Joel Schlessinger MD discusses the Clarisonic Pedi System

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

As the weather gets warmer, it’s time to prepare for sandal-ready feet. In the winter, dry air depletes skin of essential moisture, causing feet to become rough, cracked and worn. Luckily, Clarisonic’s newest skin care tool is designed to address this very problem. In his most recent presentation, Joel Schlessinger MD answers frequently asked questions about the Clarisonic Pedi Sonic Foot Transformation System.

This skin care tool will soften hardened heels just in time for spring, Joel Schlessinger MD explains.

The Clarisonic Pedi System is designed to smooth and soften rough feet from the comfort of your own home. This set helps you achieve smooth and sandal-ready heels. The full kit includes the device, a smoothing disc, a buffing brush, a hydrating balm, an exfoliating treatment and a foot peel.

Joel Schlessinger MD recommends using the buffing brush as a daily treatment for rough soles. Twice weekly, use the smoothing disc on hardened areas that need a little extra attention.

The Clarisonic Pedi is specifically designed for use on the feet, Joel Schlessinger MD says.

Like all Clarisonic devices, the Pedi is equipped with technology that really works. It features three speeds and an adjustable timer. The system is also water-resistant so it can be used in the shower. However, Clarisonic facial brush heads will not work with this skin care tool. The Pedi device is built with a different motor that is only safe for use on the feet.

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Joel Schlessinger MD explains the benefits of fragrance-free skin care

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

If you have a red, irritated complexion, your skin care products could be to blame. Fragrance is a common irritant that can aggravate sensitive skin. Luckily, there are a wide variety of fragrance-free skin care products available for those with sensitive complexions. In a recent presentation, Joel Schlessinger MD explains how going fragrance-free can benefit your skin.

Red and reactive skin types should avoid products with fragrances, Joel Schlessinger MD explains.

Irritation can occur whether the product’s scent is natural or synthetic. Added fragrances are especially harsh on allergy-prone skin and anyone battling eczema, rosacea or psoriasis. If your skin is red or reactive, Joel Schlessinger MD suggests switching to fragrance-free products, which could help you avoid irritation and inflammation.

Joel Schlessinger MD recommends choosing gentle formulas that soothe sensitive skin.

Joel Schlessinger MD suggests cleansing with a gentle face wash like La Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cream, which will not disrupt the balance of your skin. This soothing cleanser calms redness while removing makeup, oil and other debris.

FixMySkin Healing Body Balm Unscented with 1% Hydrocortisone is the perfect solution for dry, chapped skin. This fragrance-free balm hydrates and heals the symptoms of dry skin, chapped lips, psoriasis, eczema, allergic skin reactions and more.

Joel Schlessinger MD also recommends a sensitive skin care cream to moisturize extremely dry, dehydrated and reactive complexions. Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream soothes itching and irritation while maintaining the skin’s natural moisture levels.

Soothe dehydrated hands with CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream. This hand cream uses ceramides to help repair, restore and protect skin from harmful irritants.

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Joel Schlessinger MD answers frequently asked questions about sun damage

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Sunburned skin is not the only sign of sun damage. Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a “safe” tan. Any change in the color of your skin is a sign of sun damage. In his most recent presentation, Joel Schlessinger MD discusses how to recognize sun damage, the best way to protect yourself and what you can do to reverse existing damage.

Sun damage can cause premature signs of aging and skin cancer, Joel Schlessinger MD explains.

Dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles are a common sign of sun damage. UV exposure creates an uneven skin tone and breaks down elastin in the skin, which gives the complexion a saggy and aged appearance.

Most skin cancer is caused by too much UV exposure. In the early stages, it usually resembles a freckle or a mole that can change in size, shape or color. The best way to avoid skin cancer is through regular visits to your dermatologist. This will also improve your chances of catching it early when it’s easily treatable.

Joel Schlessinger shares tips on how to prevent sun damage.

The best way to prevent sun damage is to avoid direct sun exposure and keep your skin well protected. Apply a daily sunscreen like EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen and avoid outside activities during peak hours when the sun is directly overhead.

Heliocare Sun Protection Pills can give your regular sunscreen a boost. These daily supplements build up your body’s natural defense against UV damage. Wearing a hat and clothing with SPF also help shield your skin.

Joel Schlessinger MD suggests treating existing sun damage with an anti-aging formula like SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum. This serum combines growth factors, peptides and antioxidants to diminish the look of dark spots and wrinkles.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses study that found indoor tanning causes more cancer than smoking

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses the study that found indoor tanning causes more cancer than smoking It’s no secret that indoor tanning is dangerous. To see just how harmful tanning beds can be, researchers recently compared prolonged UV exposure with other negative habits. The study results suggest that indoor tanning may result in more cases of cancer than smoking alone.

Tanning beds are often linked to skin cancer, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger strongly urges his patients to avoid indoor tanning. The UV lamps in tanning beds give off 10 to 15 times more radiation than the sun, which puts users at an even higher risk of developing melanoma.

The study included research that showed how common indoor tanning is among adults and teenagers. Out of the 500,000 people who participated, nearly 36 percent of the adults and 20 percent of the teenagers admitted to using a tanning bed.

Researchers also examined cancer rates and found that the number of skin cancer cases outweigh the number of lung cancer cases each year. While smoking causes around 363,000 cases of lung cancer annually, there are an estimated 419,000 cases of basal and squamous cell carcinomas. Additionally, there are around 11,000 cases of melanoma that could be linked to the use of tanning beds.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is passionate about proper sun protection.

As a board certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Joel Schlessinger is a strong advocate for practicing healthy skin care. He supports the ban of tanning beds for all minors in hopes that it will save future generations from melanoma and other skin cancers.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger also recommends wearing sunscreen every day, even if you aren’t exposed to direct sunlight. He is especially supportive of the use of sunscreen in schools, where many administrators have banned the use of sun protection for children.  Dr. Joel Schlessinger appeared on the Huffington Post last year to discuss the implications of this ban.

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Joel Schlessinger MD answers frequently asked questions about Obagi360

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Obagi is well-known for its impressive anti-aging results, but the products have always been targeted toward correcting existing damage. Obagi360, the brand’s newest line, is formulated for younger patients in their 20s and 30s to protect skin and prevent the signs of aging. In his latest presentation, Joel Schlessinger MD discusses these new products and how they can benefit your skin.

Obagi360 helps address the early signs of aging, Joel Schlessinger MD explains.

This preventative anti-aging line is perfect for patients who are starting to see fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone. The Obagi360 system includes an exfoliating cleanser, a moisturizing sunscreen and a gentle retinol for a complete skin care regimen.

The exfoliating cleanser uses manual and chemical exfoliation to unclog pores and refine skin. It leaves your complexion soft, smooth and prepared for other products. The sunscreen moisturizer soothes inflammation while providing broad spectrum sun protection. This formula also contains potent antioxidants to protect your skin against environmental damage. Finally, the 0.5 retinol will help diminish the signs of aging without irritating the complexion.

Joel Schlessinger MD recommends the Obagi360 system for a simple yet effective anti-aging routine.

For best results, Joel Schlessinger MD recommends trying the Obagi360 System Kit. This starter set contains the full-size cleanser, sunscreen moisturizer and 0.5 retinol. In addition to the retinol included in the kit, Obagi360 also offers a 1.0 retinol for patients who want a stronger treatment. Both formulas use an entrapped form of retinol that provides time-released treatment with minimal irritation.

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