Can Baby Powder Cause Cancer?

Baby PowderFor generations, Johnson& Johnson baby powder has been a symbol of    healthy baby care. But this week a second jury decided that Johnson and Johnson  failed to warn a woman of the increased risks of ovarian cancer from their baby powder– and awarded  her $52 million in damages. .   But  does  baby powder pose a real  health hazard?   Its not a simple yes and no answer.

 

Baby Powder 101

Most brands of baby powder  are made from talc. This natural mineral contains magnesium, oxygen, silicates, and asbestos. We use the powder between our  thighs to reduce chafing and on sanitary napkins, and diaphragms.  Doctors believe that microscopic particles of talc  are able to travel up the reproductive tract and become embedded in the ovries. … Continue Reading…

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…

What’s the Problem with Strivectin

Strivectin questionQuestion:  I recently saw on  ABC news that the FDA  has criticized Strivectin and its anti-aging claims.  What does this mean? Is it dangerous? I’ve used it three months.  Can I get my money back?

Answer: Don’t worry! The FDA  did not say Strivectin was harmful.  Their official letter to the company challenged their claims and promises made about several products:

1. “Clinically proven to change anatomy of  wrinkle”

2. “This superb age-fighting serum is super charged with potent elastin stimulating peptides

3. “Potent elastin-stimulating peptides help enhance  skin structure”

Elastin and  its big brother, collagen are the  fibers in the skin  which keep it firm and smooth.  As age and sunlight weaken these fibers, lines and wrinkles  will develop. But anything that can actually increase growth of elastin or collagen is … Continue Reading…