The Truth About Microbeads

cleansers that contain microbeadsMicrobeads are tiny plastic bits that are  used as exfoliators  in  skin care products.  Regular exfoliation is essential to remove the top ead  layer of skin cells and dirt that make a complexion  look dull and muddy.  Not only does exfoliation freshen and clarify the skin, it also stimulates  cell growth. Nice.

Microbeads may be good for the skin, but  not  so much for the environment. Microbeads are not biodegradable and  when rinsed off the skin, these little round plastic bits  are accumulating  in the lakes and oceans.  Studies indicate that fish  consume  microbeads which  can put these  beads into  our food supply.  That’s the  bad news.  The good news?  At the very end of last year  President Obama signed  the Microbead Free Water Act of 2015.2015.  This … Continue Reading…

Is Retin A Different From a Peel ? By Deb Chase

Question on PeelsQuestion:  I can buy a peel  at my local CVS  drug store but I need a prescription  from a doctor to get Retin A.  They seem to promise the same  results.  How are they diffeent?

Answer:  What an interesting question and a bit  more complicated than it seems.  In general principles, both  Retin A and peels exfoliate the top layer of dead dry skin cells.  This stimulates cell renewal and promotes fresher and smoother skin. The natural life cycle of the skin is designed to shed  this layer of surface  skin.  But factors such as acne, sun damage and aging can inhibit this process.  The result  will be dull rough skin that is troubled with  breakouts, wrinkles and  discoloration.

Exfoliation with peels or Retin A stimulate the growth of healthy collagen, lighten or remove brown patches and help the … Continue Reading…

Acne in Pregnancy- Safe Treatment for both Mother and Child

acne and pregnancyAcne is as much a part of pregnancy as swollen  ankles and back aches. Since June is Acne Awareness Month I thought it was the perfect time to interrview dermatologist superstar Dr Ellen Marmur on the best ways to deal with pregnancy breakouts.

According to the New York based dermatologist, the hormonal firestorms during pregnancy can produce that characteristic glow of pregnancy or a truely wicked set of spots.  Durig the first three months, the levels of the gorwth hormone HCG rises quickly to prep the placenta and increase blood volume.  The rosy glow of pregnancy is actually due to this increased blood flow.  In the next  twelve weeks, a surge in a second hormone called progesterone increases oil production which can trigger acne.

When and what … Continue Reading…

Anti-Aging Hands, part 3

The day fter the laserering of my hands, the spots feel totally healed.  They still look pretty red, but  they are not at all painful.  Rather than cover them  up with the dressings Dr M gave me, I decided to  use the same concealer that worked so well when I  lasered the age spots on my face– and off I  went for the day.

The no- bandaid decision was probably not my best idea.  The concealer quickly wore off and I realized that my raw laser treated hands  were getting way to much exposure to UV rays.  I ducked into Hampton Chutney, an UWS restaurant for lunch and was halfway thru my sandwich and perfect Indian ice coffee when  a preganat woman stopped by my table.

“Excuse me, but … Continue Reading…