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Toxic Fragrances Cause Contact Dermatitis

FRAGRANCE CAUSES –  SKIN BURNS OR BROWN AGE SPOTS

Have you ever noticed that some ladies have distinct brown discoloration on areas such as the neck, décolletage and even on and behind their ears! This condition is a direct result of daily application of perfume to these areas.

Some perfumes even contain bergamot, a fragrant fruit that is photosensitive, meaning that it can cause aging spots or brown spots on your skin when it combines with the sun on your skin. The solution: spray perfume on your clothes instead of directly on your skin. Age spots are flat, brown, gray, or black spots on the skin.

Your favorite perfume or cologne is likely to contain alcohol, which when applied to your exposed skin during daylight hours, causes it to become photosensitive to sunlight. This means your skin is more likely to suffer from sunburn, leading to wrinkles, pigmentation and possibly even skin cancer.

So basically, applying perfume directly to the skin will accelerate burning; which in turn, sunburn causes wrinkles and pigmentation.

Contact dermatitis is a fairly common effect of perfume on the skin. This can cause your skin to develop a red, itchy rash that can be quite painful and even blister and become infected, depending on the severity of your reaction to the product. Those who use certain products regularly increase their risk of a severe reaction and even chronic skin disorders, such as eczema.

 

Safe Skin Perfume Tips:

  • – Spray your perfume onto your wrists. (Just don’t rub them together – this bruises the notes, altering the scent.)
  • – Squirt your delicious smelling smell onto the skin under your clothes. (Avoid spraying it onto your actual clothes – fragrance can stain fabrics!)
  • – Heat helps emit the perfume from your body, so any body parts like your inner elbows and knees are also wonderful places to spray.
  • – Oh, and spritzing your fragrance on your hair does leave a lovely lingering scent, but the alcohol can also dry out your strands so be careful when doing this. (Try spritzing your hair brush instead.)

 

 

Preventing Barber’s Rash: Men Shaving Tips

Preventing Barber’s Rash.

It’s the timeless battle in which every black man often experiences head-on.  The vicious and often ferocious battle between the razor and ultimately those nuisance soldiers called razor bumps.

Which leads to the age-old question….

“WHY DO BLACK MEN SUFFER FROM RAZOR BUMPS (PSEUDOFOLLICULITIS BARBAE)…MORE”

Short answer – razor bumps are caused by shaving. Sometimes when a hair is cut off at the point where it exits the skin, it can curl back and start growing inwards. These ingrown hairs cause irritation to the hair follicle, which swells into a small red lump that looks a bit like a pimple. A razor bump forms when a hair that has been cut off close to the surface of the face turns around and begins growing back into the skin.

This painful process only affects about 20% of Caucasians, while various sources claim that between 60-80% of black men are affected.

The main reason why black men get razor bumps more often than their white or Asian counterparts is because the type of curly hair is particularly likely to become ingrown. Black men often have coarse or curly hair, which may lead to razor bumps and ingrown hairs. “People with darker skin often are susceptible to inflammation, such as that caused by razor bumps; along with hyperpigmentation,” says Dr. Lawrence Jaeger, DO of Advanced Dermatology Associates in NYC and the Bronx.

Razor bumps form as new strands of hair curl back, puncture, and re-enter the skin while growing. Although not a serious health problem, these bumps are by no means pretty and can be a nuisance. They can fill up with puss, cause skin discoloration, or give rise to keloidal scars. The worst part is that razor bumps itch and cause quite a bit of discomfort. And when these pustules develop an infection from staph bacteria, they turn into a more serious skin disorder called Barber’s rash or folliculitis.

Also, darker skin is more prone to keloid scarring, which can develop if razor bumps are left untreated. Which is why it is especially important for black men to learn how to prevent and treat this common skin condition or seek dermatological treatment.

Black Men Shaving Tips: Preventing Barber’s Rash

SHAVING TIPS – Black or Darker Skin People Should:

  • Always use a sharp razor blade and discard old blades after 4-5 uses. You might think this is excessive, but dull blades force black men to go over the same area of skin again and again, increasing the chances of irritation and improperly cutting hair. This goes for electric razors, too: replace the blades after every few months of use.
  • Reduce your number of shaves by shaving every other day. Giving the skin time to heal will allow hairs to grow straight through the skin’s surface, without forcing too-short hairs back into the skin. Frequent shaving too close to the skin will trap hairs inside the follicles.
  • Exfoliate! Exfoliate! Exfoliating with a gentle scrub like Microfine Face Scrub removes the top layer of dead cells and allows hairs to grow out more easily. It also helps soften skin, clears pores and evens out patchy skin tones.
  • Many African-American men benefit from using a single-blade razor, or a Deep Edge razor. Most dermatologists will encourage patients who suffer from razor bumps from using triple or quadruple blade razor systems. They exponentially increase the  potential for razor bumps. The closer the shave, the worse the razor bumps will be.
  • Always shave in the direction of hair growth. While shaving upward seems to give a closer shave, shaving in the hair’s direction reduces irritation and the likelihood of hairs growing back into the skin. Don’t pull skin taut when shaving since this can also cause ingrown hairs to form.
  • Soften hairs before shaving by massaging warm water into the beard area and then applying a professional-grade, highly-lubricating shave cream. Allow it to sit on the face for a minute or two to completely coat hairs before shaving.
  • Follow a shave with an after-shave solution that contains hydrating ingredients like aloe, witch hazel and tea tree extract like Post-Shave Repair to cut down on redness and discomfort. Stay away from products that contain alcohol since this can dry skin out and provoke an ashy appearance in black skin.
  • Resist the urge to pluck ingrown hairs out. A new hair will just grow again, and you’ll be facing the same exact problem…even worse. It can become irritated.
  • Most importantly, take your time when shaving. Stop that 30-second shave on Monday morning. Taking your time to shave slowly and with care can dramatically reduce nicks, cuts and abrasions that can aggravate razor bumps.
  • Aloe Vera is your best friend because it acts as a moisturizer which will help speed up the healing process of the razor bumps. Aloe Vera also helps with the burning and soothing pain or discomfort.

Three Expert Tips To Clearer, Cleaner, Brighter Skin

Three Expert Tips To Clearer Cleaner Brighter SkinNYC Dermatologist Lawrence Jaeger, Medical Director of Advanced Dermatology Associates in New York provides useful health & medical tips on achieving your optimum health.

As the season slowly changes from summer to fall, the onset of skin rashes and acne becomes more prevalent due to the associated weather, heating or moisture changes. To avoid the “red itchy syndrome” or potential skin irritation to your face, here are our skin care tips to having clearer and cleaner skin.

It’s simple. The more you take into consideration of what touches your face – i.e. pillow, cell phone & hands — becomes the basis for establishing healthier skin.

Three Expert Tips To Clearer, Cleaner, Brighter Skin:

1. Leave Your Face Alone.

It’s hard to realize this, but throughout the day we touch our faces too much. That wouldn’t really be a problem, except for the fact that we’re constantly touching tons of other surfaces, making our hands a Petri dish for germs and other unwanted bacteria. That subway pole you held on to…or the infamous amounts of buttons, bells or door-knobs touched.

  • Did you know that there could be over 332,000 bacteria on the human hand?…basically over 4,700 different strains too.

Therefore…

    • Wash your hands more, especially during the fall/winter months when germs are more abundant. It’s suggested that to wash your hands for 20 seconds (singing the tunes of “Mary had a little lamb” or “Happy Birthday”  TWICE –  can rid your hands of over 200 germs).
    • Keeping hand sanitizer in your bag can be another great option. Not sure or confused about the different hand sanitizers available? 

2. Clean Your Smartphone.

Another big but unnoticeable way your skin could be sprouting rashes, blemishes and breakouts is related to your cell phone. Considering that it’s always in your hands; placed down or left on many types of surfaces, and then it touches directly your face. Yes, your cell phone is a major germ center.

    • Did you realize that the average cell phone has 18 times more bacteria than a toilet?! Even worse is our phones are breeding grounds for bacteria.
    • Not only are they overloaded with germs, they are harboring bacteria that we should not be in contact with, such as E. coli,MRSA and the flu.  In other words, your toilet is cleaner than your iPhone or Android.

However, the amount of germs on a phone solely isn’t the  problem — it’s the sharing of phones between other people.

So basically strive to keep your dirty expensive germ ridden phone in a cover/wrap and use antibacterial wipes and even buying headphones with a mic. Always use your own phone.

3. Cleaner Pillow Talk.

Ever went to bed with your skin looking just fine but woke up with a big red blemish or nasty pimple outbreak?

Another culprit in the struggle for clear skin could be where you rest your head every night. Just consider what is in the pillow you lay your face on night after night… everything from dirt, oil and dead skin cells get trapped there, which may lead to acne. Often times, people always raise comments about grimy sheets, but they forget to change the pillows on their beds. Which is just as worse, as dirty pillows can harbor a host of critters and debris.

The solution…

Basically you should change your pillows “Every three weeks for the outer cover, and every three months for the pillow itself”.

Everyone was the best of health but if you’re looking for healthier skin, nails, lip and hair, it’s accomplished through a better understanding of how the little things you’re doing can either make you better or break you. Establishing this mindset is no different with your skin, hair or nail care.

The better understanding that you have could be the difference. As you can be your own worst enemy when it comes to the root causes of your skin outbreaks or acne. But as with anything in life, it’s about focusing on the simple “little” things by applying three tips to reach your desired skin health.

Halloween Face Paint – Trick, Treat & Toxic.

 

Halloween is this week and the costumes are already in place to be adorned by children and adults. Halloween face-paint is all the rave. It’s the art of creation that makes any relationship with a makeup artist, a very prized one. But just how safe is the paint you’re about to smear all over your little one’s and your own face?

HALLOWEEN FACE PAINT – TRICK, TREAT OR TOXIC.

If you’re using face paint to add to your look this Halloween, it’s important to make sure you’re choosing the right products to avoid any harmful effects or skin reactions.

According to a report in 2009 by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC), a national coalition of nonprofit groups working to eliminate harmful chemicals from personal care products.

After testing ten major kids face paints sold in the US, the study found that all ten of the face paints tested contained lead.

Six out of the ten face paints tested contained the known skin allergens, nickel, cobalt and/or chromium, at levels far exceeding the recommendations of industry studies.

Yes, the amounts were low – but, as Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) points out, there’s no safe level of lead exposure, which is why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends protecting children from it.

Unfortunately things haven’t changed since then in the industry, as a recent report by (CSC)“Pretty Scary 2: Unmasking Toxic Chemicals in Kids’ Makeup was spearheaded by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and released by the Breast Cancer Fund and the California Public Interest Research Group. The report comes courtesy of the Breast Cancer Fund (BCF), which sent 48 different Halloween face paints to an independent lab to have them tested for the presence of heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead, and mercury. Nearly half the paints had trace amounts of at least one heavy metal, and some contained up to four different ones. Paints with dark pigments were more likely to contain heavy metals — and at high concentrations.

The report says that of the 48 Halloween face paints tested, 21 had trace amounts of at least one heavy metal and some had as many as four. Lead was found in nearly 20 percent of the paints and cadmium in nearly 30 percent.

Lead is linked to learning disabilities and developmental problems in children and cadmium is linked to breast, kidney, lung and prostate cancers, according to the report.

No Regulation On Makeup. 

So, how and why are these harmful products permitted in face paint, even though lead has been banned in regulated products like house paint for decades?

Unfortunately make-up is not regulated. The law does not require cosmetic products and ingredients, other than color additives, to have FDA approval before they go on the market.

Therefore the consequences of lead exposure are serious and rampant. The California Department of Public Health Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch website states that lead poisoning can harm a child’s nervous system and brain when they are still forming.

  • Lead can lead to a low blood count (anemia).
  • Small amounts of lead in the body can make it hard for children to learn, pay attention, and succeed in school.
  • Higher amounts of lead exposure can damage the nervous system, kidneys, and other major organs. Very high exposure can lead to seizures or death.

Halloween face paint

The Safest Options.

Since all of the v contained lead, and none of the metals they found were listed on the ingredient labels, the CSC actually recommends avoiding Halloween face paint altogether until safety standards are put in place. CSC urges parents that, if they do choose to use face paint, they keep it away from kids’ mouths and hands so they don’t ingest it.

  • Go Natural: Homemade is the way. Make your own dyes and colors. The CSC has provided some DIY recipes using food or natural food coloring on their website.
  • “Say No” To Paint Kits: Don’t use paint kits. Professional face paint is actually cosmetic makeup that is made with ingredients that are safe for use on the skin. Halloween face paint kits often contain dyes or color additives that are not FDA-compliant. Never use craft paint, acrylic paint, markers or pens on the skin, which can cause an allergic reaction and can be very difficult to remove. Use cosmetic makeup products will come off easily using only soap and water.
  • Do a Patch Test (Skin Allergy): Patch testing may help to find the cause of allergic contact dermatitis.Whenever you use a new makeup product on yourself or your child, you should always do a patch test to check for sensitivity. “Non-toxic” doesn’t mean it won’t cause a skin reaction. Take a small amount of the product and apply it on the inside of your elbow. Watch for any kind of immediate reaction after about 20 minutes or so.
  • Wash Off With Soap & Water: Most of the times face paint products wash off with mild soap and water. For best results, remove with a high quality baby wipe or baby shampoo, water and a wash cloth. Avoid using low cost baby wipes, as these can be irritating to young children’s skin.
  • Moisturize Your Skin Post-Removal To Avoid Irritation: To reduce your chances of any skin irritation, breakout or redness, Alice and Pressler believe that it’s best to prepare you face and body before even applying the paint to begin with. Make sure that the makeup is put on to clean, dry skin and steer clear of painting over any wounds or rashes.
  • Also be sure to include a smoothing on a gentle skin moisturizer post-removal. “You can use Olay, Burt’s Bees or something from a health foods store. If you’re skin is really irritated, try an ointment like Lucas PaPaw,”

Three Areas to Restore Youth And Vitality Using Dermatology

Three Areas to Restore Youth & Vitality Using Dermatology

Youth-restoring Dermatological treatments used to be all about the face and hands, but that’s a thing of the past. Now, you can improve body parts once previously ignored by the anti-aging industry. In addition to your face, hands and feet, do you know there are others areas where Dermatological Treatment can help restore your youth and vitality? We’ve listed “Three areas to restore youth and vitality outside of the normal areas – frown lines, earlobes, hair loss & balding.”

“Three areas to restore youth & vitality outside of the normal areas – frown lines, earlobes, triceps, hair loss.”

  • Split & Torn Earlobes: 
    • The Causes The causes can vary depending on the case. Torn or split earlobes can happen as the result of continuous wearing of heavy earrings or can be a result of unfortunate accidents or incidents. More often earlobes get torn out as a result of pulling the earring with excessive force – ripping out of the earring.

Split earlobes are commonly presented to plastic surgeons and the recurrence rate is high.

As if you needed any video, but when it happens to Beyonce “Rips Ear”, the Queen Bey – The singer was performing for fans at her Tidal X: 1015 performance at the Barclays Center in New York on Saturday night, when one of her earrings (in her outfit, above) appeared to get accidentally torn from her ear, causing some bleeding. That’s proof enough that it can happen to the rest of us.

Nickel allergy is another one of the most common causes of allergic contact dermatitis — an itchy rash that appears when your skin touches a usually harmless substance. This allergy is commonly associated with earrings and other jewelry used for body piercings and can be found in many everyday items, such as coins, necklace clasps, watchbands and eyeglass frames.cutbeyonce-640x480 (Three Areas Restore Youth, Lawrence Jaeger)

Treatment & Remedy: Splits in the ear can be sewn up quickly. It’s also recommended that ears aren’t re-pierced near the scar; or that you wait at least six months before doing piercing again.

  • Wrinkly Earlobes:
    • ‘We often treat wrinkly earlobes as part of the cosmetic face lift,’ says Dr. Lawrence Jaeger. ‘An earlobe reduction can also be done as an individual procedure under local anesthetic. We make an incision where the ear meets the cheek, remove a bit of excess skin and tighten the area.’ Lawrence Jaeger, Advanced Dermatology Associates.

Treatment & Remedy: Speak with your dermatologist regarding laser skin rejuvenation. Laser treatments heat up the underlying skin, forcing collagen production to increase and tighten the skin’s supporting fibers, according to New York’s Advanced Dermatology Associates & Lawrence Jaeger, MD.

Several sessions may be required before results are noticeable; however, once they are obtained, the results are long-lasting.

  • Saggy Triceps:
    • The Causes – From our early 20’s, the collagen levels diminish throughout the body and we lose skin elasticity. Triceps are aged further as they are often exposed to sun. UV rays cause skin sagging, aging or sun spots.

Another cause of sagging, especially under your arms, is excess weight gain or rapid weight loss. Surgery is an option; however loose, saggy skin can be treated with the help of your dermatologist.

  • Frown Lines & Hair Loss:
    • The Causes Frown line don’t happen by chance, but they are a result of aging. As of such, your entire appearance can change when you gain frown lines. Frown lines, appear as the skin on your forehead loses its collagen and elastin over time, which reduces it tautness and smoothness.

Regarding balding or hair loss, there are a variety of conditions that can result in the temporary or permanent loss. Some of those conditions can range from aging and medical (local infections ie fungal or syphilis) or allergic reactions to elements & metals

  1. Nutrient Deficiency: deficiencies in nutrients that negatively affect the hair on your scalp can also lead to sparse or receding hair loss.
  2. Aging: As you get older, your hair generally gets thinner and drier and hair loss gets more common.
  3. Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema): a medical condition that might lead to thin eyebrows and affects about 20% of people in their lives. It’s an inflammation of the skin that creates itchy, red and swollen skin. Common among younger children.
  4. Alopecia Areata: also called spot baldness; Is an autoimmune disease in which hair is lost from some or all areas of the body. Appears on the scalp first; as a noticeable bald spot.

Treatment & Remedy: One form type of treatment could be Botox or collagen injections in the area. Consider taking vitamins and supplements that include Biotin – Also known as vitamin H, biotin is one of the B complex vitamins that help the body convert food into energy.

  • For hair loss and treatments PRP for Hair Restoration and applying a topical solution (drops) on the scalp – i.e. “ADA-5” Topical Solution, which is exclusively distributed through Advanced Dermatology Associates.
  • Other non-surgical options available, try seeking out creams that contain ingredients such as collagen– and elastin-boosting retinol or vitamin C ester, skin-hydrating hyaluronic acid, the antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid and SPF protection.

Restoring youth and vitality definitely requires implementing good resources – i.e. nutrition/diet, exercise & fitness, and even good sleeping/rest patterns… but with a little help from your Dermatologist, you can be on your way to experiencing a younger and more vibrant state of living – by boosting other areas of body other than your face, hands & feet. Schedule an appointment with your local board certified dermatologists to explore all the facts related to your specific health need.

As with any of your normal procedures, you should discuss your work-up and care with a designated physician, like New York’s “leading dermatology group” – Advanced Dermatology Associates and Lawrence Jaeger, MD – in Manhattan (Central Park South/Columbus Circle) and the Bronx.

Debunking The Myths About Your Skin

Six biggest myths about your skin care. (Advanced Dermatology Associates & Dr. Larry Jaeger)
Six Biggest Myths About Your Skin Care.
                                           (Advanced Dermatology Associates & Dr. Larry Jaeger)

How do you know the information and advice you get about your skin is true? Skin care product brands spend millions marketing their products. Your friends probably have as much medical knowledge as WebMD.

With so much misinformation out there, we’re Debunking 6 Biggest Myths About Your Skin Care.

Tanning is harmlessExposure to ultraviolet light, UVA or UVB, accounts for 90% of the symptoms of premature skin aging. Both UVA and UVB radiation can cause skin damage including wrinkles, lowered immunity against infection, aging skin disorders, and cancer.

Acne is caused by what you eatAcne is caused by overproduction of sebum (oil) and obstruction of the pores. The amount of sebum produced by the skin is regulated by hormones only, not food. This includes chocolate, greasy food, soda, and fast foods. These foods do not have any effect on the hormones that regulate sebum production.

Topical antioxidants reverse wrinklesFree radicals play an important role in creating wrinkles. Therefore, it makes sense that antioxidants will make skin more youthful. Unfortunately, there are no good scientific studies that show what type of topical antioxidant is effective. This research is being conducted now, but it is still too early. Right now the only topical product that has been proven to improve wrinkles is Retin-A.

“All-natural” skin care products are best: What exactly does “all-natural” mean? Unfortunately, this term can mean just about anything, and cosmetics companies use it any way they want. All cosmetics and skin care products have synthetic ingredients in them. Because a skin care product is made from a plant does not mean that it is better for the skin than a product created in a lab.

Expensive skin care products are better than inexpensive ones: The cost of a skin care product or cosmetic is absolutely NOT an indicator of effectiveness. The consumer industry would like people to believe that more expensive product have some special ingredient in it that makes it more effective. However, there are many products in every category that are effective and don’t come with a high price tag. “Retinol is one of them—so much science has been done on the value of it. Vitamin C and Vitamin A, have all been proven by science to work.

Men don’t have as many skin problems as women: Untrue, men wrinkle as much as women and they get skin conditions such as acne, seborrhea, atopic dermatitis, and psoriasis just like women. Men also have additional concerns surrounding facial hair. It can be argued that men don’t use sunscreen and protect their skin properly.

 

Dermatology Skincare Clinic Celebrating 25 Years – Advanced Dermatology Associates Central Park South

Dr. Larry Jaeger & Advanced Dermatology Associates - Celebrating 25 Years of Dermatology in NYC and the Bronx, New York.
Dr. Larry Jaeger & Advanced Dermatology Associates – Celebrating 25 Years of Dermatology in NYC and the Bronx, New York.

The “25th Silver Celebration” reflects the medical practice’s contributions in providing New Yorker’s with the best in dermatology care & offering innovative solutions in medical, cosmetic & surgical dermatology.

(PRLeap.com) New York, NYC October 5, 2016: Advanced Dermatology Associates, the leading provider of dermatology and dermatologic healthcare services in the New York & Tri-State area, is pleased to announce its “25th Silver Anniversary Celebration”. Advanced Dermatology Associates – under the direction of Dr. Lawrence (Larry) Jaeger, a highly respected board certified Dermatologist in NYC, has become one of the largest private medical networks for serving the New York and Bronx communities in delivering the best long-term medical care. For over 25 years, Dr. Jaeger and his team at Advanced Dermatology Associates have achieved this level of longevity and success by adhering to a simple mission: Providing all with access to innovative care, that is efficient and cost-effective” – all while offering expert, compassionate care in their state of the art, multi-center healthcare facilities.

“At Advanced Dermatology Associates, the patient truly comes first. It starts with having a medically trained and certified team who are passionate about caring for the needs of our community – and performing it with a superior level of respect and courtesy which everyone deserves. We take no shortcuts in doing the right thing for our patients. It’s because of that, we’ve been become the ‘leading Dermatology provider’ for over twenty-five years!” states Dr. Lawrence Jaeger.

Totaling over 100 years of combined healthcare experience, Dr. Jaeger and his medical providers at Advanced Dermatology Associates are proven leaders in the field of dermatology and are frequently visible on the national healthcare lecture-circuit. Whether through teaching or lecturing, his medical team is directly impacting the future of dermatology and skincare by making the most up-to-date medical techniques available to all industry peers. Dr. Jaeger has also become integral in developing a professional skincare line over the years – this prescriptive line is exclusively available through his medical practices and via online store at www.adv-derm.com. In 2015, the line’s products were chemically reformulated to cater to a more healthy and organic user – i.e. anti-aging & oxidant creams have been infused with uniquely organic elements such as caffeine, green tea polyphenols, herbal extracts and polypeptides.

Currently, Advanced Dermatology Associates boasts five community-based healthcare facilities – one facility in Manhattan with four Bronx locations. The Manhattan facility is conveniently located at 200 Central Park South, a few steps away Columbus Circle | The Shops at Columbus Circle – considered as “NYC’s best shopping and retail destination.” The four Bronx locations (Third Avenue, Fordham Road, Co-Op City and Parkchester) also currently undergoing growth and expansion.

Advanced Dermatology Associates accepts all Insurance Plans, Medicare, Medicaid, Union Plans, PPOs, HMOs and All Medicaid Managed Care Plans. To cater to a diverse and growing patient base, same-day, weekends, and late night appointments are available. Appointments can be booked toll-free: 800-545-SKIN (7546) or (212) 262-2500.

“Stop by during the month of October and celebrate 25 years of skincare services with the team here at Advanced Dermatology Associates. You can personally experience how we’re changing expectations in the ways healthcare is being delivered” expressed Dr. Larry Jaeger.
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About Advanced Dermatology Associates: is a multi-center medical practice in Manhattan & the Bronx. We have proudly served New Yorkers skin, hair and nails with Medical, Cosmetic & Surgical Dermatology. Under the medical practice of Larry (Lawrence) Jaeger, MD; Advanced Dermatology Associates is located in the Columbus Circle area of Manhattan (Central Park South and has four additional Bronx locations (Third Avenue, Fordham Road, Co-Op City & Parkchester) – To schedule an appointment: 1-800-545-7546 or (212) 262-2500 (Day, Evening; Weekend appointments are available) – All Insurance Plans, Unions, HMOs, PPOs – Medicare & Medicaid are ACCEPTED.

Visit: www.adv-derm.com | Follow Advanced Dermatology Associates: (Twitter @AdvDermAssoc), (Instagram @AdvanceDermAssociates), (Google+ @AdvancedDermatologyAssociates), (Facebook @AdvDermNY)

About Dr. Lawrence Jaeger, MD: is a Board Certified Dermatologist and the Medical Director of Advanced Dermatology Associates – forming one of the “largest private medical provider networks” in New York City. Dr. Lawrence Jaeger attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey where he graduated with honors and studied medicine in Missouri. Dr. Larry Jaeger completed his specialty training in the field of Dermatology and was named “Clinical Professor of Dermatology” & “Director of Dermatologic Surgery” as a resident physician at St. Barnabas Hospital. Dr. Jaeger was also appointed “Instructor of Dermatology” at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Dr. Larry Jaeger currently lives in Mamaroneck NY with his wife, Erika, and two sons.

Dr. Larry Jaeger is a member:
American Osteopathic Association
American Osteopathic College of Dermatology
American Medical Association
American Phlebotomy Association
Internal Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons
Visit: www.adv-derm.com; www.doctorlarryjaeger.com | Follow Dr. Lawrence Jaeger: (Twitter @JaegerLarry), (LinkedIn @DrJaeger), (Google+ @ Dr.LawrenceJaeger)

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What’s Causing Your Acne?

What’s Causing Your Acne?Whats-Causing-Your-Acne

Thought you’d waved goodbye to those pimples in your teens? Think again.

Adult acne is on the rise, with one recent study revealing that more than 25% of women in their 40s and 15% of women in their 50s suffer from embarrassing and painful break-outs.

Acne is caused when an excess of the skin’s natural oil (sebum) combines with dead skin cells to block the pores. These blocked pores can then become infected by bacteria that feeds on sebum.

In just the same way that hormones wreak havoc on our skin during the teenage years so, too, are they the main culprit as we hit middle age. This is because testosterone triggers higher sebum production, and as we get older, we produce less estrogen to balance our body’s production of testosterone. Cue more unsightly blemishes.

Acne Develops From Stress On the Skin.

Acne specialist Dr Stefanie Williams says: “Adult acne is at epidemic levels. Increased stress caused by the pace of work and modern life, can all cause or aggravate acne.”

But there are also many other, lesser known, triggers that help unwelcome acne spots to appear.

Clearer-Skin-Care-Acne-Tips

Causes of Adult Acne?

Nasty workout gear & yoga mats:

PROBLEM: Your workout is great for your body, but could be terrible for your skin, especially on your back, chest and shoulders. This is because of “acne mechanica” or “friction acne” as it’s otherwise known, which occurs when tight clothing or straps hold sweat against the skin. The irritation increases sebum production in pores, which leads to whiteheads, blackheads and pimples.

So the helmet you’ve worn while you’re cycling; your sports bra strap or even your tight gym top could all be making your skin break out.

Also watch out for your yoga mat. Bacteria from the floor, feet and sweat can accumulate and transfer to your face.

In a 2012 study from the New York University School of Medicine, gym surfaces were found to be infected with a bacterium that can cause acne, boils and folliculitis. Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicles which causes a nasty acne-like attack of red spots.

Acne Prevention Tip:

First, put a clean towel over your gym or yoga mat when you work out. Wipe down equipment before use. Ensure your gym kit is clean and made of breathable “wickable” materials that hold moisture away from your body.

If you prefer natural fabrics, look for bamboo and cotton mixes which do the same. Make sure nothing’s too tight so sweat doesn’t get trapped and the skin isn’t irritated. Have several sports bras of different styles and use a different one each time so you don’t get rubbing in the same place.

Afterwards, always shower to remove sweat and bacteria, and put on clean clothes. If your acne is painful, see your dermatologist. If it is itchy, ask for anti-fungal treatments and use an anti-dandruff shampoo as a body wash in the shower.

Is Your Shampoo Causing Acne?

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PROBLEM: Acne caused by oily shampoos, conditioners and styling products is so common, it has its own name: “pomade acne”.

Cosmetic dermatologist Dr Rachael Eckel says: “As they are rinsed out in the shower, oily, rich shampoos and conditioners drip over the forehead, shoulders and back, causing acne.

“They can also cause folliculitis, the itchy, acne-like outbreak of spots, on the upper back.”

Greasy hair-styling products can do the same as they tend to transfer from the hair to the skin, especially around the hairline, blocking pores and irritating skin. This is even more likely if you have a fringe, perhaps cut to cover spots in the first place.

Acne Prevention Tip:

Wash and condition your hair at the beginning of your shower and rinse immediately. Then tie your hair up and wash your face and body to remove any oil left behind.

“I encourage patients who are breaking out in new areas, like the forehead or temples, to double-check their hair care products for oily and pore-clogging ingredients like coconut oil, and eliminate them,” says cosmetic surgeon Dr Sam Bunting.

Avoid hair oils completely if you are acne-prone. Try a light, oil-free shampoo.

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PROBLEM: The pressure to stay looking young means skincare creams can be too intensive, too rich or too unsuited to many women’s skin.

“Women today are much more concerned about anti-ageing,” says Dr Williams. “However, often these creams are far too heavy for their skin type and end up blocking pores and causing acne.”

Acne Prevention Tip:

If you have oily skin or acne, avoid putting anything with oil on your face, especially almond oil, apricot kernel oil and oleic acid — a fatty acid found in olive and grape seed oil.

Beware of heavy, pore-blocking — and, therefore, acne-causing —ingredients such as lanolin and cocoa butter particularly if they’re one of the main ingredients.

But beware of the moisturizing agents like Isopropyl isostearate and Isopropyl myristate, used to make cosmetics “feel creamy”.

Try lotions which tackle both ageing and acne.

Drinking Skimmed Equals More Acne

Skim Milk Causing Acne Outbreak

PROBLEM: If you eat a lot of bread and pasta and have swapped full-fat milk for skimmed, you could be damaging your skin.

“As you hit your 40s and 50s, you can become insulin-resistant, which means your body is less able to metabolize sugar,” says Dr Williams. “Starchy foods such as bread and pasta are broken down in the body so they are indistinguishable from liquid sugar. High blood sugar stimulates insulin which can worsen inflamed acne.”

Milk may also be troublesome. While all types of milk are linked with increased acne, a 2007 study found skimmed is the worst.

Women who drank the equivalent of two or more glasses of skimmed milk per day were 22 percent more likely to develop ordinary acne, and 44 percent more likely to develop cystic acne, which causes painful, large and deep spots that don’t come to a head.

Why? Nobody is sure, but it is likely to be because milk contains hormones which can cause an imbalance in human hormones.

The key culprit may be insulin-like growth factor-1, or IGF-1, a natural hormone which seems to increase skin cell growth in the lining of the pores, which then become blocked.

It’s thought that processing milk by removing fat may remove the hormone estrogen which is stored in fat and protects against the male hormones that cause acne.

Acne Prevention Tip:

Stick to a low GI diet — which is rich in high-fiber foods which release sugar slowly into the blood stream, thereby keeping blood glucose levels steady. Also switch to unsweetened almond milk which does not contain hormones.

Cutting out sugar and all starchy, grain-based foods, including bread, pasta, and breakfast cereals. Instead, eating unprocessed protein such as fish, meat and eggs, lots of vegetables and fruit in moderation.

Remember the natural process of fermentation in yogurt breaks down IGF-1, so full-fat yogurt is less likely to trigger acne.

Acne From Washing Your Face Too Much?

PROBLEM: When prone to break-outs, many women try to desperately scrub away oil and sebum build-up. But this can make matters worse.

Cosmetic doctor Mervyn Patterson says the wrong cleansers will dry the skin, causing acne. This is because healthy skin is protected by the “acid mantle”, a fine, slightly acidic film on the surface.

Acne-causing bacteria cannot thrive in an acid environment, but if the skin surface is disrupted by excessive cleansing, the skin becomes alkaline, allowing the bacteria to flourish. This is a particular problem for older women because collagen loss makes their skin thinner, more fragile and naturally less acidic.

“Alkaline soaps and harsh cleansers can easily disturb older skin’s natural barrier,” explains Dr Patterson. “Frequent exfoliation either with abrasive scrubs or harsh acid peels are also damaging and make skin inflamed and sensitive.”

This means that the kind of acne treatments teenagers use to banish their blemishes may simply cause inflammation, redness and soreness in older women.

Acne Prevention Tip:

Avoid soap and foaming cleansers containing sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate, ingredients that break down oil, but can also damage the skin barrier. Instead, use a gentle wash off cleanser.

Most Cosmetic dermatologists, as Lawrence Jaeger; recommend: “Washing your face no more than twice daily for about 40 to 60 seconds, which is enough time to ensure it’s clean without stripping it.”

Fight Wrinkles With Anti-Aging Foods

Dr. Lawrence Jaeger is a Dermatologist with more than 25 years experience treating patients with all forms of skin disorders in New York. Dr. Jaeger recommends that eating nutritional or more natural and organic foods is an excellent method for the prevention or fighting of wrinkles.

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It is well known that certain foods may help acne, but studies have also shown a nutritional diet may help reduce wrinkles and aging. Skin is reliant on good nutrition and essential minerals. By adding a couple foods to your daily diet you may see an improvement in wrinkles or dark spots, as well as delay in skin aging.

Tomatoes: Lycopene (Skin Protection)

Sunscreen is the number one rule of skin care, especially because the sun can cause wrinkles, but did you know that tomatoes can also help protect your skin from the sun? Tomatoes have lycopene, which shield your skin from UV damage and even improves your vascular system. They are also packed with vitamin C and build collagen, which makes your skin look firmer and plumper.

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Berries: Antioxidants, Flavonoids (Healthy Skin Cell  Growth)

If you are looking for a glow to make your skin look younger, eat more berries! Berries are a skin super-food. They are filled with antioxidants, vitamins, flavonoids and probiotics. Berries are a huge component in fighting free radicals and promoting cell regeneration. They can give your skin an overall healthier look.

Green Tea: Antioxidants (Healthy Skin Cell  Growth)

Green tea is also an antioxidant go-to. Green tea can help keep your skin looking young. The tea contains a chemical called EGCG, which helps cells grow properly. Many drink green tea daily because it has so many health benefits, beyond healthy skin. Try swapping your morning coffee for a green tea.

Yougurt & Probiotics: Inflammation Reducer

If your skin has redness or irritation, experts recommend eating more foods with probiotics. Studies have shown that probiotics reduce inflammation and oxidative stress. A common food with probiotics is yogurt. Natural, unprocessed products contain the highest concentration of living probiotics. If you like yogurt, but want even more probiotics to fight redness and irritation, try kefir. Kefir is a cultured milk product with a thinner consistency than yogurt.

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Avocados: Glutathione (Natural, Anti-Aging, Cancer Fighters)

Avocados are not only tasty, but high in glutathione, which is exceptionally anti-aging. They are also high in “good fats.” This will help prevent acne and overall improve your skin.

Drop a few years by adding these foods to your diet. Everyone’s skin is unique and certain foods may help some more than others, but these tips are worth a try.

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