Each year in December, the three day Mount Sinai conference on new developments in dermatology is the holiday gift that keeps on giving. The best of the best share what they’ve discovered and how they care for a wide range of skin, nail and hair problems. This year the presentations were truely amazing and I got answers to long asked questions including:
* How long do you need to stick to an acne regimen to determine if its working? Hint: its shorter than you might think.
* How can I moisturize the skin without clogging pores?
* Can women of color use lasers?
Founded by Dr Albert Lefkovits, this program attracts worldwide experts both to speak and to learn. What I find is especially helpful is that most of the speakers focus on real time practice and not just on lab or bench research. While its certainly encouraging that a new formula can help a guinea pig, I want to know how it will work for me. And at this conference, there were very few guinea pigs.
In the following weeks I will be covering important developments from the conference that include:
* A dummies guide to anti-aging lasers- which ones are painless, who should use them and what results can you expect
* The critical path for rejuvenation– the order of anti-aging treatments.
* The link between a tiny insect and rosacea– and what it means for treatment
* The gold standard for successful acne care
* How medications used for arthritis can get eczema under control
* Photodynamic therapy that deals with both aging and acne
* Cellulite treatments that can deliver real results
Its sad but true that we are judged on our appearance. That’s the bad news. The good news? The significant skin care developments covered at the New York conference certainly level the playing field.