Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares an article on why you should wash new clothes before wearing them

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares an article on why you should wash new clothes before wearing them
People often expect brand new clothing to be clean when they bring it home from the store. But are the clothes clean enough that you don’t need to wash them before wearing? A recent article from The Wall Street Journal titled “Do You Need to Wash New Clothes Before Wearing Them?” might change your mind.

Dermatologists like Dr. Joel Schlessinger suggest washing garments to remove common allergens.

Clothing can often be made of materials that are woven, dyed and stitched together in three different countries. Each country has different laws about chemical use, leaving your skin to suffer. The two main allergens often found in clothing are dye and formaldehyde resin.

Synthetic fabrics require the use of azo-aniline dyes, which can cause a severe skin reaction similar to poison ivy. Dyes can also cause skin to become dry, itchy or slightly inflamed. Urea formaldehyde resin is used to prevent mildew and wrinkling in cotton-polyester blends. Fabrics with this chemical can cause eczema, rashes and irritation.

Clothing can also harbor germs from people who’ve tried it on in the store, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

You have no way of knowing how many people have touched or tried on a piece of clothing before you buy it. Dermatologists have seen cases of lice and scabies that were transmitted from trying on garments in the store. Although lice can’t survive very long without a human host, experts say they attach better to natural fibers than synthetics.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends washing new clothing before wearing to help prevent skin irritation.

Because you never know what has come into contact with your clothing, it’s always a good idea to wash garments before wearing. Dermatologists suggest running all new fabrics through one wash cycle with a double rinse, even if you don’t use any soap. This will help keep allergens, germs or worse from wreaking havoc on your skin.

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Joel Schlessinger MD discusses the importance of growth factors in skin care

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Joel Schlessinger MD discusses the importance of growth factors in skin careEvery so often a new buzzworthy skin care ingredient appears on the market. For the past several years, many people with anti-aging concerns have been turning to products with growth factors, which are known for their ability to rejuvenate skin. In this blog, Joel Schlessinger MD explains the power behind growth factors and why they’re a great addition to any anti-aging skin care routine.

Growth factors help diminish wrinkles, dark spots and other signs of aging, Joel Schlessinger MD says.

Growth factors are natural proteins that send messages between living cells. Their primary job is to tell fibroblast cells when to produce collagen. As we age, our bodies produce lower levels of natural growth factors, leading to a breakdown in collagen and the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.

Topical growth factors help regenerate and repair aging skin tissue. These proteins essentially trick aging skin cells into behaving like younger, healthier skin cells. With continued use, topical growth factors can improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, uneven tone and a rough texture. The result is a more radiant and youthful appearance.

Joel Schlessinger MD recommends adding growth factors to your daily skin care routine.

Growth factors work to maintain elasticity, enhance the skin’s repair process and rejuvenate the complexion. Joel Schlessinger MD recommends adding growth factors to any anti-aging routine.

Dr. Schlessinger suggests Alphaeon Beauty Epidermal Growth Serum, a new serum that pairs growth factors with hyaluronic acid, peptides and antioxidants to help promote the appearance of youthful, rejuvenated skin. In clinical studies, more than 80 percent of patients experienced an overall reduction in the appearance of wrinkles with this serum.

SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum has a best-selling formula of growth factors, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and peptides to hydrate, firm and revitalize aging skin. With continued use, you’ll see results after just one month with best results appearing in three months.

For the delicate eye area, try Neocutis Lumiere Eye Cream (with PSP), which contains a proprietary blend of growth factors, cytokines and interleukins that help smooth fine lines and wrinkles. This hydrating eye cream also minimizes puffiness and dark under-eye circles for a more youthful appearance.

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Joel Schlessinger MD discusses what causes dark under-eye circles

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Joel Schlessinger MD discusses what causes dark under-eye circles
Don’t assume your dark under-eye circles are always from a lack of sleep. There are many reasons why dark circles might form under eyes including age, heredity, allergies, sleep deprivation and stress. In this blog, Joel Schlessinger MD discusses the different causes of dark circles and what you can do to minimize them.

Dark circles under eyes are often considered a sign of aging but they can also be hereditary, Joel Schlessinger MD explains.

As we age, the skin around our eyes becomes thinner and more fragile, exposing tiny blood vessels beneath the skin and creating dark circles. The shadows you see are actually blood flowing through the veins that are located just below the skin’s surface. Loss of elasticity can also contribute to dark circles. As skin loses its ability to regenerate, dark circles become more prominent no matter how much beauty sleep you’ve had.

Darkened pigmentation under the eyes can also be hereditary. Under-eye circles can run in families so, if your parents have them, chances are you will too.

Joel Schlessinger MD recommends his favorite products for minimizing the appearance of dark circles.

The best way to minimize dark circles is to treat the area before concealing discoloration. Joel Schlessinger MD recommends SkinMedica TNS Eye Repair to treat existing damage and prevent future signs of aging around the eyes. This treatment contains growth factors, antioxidants and proteins to diminish dark circles, hydrate dry skin, minimize crow’s feet and soothe under-eye puffiness.

Then, cover dark circles with a concealer that offers additional anti-aging benefits. Teamine Concealer camouflages dark circles with a sheer, natural finish. This concealer contains vitamin C and licorice extract to brighten skin while troxerutin strengthens capillaries to prevent future dark circles. Its anti-aging formula also includes ingredients like peptides, green tea extract and grape extract help minimize other signs of aging.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains why you need to cleanse your skin every morning

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains why you need to cleanse your skin every morning

Most people who wear makeup every day or shower at night are used to cleansing their faces before they go to bed. Why then, if you just washed your face before bed, do you have to cleanse it again in the morning? Dr. Joel Schlessinger is here to answer that question.

According to Dr. Joel Schlessinger, your skin is active while you sleep.

As we sleep, our skin takes advantage of this time to naturally rejuvenate and heal itself. Cell turnover is active while you sleep, which is why many skin care professionals suggest using a night cream. With this cell turnover, however, comes dead skin cells that remain on the skin’s surface and lead to a dull appearance. Cleansing in the morning removes these dead cells to keep your skin looking healthy and vibrant.

Cleansing your skin in the morning is also extremely important to prepare the complexion for your other skin care products. Properly removing excess oil, dead skin cells and debris in the morning allows your anti-aging, acne or treatment products to absorb more easily into the skin.

Sweat and oil can accumulate on the complexion as you sleep, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

If you’ve ever woken up with a layer of shine of your face, it may be sweat that is the result of temperature changes throughout the night. If left on the complexion, sweat can harbor bacteria and clog pores so it is important to cleanse your skin after waking up. If you have oily skin, sebum can collect in your pores over night so using a cleanser in the morning is especially important.

A gentle yet effective cleanser such as SkinCeuticals Purifying Cleanser can help clear pores and refresh your skin in the morning. You can also use a cleansing device such as the Clarisonic Mia2 Sonic Skin Cleansing System to gently exfoliate the complexion and unclog pores.

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Joel Schlessinger MD discusses the dangers of sharing makeup brushes

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Joel Schlessinger MD discusses the dangers of sharing makeup brushes

Early last week, news broke of a woman in Australia who was left paralyzed after she contracted a dangerous infection from borrowing a friend’s makeup brush. Her infection was caused by an antibiotic-resistant strain of staph called MRSA. In light of this recent event, Joel Schlessinger MD highlights the dangers of sharing makeup brushes.

Many people don’t understand the risks of sharing makeup brushes and cosmetics, Joel Schlessinger MD.

Sharing makeup tools can spread harmful bacteria and infections. Everyone has bacteria that sit on the skin’s surface. When you apply makeup every day, these bacteria are transferred onto the brush and end up contaminating your cosmetics. While these bacteria may not be harmful to you, they could be hazardous to your friend’s health.

“I always shudder when I see references in movies to sharing makeup or lipstick,” Joel Schlessinger MD says. “Sadly, this is seen in real life as well and we see the results of it.”

Staph infections are often mistaken for acne breakouts, Joel Schlessinger MD explains.

Approximately one-third of the population carries the staph infection, many times without showing any symptoms. Staph bacteria can cause rashes, redness, blisters, tenderness and swelling.

“Many individuals confuse staph infections with acne and often it is too late to halt the spread when they realize it is more than acne,” Joel Schlessinger MD explains. “For this reason, I implore people to not share brushes and makeup.”

Joel Schlessinger MD hopes stories like this will put an end to such a common practice.

“It is a terrible idea, but common in some industries such as the modeling world and among theatrical individuals,” he says. “I hope that this situation brings light to this significant issue.”

If you think you’ve been exposed to dangerous bacteria, wash your face and hands immediately. Joel Schlessinger MD recommends washing with CLn Cleanser because it contains bleach, a natural antibacterial agent that eliminates germs and bacteria without the worsening of antibiotic resistance.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares an article that highlights the importance of eyelashes

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares an article that highlights the importance of eyelashes
Long lashes are a staple of just about everyone’s makeup look. New research shows that lashes are not only about looking good, however, they also help protect eyes. Here, Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares an article describing Dr. David Hu and his study to help determine the purpose of eyelashes. One huge benefit he discovered was that lashes help protect eyes from dryness.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger notes the importance of this study and how it affects our understanding of lashes.

Throughout the study, Dr. Hu examined the lashes of several different species of mammals and found many similarities. For the majority of species, the lashes were about one-third as long as the eye is wide, which is the ideal length for diverting air flow around the eyes. By diverting air away from the eyes, the lashes help prevent them from drying out which leads to itching, irritation and redness.

LATISSE® is a favorite of Dr. Joel Schlessinger for increasing lash length.

Patients who experience dryness of the eyes may benefit from using LATISSE®, a prescription product that is proven to grow longer lashes. LATISSE® has many benefits and uses which is why Dr. Joel Schlessinger often prescribes it to his patients.

“We know that LATISSE® has many uses, not the least of which is to prevent dry eyes,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “My favorite is still the beautification and enhancement of my patients and their eyes.”

Dr. S. Manjula Jegasothy, a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, also notes the importance of LATISSE® for patients.

“LATISSE® represents a giant step forward in our thinking of periorbital rejuvenation,” Dr. Jegasothy says. “Not only do eyelids need cosmetic enhancement,  eyelashes and eyebrows also thin out significantly as we age and so LATISSE® completes a total eye rejuvenation package. Young people also love it because let’s face it, everyone loves to have long lashes without applying mascara every single day!”

LATISSE® can be prescribed by your dermatologist to improve the thickness, length and darkness of lashes. There are also several non-prescription products that help keep lashes healthy. RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner contains peptides and botanical extracts that nourish lashes and Jan Marini Lash Eyelash Conditioner creates healthier eyelashes with hydrating ingredients. While these products do not reverse or cure lash loss, they do promote healthier lashes that are less likely to become damaged.

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Joel Schlessinger MD discusses the 2015 American Academy of Dermatology conference

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Joel Schlessinger MD and discusses the 2015 American Academy of Dermatology conference

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) holds an annual educational conference to discuss the latest developments in skin care and dermatology. Last weekend, Joel Schlessinger MD and his team attended the conference, enjoying lectures, viewing exhibits and meeting with other professionals from across the country.

“The team and I attended AAD for the 25th time in my career as a dermatologist,” he says. “Truly, it is the best way to get a pulse of what is happening.”

The AAD meeting is a chance for Joel Schlessinger MD and other professionals to learn about new skin care products and procedures.

The 2015 AAD conference featured new treatment options that dermatologists will be able to incorporate into their practices. Joel Schlessinger MD looks forward to offering these new treatments for his patients.

“This year, there was a bit of excitement for ATX-101, the new chin fat buster that we did the clinical trials on here in Omaha,” he says. “Additionally, the work on Revance’s topically applied alternative to Botox seems to be back on track.”

Joel Schlessinger MD finds the annual AAD conference beneficial for both himself and his staff.

After attending for many years, Joel Schlessinger MD still appreciates the educational value of the annual AAD meeting.

“As always, it is a great time to get the team up to speed on everything dermatology and learn about the advances that will benefit my patients,” he says. “It is a terrific meeting and one that sets us apart from other clinics and websites due to our attendance and attention we pay to the science behind our products and procedures.”

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Joel Schlessinger MD recommends daily supplements that keep skin healthy

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Joel Schlessinger MD recommends daily supplements that keep skin healthy

An easy way to keep yourself healthy and make sure you are getting the proper nutrition is to take a multivitamin daily. If you choose the right formulas, your daily supplements can also help you maintain healthy skin, hair and nails. Here are some of the best skin care supplements, according to Joel Schlessinger MD.

Certain supplements can help protect skin against damage and boost your health, says Joel Schlessinger MD.

Sun damage is one of the major causes of aging and signs of damage on the complexion. To amp up your regular sun protection, Joel Schlessinger MD recommends taking Heliocare Sun Protection Pills. The key ingredient in this supplement is calaguala leaf extract, a potent ingredient with antioxidant properties. It helps improve the body’s tolerance to UV rays and helps skin maintain its immune response to sun damage. While these supplements improve your skin’s protection, they do not replace sunscreen so you should continue to apply a topical sun protection product daily.

As we age, our metabolism slows down, which can result in the appearance of cellulite as well as dull, sluggish skin. Along with a healthy diet and lifestyle, Elemis Body Enhancement Capsules – Cal-Metab Plus can improve microcirculation and boost metabolism. These supplements encourage the body’s natural fat burning process to keep it working properly.

Joel Schlessinger MD recommends supplements for thinning hair and brittle nails.

Healthy hair and nails cannot grow without the proper nutrition. PHYTO Phytophanere Dietary Supplements are made with botanicals that contain vitamins, fatty acids and antioxidants to improve hair and nails. Studies show that 95% of user saw improved results after three months. To encourage more growth, you can take Viviscal Professional Supplements. This formula contains the AminoMar complex, which nourishes thin hair that is prone to breakage to encourage more growth.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains how enzymes help your skin

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains how enzymes help your skin

Dermatologists, beauty gurus and makeup artists will all tell you how important exfoliation is to maintain healthy, radiant skin. For some people though, scrubs can be too abrasive for the complexion. To get the same exfoliation, cell renewal and radiance without the need for harsh scrubbing, you can use products with enzymes. Here, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains the benefits of this ingredient and how to incorporate it into your routine.

What are enzymes? Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

On the top layer of our skin are dead skin cells. These cells prevent skin from renewing itself, resulting in a rough texture and dull appearance. Exfoliation is necessary to remove this debris and keep the complexion looking youthful and radiant. Enzymes are ingredients that break down dead cells that sit on top of the complexion.

Enzymes can be found in many natural sources such as papaya, pineapple and pumpkin. Cleansers, treatment products and masks containing enzymes can be added to your regimen to encourage skin renewal, keep pores clear and fade signs of aging without the need for a powerful chemical or physical exfoliant.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends his favorite products with enzymes.

For daily exfoliation using enzymes, cleanse with Revision Skincare Papaya Enzyme Cleanser. This face wash contains papaya fruit extract to gently exfoliate and reveal a brighter complexion. You can also treat your complexion weekly with LovelySkin Pumpkin Clarifying Mask. Pumpkin is a natural source of enzymes and this mask helps keep pores clear so it is ideal for acne-prone skin.

One of the main benefits of enzymes is that they are more easily tolerated by those with sensitive complexions. If regular exfoliators leave your complexion red, inflamed and flaky, use a gentle enzyme treatment such as Phytomer Peeling Vegetal Exfoliant. The formula contains enzymes as well as hydrating ingredients to keep skin healthy.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses the link between skin and psychology

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses the link between skin and psychology

The American Psychological Association recently published an article titled “The link between skin and psychology,” which focuses on the relationship between psychological and dermatological problems. The field of study, called psychodermatology, embraces the idea that common skin conditions are affected by psychological issues. In this blog, Dr. Joel Schlessinger sheds light on this idea and why we shouldn’t always blame skin conditions on stress or other psychological factors.

It’s difficult to prove skin conditions are caused by stress, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

According to the APA, psychodermatology focuses on “skin problems affected by stress or other emotional states, psychological problems caused by disfiguring skin disorders, and psychiatric disorders that manifest themselves via the skin, such as delusional parasitosis.” Psychodermatology is common in Europe but not as commonly noted in the United States.

“I think this is a really easy thing for some doctors to blame skin conditions on stress, but stress is very difficult to prove as a cause as it is nearly impossible to reproduce or quantify,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “Therefore, the onus of improving the disease is placed onto the patient (‘You are causing your disease’), rather than the physician. That doesn’t seem fair to me and would only serve to increase a patient’s stress level.”

Dermatologists should holistically treat skin conditions, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Even if stress does play a role in worsening skin conditions, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says patients shouldn’t have to treat themselves. Instead, he prefers to do what he can as a dermatologist to treat their concerns using more traditional methods in combination with other natural and environmental factors being addressed when necessary.

“Stress is something that is part of everyone’s life and while we all try to be care-free, we can’t be in most cases,” he says. “Therefore, I would rather try to focus on what I can change as a dermatologist and avoid throwing salt on the wound by insisting on a daunting task for my patients in order to treat their condition. This doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try to be as stressful as possible and work on improving it when we can, along with other natural and holistic treatments, however.”

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