Dr. Joel Schlessinger was recently in the news to talk about the success of the LovelySkin retail store.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

WOWT - New Businesses Moving Near Oak View MallWOWT Channel 6 News in Omaha, Nebraska reported that many new businesses have been popping up in the Oak View Mall area, including LovelySkin. In the interview, Dr. Joel Schlessinger noted that he was happy to move into the retail space and fill the vacant building.

“We were delighted that we could have the space that we needed to grow into,” he said.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger believes that the location has become a very successful part of the Omaha community.

LovelySkin's Flagship Store

This area has traditionally been quite supportive of local businesses and the retail store has come to be a true stone-and-mortar representation of its online counterpart, LovelySkin.com. It houses dozens of the company’s best brands and top products, from powerhouse Obagi systems and Clarisonic skin care brushes to OPI nail polish and Colorescience mineral makeup.

The doctor’s intimate involvement with all aspects of the company allows him to share his experience as a board-certified dermatologist with his staff and customers whenever possible. He also believes the store’s local success is due to an incredible group of experienced employees and aestheticians that uphold the company’s emphasis on customer service and product knowledge.

The retail store has also seen fantastic turnout for its in-store makeup events and spa specials, as well as on a day-to-day basis with regular customers.

“I am very pleased about the success of LovelySkin.com and the retail store and glad to be a part of the economic recovery,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger said.

“Also,” he added, “I am proud of my wonderful employees and the great job they do every day!”

Ask Dr. Joel Schlessinger: how often should I change makeup brushes?

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Most women use makeup brushes every day to apply their foundation, blush, eye makeup and more. With time and continued use, these brushes will begin to age. Some makeup brushes will wear out faster than others depending on the brand and the quality of the brush.

Plus, makeup brushes can carry hoards of bacteria if they are not cleaned regularly or stored properly and the bacteria can cause serious damage to the skin, including rashes, breakouts and acne flare-ups.

“Most women don’t even think about cleaning their brushes,” says Dr. Joel Schlessinger, “and that can definitely lead to contamination.”

To avoid excessive bacteria growth, Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends cleaning your makeup brushes at a minimum of once per month.
Colorescience Pro Brush Cleaner
Use a makeup brush cleaner like Colorescience Pro Brush Cleaner to cleanse and purify your brushes. This will help rid the brushes of bacteria while giving you better makeup application.

Allow your brushes to air dry and store them in a rolled-up storage bag or in a makeup container with the bristles pointing upward. Keep your brushes out of direct sun light and away from heat.

Even clean makeup brushes, though, can deteriorate over time. Plus, most brushes have a definite shape to help contour and define the placement of makeup; with constant use or heavy pressure, the shape of makeup brushes can be altered, giving poor makeup application. With age, the bristles may begin to fall out of the brush, as well. These indications mean it is time to get a new brush.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends using Klix disposable brush kits to change your makeup brushes quickly.

Klix - Replaceable Brush Kits

“Klix takes the hard part out of changing brushes,” the doctor says. “With a wide variety of disposable brush heads, these brushes are convenient and affordable, and will keep your skin healthy without a lot of work.”

When your Klix brushes become dirty, simply pop off and dispose of the brush head and replace with a new one – it’s that simple! Klix brushes give smooth makeup application and keep your skin fresh and clean. Use Klix brushes to take the hard work out of cleaning your makeup brushes.

For healthy skin, remember to clean your brushes regularly and/or replace them often.

You’ll notice clearer skin and a more uniform makeup application when you use clean makeup brushes.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger answers questions about the acne medicine, Accutane.

Monday, February 20th, 2012
Teenage Girl With Acne

Dr. Joel Schlessinger answers important questions you may have about the acne medication, Accutane.

Question: When is the best time to consider Accutane if my child has acne?

Answer: Generally, I wait until most reasonable methods of treatment for acne have been exhausted before I broach the subject of Accutane usage. That time interval can be months or years but, if I see evidence of severe acne or scarring happening (especially if this is causing anguish on the part of the patient), I will speed up the process on occasion. Acne is reversible with most Accutane treatments, so it is important to use it when necessary.

Question: Is Accutane dangerous?

Answer: Yes and no. Every drug has its risks and benefits, but Accutane has some serious concerns due to birth defects in pregnant women (teratogenicity). This only happens if the pregnancy is exposed to Accutane and won’t affect women after Accutane is stopped, should they then become pregnant.

Here is what the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has to say about the risks for pregnant women who are exposed to Accutane, along with the importance of avoiding pregnancy while taking the medication.

Other concerns, such as depression, suicide, inflammatory bowel conditions, dry skin, headaches and joint pains are of note but, in my practice, I have never seen a single case of suicide or attempted suicide.  This doesn’t mean that it isn’t possible, but it is a commonly stated side effect and one that the press, in general, seems to promote as ‘fact.’

Medline Plus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health provides more information about side effects of Accutane.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger has prescribed Accutane to family members.

While I feel Accutane is an incredibly useful drug and have used it on family members, I don’t take the decision to use it lightly and always weigh the risks seriously. If patients have a history of depression, I insist on a psychiatric involvement prior to starting it.

What questions do you have about Accutane that I haven’t answered here?

Ask Dr. Joel Schessinger: what is the best makeup?

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

There are hundreds of options in makeup, but which type is best? Dr. Joel Schlessinger says that it comes down to personal preference, but his patients and customers tend to prefer mineral based makeup.

“Mineral cosmetics tend to cause fewer problems with acne and it goes on with a nice finish. Natural mineral makeup is a fast growing segment of makeup, as it is usually made from natural ingredients and works on all skin types,” the doctor says.

The ingredients in mineral cosmetics are just that – minerals. The minerals are usually finely milled to provide a uniform coverage over your skin. Many mineral cosmetics also contain titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, two physical sun blocks to protect your skin from environmental damage.

Often with mineral cosmetics, it’s not what’s included in the makeup but, rather, what’s left out.

Most mineral makeup is natural, meaning it’s free of preservatives, parabens, artificial dyes and fragrances. Because of these key properties, mineral cosmetics are less likely to irritate sensitive skin.

Natural mineral makeup is the best choice for extremely sensitive skin. It can be applied over skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis and more without causing irritation or harmful side effects. Natural mineral makeup is also a great alternative to traditional makeup for those who are environmentally conscious as it contains no harmful chemicals that can damage the environment.

Mineral makeup began with loose mineral foundations and has spread to include eyeshadows, primers, concealers, lipsticks, blushes and more.

You can find mineral based alternatives to all traditional makeup products. The best mineral makeup protects your skin as it covers. For a fun look at the history of minerals in makeup, see the article “Makeup – A Wealth of Minerals” written by USBM Denver Research Center geologists, Donna Boreck and Liane Kadnuck.

Here are mineral makeup recommendations from Dr. Joel Schlessinger:

Colorescience Pressed Mineral Pigment Compact

Colorescience makeup products

Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals

Jane Iredale makeup products

glo minerals Alloy Eyes Collection

glo minerals makeup products

The doctor notes that everyone will have a different opinion on the best makeup. “It will always come down to someone’s personal preference,” he says, “but, in my opinion, mineral makeup is the best option.”

What are your favorite mineral makeup products?

Wondering if what you have is a skin tag? If so, Dr. Joel Schlessinger has this advice for you.

Monday, February 6th, 2012

A skin tag is usually just a small protrusion from the skin that can be irritated or red if caught in clothing. They can range from less than a quarter of an inch to about a half of an inch or more.

Curious about the causes of skin tags? An article in Medical News Today shares key information about causes and risk factors.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger patient with skin tags
Generally, a skin tag looks like the color of the surrounding skin and are oval or pendulous in shape. Does this resemble what you have?

Typically, these tags appear in the folds of the skin around the neck, where necklaces rub on them, or under the breasts. Sometimes, they appear in the groin area. There is a school of thought that they are related to warts in some people, especially if they are in the groin area.

Medline Plus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health, points out that skin tags are more common in people who are overweight or have diabetes.

Skin tags versus other small growths: how you can tell the difference

This is the tough thing — sometimes these tags can be confused with a bad growth and sometimes they can look good but be a bad/cancerous skin lesion. If in doubt, it is always best to seek the care of a dermatologist.

Recommendations of Dr. Joel Schlessinger

Generally speaking, skin tags are not going to harm you, but there are some cases where they ought to be removed, especially if they are changing or bleeding. I typically recommend that patients come in if they are constantly hitting items of clothing as that can end up being uncomfortable and can easily be taken care of by skin tag removal.

If you have any questions about a growth, you should seek the care of a dermatologist. Your dermatologist can easily tell you if they are a skin tag or something more serious. Generally speaking, it isn’t a costly procedure to remove them if a growth is truly a skin tag.

 What skin tag questions can I answer for you?