What’s New in Acne Care?

AcneJune 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…

Acne in the Spotlight in June

Question and answer logoJune 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

3. Mix Retin A with a drop of oil free moisturizer before  spreading it … Continue Reading…

Anti-Aging Advances

DERMATOLOGY CONFERENCEEach 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…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

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…

Retin A and Acne– What Cleansers and Moisturizers Can I Use?

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…

Real Advances in the Science of Beauty

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…