June is Acne Awareness Month and it seemed like the perfect time to search out the best new acne care options. Acne is an equal opportunity pest. It affects men and women, young and old and every culture and country. That’s the bad news. The good news? I’ve got five new options for your acne fighting tool kit.
1. Dapsone Gel for Acne
Oral Dapsone was originally used to treat leprosy, malaria, and parasites. Anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, it is now used in gel form to manage acne. Sold under the trade name of Aczone, it attacks acne from different angles. It can be used alone or in combination with other medications. It works beautifully with Retin A, clindamycin, and salicylic acid. However it can turn the skin yellow … Continue Reading… →
June is Acne Awareness Month and almost on cue, I’ve been getting at least one break-out related question each day. Most if not all deal with problems using uber powerful Retin A.
Three Top Retin A and Acne Questions
Question 1 — Does Retin A always make your face red?
Answer- Its a very common problem. Retin A does two things to the skin that causes redness. It reves up circulation ( great for new collagen) and increases skin turnover which peels off the top pore clogging layers– but the net result leaves the skin tomato red. You can reduce redness by:
1. Waiting 30 minutes after washing your face to apply Retin A
2. Use Retin A only 3X a week rather than every night
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 … Continue Reading… →
This week Staness of Menopause Makeover is hosting Fashion Flash– and you don’t have to be menopausal to love this site. Packed with health and fitness info, Menopause Makeover offers important advice and support for a wide range of medical and emotional issues. For example, Staness looks at heart disease risks, breast cancer care and weight control changes as we pass birthdays. Her easy to do and delicious recipes make staying healthy a lot more fun.
The December issue of New Beauty magazine has two comprehensive articles that make it a keeper. I was thrilled to see that my orthodentist Dr Jacquie was one of the featured experts for their comprehensive piece on new ways to get a beautiful smile. Using celebrity smiles for examples, the eight page article explores … Continue Reading… →
I got a great email from a 16 year old who is using Retin A micro for acne control. Like most of us, she got the prescription with little or no advice about how to use it. She wanted to know what scrubbing grains, toners and moisturizer I would recommend. She was concerned about the redness and peeling and wanted to avoid these problems with additional skin care products
Retin A was actually originally developed and approved for acne management. This vitamin A derivative helps the skin to empty pores clogged with debris, shuts down overactive oil glands and helps skin turnover to reduce discolorations from old acne eruptions. This process includes flaking off old dry keratin that is contributing to blocked pores and breakouts. Some peeling and flaking is necessary and actually good. However you need to keep it under control to … Continue Reading… →
Last week I went to the annual Mount Sinai Advances in Dermatology Conference in NYC. Begun over a decade ago as a local meeting, doctors now come from all over the world to hear state of the art developments from the best and brightest in dermatology. It is the creation of Park Avenue dermatologist Albert Lefkovits– who by the way has taken care of my daughters since they were teenagers. He is such a good derm that I actually got flowers from a co-worker to thank me for recommending him.
By the end of the three day meeting, I finally understood the difference between Sculptra, Radiesse, and Juvaderm, learned about the new sunscreen guidelines, and heard about ways to deal with adult acne that improves both breakouts and skin aging. Awesome!
I even found out about two new FDA approved therapies that hadn’t even been on my radar. The first, Photodynamic Therapy, … Continue Reading… →