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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.

Six Fall Skin Care Tips | Expert Beauty & Skin Care

The dog days of summer are definitely over and for most of us in the Northern Hemisphere. We’ve come to the realization that it’s time tSIX FALL SKIN CARE TIPS - HAIR & NAIL ROUTINE.o say goodbye to the shorts, sandals and flip-flops. It’s hello – scarfs, coats, hoodies and heaters.

As the season transitions from summer to autumn, the same goes for our skin care. Our physical bodies are literally recuperating from the elemental effects of summer. For instance, our skin is left damaged or burned due to the excessive heat from the hot summer months of sunbathing and visits to the water-parks. Add to that, the salt build-up or chlorine damage to our scalp and hair – from surfing the ocean waves or swimming in the backyard pool. The summer heat and our bodies have been one unified front.

“As the seasons change, so should your skin care regimen in order to feel its optimal health” expresses Dermatologist Lawrence Jaeger, D.O. of Advanced Dermatology Associates.

Basically the steps we must now begin to put in our respective regimen may remain the same, but the products our skin, hair & nails needs, will have to change dramatically for the fall season.

But no worries. We’ve got you covered.

SIX FALL SKIN CARE TIPS – HAIR & NAIL ROUTINE.

6 Expert Tips for Achieving Optimum Health.

  1. USE SUNSCREEN: Keep your sunscreen handy even after the long days of summer are over. A sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15 or more will protect the skin from aging ultraviolet rays in the fall.

A physical sunblock containing zinc or titanium oxide are ideal for everyday wear in the colder months.

2. EXFOLIATING CLEANSER:  Fall is the time to start adding regular exfoliation to your skincare routine.

A gentle facial scrub can help remove sun damaged skin cells for brighter, smoother skin by retaining moisture.

3. RETINOL, also known as “Vitamin A”, can help dramatically reduce the appearance of brown spots caused by the summer sun, lines, and wrinkles.

A non-prescription retinol serum or a prescription retinoid is recommended, although retinol and prescription retinoids are scientifically proven to smooth the texture of the skin. Retinol is also known to delay skin aging.

4. USE NATURAL HAIR INGREDIENTS: Prevent further drying your hair by keeping your products all-natural. “Natural ingredients are the go-to because they won’t strip your hair of oils like synthetic and alcohol based ingredients do,”

Make sure to use a clarifying shampoo that washes away normal wear and tear from the environment like pollution and smoke, but does not strip your hair of its natural oils and lipids.

5. TAKE THE SUNSHINE VITAMIN: The coming of fall means shorter and cooler days. Most people are likely to spend less time in the sun. Especially for the northern part of the United States, supplementation of vitamin D becomes really important. Vitamin D is a gene-regulating super nutrient that helps with seasonal depression (SAD), the immune system, heart health, diabetes, and obesity. Vitamin D insufficiency affects almost 50% of the population worldwide.

Researchers recommend 2,500 IUs every day, especially in the colder months.

6. BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM:  With the changing season, now is the perfect time to boost your immune system.

Some of natural immune-boosters are: to drink plenty of fresh water, eat plenty of alive (living) raw foods, garlic, lysine, probiotics, Vitamins B, C and D, E3 Live, reishi mushroom, zinc, propolis and Manuka honey.

Another powerful way to boost your immune system and keep strong is to use the power of exercise. Remember get that beauty sleep, too.

The key to a optimum healthy skin, hair and nails begins with having a great regime or routine. Inquire with us at Advanced Dermatology Associates or your personal dermatologist/skin care specialist for more tips on reaching your optimum 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.

 

What is the Link Between Breast Cancer and Dermatology?

melanoma link to cancer is dermatology - advanced dermatology associates
melanoma link to cancer is dermatology – advanced dermatology associates

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States has a chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer at some time during her life. You may be wondering “But what does breast cancer have to do with dermatology?”

As a matter of fact, there is a direct correlation between breast cancer and melanoma. For many years, there has been only speculation as to why the two cancers are linked.

According to a study by the Irish Journal of Medical Science, there is a strong association between breast cancer and melanoma.  Women with breast cancer have an increased risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, and women with melanoma are at a higher risk for developing breast cancer.

“In general, patients with melanoma or other skin cancers are always at higher risk of developing other malignancies,” Dr. Murphy commented. “But this is about a fourfold increase, which raises the possibility of a genetic predisposition linking the two cancers.”

The four-fold increase gives a greater likelihood of the two cancers being linked by a genetic predisposition. Additionally, it is found that women under 50 with breast cancer are at a higher risk of melanoma as are breast cancer patients who have been treated with External Radiation Therapy

The Irish Journal of Medical Science study corroborates the findings of journals such as Annals of Oncology and Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, which reported that breast cancer patients have between 1.4 and 2.7 times the risk of developing melanoma. In addition, The International Journal of Cancer noted that female melanoma patients have a 1.4 times greater chance of developing breast cancer.

“All of these studies reinforce the importance of routine breast cancer exams for melanoma patients and annual skin exams for breast cancer survivors,” said Perry Robins, MD, President of The Skin Cancer Foundation. “It is particularly alarming for young women as melanoma rates are increasing rapidly among this demographic.” Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old. Women under the age of 39 have a higher probability of developing melanoma than any other cancer except breast cancer.

The Foundation recommends that high-risk patients undergo an annual full-body skin screening by a physician. And self-exams are just as important, coupled with the practice of rigorous sun protection methods. Performed regularly, self-examination can alert you to changes in the skin and aid in the early detection of skin cancer.

On behalf of Dr. Lawrence Jaeger and the medical staff at Advanced Dermatology Associates, we’re concerned about your overall health. As the leading Dermatologist provider network in New York City, we strongly encourage both men and women to educate themselves with the proper knowledge and to seek the necessary medical care for decreasing the incidences of breast & skin cancer.

Visit Dr. Larry Jaeger and the Advanced Dermatology Associates at 200 Central Park South – Suite 107 in Central Park South/Columbus Circle neighborhood of Manhattan; or in the Bronx (Grand Concourse, Parkchester, Co-Op City and Third Avenue) or contact us at (212) 262-2500 or toll-free at 800-545-7546 (SKIN) to schedule your appointment.

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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?

Oily shampoos

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.

Acne & Harsh Anti-Ageing CreamCauses of Adult Acne?-Tips-Skincare-Solutionss

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.”

Rosacea: What You Didn’t Know

Dr. Lawrence Jaeger is an experienced Dermatologist with a twenty-five year successful track record of treating patients with all forms of Acne disorders in New York City. Rosacea is a skin disorder that requires special attention and care. Lawrence Jaeger provides patients with expert information,diagnosis and treatment of Rosacea at Advanced Dermatology Associates.

Rosacea: What You Didn’t Know

Sixteen million people across the United States are afflicted by a condition known as rosacea.  If you have not heard of it you are not alone. In fact, the National Rosacea Society estimates that 78% of the American population has never heard of the condition.

Rosacea is a dermatological condition that visibly affects a person’s facial region.  It commonly presents itself as an inflammatory redness that spreads across the cheeks, nose, and chin. However, the symptoms do not simply extend to redness. Other signs of the condition include acne, dry skin patches, swelling, eye irritation, and an enlargement of the nose referred to as rhinophyma.

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Rosacea: Who’s at Risk?

Rosacea is a chronic condition and remissions and relapses are common. Generally, the symptoms start presenting themselves around the age of 30.  The basic process seems to involve dilation or widening of the small blood vessels of the face. While doctors are still unsure of the exact causes of rosacea, there appears to be a hereditary component in a large number of people whose family members share similar symptoms.

People struggling with rosacea are negatively impacted in ways that are beyond physical.  The National Rosacea Society reports that often, those with rosacea have had their work and professional life adversely affected because of the condition, and over half of rosacea patients have missed work because of it.  A majority of those affected by the condition have experienced social stigma due to their condition, with 76% of patients reporting lowered self-esteem, and 41% admitting they have called off attending a social gather due to their symptoms.

Treating Rosacea: What You Didn’t Know

Rosacea: Treatment Options

Dr. Lawrence Jaeger , board certified dermatologist and Medical Director of Advanced Dermatology Associates in New York, recommends contacting your dermatologist if you find yourself struggling with rosacea. If diagnosed, you and your dermatologist can create a proper treatment plan to help you combat your symptoms.

Do not be embarrassed if you have the condition. You are part of a community of 16 million men and women who are there to support you along with your family, friends, and doctor.

Visit a board certified physician i.e.  Dr. Lawrence Jaeger at Advanced Dermatology Associates in New York. Where he treats patients with Rosacea and all forms of skin diseases and disorders. Rosacea- What You Didn’t Know.

Advanced Dermatology’s Convenient New York City Locations

Advanced Dermatology’s – Convenient New York City Locations

Advanced Dermatology Convenient New York City Locations

Advanced Dermatology Associates (ADA) now has five full-time practices providing treatment in the three major areas of dermatology: medical, cosmetic and surgical. All five offices are located in convenient locations throughout New York City.

Midtown Manhattan, 200 Central Park South, Suite 107
Head to the corner of 7th Avenue and 59 Street to get to ADA’s Central Park location. Overlooking the south side of New York City’s beautiful Central Park, this medical office is especially accessible for those living or working in Manhattan.

Bronx: Third Avenue, 291 East 149th Street
Take the subway to get to ADA’s Third Avenue office on 149th Street, situated between Cortland Avenue and Morris Avenue. After your appointment, drop your prescription off at the CVS Pharmacy, conveniently located across the street. While you wait, grab a bite to eat at Yolanda’s Italian Pizzeria & Restaurant, next door.

Bronx: Co-op City, 2100 Bartow Avenue, Suite 211
Adjacent to Co-op City, this ADA office is nestled within New York City’s largest retail spot, Bay Plaza Shopping Center. Before or after your appointment, feel free to enjoy the wonderful variety of department and specialty stores for your everyday shopping convenience.

Bronx: Parkchester, 1455 West Avenue
One of ADA’s newer offices is located on West Avenue in the lovely area of Parkchester. The office is easy to spot next to the Post Office and Macys. Since its recent opening in November of 2012, ADA’s fourth office has experienced much success in treating patients in the New York City area.

Bronx: Fordham, 2432 Grand Concourse, Suite 501
At the end of the month, ADA will be opening its fifth office in Fordham. The Fordham office is conveniently located in the Poe Building on Fordham Road, across from the D-train. With less than a five minute drive from campus, ADA’s newest office will be especially accessible for those taking classes or working at Fordham University.

 

About Advanced Dermatology Associates

Advanced Dermatology Associates has been a top New York City medical practice for over 20 years. As the Medical Director of ADA, renowned dermatologist, Dr. Lawrence Jaeger, oversees a remarkable team of experienced physicians. All of ADA’s practitioners are Board-Certified and university affiliated to provide patients with the highest quality of care. Each ADA location accepts most all types of insurance plan, union, PPO, HMO, Medicare and Medicaid. For additional patient convenience, appointments may be scheduled during the day, evening, and weekend.