Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares the common causes of melanoma & why this deadly disease is increasing in prevalence.

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Melanoma is the most aggressive and most deadly type of skin cancer. Not only is melanoma extremely dangerous, but it is also increasing in prevalence across the United States.

According to the Melanoma Research Foundation, there were approximately 63,000 melanoma diagnoses made in 2009 with approximately 8650 deaths. The projected numbers for 2012 are even higher with 76,000 diagnoses and 9,000 deaths.

Why is melanoma increasing in prevalence?

“Some of the main causes of melanoma prevalence is due to the sun and the loss of the ozone layer,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “While sunscreens weren’t as effective 30 years ago, the ozone layer was more intact than it is now.”

Another one of the main causes of melanoma is the increase in the use of tanning beds.

“Tanning beds weren’t around 30 years ago and they are single-handledly the most likely culprit for the stunning increase in skin cancer and deadly melanoma,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

The American Cancer Society estimates that 1 in 50 Americans will develop melanoma sometime throughout his or her life.

While there are many causes of melanoma, Dr. Joel Schlessinger has tips on how to avoid this potential deadly disease.

“Never, ever go in tanning beds as even one experience can lead to melanoma. It can take up to 20 years to see the full problems from tanning, so it won’t occur until years after the exposure, yet by that time, it is too late to help.”

If you have a mole or growth that exhibits skin cancer warning signs, contact your dermatologist immediately.

Are Botox injections really poison? Learn the truth about Botox treatments here.

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Botox injections are used to stop muscle spasms, migraines and the progression of wrinkles. Dr. Joel Schlessinger uses Botox treatments in many of his patients who are concerned about fine lines and wrinkles.

Using Botox for wrinkles can make a major improvement in the appearance of mature skin. But many people have concerns about using Botox injections – and many people want to know, is Botox a poison?

Botox for wrinkles works by weakening the muscles that contract and cause lines. Without these muscles contracting, fine lines and wrinkles will not appear in the skin.

You can usually see the result of Botox treatments in 2 to 4 days and results tend to last 4 to 6 months.

The amount of Botox for wrinkles is small and diluted so it only affects select areas of the body.

“Many would consider Botox in the poison range only in huge doses that wouldn’t ever be injected for minor procedures like wrinkle treatments,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

So, are Botox treatments poisonous? The doctor says technically yes, but it isn’t something you should worry about.

“Yes, it is a poison, just as penicillin is a mold,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “Medications often straddle the line between poison and savior. We treat almost all cancers with drugs that are nothing more than a poison, but the benefits are tremendous.”

Do you get Botox treatments?

How do you get acne and how do you get rid of acne? Dr. Joel Schlessinger sheds light on the issue.

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Acne is a common skin ailment that affects 40 to 50 million Americans. Almost 85 percent of people have had acne at some point in their lives – whether it is on their face, chest, back or all three. But, how do you get acne? And how do you get rid of acne?

Acne is characterized by pimples, cysts and clogged pores that can often be unsightly and painful. More than 40 percent of people in their mid-teens have acne that will one day require acne scar treatment performed by a dermatologist.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger deals with a large number of acne patients on a daily basis. Many of these patients come to see him about acne breakouts or acne scar treatment regimens. While a large number of people receive treatment for their acne, an even larger number of people are trying to take care of their acne without the help of a dermatologist.

“It always saddens me when I see infomercials on TV proclaiming they can cure acne,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “They use pictures that represent severe acne that needs strong, prescription strength medications for treatment.”

Many of these people are also under false pretenses about how acne is caused. There are numerous myths about how one can get acne from chocolate to greasy foods. But, really – how do you get acne?

“Acne can be due to yeast, infections, hormones and heredity,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “While many medications can be used to treat these, there are very few types of acne that succumb to over-the-counter treatments.”

Dr. Schlessinger is frequently asked how do you get rid of acne with an over-the-counter medication.

“A good cleansing system is a great idea, but it alone won’t work to improve acne,” he said.

To begin fighting acne, the doctor recommends using LovelySkin Acne Care System, a comprehensive set of acne-fighting products that treat lesions and help reduce the need for acne scar treatment later. But as the doctor stated, a thorough cleansing may not be enough for severe acne.

“I also recommend a trip to the dermatologist if acne is worse than expected or any scarring is occurring.”

What products do you use for your acne?

What is SPF? Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains broad spectrum sunscreen and new FDA rules

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Everyone should wear sunscreen every day to protect skin from the damaging rays of the sun. But how much do you know about your sunscreen from the label? And what is SPF?

SPF, also known as sun protection factor, is a measure of the effectiveness of your sunscreen products. The higher the number, the more protection your skin will receive against the sun rays.

UVA and UVB radiation are two different kinds of sun rays that cause different problems for your skin. UVB rays cause skin burns while UVA rays cause premature aging, hyperpigmentation and skin cancer.

“SPF only pertains to UVB rays, not UVA,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “Both can cause skin cancer, so it is a good idea to get a broad spectrum sunscreen if possible.”

Federal sunscreen rules are undergoing many changes, as mandated by the Federal Drug Administration. The FDA is requiring all sunscreen manufacturers in the United States to disclose if they protect against UVA and UVB radiation.

Sunscreens that do not shield against UVA rays or that have an SPF less than 15 will be required to have a warning label that they do not reduce the risks of skin cancer. The highest number of SPF will now be an SPF 50+. For a product to be a broad spectrum sunscreen, they must now guard against both UVA and UVB radiation.

Learn more about what is SPF and the new FDA regulations in regard to sunscreen here.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s favorite broad spectrum sunscreen brand is EltaMD. For acne prone individuals, he recommends the EltaMD Clear sunscreen, now available in a lotion and a spray.

What is SPF to you? What’s the most important think you look at when choosing a sunscreen?

New study reveals good news for coffee drinkers: Dr. Joel Schlessinger remarks on the link between coffee and cancer

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Coffee often gets a bad reputation because of its high caffeine levels, but according to a recent study, the caffeine in your daily cup of joe can actually help reduce your risk for skin cancer.

This discovered link between coffee and cancer was published in the Cancer Research journal. Investigators found those who drink more than two cups of coffee per day are at a lower risk for developing basal cell carcinoma.

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer in the United States. Generally caused by overexposure to UV rays or radiation, this form of skin cancer is common to those who experience severe sunburns or prolonged sun exposure.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger was delighted to hear the findings about the link between coffee and cancer.

“My guess is that caffeine works as an antioxidant, therefore it helps prevent and repair sun damage,” he said. “My recommendation is to drink coffee responsibly and protect your skin in many different ways with antioxidants for healthy skin.”

Although this story’s findings were impressive, drinking coffee shouldn’t be the only way you protect your skin. Using sunscreen daily and implementing products with CoffeeBerry and caffeine can help give your skin antioxidants for healthy skin.

“We do supply many caffeine-related products on our website, including CoffeeBerry products from RevaleSkin and antioxidant serums from Replenix,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger said.

Some of his favorite caffeine products include:

While you should always use sunscreen and take precautions when it comes to sun exposure, a couple cups of coffee a day can help boost your antioxidants for healthy skin.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger was thrilled with this study about coffee and cancer.

“As a coffee fan myself, this study truly makes me happy!” he said. “I’d also like to wish my many followers and patients a happy Fourth of July!”

What causes acne? Learn more about the link between milk and acne prone skin.

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Could your recommended daily glass of milk be what causes acne breakouts? According to Dr. Joel Schlessinger, milk is a major culprit of acne prone skin.

“Acne is frequently worsened by exposure to milk,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “The reason for this is that milk has active hormones in it that also work on humans.”

Milk is naturally designed to promote rapid growth in nursing children and, in the case of cow’s milk, calves. It is full of anabolic and growth hormones that build muscles and in turn, cause acne prone skin.

“Cows pass these hormones into milk and due to the fact that many cows are actually pregnant while being milked, there are other hormones in play that can further complicate the situation,” he said.

In just one glass of milk, an average of 60 hormones is present. These hormones have been found to be a major component in what causes acne.

“Almost all of these hormones can play a role in worsening acne prone skin.”
It’s not just whole milk either – in fact, skim milk could be worse for acne.

“The hormones in skim milk seem to be more concentrated which can cause more problems in people who see a link between their consumption of milk and acne,” he said.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends taking a break from milk if you have concerns over what causes acne blemishes in your skin.

“If you feel that your acne is worse when you drink milk, stop it for a month and see,” he says.

If you can’t give up your daily bowl of milk and cereal, Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends trying almond milk as this alternative does not have hormones. Avoid soy milk, as it can have the hormone genustein in it.

A glass of milk may not be what causes acne in your skin, however.

“Not all people are subject to the hormones’ activity, so milk may not be what causes acne in your skin,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger points out. “Be sure to check with your dermatologist and discuss if milk and acne might be connected in your case.”

Have you noticed any correlation between milk and acne in your skin?