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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,”

Top 5 PRP Hair Restoration Myths (Hair Loss Treatment)

PRP Hair Restoration treatment has become more widespread due to its effectiveness and to the fact that the treatment is very simple because it utilizes our own body’s regenerating capabilities – which ultimately requires no down-time.

 So, what exactly is platelet rich plasma therapy (prp)?  It’s a procedure that involves taking a small quantity of a patient’s blood (the size of a lab test sample) and rotates it in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from platelets.

However, there are tons of misguided PRP hair restoration myths regarding the treatment which may force many to question how effective, or if PRP is an option to seriously consider.

As all medical conditions are different, please consult with a doctor for a proper diagnosis examination.

Here are our “Top 5 PRP Hair Restoration Myths (Hair Loss Treatment)

Myth # 1 – I’m too young to have a PRP hair restoration treatment session

PRP Hair Restoration (hair loss treatment) - Dr. Lawrence Jaeger5 PRP Hair Restoration Myths (Hair Loss Treatment) - Dr. Lawrence Jaeger
PRP Hair Restoration Therapy is suitable for both men and women. It is a state of the art, non-surgical, alternative medical procedure used for the treatment of hair loss or hair thinning.

There is no minimum age to have PRP hair loss treatment. However, it is advisable to consider the treatment only for candidate 18 years and above. At Advanced Dermatology Associates, we usually observe that most of the candidates with genetic hair loss are in the age group of 24 to 45 years. If you are seeing hair loss, instead of believing the myth about PRP hair loss treatment, it is advisable to consult an expert dermato-trichologist at Advanced Dermatology Associates and know if you can get the treatment or not. (Trichology is the branch of dermatology that deals with the scientific study of the health of hair and scalp.)

Myth # 2 – PRP hair restoration is only for men and not for women

This is one of the biggest myth about PRP hair restoration treatment since the web is covered with articles about men hair loss treatment concerning PRP.

However, this is not true. PRP hair loss treatment can be performed on both men and women. Since hair loss in women is different in comparison to the cases of hair loss in men, it would take expert dermato-trichologists to treat the condition with PRP hair restoration treatment with efficacy and precision. However, PRP has great potential to stimulate the growth of hair follicles in androgenic alopecia in both men and women.  The growth factors in the platelets stimulate the follicles to grow hair. The hair follicles in the resting phase (telogen) may be pushed into growth, and this will appear as new hair growth. PRP will not cause new hair follicles to grow where there were none before.

Myth # 3 – PRP hair restoration treatment is very costly

This myth about PRP hair restoration treatment absolutely holds no ground because the treatment is far cheaper than the cost incurred for continuous expenses on home-made therapies and over the counter medications. The cost of PRP treatment varies based on number of injections you receive. A single injection cost ranges from $600 with subsequent injections costing around $200 each. Packages are offered at a reduced rate if paid together. Insurance companies won’t pay for PRP therapy because they consider it as cosmetic.

Considering the hair loss industry is worth a growing $3.5 billion… many of the other products available may be ineffective. “Most of the products and services that are being sold in this industry don’t work,” says Spencer Kobren founder of the American Hair Loss Association and host of The Bald Truth podcast.

Myth # 4 – PRP hair restoration treatment is painful. It hurts.

One main benefit of Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment is that it provides swifter solutions by alleviating pain. Patients typically experience a reduction in discomfort after the first or second injection.

PRP produces minimal pain and discomfort due to its faster healing process; which quicker than the normal healing process for other hair treatments.  Basically it could take only as short as a few days or weeks to heal for recovery.

Myth # 5 – PRP hair loss treatment is immediately.

Please consult with a doctor for a proper examination. As the end-results, depends on your exam and diagnosis by a licensed member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, like Larry Jaeger, MD at Advanced Dermatology Associates at 1-800-545-7546 or (212) 262-2500.

It is recommended to consult with a hair loss specialist of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery; this will ensure that they are well-trained in the medical field and will be able to provide expert answers regarding your options (Minoxidil and Finasteride), and other options.

As it normally takes 3 to 5 months before the effects of PRP are seen. This is the similar time delay for any hair loss treatment.  PRP works by stimulating hair follicles.  Existing follicles are strengthened. Follicles at rest may be stimulated to growing new follicles. At first, you may notice your hair is no longer shedding thus looks denser. Over 3-6 months, you may notice new hair growth.

Today, Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) is being heralded as a solution for a lot of other health concerns. Also considered a form of ‘stem-cell research”, Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) is also being regarded as a cure for brain cancer and as a magical health restorative for many other health issues. PRP is also finding increasing use in orthopedics, dental implant surgery and other surgical specialties as a wound treatment.

Clarifying and addressing the myths around facts about PRP hair loss treatment is essential to finding the best form of treatment. Instead of believing the myths, it’s always advisable to seek out information from a leading expert.

Explore PRP for Hair Restoration treatment options for yourself.