Dr. Joel Schlessinger supports complaint against Jersey Shore TV show

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Dr. Joel Schlessinger supports complaint against Jersey Shore TV showThe Skin Cancer Foundation recently lodged a formal complaint against the Federal Trade Commission about the television show, Jersey Shore. The Skin Cancer Foundation claims that this television show is a “health-hazard” because the “still available episodes of the show promote tanning, especially in tanning beds, which encourages young viewers to engage in a cancer-causing habit.”

Jersey Shore is a reality television that follows eight housemates spending their summer at the Jersey Shore. In the show, the eight stars consistently use tanning beds to darken their skin.

The Skin Cancer Foundation would like to see the Federal Trade Commission look into this claim while MTV puts warning labels on all reruns and online episodes. They would also like to see warning labels on all products, advertisements and games tied to the television show, warning of the dangers of tanning.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is very passionate about this issue and supports The Skin Cancer Foundation’s efforts.

“Shows like this end up encouraging young people, including children, to take up a habit that has been shown to cause cancer,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

“Just like television and the film industry essentially toned down the appearance of smoking in their movies and shows, this can do the same for tanning.”

MTV has responded to the request, saying that while it does not plan to include warnings on the show, it does applaud the organization’s “efforts to bring attention to these issues, which are important to our audiences and the public health.”

Dr. Joel Schlessinger hopes to see a change in the portrayal of tanning beds on television.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger has high hopes for this complaint as he sees this as a serious issue in our society today.

“I hope it succeeds and wish Dr. Sarnoff and the Skin Cancer Foundation success!”

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is passionate about stopping the spread of skin cancer, especially in adolescents. Learn more about Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s involvement in the fight for skin cancer.

Do you think Jersey Shore leads to more tanning bed use? Tell us your opinions in the comments.

Click here to read the article “‘Jersey Shore’ still promotes tanning, group says,” featured in USAToday. 

Joel Schlessinger MD advises on how to choose a cosmetic surgeon

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Joel Schlessinger MD reveals tips on choosing the right cosmetic surgeon for you.

Choosing the right health care professional is the main factor in ensuring you receive the highest quality care. This is especially true for cosmetic surgery and dermatology procedures such as injections, liposuction, tattoo removal and laser hair removal. Researching and following the rules that Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains in this video can help you make an informed decision.

First, Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends finding a board certified cosmetic surgeon. Doctors who are board certified in dermatology, plastic surgery, oral maxillofacial, oculoplastic or facial plastic specialties are the most highly trained and qualified professionals. It is also important to ensure that more complicated procedures like Botox and liposuction will be performed by the surgeon. Other procedures like laser hair removal and Ultherapy can be performed by other professionals, such as nurse practitioners.

Before and after photos and personal testimonies are important to consider, explains Joel Schlessinger MD.

When researching different cosmetic surgeons, ask to see before and after photos of individuals who have undergone the same treatment. These photos allow you to see the results of the procedure before receiving treatment as well as the outcome you can expect.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger suggests asking your family and friends for recommendations before deciding on a cosmetic surgeon. Personal testimonies from individuals you trust can help you make an informed decision.

Joel Schlessinger MD stresses the importance of feeling comfortable with your cosmetic surgeon.

Your comfort is the most important factor when deciding which health care professional is right for you. Make sure the doctor and staff provide you with a full explanation of the procedure and the results before you make your decision.

Watch other videos and find out more helpful tips from Joel Schlessinger MD here.

Joel Schlessinger MD discusses a new drug to treat bedbugs

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Joel Schlessinger MD discusses a new drug to treat bedbugsWith the recent onslaught of bedbug contaminations across the United States, researchers around the country are studying new drugs and methods to kill these parasitic creatures. One common deworming drug could be the answer to the bedbug problem. Joel Schlessinger MD shares more about this new development below.

What are bedbugs? Joel Schlessinger MD explains.

Bed bugs are parasites that feed on human blood. They typically live in houses and hide in beds and bedding. Although not necessarily nocturnal, they are active at night when they feed on their host.

Bed bug bites can cause numerous health problems, Joel Schlessinger MD explains. Skin rashes, allergic symptoms and psychological effects can affect those that have been bitten by this insect.

Joel Schlessinger MD supports the use of common deworming drug to kill bedbugs

A drug usually used to deworm humans and animals, known as Stromectol, might be the key to killing bedbugs. This drug uses a technique called xenointoxication, which means that the host poisons the guest.

The host takes a pill and goes to bed. The bedbugs will then bite the host and a few days later, the bugs will die.

Many people are terrified of bedbugs and spend thousands of dollars fighting them. The xenointoxication method is cost-effective and is very safe for almost all individuals.

“We don’t have this available in our area,” said Joel Schlessinger MD, “but I wouldn’t hesitate to use the drug in the case of a bedbug infestation.”

Joel Schlessinger MD says he has used this kind of treatment before and he has seen excellent results.

“I use it quite often to treat other conditions, such as scabies and various mite infections that occur in conditions like rosacea.”

Take other precautions to avoid bedbugs, Joel Schlessinger MD advises.

Although this medicine can help kill bedbugs, you should not rely only on this form of treatment to entirely disinfect your home.

“Most importantly, make sure the bedding is treated and any offending materials are decontaminated,” Joel Schlessinger says.

Would you ever try xenointoxication treatment? Tell us why or why not in the comments.

Joel Schlessinger MD recommends FixMySkin Balms to heal and maintain fingerprints

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Cold, dry winter air can aggravate the symptoms of certain skin conditions, explains Joel Schlessinger MD.

The harsh winter air often leaves skin, especially on the hands and feet, dry, cracked and red. For individuals with skin conditions like eczema, these symptoms can worsen and become more painful during the winter months. These symptoms often affect an individual’s everyday life in unexpected ways. In this video, Joel Schlessinger MD highlights a surprising issue that often occurs for these individuals: the damage of their fingerprints.

Joel Schlessinger MD explains how eczema affects an individual’s fingerprints.

Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, causes an inflamed and itchy rash to occur on the body. This rash is often dry and flaky, and can be aggravated by exposure to cold winter air. When these symptoms occur on the hands, it can cause the deterioration of an individual’s fingerprints.

Damage on the fingertips makes everyday tasks painful and difficult to perform. Some individuals even find themselves failing fingerprint identification tests because their prints are too deteriorated.

Leaving these symptoms untreated and exposing your hands to the harsh winter air without protection causes these symptoms to worsen over time. Dr. Joel Schlessinger notes the importance of treating these symptoms early to prevent permanent damage from occurring.

Joel Schlessinger MD recommends FixMySkin Healing Balms to protect fingertips.

The invention of Dr. Joel Schlessinger and his son Daniel, FixMySkin Healing Balms offer fast and soothing relief from symptoms of skin conditions such as eczema. This balm contains 1% hydrocortisone that relieves dryness, itching and inflammation to restore health to damaged skin. Applying this product to your fingertips will not only relieve symptoms, but also protect them from further damage.

Read more about how eczema can damage fingerprints. You can also watch more of Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s videos on YouTube.

Joel Schlessinger MD answers frequently asked questions about skin care for kids

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Skin care often focuses on anti aging and rejuvenation, but children need a very different routine. Because kids have more sensitive skin than adults, they need products that are formulated without irritating ingredients. Fortunately, there are several formulas available with gentle ingredients that won’t irritate your child’s sensitive skin. Joel Schlessinger highlights a few of his favorite kid-friendly products in his latest presentation.

How are skin care products different for children? Joel Schlessinger MD explains.

Children should always wash with gentle, fragrance-free cleansers and soaps. Joel Schlessinger recommends Avene Cold Cream Ultra-Rich Soap-Free Cleansing Bar. This nourishing bar gently cleanses without stripping the skin, leaving behind a protective film and maintaining the skin’s natural pH balance. After bathing, apply a moisturizer like Avene TriXera+ Selectiose Emollient Cream to prevent dry skin.

Joel Schlessinger also suggests applying a daily sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to protect your child from the sun’s damaging rays. EltaMD UV Pure SPF 47 offers broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection without irritating your child’s skin. Its gentle formula is also paraben-free, sensitivity-free, fragrance-free, non-comedogenic and won’t sting the eyes. Read more information about sun protection for babies from Joel Schlessinger MD.

For specific treatment, make an appointment for your child to see a local dermatologist.

Read more skin care advice from Joel Schlessinger MD in his other presentations.

Joel Schlessinger MD regularly offers expert advice on various skin care concerns through his presentations. Some of his most recent presentations include:

Is there a product both you and your children love? Share with us in the comments.

Joel Schlessinger MD explains the mystery behind water-induced finger wrinkles

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Joel Schlessinger MD explains the mystery behind water-induced finger wrinklesAfter taking a bath, washing dishes or going swimming, you’ve probably noticed your fingers and feet forming small wrinkles in the skin. While many say that you’ve been in the water too long if your digits get “pruny,” new research shows that your body may actually be adapting to the wet atmosphere.

Joel Schlessinger MD explains that finger wrinkles may help us handle wet objects.

“The question of why fingers develop wrinkling when they are exposed to water for a period of time is something that has been debated for quite some time,” said Joel Schlessinger MD. “The answer could be that this allows us to grip objects under water or with wet hands, much like a tire tread helps our tires not slip on wet roads.”

A recent article in Biology Letters, “Water-induced finger wrinkles improve handling of wet objects,” explains that the formation of wrinkles on the glabrous skin is actually an active process performed by the autonomic nervous system.

In the study, it was shown that submerged objects were handled more quickly with wrinkled fingers than with unwrinkled fingers. The study also showed that wrinkles made no difference when handling dry objects.

Evolution plays a role in our survival, Joel Schlessinger MD says.

“It is amazing to see the effects that evolution plays on our ability to survive,” said Joel Schlessinger MD. “If you think of our ancestors climbing out of a river on a rock or up a tree to escape predators, this could be a very good explanation for why we all have this ‘ability’.”

While the jury is still out on the exact reason for finger wrinkling upon submersion in water, this new research is promising.

“Work still has to be done to determine whether this explanation fits, but it does seem to be a good idea, while answering a question that has intrigued many people for years!”

What other reasons can you think of to explain finger wrinkling after exposure to water? Share with us in the comments.

Learn more from Joel Schlessinger MD on his blog.

Water isn’t the only thing that can change your fingers – Joel Schlessinger MD explained in a recent blog post that dermatitis on the hands can affect your fingerprints.

Protect your fingers with the FixMySkin Healing Balms with 1% Hydrocortisone – learn more about these innovative balms invented by Joel Schlessinger MD here.

Joel Schlessinger MD explains the function of peptides

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Peptides are an ingredient found in many skin care products, yet many people do not understand their function. In this video, Joel Schlessinger MD explains what peptides are, why they are important for a healthy complexion and which peptide products are his favorites.

Joel Schlessinger MD explains that peptides are made up of amino acids that are considered the building blocks of the human body. Amino acids and peptides in skin care products help build a strong and healthy complexion.

Peptides make up collagen that supports the structure of skin. Collagen gives skin its structure and, as it ages, peptides begin to fall off leaving a weak and damaged complexion. Stimulating cells with peptides found in skin care products or procedures encourages more collagen growth for a more youthful and healthy look.

In this video, Joel Schlessinger MD recommends three of his favorite peptide products. The first is StriVectin-SD Power Serum for Wrinkles, a powerful serum that can be applied daily to stimulate collagen and help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

One specific type of peptides are copper peptides that combine this collagen-enhancing ingredient with copper to heal the complexion. Joel Schlessinger MD recommends Neova Crème de la Copper which revives and nourishes cells.

Another group of peptides is known as neuropeptides and can be found in Clinician’s Complex Peptide Serum. This product repairs and rejuvenates to reduce the depth of wrinkles for a youthful complexion.

Get more recommendations for skin care products by watching Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s videos.

Joel Schlessinger MD answers frequently asked questions about exfoliants

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Exfoliating on a regular basis helps keep your skin looking and feeling healthy. Over time, dead skin cells become trapped inside pores, making the skin appear dull. Exfoliation unclogs pores, accelerates cellular turnover and removes dulling cells and other debris for a more youthful complexion. This process also helps smooth the tone and texture of your skin. All that’s left is a brighter, more radiant appearance.

Your body can also benefit from regular exfoliation. Read more about Joel Schlessinger MD’s top picks for exfoliating body scrubs.

In this presentation, Joel Schlessinger MD highlights some of his favorite exfoliating products.

In Joel Schlessinger MD’s recent presentation on exfoliants, he recommends several products to renew your complexion. These formulas will help revitalize your dry, dull skin for a healthy, fresh appearance.

Two of Joel Schlessinger MD’s top picks are LovelySkin Exfoliating Gel Mild 11% and LovelySkin Cream Cleanser. Formulated with a blend of amino acids and a low pH level, the gel exfoliates without the use of abrasive scrub. The cleanser exfoliates with a combination of amino fruit acids, Dead Sea minerals and vitamin C. Together these formulas make an excellent daily skin care regimen.

For personalized treatment, make an appointment to see your local dermatologist.

Read more expert commentary from Joel Schlessinger MD in his other presentations.

Joel Schlessinger MD regularly offers expert advice on various skin care concerns through his presentations. Some of his most recent presentations include:

Do you have a favorite exfoliating scrub, cleanser or lotion? Share with us in the comments.

Heal your fingerprints with FixMySkin Healing Balms, invented by Dr. Joel Schlessinger

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Heal your fingerprints with FixMySkin Healing Balms, invented by Dr. Joel SchlessingerDermatitis of the hands can be painful and unsightly, but did you know that it can also affect your fingerprints? According to a recent article published in Reuters, individuals with dermatitis on their thumbs and finger pads may fail fingerprint identification tests.

Luckily, a new product invented by Dr. Joel Schlessinger can help heal and soothe dermatitis so your fingerprints stay intact. Read on to learn more about this product.

What is dermatititis and how can it affect your fingerprints? Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

Dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin that can often result in redness, swelling, itching, lesions, oozing and scarring. There are many different types of dermatitis and the symptoms vary by each form of the condition.

Researchers in Malaysia studied fingerprints from 100 people with dermatitis on their hands and 100 people without dermatitis. The researchers found that mottling, scarring and patches of rough skin associated with this condition can change fingerprints over time.

“I often see patients who have significant dermatitis on their hands and fingers,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “This is yet one more reason to seek treatment.”

Soothe and heal dermatitis with FixMySkin healing balms, invented by Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends using a hydrocortisone-based product to heal and soothe skin that is chapped and raw.

“One great option that my son and I came up with is the FixMySkin 1% Hydrocortisone Balm. The large stick formulation was specifically developed for hands and the jar formulation is great for fingers as well,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

This product can be used to soothe chapped, dry skin before it becomes dermatitis. To use, simply rub the product onto the affected area up to three times daily for relief.

Chapped skin is more likely to occur in the colder months, so buy your FixMySkin Healing Balm with 1% Hydrocortisone today.

“This is the perfect season to use this product!” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Joel Schlessinger MD and colleagues discuss the 2012 Cosmetic Surgery Forum

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Joel Schlessinger MD continuously strives to incorporate new procedures, techniques and products into his practice. He is also dedicated to bringing this information to others in his field so dermatology practices all over the country can apply these techniques to their patients. One way Dr. Joel Schlessinger achieves this goal is by hosting the Cosmetic Surgery Forum every year. In this video, Dr. Joel Schlessinger and other individuals explain the benefits of attending this educational conference.

The Cosmetic Surgery Forum is an educational conference that brings together dermatologists and skin care professionals from all over the country. During this conference, Joel Schlessinger MD and other professionals host discussion-based lectures and presentations on the latest research and technology in the field.

This past year, the Cosmetic Surgery Forum was held in Las Vegas, Nevada from November 29th-December 1st. Over the course of three days, attendees were able to view demonstrations of the latest procedures including laser treatments, injections and other anti aging procedures.

Megan Stabbe, a nurse at Skin Specialists P.C. who works with Joel Schlessinger MD, attended the 2012 conference. She describes how the interactive style of the conference helps the participants. Megan was able to see the newest procedures performed and was able to ask questions so she can treat her patients to the best of her ability. Nurses and cosmetic surgeons can take this education and apply it to their practices all across the country.

Natasha Mohr, the Cosmetic Surgery Forum Event Coordination, also notes in this video that individuals who get to engage with Joel Schlessinger MD and other professionals take away a better understanding of the information.

Watch more videos of Dr. Joel Schlessinger here.