Microbeads 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… →
Question: 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 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.
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.