Joel Schlessinger MD discusses navigating the cosmeceutical market on DermTube Journal Club

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Joel Schlessinger MD discusses navigating the cosmeceutical market on DermTube Journal Club
From the publishers of Practical Dermatology, DermTube offers a wealth of educational videos developed specifically for dermatologists and other industry professionals. Joel Schlessinger MD serves on the advisory board for DermTube and frequently contributes his expert knowledge through videos and other methods. In a recent video titled “Navigating the Cosmeceutical Market,” Joel Schlessinger MD talks to Nancy J. Samolitis MD about how cosmeceuticals are evolving and what effect this has on the skin care industry.

Dermatologists carefully consider products before recommending them to patients, explains Joel Schlessinger MD.

Ever since cosmeceuticals hit the market, many dermatologists have incorporated these products into their practices. Joel Schlessinger MD says that the only way for doctors to know which products are the best for their patients is to try each and every one.

“There are a huge variety of products out there and the benefit that we have as dermatologists is that we don’t just evaluate them based on the color of the tube or whether the product smells good, but we’re going to evaluate them based on their merits,” he says.

Dermatologists evaluate each product by looking at several factors including ingredients, clinical data, safety and affordability. This means that patients can feel good about using products recommended by their dermatologist.

“I think that there are a lot of things that we look at as dermatologists and we scrutinize with a much different eye than the average consumer.”

Joel Schlessinger MD discusses the possibility of the FDA regulating cosmeceuticals.

Recently, there has been some talk of the FDA starting to regulate cosmeceuticals. Joel Schlessinger MD discussed how this could potentially change the cosmeceutical market.

“Based on the FDA’s willingness or unwillingness to introduce sunscreens, I’m a little concerned about . . . the FDA getting cosmeceuticals under their purview,” he says. “At the same time, I like the thought of having some science behind cosmeceuticals and having the ability for companies to have a different track for approval of cosmeceuticals.”

When recommending products to his patients, Joel Schlessinger MD always returns to a few favorites.

Joel Schlessinger MD has tried many products over the years and he always comes back to a couple tried and true formulas.

“When I look for a sunscreen, it’s almost always going to be EltaMD,” he says.

Two of his favorite products from this brand are EltaMD UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 Sunscreen – Untinted and EltaMD UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 Sunscreen – Tinted.

“Additionally, we love products in our practice that have unique things that they treat,” Joel Schlessinger MD continues. “My son and I actually came up with a product called FixMySkin with 1% hydrocortisone in it. This product is a little balm that we can put on and it helps patients that might have dry skin issues, eczema, psoriasis or facial dermatitis.”

Joel Schlessinger MD and Practical Dermatology have partnered up several times over the years.

Practical Dermatology has been a co-sponsor of Cosmetic Surgery Forum since its inception in 2009. Led by Joel Schlessinger MD, this multi-specialty educational symposium focuses on the latest research, treatment and techniques in dermatology and cosmetic surgery. Practical Dermatology has been a valuable partner to Cosmetic Surgery Forum over the last seven years. Recently, the publication has also made significant strides in developing creative outlets to bring relevant content to the field.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger is excited to offer the NuGene product line at LovelySkin.com

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is excited to offer the NuGene product line at LovelySkin.com

As a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Joel Schlessinger is always looking for the latest innovations in skin care. He personally searches for and selects the best skin care products to offer on LovelySkin.com. In fact, these are the very same formulas he recommends to the patients in his clinic. The latest addition to LovelySkin is NuGene, a line of clinically proven anti-aging products that uses stem cell technology to create a more youthful appearance.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is excited to add NuGene products to the LovelySkin lineup. NuGene offers skin and hair care products powered by adipose-derived human stem cells, or stem cells derived from fat, to provide visible anti-aging results.

“I am delighted to carry NuGene as I have followed their products intently for some time now,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says.

NuGene products use growth factors to stimulate collagen production, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

Powered by these unique stem cells, NuGene products help stimulate collagen to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging.

“The concept of adipose stem cells leading to regeneration of collagen and other fibroblasts has intrigued me for years,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “NuGene’s formulation eliminates much of the risk found in other growth factor products while leading to a renewal of our skin’s natural innate resources. Use of these products is a simple way to rejuvenate our skin in combination with other actives such as antioxidants. Moreover, the team at NuGene is phenomenal. I am truly honored to be a part of their family.”

NuGene hopes to reach a wider audience with Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s help.

With its addition to LovelySkin, NuGene’s line of anti-aging and hair care products will now be available to hundreds of thousands of customers across the world.

“We are excited to have our NuGene Skincare products available at LovelySkin.com, one of the nation’s leading skin care destinations,” says Kathy Ireland, Chair, CEO and Chief Designer for Kathy Ireland Worldwide. “We believe our NuGene products are revolutionary as NuGene is unlike anything else on the market today. Aging, sun damage, lines and wrinkles are beautifully addressed by our collection. We thank LovelySkin.com for joining us in offering the greatest innovation in skin care to you.”

The NuGene team is also excited to see how a partnership with LovelySkin will help them grow as a company.

“We are honored and excited by Dr. Schlessinger’s selection of our product line,” says Fady Elias M.D., NuGene’s Director of Professional Business Development. “His endorsement of our products further advances our emerging leadership in this growing industry.”

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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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Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares a study on how your skin is smarter than you think

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares a study on how your skin is smarter than you think
A recent study published in Nature Neuroscience found that your skin processes touch information before sending it to the brain. Researchers from Umeå University in Sweden found that neurons in human skin perform advanced calculations that scientists previously believed only the brain could execute.

The results of this new study are fascinating, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Researchers found that the skin actually calculates geometric data before sending signals to the brain. This allows the neurons in the sensitive skin on your fingertips to send information about how and when an object is touched, as well as details about the object’s shape.

The study also found that the neurons in your fingertips perform the same type of calculations done by neurons in the cerebral cortex. Simply put, your skin is able to process what you’re touch before sending information to your brain.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger says this study shows how complex skin is compared to other organs.

Dermatologists are always reminding patients that it’s important to take care of your skin. As the largest organ in your body, your skin needs proper care to stay healthy. This study proves that skin does more for the body than previously thought.

“I love this study because it shows just how superior the skin is to all the other organs,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “And that makes me even happier to be a dermatologist!”

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Joel Schlessinger MD discusses LovelySkin’s newest products from NuFACE

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

LovelySkin.com is proud to now carry skin care products and devices from the top-rated brand, NuFACE®. The mission of NuFACE® is to help men and women alike put their best face forward. They were among the first to release skin care devices that utilize microcurrent technology to improve the appearance of facial contours, fine lines and wrinkles. Today, they continue to hone and build upon their innovative knowledge.

Joel Schlessinger MD recommends the NuFACE® Trinity Facial Trainer Kit to combat signs of aging.

The NuFACE® Trinity Facial Trainer Kit is the only FDA-approved, handheld facial toning device that is clinically proven to reduce signs of aging. Microcurrent technology gently but effectively stimulates the skin to tone the facial muscles and prep the complexion for serums and other treatments. The original kit comes with the Trinity device, Gel Primer, charging accessories and a user manual. Available for separate purchase are the ELE attachment, which targets lines in hard-to-reach places, and the Wrinkle Reducer attachment, which uses a combination of red, amber and infrared light to diminish signs of aging.

To use the Trinity, you’ll simply apply gel primer and then move the device over your face as directed.

Try these other NuFACE® products alongside your Trinity to achieve the best results, says Joel Schlessinger MD.

To get the most out of your Trinity skin care regimen, Joel Schlessinger MD suggests trying the variety of treatments and serums available from NuFACE®. NuFACE® Optimizing Mist is a great way to keep your gel or cream primer activated while your use your device. You can also spritz it on throughout the day when you need a quick, energizing boost of moisture. If you’re looking to plump and rejuvenate your skin, try NuFACE® Collagen Booster Copper Complex Serum. This serum contains copper to promote healing and a combination of hydrocotyl and coneflower to improve suppleness. The NuFACE® Anti-Aging Infusion Serums Trio is a great way to try out what NuFACE® has to offer on a trial basis. These mini serums each combine powerful ingredients like peptides and vitamin C to lift and hydrate the skin and reverse signs of aging.

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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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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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Joel Schlessinger MD answers frequently asked questions about SkinCeuticals Resveratrol B E

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014


Everyone’s skin can benefit from an antioxidant serum. Antioxidants protect the complexion against environmental damage caused by pollution, smoke, the sun and more. In his most recent presentation, Joel Schlessinger MD shares how SkinCeuticals’s newest antioxidant serum can benefit your skin.

This antioxidant treatment protects your skin while you sleep, Joel Schlessinger MD explains.

SkinCeuticals Resveratrol B E uses the antioxidant power of red grapes to strengthen, repair and protect skin. Active ingredients in this concentrated serum also help boost the skin’s antioxidant defense system to help your complexion repair itself overnight. Resveratrol B E is different from other treatment serums because it offers the triple antioxidant power of resveratrol, baicalin and vitamin E to repair and prevent damage. This serum also uses an innovative delivery system to help these active ingredients work deep into skin.

Joel Schlessinger MD shares how SkinCeuticals Resveratrol  B E helps minimize the signs of damage.

This nighttime treatment repairs skin while protecting the complexion from future damage. With regular use of Resveratrol B E, you’ll see a visible improvement in skin smoothness, firmness, clarity, density and overall radiance.

Because Resveratrol B E is not meant for morning use, Joel Schlessinger MD recommends pairing this product with SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic for all-day protection. In the morning after cleansing and toning, apply four to five drops of C E Ferulic to your face and neck. Then after cleansing at night, apply one to two pumps of Resveratrol B E to your face and neck.

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Joel Schlessinger MD answers frequently asked questions about PMD Personal Microderm Device

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014


Complete skin renewal is possible to achieve without making an appointment at the spa. PMD Personal Microderm Device is a microdermabrasion tool that yields professional-quality results from the comfort of your own home. In his most recent presentation, Joel Schlessinger MD shares how to use the PMD device and what results you can expect.

This at-home microdermabrasion tool rejuvenates the complexion, Joel Schlessinger MD explains.

PMD Personal Microderm Device unclogs pores, improves skin tone, smooths a rough texture, diminishes blemishes and minimizes wrinkles. This tool offers three exfoliating discs that provide different levels of renewal, allowing you to control your own treatment. The blue discs provide sensitive treatment, the green discs provide medium treatment and the red discs provide maximum treatment. For best results, start with the blue discs first, then work your way up to the green and red discs.

PMD Personal Microderm Device makes skin renewal quick and easy, says Joel Schlessinger MD.

This at-home microdermabrasion tool is simple to use. Start by cleansing your skin and patting it dry. Use your free hand to put your skin taut, creating a smooth surface for the tool to glide across. Move the PMD device in an upward motion across the skin. Keep the device moving at all times and do not make more than two passes over one area during the treatment. PMD Personal Microderm Device can be used once a week.

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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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