Joel Schlessinger MD and his son, Daniel, awarded a patent for FixMySkin Healing Balm

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Joel Schlessinger MD and his son, Daniel, awarded a patent for FixMySkin Healing Balm                                                                                                                                                                                         Joel Schlessinger MD and his son, Daniel, were recently awarded the patent for their FixMySkin Healing Balm with 1% Hydrocortisone. This unique formula was developed with hydrocortisone to not only moisturize, but also treat and heal the skin. A quick swipe will relieve itching and heal dry skin, chapped lips, psoriasis, eczema, insect bites, poison ivy, seborrheic dermatitis and allergic skin reactions to cosmetics and other products.

This unique balm was created to soothe chapped fingers, Joel Schlessinger MD explains.

FixMySkin Healing Balm was invented seven years ago when young Daniel Schlessinger struggled with dry, chapped skin on his hands in the middle of winter. Daniel put lip balm on his chapped fingers and wondered if there was a balm made specifically for this concern that really worked. His father, board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon Joel Schlessinger MD, and he were made it their mission to find out.

After thousands of hours of research, product development and testing, FixMySkin was born. Joel Schlessinger MD and Daniel worked to find a cosmetically elegant formula that delivered hydrocortisone deep into the skin. Additionally, they formulated the balm with a special combination of waxes that allows the product to remain solid even when warm so it won’t melt in a purse or pocket.

Joel Schlessinger MD says the creation of FixMySkin has been a great learning experience for Daniel.

“The best part of the process was seeing my son, Daniel, progress to learn so much from start to finish,” Joel Schlessinger MD said. “He worked as the go-between with the FDA approval process, oversaw the packaging and claims, and worked with the patent attorney on the trials, ingredients, and application process. No one knew he was a high school student at the time.”

FixMySkin Healing Balms with 1% Hydrocortisone come in vanilla or unscented varieties and they are available in three convenient sizes for the face, lips and body.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger and CoolSculpting featured on KPTM Fox 42 Omaha

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Dr. Joel Schlessinger and CoolSculpting featured on KPTM Fox 42 Omaha                                                                                                                                                                                       A recent segment on KPTM Fox 42 highlighted CoolSculpting as a great way to slim down in time for summer. In the segment, “Freezing Off Your Fat, See How It Works,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses the benefits of CoolSculpting as well as who makes a good candidate for this procedure.

CoolSculpting can give you a slimmer figure in time for summer, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

This non-invasive procedure uses advanced cooling technology to gently and effectively eliminate fat in specific areas of the body. Dr. Schlessinger says the technology works because fat freezes just like water, but at a cooler temperature.

“That kills off the fat so it gently disappears over a period of two to four months.”

With no downtime involved, CoolSculpting is perfect for anyone with an active lifestyle.

“It’s not painful, it just feels a little different,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “It’s a suction rather than anything invasive. People go about their daily lives right afterwards with no problems whatsoever.”

With a new applicator, CoolSculpting can be used to treat other areas, Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares.

CoolSculpting’s new CoolSmooth applicator allows for the treatment of other, non-traditional areas. Unlike regular CoolSculpting, this flat applicator used non-vacuum based cooling to target stubborn, non-pinchable fat. Its unique design fits each patient’s individual shape to provide customized treatment of problem areas.

Visit to learn more about CoolSculpting. If you’re interested in setting up an appointment, fill out an appointment request form or give us a call at 402-334-SKIN (7546).

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends CLn products to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends CLn products to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria A recent study suggests antibiotic-resistant bacteria are commonly found on household surfaces. The “superbug,” known as MRSA, has been a problem in hospitals and nursing homes for a long time. Recent findings suggest these bacteria, which are resistant to antibiotics including penicillin, have also started cropping up in residential homes.

MRSA’s antibiotic resistance poses a problem for the industry, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

MRSA bacteria can cause life-threatening skin infections as well as severe conditions like pneumonia and bloodstream infections. Spread through skin contact or sharing supplies like towels, this bug was often thought to be more of a threat to athletes and people living in close quarters such as military barracks or prisons.

Many professionals like Dr. Joel Schlessinger believe this superbug has spread throughout the population because of antibiotic misuse. When bacteria are exposed to an antibiotic but survive, they can quickly become resistant to that drug.

“The problem is that many soaps actually contain antibiotics, which can lead to bacterial resistance,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger says proper hygiene can help prevent the spread of MRSA.

The best way to help prevent the spread of MRSA is to practice good hygiene around those who have come in contact with the bacteria. Use bleach to clean surfaces they have touched. Bleach is a natural antibacterial that eliminates germs and bacteria without the worsening of antibiotic resistance. It’s also a good idea to wash the person’s bedding and clothes in warm water.

To keep your skin clean, Dr. Joel Schlessinger suggests cleansing with CLn products.

“CLn, which contains bleach, is one of the few antibacterial agents that doesn’t lead to the worsening of our antibiotic crisis in America,” he says.

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Joel Schlessinger MD shares how to treat minor skin wounds

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Minor skin wounds are a part of everyday life. It’s easy to receive cuts and scrapes while living an active lifestyle. In his most recent presentation, Joel Schlessinger discusses what you can do to treat and heal these minor wounds. Learn how to take care of your skin when you cut your finger or scrape your knee with these helpful tips.

Minor wounds are caused by everyday hazards, explains Joel Schlessinger MD.

A wound occurs any time the skin is broken. Minor wounds are some of the most common forms of injury to the skin, often caused by the dangers we encounter in everyday life such as cutting your finger while washing dishes or scraping your elbow on concrete. These small, shallow cuts, scrapes or abrasions can be treated without a visit to the doctor.

Joel Schlessinger MD recommends his favorite products to treat small cuts and scrapes.

To heal scrapes and other minor wounds, Joel Schlessinger MD recommends Elta Hydrovase Wound Dressing Gel, which keeps wounds moist to speed up the healing process. This unique gel also prevents tissue buildup that can cause scarring, itching and irritation. For those with more sensitive skin, Vaniply Ointment has a gentle, hydrating formula that contains no preservatives or chemical irritants.

Many people think it’s important to let a scrape “air out” after a few days, but this is not true. Letting a scab form over the affected area often leads to scarring. To avoid scarring, Joel Schlessinger MD suggests keeping the area covered until the skin is completely healed.

Joel Schlessinger MD also recommends FixMySkin Healing Balm with 1% Hydrocortisone to treat minor skin concerns like insect bites, poison ivy, dry skin, chapped lips, psoriasis, eczema and more. The hydrocortisone in this medicated balm has chemical properties that relieve itching and heal the skin. Additionally, a unique combination of waxes allows the balm to remain solid even when warm so it won’t melt in your pocket or purse.

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Joel Schlessinger MD answers frequently asked questions about NeoStrata Triple Firming Neck Cream

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The neck and décolletage are two hard-to-treat areas that show the most signs of aging. While serums, creams and sunscreens provide excellent protection for the face, the neck and chest areas are often exposed to the sun without the same protection. This leads to wrinkles, dark spots, loss of firmness and more. That’s where NeoStrata Skin Active Triple Firming Neck Cream can help. In his most recent presentation, Joel Schlessinger MD discusses this new firming treatment and how it could benefit your skin.

This firming neck cream diminishes the signs of aging, Joel Schlessinger MD explains.

NeoStrata Skin Active Triple Firming Neck Cream is designed to help reverse the visible signs of aging on the neck and décolletage by building volume and firming sagging skin. This neck cream uses clinically proven ingredients like NeoGlucosamine, NeoCitriate, apple stem cell extract, vitamin E and a pro-amino acid to visibly lift, firm, brighten and plump the neck and chest area. With regular use, this treatment gives the skin a more radiant and youthful glow.

Triple Firming Neck Cream easily fits into any mature skin care regimen, says Joel Schlessinger MD.

For best results, apply NeoStrata Skin Active Triple Firming Neck Cream twice daily. After cleansing, smooth the treatment over your entire neck and décolletage area. Joel Schlessinger MD recommends this neck cream for anyone who wants to address the signs of aging on this hard-to-treat area. Plus, its oil-free and paraben-free formula won’t irritate even the most sensitive skin.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger weighs in on a recent study that suggests Botox could improve your mood

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Dr. Joel Schlessinger weighs in on a recent study that suggests Botox could improve your mood                                                                                                                                                               A new study out of Georgetown Medical School suggests that it might be possible to treat depression by relaxing a patient’s facial muscles with Botox. This injectable contracts the muscles, preventing patients from frowning. The research, which will be published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, followed 74 patients with major depression who were assigned either Botox or a saline placebo. Six weeks later, 52 percent of the subjects who were given Botox showed relief from depression, compared with only 15 percent of those who were given the placebo.

Similar studies have found Botox to have the same effects, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

The results of this study are not entirely unprecedented. A study at Cardiff University found that non-depressed patients at a cosmetic dermatology clinic who received a Botox injection above the eyes frowned less and felt better than those who did not receive Botox. A similar study at the University of Basel found that Botox had a more positive effect than a placebo when given to depressed patients. Further research on the effects of Botox will be able to shed more light on this issue.

Other treatments for depression use similar facial feedback, Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares.

It’s still unclear whether Botox is an effective anti-depressant, but there are a few treatments for depression that use facial feedback in a similar way. Light therapy stimulates the retina, exciting the optic nerve and sending signals directly to the brain. This technique is used to treat seasonal depression. Another method includes direct electrical stimulation of the brain’s vagal nerve, which is thought to have anti-depressant effects.

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Joel Schlessinger MD discusses IPL Intense Pulsed Light treatment

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Many women struggle with dark spots and sun damage. The best way to create and maintain an even skin tone is to pair an in-office treatment with an advanced skin care regimen. In his most recent presentation, Joel Schlessinger MD answers frequently asked questions about IPL, or intense pulsed light therapy. He also recommends a post-treatment skin care regimen that will help you maintain a healthy complexion.

IPL treatment creates a more even skin tone, Joel Schlessinger MD shares.

The IPL treatment uses an innovative technology that helps diminish the appearance of dark spots, discoloration, freckles and uneven skin tone. This gentle, non-ablative procedure uses broad spectrum light to safely treat sun damage. Great for patients with active lifestyles, IPL therapy requires no downtime and has a very low risk of side effects.

An advanced skin care regimen will help you maintain a healthy complexion, says Joel Schlessinger MD.

After receiving an IPL treatment, it is important to maintain your results with an advanced skin regimen. Joel Schlessinger MD recommends using Retin-A, Refissa, Tretinoin or an over-the-counter retinol along with a brightening system like Obagi Nu-Derm. This 7-piece system reduces the appearance of dark spots with 4% hydroquinone. With continued use, you’ll see results in as little as six weeks.

SkinMedica Retinol Complex 1.0 is an excellent over-the-counter retinol product. It minimizes sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles by increasing cell turnover. This retinol can be mixed with Obagi Nu-Derm Blender for enhanced results.

Finally, Joel Schlessinger MD suggests applying a daily sunscreen to protect your complexion against future damage. Wearing sunscreen every day will help prevent dark spots from returning. EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen is an excellent choice because its gentle, oil-free formula won’t clog pores or cause irritation.

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