in Omaha for the second time this year as well as receiving Best Dermatologist and Best Cosmetic Surgeon awards for Omaha this year. Thank you to all of you who voted.

On a personal note, my son, Daniel, started medical school in August and is working incredibly hard at it and doing well. He loves it and the lessons he is learning are invaluable. Nancy, my wife, is continuing to work very hard behind the scenes in the practice and website and brings so much wisdom to me. Our daughter, Claire, finished a computer coding course in San Francisco and is enjoying her new profession while she hunts for a job. Our sweet pug dog, Emmy, made an incredible video appearance on the website in our Halloween video in a scary role! At 13 and a half years, she is one of our senior staffers and clearly the most loved member of the LovelySkin family. My parents, June and Bernie, continue to be a source of strength and my inspiration for how to live a good life. They have been married for over 63 years and still help out in so many ways, including proofreading and other sundry tasks. They are a blessing to all of us.

I wish you and your families success and happiness in the year to come. My staff and I deeply appreciate your loyalty over the years and hope to always live up to your expectations by providing you with the best patient care and customer service.

Thank you for an amazing year.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!


Joel Schlessinger MD, FAAD, FAACS
Board-certified Dermatologist and Cosmetic Surgeon
Chief Editor, Cosmetic Surgery, Practical Dermatology Magazine

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FixMySkin is Not Your Mother's Chapstick

Most of us would try just about anything to get rid of dry winter skin. At only 12 years old, Dr. Schlessinger’s son, Daniel, took it a step further: he invented his very own treatment. FixMySkin Healing Balm with 1% Hydrocortisone works to heal and hydrate dry, itchy skin.

During a particularly harsh Nebraska winter, Daniel, then in seventh grade, was struggling with dry, cracked skin on his hands and cracked skin on fingers, and lotions weren’t helping. One day, he applied a little lip balm to his fingers and knuckles to see if it might make a difference. To his surprise, it did seem to work better than lotion, but his skin still wasn’t completely healed. This sparked his curiosity. Why wouldn’t lip balm work to heal chapped, irritated skin on his hands if it worked so well to cure chapped lips?

Dr. Joel Schlessinger and his son embarked on a five-year journey.

Daniel learned that the skin on the hands and lips is quite different. The outer layer of skin is called the epidermis, and it has a protective covering called the stratum corneum. The stratum corneum on our lips is significantly thinner than on our hands and the rest of our body. While a medicated lip balm can penetrate the thin stratum corneum of the lips with ease to deliver healing properties, it needs to work a little harder to reach beyond the thicker stratum corneum over skin in other areas. The lip balm Daniel applied worked well to hydrate and soothe, but the active ingredients simply weren’t strong enough to completely heal his hands.

From there, the goal was clear. Daniel wanted to develop a balm that was powerful enough to heal both dry skin on hands and the lips. It needed to be non-greasy, easy to apply and it had to taste good, too. Enlisting the help of his father, Dr. Joel Schlessinger, as well as his mother, sister and grandparents, he set out on a five-year journey that would lead to the conception and launch of FixMySkin Healing Balms.

Daniel and Dr. Schlessinger decided early on that they wanted to add hydrocortisone, a highly effective, yet gentle corticosteroid, to the balm. This top dermatologist-recommended ingredient is proven to help relieve insect bites, rashes, allergic reactions, chapped skin, itching, eczema, psoriasis and more, and it’s an excellent all-in-one healer for everyday skin concerns. But settling on the perfect formulation wasn’t easy. The Schlessingers worked over five years to develop 54 different versions of the balm before they had a product that couldn’t be topped.

Learn how to get rid of dry skin with FixMySkin, invented by Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

FixMySkin Healing Balms are formulated with 1% hydrocortisone to help heal damaged skin cells, target inflammation and relieve itch. Shea butter and cocoa butter, two top therapeutic moisturizers, work to soothe, soften and hydrate skin. These proven ingredients come together in an easy-to-use balm stick that can be applied directly to dry, irritated skin. The stick comes in a larger unscented version for the body and smaller unflavored and vanilla varieties for the lips. The balms are compact enough to take with you anywhere and they’re heat-resistant so they’ll never melt in your pocket. They can be applied anywhere to the face, lips and body and they work wonderfully on cracked skin on fingers, cracked knuckles, peeling fingers and rough knees, heels and elbows.

Find out what patients of Dr. Joel Schlessinger say about FixMySkin.

In addition to soothing everyday irritation that occurs from winter dryness, FixMySkin has changed the day-to-day lives of thousands who suffer from eczema and psoriasis, which can worsen in the colder months. One patient says, “This worked wonders on the severe eczema on my hands. This helped to relieve the dry, cracked skin on my hands like no other product I have found!” The stick is kid-friendly as well: “My 5-year-old has eczema and we have spent years trying every hydrocortisone product out there. Our dermatologist told us about FixMySkin . . . Not only does this relieve her itch but it also puts a protective coat on her skin to help heal. I use it on her twice a day and her eczema is now under control.”

FixMySkin is now sold in Walmart and more than 150 physician’s offices around the country. Read more about what patients have to say about the balms here.

Do you have a question about FixMySkin Healing Balms? Let us know in the comments section.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger's shares his skin care routine
When you’re a dermatologist, one of the most frequent questions people ask is what you use on your skin. Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s patients and colleagues often ask what he uses in his day-to-day skin care routine to keep his skin healthy. Here, we’ll tell you exactly which products he goes back to time after time.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s favorite lines are LovelySkin and now LovelySkin LUXE.

“I have used the LovelySkin line for the past 20 years in some form of another as I personally developed it,” he says. “It seemed to me that the best way to formulate a line was to test it on friends and family and refine it.”

During the past year, Dr. Joel Schlessinger helped formulate and create the LovelySkin LUXE line which includes high quality products with effective ingredients. The entire line is sulfate-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, sodium lauryl sulfate-free and cruelty-free. To cleanse his skin, Dr. Joel Schlessinger uses LovelySkin LUXE Clarifying Gel Cleanser with glycolic and salicylic acid to exfoliate the complexion.

As a dermatologist, Dr. Joel Schlessinger understands the importance of taking preventative anti-aging steps. Every day he uses LovelySkin LUXE Brightening Eye Cream to target dark circles and fine lines around the eyes. The formula uses self-adaptive optical technology which diffuses light to instantly brighten the eye area. He also applies LovelySkin LUXE Cellular Anti-Aging Peptide Serum.

“The LovelySkin LUXE Gel Cleanser is the newest addition to the line, along with the Brightening Eye Cream and Cellular Anti-Aging Peptide Serum,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “These products are not only good for your skin but they contain antioxidants and hyaluronic acid as well as peptides to revitalize your look.”

Dr. Joel Schlessinger has been a long-time fan of the LovelySkin Exfoliating Gels which have recently been added to the LUXE line. He always uses them in his skin care routine but switches up which formula depending on the time of year. When he needs an extra boost of exfoliation, such as during the dry winter months, he uses LovelySkin LUXE Exfoliating Gel Max 19%. At other times of the year, he uses LovelySkin Exfoliating Gel Mild 11% or Plus 15%. All three formulas contain amino fruit acids to exfoliate and renew the complexion. They also contain vitamin C to boost collagen production and promote a more even tone.

“The reason I love the LovelySkin LUXE gels so much is because that they have kept my skin smooth and bright for years.”

Sun protection and shaving products are two staples in Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s routine.

No one understands the importance of daily sun protection better than a dermatologist. Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s favorite daily sunscreen to use in his skin care routine is EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 Sunscreen – Untinted. The formula is paraben-free, fragrance-free and oil-free and is extremely lightweight so it does not feel heavy or greasy on the skin.

When he shaves, Dr. Joel Schlessinger uses ELEMIS Time for Men Skin Soothe Shave Gel. He loves that the formula hydrates skin while shaving. The formula also contains soothing ingredients such as aloe vera that help prevent irritation, razor burn and ingrown hairs.

“Elemis is just a fantastic shave gel,” he says. “It works with jojoba beads and aloe vera to keep your skin clear and protected while shaving.”

Which of the products in Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s routine have you tried? Let us know in the comments.

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Handle Dandruff Like a Pro with Dr. Joel Schlessinger's Advice

You might remember that scene from the 80s classic, The Breakfast Club, where Allison passes the time in Saturday detention by drawing a snowy landscape and then decorating it by shaking the “snow” from her hair. Many of us experience dandruff, or small pieces of dead skin from the scalp, especially in winter when the air grows drier. And since we likely don’t have a “creative” use for it like Allison’s character, it’s just a bit of a nuisance, showing up in our part and settling on our collars and shoulders like a conspicuous blizzard.

The good news is, like many pesky skin conditions, dandruff is harmless. But it can be itchy, not to mention embarrassing. In this blog, we’ll discuss the ins and outs of dandruff, as well as some effective treatments for minimizing those annoying flakes.

What Causes Dandruff?

Short answer: a lot of things! It’s perfectly normal to notice a small amount of flaking on a regular basis due to the natural skin cell shedding process. However, with dandruff, skin cells die off and shed at a faster rate. A normal skin cell shedding cycle takes around a month for healthy adults. Those who experience dandruff could have a cell turnover cycle that lasts as little as two days, creating a “snowstorm” of white flakes throughout the hair.

An immune system response could cause dandruff, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Dry skin is the number one culprit for dandruff, which is why it’s so prevalent during the winter months. The skin over our entire body tends to grow dry, tight, flaky and irritated, and our scalp is no different. Other chronic dry skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis, can cause dandruff, as well as a very common fungus called malassezia. Malassezia lives on most healthy scalps without issue, but doctors believe that in some patients, an immune system response to it can cause or exacerbate dandruff.

Over-shampooing can also dry out the scalp, as can sensitivity to certain hair products, mostly those that contain fragrance and other common irritants. Remember, dandruff is rarely a hygiene issue. It can certainly be unsightly, especially when we wear our favorite black sweater, but it doesn’t mean those who struggle with it are unclean in any way.

Treating Dandruff

You should be able to treat dandruff at home without a prescription, but we do recommend staying away from natural home remedies. “Botanical” or “natural” doesn’t always mean it’s good for your skin, and certain oils and extracts are known to be irritating. Instead, explore dermatologist-approved products with ingredients that are proven to be effective.

Discover anti-dandruff treatments recommended by Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

One such ingredient is coal tar, a substance that, for reasons that are largely unknown, helps reduce itchiness and inflammation, possibly by reducing the production of new cells. Though coal tar once had the reputation for being sticky and unpleasant to use, formulas have come a long way in the last few decades. Tarsum Professional Shampoo is a richly foaming gel that helps diminish flaking with 2% coal tar. It may be used as a shampoo or full strength treatment as needed.

Zinc pyrithione is an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial ingredient that is often used to treat mild to moderate eczema. It’s found in the majority of drug store anti-dandruff products, making it a common option for treating seasonal flakes. We like Derma Topix Zolidyne Shampoo, which contains 2% zinc pyrithione, plus the gentle exfoliator, citric acid, to relieve itch and eliminate dry skin.

You may have noticed salicylic acid listed as the active ingredient in your acne cleanser. That’s because it’s known as one of the best ingredients for purifying pores and ridding skin of bacteria, oil and other impurities. Salicylic acid similarly treats dandruff by acting as a mild exfoliator, dissolving debris, clearing hair follicles and promoting a more balanced, healthy scalp. PHYTO Phytheol Intense Anti-Dandruff Treatment Shampoo is suited for even severe cases. It features 2% salicylic acid to treat dandruff and coconut oil to nourish, hydrate and revitalize tired tresses. Another favorite salicylic acid formula at LovelySkin is CLn Shampoo, an anti-bacterial option that also works to treat conditions like staph, folliculitis and eczema.

How often you’ll need to use a treatment depends on how severe the dandruff is, but generally, twice a week is a good place to start. You can alternate with your regular shampoo or work in extra treatments in the evenings if you wish.

If you’re still experiencing an itchy scalp and daily flaking, even after trying a few over-the-counter products with different active ingredients, it may be time to visit your dermatologist. Your dandruff could be caused by another skin condition entirely, and your physician can recommend prescription-strength shampoos and topical treatments.

Do you have a question about dandruff for Dr. Schlessinger? Let us know in the comments section.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains how to treat a condition that affects 80 million Americans.


Hair loss is a common condition that affects about 80 million people in the United States. Though it is natural to lose a few hairs, a growing bald spot or widening part may be a sign of hereditary hair loss. In this post, Joel Schlessinger MD explains the causes and treatments for thinning hair.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains hair loss.

Hair loss is most often hereditary but may also be the result of a diet lacking essential vitamins, nutrients, minerals or protein. Sudden changes in weight or crash dieting may also cause hair to thin. Hair loss associated with poor diet is usually temporary, but it may take time for hair to return to its natural thickness.

After giving birth, women may experience significant changes in hair volume. A surge of estrogen during pregnancy causes hair to become fuller and lusher. After childbirth, estrogen levels begin to regulate and hair tends to fall out as it resumes its normal growth cycle.

Losing hair may also be a sign of infections to the scalp including ringworm, folliculitis, eczema or staff. These infections are typically associated with symptoms such as itching, flaking skin or irritation. If you experience these symptoms in addition to excessive hair loss, it is best to see your dermatologist.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends hair loss treatments.

PHYTO Phytolium 4 Thinning Hair Treatment is effective option for treating thinning hair. After 16 weeks of clinical studies, 79% of users experienced a reduction in hair loss and 39% of users saw an increase in growth. This natural, paraben-free treatment is specially formulated with capucellpro to prolong the life of existing hair. A blend of essential oils and extracts helps to delay thinning and promote healthier hair blubs, as well.

The HairMax LaserComb is the only home-use laser photo therapy device approved by the FDA. Its laser light energy stimulates hair follicles to reverse the thinning process. It also increases hair density and revitalizes damaged hair. When used for 15 minutes three times a week, most users start seeing improvement in as little as 16 weeks.

Klorane Shampoo with Quinine and B Vitamins strengthens and nourishes hair for healthier growth. This hypoallergenic, silicone-free shampoo contains the natural invigorating ingredient quinine to improve follicle growth. Vitamin B cleanses, detangles and volumizes hair while activating the scalp’s microcirculation to encourage stronger hair.

Nourish hair and promote existing growth with Viviscal Professional Supplements. These dietary supplements are formulated with a blend of marine ingredients, apple extract, biotin, vitamin C and essential amino acids to nourish existing hair and increase density. Taken orally twice a day, they nourish hair from within.

If you experience scalp irritation along with hair loss, see a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Schlessinger.

Hair loss accompanied by itching or flaking may be a sign of infection. Consult your dermatologist who can provide you with the best course of treatment.

Do you have questions about hair loss? Ask Dr. Schlessinger in the comments section.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses dermatologist-recommended makeup

The makeup you wear everyday can have a huge impact on your skin’s health and appearance. High-quality makeup can enhance your natural beauty, add a youthful glow to your complexion and even help strengthen and protect your skin over time. Low-quality makeup can clog pores, exacerbate conditions, such as acne and rosacea, and irritate skin. Keep reading to learn which ingredients to look for when choosing your makeup, as well as some of Dr. Schlessinger’s favorite products to suggest to patients.

Dermatologists, like Dr. Joel Schlessinger, recommend mineral-based makeup.

Overall, dermatologists recommend mineral-based makeup for optimal skin health. Mineral makeup contains natural minerals mined from the earth and very few additional ingredients. Titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, ultramarine and iron oxides are among the most common minerals used in these products, and each is known to protect skin against free radical damage. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, for example, are two active physical sunscreen ingredients, so when you wear a mineral-based foundation, you automatically receive a little sun protection. These minerals may also help protect skin against signs of aging. Another benefit of mineral makeup is that it remains on top of the skin. Not only does this create a beautiful “second skin” effect and a more natural finish, it also means that products will not clog pores or irritate skin conditions.

While the majority of mineral products are pressed or loose powder, there are plenty of liquid options available. You can also find eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers, finishing powders, concealers and more, making it easy to form an entire routine that’s good for your skin.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains how to build a mineral makeup routine.

A LovelySkin customer favorite, jane iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation SPF 20 is a lightweight formula that offers medium to full coverage with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. It also features antioxidants, like algae extract, to help diminish signs of aging and protect the skin against environmental stressors. The powder’s matte finish helps reduce the look of shine and promote a balanced complexion.

If you prefer a liquid formula, try Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation. This safe, breathable foundation is gentle enough for those with acne, eczema, rosacea, psoriasis and injuries. It features advanced technology that works to deliver oxygen to the skin and encourage healing and healthy collagen production, all while creating a flawless complexion. The water-resistant formula stays put through swimming and perspiring and it offers an SPF of 25.

glo minerals offers a wide selection of mineral blushes, bronzers and highlighters in both cream and powder forms that contain green tea, plus vitamins A,C and E for antioxidant protection. Each offers high color pay-off and a beautifully natural finish. Pick up GloBlush, the Contour Kit and the GloShimmer Brick to complete your face routine.

If you have sensitive eyes, you’ll want to stay away from makeup that contains artificial dyes, fragrance and preservatives. Dr. Schlessinger recommends Mirabella Eye Colour Matte for a gentle eyeshadow, Dr. Hauschka Eyeliner Liquid and jane iredale PureLash Lengthening Mascara.

There is no such thing as makeup that works for everyone, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Remember, even though these formulas are the preferred choice among dermatologists, there is no makeup that is right for everyone. Allergies to mineral ingredients are rare, but they do exist, and just because a product claims to be mineral-based doesn’t mean that it is free of parabens, fragrance, oil or other known irritants. Always check labels for a full list of ingredients to be sure you’re using the best products for your needs and skin type.

You’ll also want to be sure to remove your makeup thoroughly at the end of every day to prevent irritation. A wonderful solution for all skin types is glo minerals GloEye Make Up Remover, a liquid that is soothing to the skin and gentle enough to use on the entire face. To prevent the spread of bacteria, wash your makeup brushes weekly with a special cleanser, like jane iredale Pure Shampoo & Conditioner.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses five reasons to see a dermatologist
Visiting the dermatologist is an important step to maintaining your health. Your skin is the largest organ of your body and it’s essential that you take good care of it. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine what requires professional attention, so Dr. Joel Schlessinger is here to explain five of the main reasons you should see a dermatologist.

Dermatologists can handle a variety of skin, hair and nail concerns, Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares.

If you’ve ever sat in the doctor’s office wondering if your condition falls under the realm of dermatology, you’re not alone. The bottom line: if it affects your skin, hair or nails, chances are you’re in the right place. Read on for five main reasons you should make an appointment to see a dermatologist.

Stubborn acne

If you struggle with acne, the sooner you can see a professional, the better. Acne can easily cause severe scarring and, once scarring has occurred, there is little that can be done to improve it. By addressing breakouts early, you can avoid unsightly scars altogether. Your dermatologist can create a custom treatment plan to address your specific needs and even suggest an effective skin care routine that will help keep your acne under control.

New or changing moles, freckles and dark spots

A change in a mole or growth is generally the first sign of skin cancer. Self-examination and yearly checkups are essential to catching skin cancer in its early stages. If diagnosed and treated early, skin cancer is easily cured. Even if you’re diligent about looking for changes in your skin, it’s still important to schedule an annual exam with your dermatologist. These experts are uniquely qualified to recognize, evaluate and treat skin cancers, ensuring the earliest possible detection.

Unexplained changes in your skin, hair or nails

Whether it’s a sudden rash or itchy, irritated skin, sudden changes in your skin can sometimes be a sign of something bigger. If you notice your skin changing, it’s best to see a dermatologist for a proper diagnosis. It could be an easily treatable skin condition like eczema, psoriasis or rosacea, but it could also be a symptom of a bigger health concern.

The same goes for your hair and nails. Gradual or sudden hair loss could be caused by a variety of things. Similarly, nail discoloration, peeling and splitting could be the result of a number of factors. Visiting your dermatologist will ensure you receive the right treatment for all your concerns.

Cosmetic concerns

Aside from treating a variety of skin conditions, dermatologists can also address cosmetic concerns. If you’re considering a cosmetic procedure like Botox or laser hair removal, your dermatologist should be your point of contact. Day spas might offer these treatments at a discounted rate, but they often don’t have a qualified or experienced professional on staff to perform the procedure. When it comes to your appearance, you want to choose a board-certified dermatologist with the knowledge and experience to help you achieve your best results.

Expert advice

Lastly, the biggest benefit of regularly visiting your dermatologist is tapping into their wealth of knowledge. Your dermatologist can help you better understand your skin concerns, learn how to protect your skin from the sun and answer any lingering questions you might have. They’ll also be able to recommend the best products for your skin type and concerns. Armed with all of this information, you’ll be well on your way to healthy, beautiful skin.

Visit Dr. Joel Schlessinger for all your skin, hair and nail concerns.

As a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Joel Schlessinger sees patients every day at his practice in Omaha, Neb. He and his staff have the skill, expertise and knowledge to find the right treatment plan for you. From simple to complicated skin conditions, Dr. Joel Schlessinger has the medical background to properly diagnose and treat your concerns.

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