Joel Schlessinger MD discusses the differences between me smooth and TRIA 4X

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

me smooth Hair Removal Device is the newest at-home hair removal laser on the market. This tool uses revolutionary technology to provide quick, easy and painless treatment. In his latest presentation, Joel Schlessinger MD answers frequently asked questions about how this innovative device compares to TRIA Hair Removal Laser 4X.

Unlike TRIA 4X, me smooth works on all skin tones and hair colors, Joel Schlessinger MD explains.

This at-home hair removal laser is the first and only device that is FDA cleared to be safe and effective for all skin tones and hair colors. me smooth uses Elos technology, which combines both intense pulsed light and radio frequency, to provide permanent hair reduction.

IPL energy is attracted to the pigment in the follicle, preventing dark follicles from growing back. RF technology acts as a secondary heat source to target lighter follicles. Older hair removal lasers only use IPL energy, which is only effective on light skin tones with darker hair.

According to Joel Schlessinger MD, me smooth is easier to use and provides permanent hair reduction in less time.

This at-home hair removal laser is faster, gentler and easier to use than comparable devices. Patients reported a 46% reduction in re-growth after just two weekly treatments with me smooth. Permanent hair reduction can be seen as soon as seven weeks. With TRIA 4X, the same results can take six months or longer to achieve.

me smooth also provides a completely painless experience. The TRIA laser feels like a rubber band snapping against your skin, which increases with intensity at higher treatment levels. With me smooth, the only thing you will feel during treatment is a gentle warming sensation.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains how to deal with pesky blackheads

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Blackheads are an extremely common skin concern, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Chances are if you’ve ever dealt with acne, you’ve also wrestled with blackheads and whiteheads. These bumps create an uneven tone and texture and can be difficult to remove. In this presentation, Dr. Joel Schlessinger offers tips and tricks for getting rid of these blemishes.

Individuals with oily, acne-prone skin frequently experience blackheads, or comedones, however, anyone can develop this issue. These tiny bumps appear dark or black in color and are often seen on the nose, chin and forehead but can also appear on the neck, chest, back and shoulders.

According to Dr. Joel Schlessinger, clogged pores often result in blackheads.

Contrary to popular belief, blackheads are not simply dirt within the pores. Comedones occur when pores become clogged with oil, bacteria, debris and dead skin cells. Certain comedones that remain below the skin’s surface are known as whiteheads and other comedones that are above the surface are called blackheads. This is because when the pore is exposed to air, it causes the debris to change color and darken. Clogged pores can also cause an overproduction of oil, leaving a complexion that appears dull and sluggish.

There are several options available for treating blackheads, explains Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Exfoliation is key to dealing with both whiteheads and blackheads. Physical and chemical scrubs remove dead skin cells that allow debris to become trapped within pores. Treatments such as microdermabrasion and rejuvenating facials can also unclog pores and encourage cell renewal to create a clear complexion.

Certain products such as FixMySkin Acne Care provide daily exfoliation to help eliminate blackheads and whiteheads. You can also use products that absorb excess oil while they exfoliate such as La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo. For more products that address these issues, visit