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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.

Hand Sanitizer – Know the Differences | Best, FDA Approved

Washing hands with soap and water is the best method for controlling germs. Regular hand-washing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. It’s quick, it’s simple, and it can keep us all from healthier according to the CDChand sanitizer differences - best fda approved

However, access to water and soap aren’t always as convenient.

So, what does one do when there’s no soap or water?

The first step is understanding the different types of hand sanitizer . Then it’s realizing that some hand sanitizers may actually lower your resistance to diseases by killing good bacteria, which helps protect against the bad bacteria.

THREE TYPES OF SANITIZERS: KNOW THE DIFFERENCE.

There are three categories of hand sanitizers in the current marketplace: alcohols, Quaternary ammonium compounds and triclosan.

  • The most common alcohol-based products contain ethanol, which are effective against gram positive, gram negative, and fungal organisms. It should be recognized that ethanol does not kill bacterial spores and some developed viruses. Ethanol purpose is to take away proteins in infectious organisms and no resistance to this type of hand sanitizer has been identified.
  • The second type of hand sanitizer is based on Quaternary ammonium compounds, such as benzaklonium chloride or benzethonium chloride. While the ethanol-based hand sanitizers are flammable, the Quaternary ammonium compounds are not. Quaternary ammonium compounds fungistatic, bacteriostatic against gram-positive bacteria, and bacteriostatic against some gram negative bacteria. Like ethanol, the Quaternary ammonium compounds are not active against non-enveloped viruses.

Some species of Staphylococcus aureus carry a gene that allows resistance to Quaternary ammonium compounds. These organisms are also more likely to be antibiotic resistant, as well. Quaternary ammonium compound hand sanitizers may not be the best choice due to methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a concern. Quaternary ammonium compounds adsorb to the cytoplasmic membrane of microbes causing leakage of cytoplasmic contents.

  • The third type of hand sanitizers contains triclosan. Triclosan is a commonly used antibacterial in a wide variety of products including deodorant soaps, toothpastes and mouth washes. Triclosan kills organisms by damaging the cell membrane, but has weak activity against gram-negative bacteria, such as Pseudomonas.  However, the The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says triclosan could also carry unnecessary risks. Triclosan contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics. Overexposure to antibiotics or improper antibiotic use can lead to bacterial resistance, making it more difficult or even impossible to treat.

hand sanitizer differences, best, fda approved

Enter Toxic Chemicals:

If your hand sanitizer is scented, then it’s likely loaded with toxic chemicals. Companies aren’t required to disclose the ingredients that make up their secret scents, and therefore generally are made from dozens of chemicals.

  • Synthetic fragrances contain phthalates, which are endocrine disrupters that mimic hormones and could alter genital development.
  • You should also look out for parabens, which are in many skin care products. They are used to preserve other ingredients and extend a product’s shelf life.

When Is Hand Sanitizer the Preferred Choice?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), alcohol-based hand sanitizers are recommended as an acceptable alternative to soap and water in hospital and clinic-like settings because healthcare professionals often perform duties in sterile settings and are required to clean their hands constantly throughout day.

With all the many choices available, the ethanol based hand sanitizers are the most practical for the dermatologist to use on a daily basis. Due to the facts that the chance of organism resistance to ethanol based hand sanitizers is the lowest and they are very cost effective. However, the main problem is their tremendous drying effect on the skin resulting in hand dermatitis. This is a secondary problem that must treat in themselves and patients!

Your Best Choice.

To properly sanitize the hands, soap and water for 20 seconds (“Happy Birthday” repeated twice) should be the first method. A hand sanitizer can not and should not take the place of proper cleansing procedures with soap and water.

But when there’s no soap or water? Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

So, when you go to reach for your next drop of hand sanitizer, just consider that you may be doing more damage than good.

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 World Smile Day?

Curious minds always want to know.

So, did you know that today is World Smile Day?

Although a smile should consume every moment of our short lives. Today is a reminder established by Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts.

After World War II, Ball was employed by a local advertising firm until he started his own business, Harvey Ball

Harvey Ball - World Smile Day History
Harvey Ball – World Smile Day History – established in 1999.

Advertising, in 1959. He designed the smiley in 1963.

The State Mutual Life Assurance Company of Worcester, Massachusetts (now known as Hanover Insurance) had purchased Guarantee Mutual Company of Ohio. The merger resulted in low employee morale. In an attempt to solve this, Ball was employed in 1963 as a freelance artist, to come up with an image to increase morale. What he created was a smiley face, with one eye bigger than the other. In less than ten minutes, Harvey Ball came up with the simple yet world-changing smiley face. The simplicity of the image brought smiles to the faces of the executives, who paid him $45 for his creation.[2]

This image went on to become the most recognizable symbol of good will and good cheer on the planet.

Yes, the infamous smiley face that knows NO politics, NO geography and NO religion.

But unhappy with how the smiley face was being used across the world (i.e. over-commercialization of his creation), Harvey believed that we, all of us, should devote one day each year to smiles and kind acts throughout the world. Harvey’s idea was that for at least one day each year, neither should we. He declared that the first Friday in October each year would henceforth be World Smile Day®. Ever since then, the first World Smile Day® was held in 1999, and has continued every year in Smiley’s hometown of Worcester, MA & around the world.

Harvey Ball died on April 12, 2001 of liver failure at the age of 79. Nearly 50 years after commissioning its creation, the company now known as Worcester Mutual Fire Insurance still uses his Smiley Face in its promo materials.

Just as Harvey believed in… We so believe that”Everyday should be World Smile Day” here at Advanced Dermatology Associates. – Lawrence Jaeger, DO

For a fuller sexier smile stop by one of our medical facilities and schedule a Juvederm treatment.  Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid.  You can expect to get a great set of lips from Juvederm treatment. Juvederm is a naturally occurring sugar in our body and because it is easily accepted by the body; it’s not likely to create a reaction. Typical of reactions you can get with man-made synthetic agents like silicone and Artefill.

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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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Early Preventive Skin Care Tips

Dr.Lawrence Jaeger has successfully treated thousands of patients with all forms of skin disorders in New York. He is a highly respected skin care specialist with over twenty-five years as Medical Director & Dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology Associates, a network of skin care treatment centers in Manhattan and The Bronx.

Early Preventive Skin Care Tips - Genetics Effect

It’s Never Too Early – Develop Healthy Skin Habits.

Having beautiful skin in your twenties is easy to take for granted, but to keep that skin looking young and wrinkle-free for the following decades is a much worthier accomplishment.  Preventative care and early treatment can be most effective in retaining that prized youthful glow.  How you treat your skin in your twenties will set the stage for how it will age in your thirties, forties, fifties and beyond.

Skin Care Treatments Starts in Early Adolescent.

The two most common causes of premature aging in women are cumulative sun damage and genetics.  Unfortunately, the genetics can’t be helped completely, but starting early and implementing an effective skincare regime can minimize the effects of aging. For those women who spent a large amount of their formative years in the sun, it is important to start using anti-aging creams immediately.  In addition to the daily sun protection which should be part of every woman’s routine, creams and lotions with antioxidants can also make a big difference.
 

Advanced Dermatology – Skin Care Treatments.

Advanced Dermatology Associates of New York, directed by Dr. Lawrence Jaeger, offers a full complement of Retinol Smoothing Serum, which contains antioxidants and is enriched with caffeine to give skin that extra radiance.  For those women who don’t have time for a drawn out skincare regiment in the mornings, a cream that offers multiple benefits could be the solution.   A ‘BB cream’ (short for beauty or blemish creams) will often act as a sunscreen, moisturizer, and wrinkle-fighter and contain rejuvenating stem cells to improve skin over time.

Lifelong Skin Care Regimen & Tips.

While it is most beneficial to start in your twenties and thirties, it is also never too late to develop a daily skincare routine and a healthier way of life.  Many other factors, such as diet and exercise, can contribute to healthy and youthful skin.  Drinking plenty of water and avoiding yo-yo dieting, which can cause the skin to sag, are just a few of the many tips for rejuvenating skin.  Even if you didn’t start early in life, we fortunately live in a day and age where there are products and procedures that can prevent, slow down, and erase an aging face.

Early Preventive Skin Care Tips to Clearer Skin