Spa Week is coming! For some people, autumn means changing leaves, back to school clothes or footbal games. For me, fall means Spa Week is just around the corner. This year its October 12-18 and its a chance to get effective but usually pricey treatments at just $50.
All through the year I write about great skin care options, but sometimes I feel a bit guilty about the price of many of these treatments. But during Spa Week prices are slashed in the most popular spas across the country. For example, one of my top five beauty treatments is the Hydrafacial that is normally about $150. It is a combination of microdermabrasion, glycolic peel and oxygen infusion. It creates a yourthful, healthy glow that … Continue Reading… →
September is National Ovarian Cancer Month– a disease that affects 22,000 women annually in the US. At No-Nonsense Beauty Blog we get frequent skin care questions from women with different types of cancers on dealing with skin problems with chemotherapy and radiation treatments. .
Life saving chemotherapy can dehydrate the skin because this category of medication shuts down both oil and sweat gland activity. This sudden and severe loss of moisture produces intense dry areas, itching,redness, sensitivity and inflammation. Nails are also hit hard with destruction of the cuticle and even the loss of the nail itself. Radiation can be equally damaging. The intense heat can produce a painful sunburn, peeling and blistering. Both chemo and rdiation can leave the skin especially vulnerable to infection.
Now that summer is finally here, the bikini wax season is not far behind. And I have to confess that there have been many times when I’ve sat and sweltered at the beach in a floor length mumu rather than get a fresh wax. This year I decided I would explore the world of waxing to find the most comfortable process. There are actually three types of body wax– hard wax, strip wax and soft wax, but before a single drop of hot wax hits the skin, there is the question of bikini wax prep.
Before the Bikini Wax Begins
A little online research served up more questions than answers. Some experts felt exfoliating the area with a loofah would prevent ingrown hairs. Others said that this type of exfoliation … Continue Reading… →
Question: I’ve had acne since my teens and every new doctor seems to prescribe another antibiotic. I’m worried about this and wonder how long can I take antibiotics safely.
Answer: When a doctor recommends antibiotics for an infected bug bite or lingering cough, its usually for a relatively short period of time that ranges from 5-10 days. But when antibiotics are prescribed for antibiotics, the time frame changes significantly. How long you can safely and effectively use antibiotics for acne depends on the type and form of the different antibiotic options.
Antibiotics for Acne 101
For acne, antibiotics are used directly on the skin as well as taken in pill form. The most commonly used antibiotic is benzoyl peroxide. Available without prescription and formulated into a gel or cream, benzoyl peroxide … Continue Reading… →
Question: I used Retin A and then was diagnosed with breast cancer. I want to go back on Retin A but don’t want to cause a recurrence of the cancer. Is it safe for me to use it again?
Answer: Wow, this is such an important question-and given that its Breast Cancer Awareness Month, its the perfect time to answer it. According to Dr Albert Lefkovits who is associaed with the Mount Sinai Schoo of Medicine, Department of Dermatology, there are no reports in the medical and scientific literature that point to a link between breast cancer and Retin A. In fact Retin A is well known for its ability to normalize skin cell growth and life span. Actually about ten years ago there were clinical trials to see if Retin A would inhibit breast cancer growth. That didn’t appear to … Continue Reading… →
At least once a week I get a question about the best way to manage acne in women of color and at the summer sesion of the American Academy of Dermatology, I finally got the right answers. A three hour power session on the treatment of acne with dermatologist super stars included Dr Andrew Alexis, Director of the Skin of Color Center at St Lukes Hospital in NYC
First the good news. Acne in women of color is usually milder and less frequent than seen in lighter skin tones. The bad news? Even mild acne breakouts tend to leave dark spots and patches that seem to last forever. Called post inflammatory hyperpigmentation or PIH, it is the result of irritation from both the acne and the treatments used to … Continue Reading… →
Maybe its the birth of the royal baby, but my e-mail at the blog definately has baby fever. Last month I answered questions about acne care during pregnancy. This week I’ve researched best practices for skin care both before and after pregnancy.
Question 1 — “Ive been on Retin A gel for 10 years. We want to start a family, but I am concerned. How long do I have to wait after going off Retin A to be sure its safe for the baby?”
Answer 1- If you take oral Retin A or spironolactone ( a hormone used to treat acne) doctors recommend waiting six months before trying to conceive. However if you used just a topical Retin A, there is no waiting time. Good luck!
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.