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  • September 2013

  • Skincare Researcher Dies
    Albert Kligman recently passed away at the age of 93. He was the one who came up with the term "Photo-aging" to describe the aging of the skin caused by the sun. He is credited with being the first dermatologist to demonstrate a link between sun exposure and wrinkles. Other Kligman research efforts include the acne and wrinkle drug Retin-A.

  • Super Skincare?
    What are your thoughts on the Unilever commercial during the big game yesterday, featuring the new Dove men's skincare?

  • Humidity for Skincare
    During colder, drier months it helps to run a humidifier to prevent dry, chapped skin. Use of this dryer vent may help increase the humidity levels in your home, which is good for skincare, as well as keeping your heating bills down by capturing warm air from the dryer and sending it back into your home instead of outdoors.

  • New Skincare Treatment for Melasma
    Melasma, or "mask of pregnancy" is a hormonal disorder causing dark patches on the skin. It affects 45 million women worldwide.

    A new skincare treatment for this condition is called Fractional Laser Resurfacing and it helps to stimulate collagen production once the laser columns penetrate the skin, causing tiny wounds.

    Further treatments are required for maintenance over time, so it's best to avoid getting this condition in the first place. Once you get it, it's hard to get rid of.

    Two methods to prevent the onset of Melasma are staying out of the sun and tanning booths, and wearing a sunscreen of at least 30 SPF with a zinc oxide content of 10%.

  • Happy New Year! Make Good Skincare Habits Your New Years Resolution
    Here's wishing everyone a safe, happy and prosperous New Year! Resolve to keep up your skincare regimen and/or practice better skincare habits. Stay tuned here to in this new year for great tips and information.

  • Razor Bumps
    Razor bumps are an annoyance, but you can easily avoid them by following these tips.

  • Money-Saving Shaving Tip
    To make your razor blades last extra long, try drying them thoroughly after each use. You'll find you won't have to replace them as often.

  • Antioxidant Skincare for Melanoma
    Further research is needed to determine safety and effectiveness, but a recent pilot study showed that an antioxidant called N-acetylcysteine (NAC) might protect moles against UV-induced oxidative stress. This may mean that people with an increased risk for melanoma could take an antioxidant "sunburn pill" prior to sun exposure.

  • Telangiectasia
    Telangiectasia is the name for red marks on the skin caused by small blood vessels becoming dilated. Contributing factors include...

  • Skincare by Snail
    Wow, from fish that feast on feet (see Fish Pedicure) to bird poop facials, and now skincare with snails! A Chilean firm is hawking Arenscaracol, a line of skincare products featuring snail slime. Not just any snail slime, mind you. Their website states it is "100% pure and natural snail slime extract."

  • Obagi Nu Derm
    The skincare program known as Obagi Nu Derm. Notes, news and reviews of this highly-acclaimed product.

  • Skincare and Colon Health
    PLEASE look after the health of your colon! Not only can it be beneficial as far as skincare goes, it may also save your life. I lost a loved one recently and the doctors believe the cancer began in the colon and spread from there.

  • I'm So Blue
    Paul Karason was back on the TODAY show this morning to show the world that his skin is still blue. He's got a case of argyria, which came from the over-use of colloidal silver he used to treat a case of dermatitis. His skin remains a strange shade of bluish-gray. He still takes the silver concoction, just not as often as he used to.

  • Sunless Tanning Lotion and Fingernails
    If you don't wear gloves when applying sunless tanning lotion, make sure that when you wash your hands you wash your fingernails really well, too. The lotion can stain your fingernails.

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  • This Really Chaps...
    This has never happened to me before. I went through an episode last weekend (June 21st) where I developed chapped lips beginning on Sunday. I thought I was just dehydrated, but that wasn't the case. On Monday morning when I woke up, my lips were swollen and the edges were tender, dry and flaky.

    I began by applying Chap Stick and then also incorporated Carmex. On Tuesday, the swelling had gone down but I still felt like I had big sausage lips, so much so that I canceled a sales appointment. The outer edges of my lips were still dry just like the day before.

    Wednesday the chapped condition had spread to the entire lip area and the area around my nostrils, so it appeared that I had a raw red nose as if I'd been suffering from a cold. I decided to pull out the big guns and I bought a homeopathic remedy of calendula gel and I began to use it more than the other two items I'd been using.

    Thursday was more of the same, as was Friday but by Saturday it was just the middle part of the lower lip that was chapped. That condition continued on Sunday. Now it's Monday the 29th and despite a bit of chapping beneath my lower lip, all is well and back to normal.

  • 12 Years and Counting!
    This month marks my 12th year of working in the skincare industry! I love this field and I enjoy what I do. Here's to 12 more years (at least!)

  • Antibiotic-Resistant "Super-Acne"
    Resistant to antibiotics, and a contributing factor to staph infections, a new form of extra-strength acne is gaining a foothold.

    A combination of different acne-fighting therapies will likely have to be used to combat this latest "strain".

  • Share Your Best Skincare Tip or Trick!
    We'd love to hear your favorite skincare tip/trick. Whether it's a time-saver or just a handy piece of information, share it here!

  • Don't Cleanse Your Eyes
    Facial cleansers are typically not meant to be used in the delicate eye area. Doing so may cause irritation. Instead, use an eye makeup remover. It's specially formulated to safely clean away any eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara. Contact lens wearers should read the label carefully and remove their lenses accordingly.

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