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 Jackie of Aging Backwards is hosting Fashion Flash. Jackie is passionate about heath and fitness and committed to getting everyone to make the best health choices. Last week her advice kept me safe. Until I met Jackie I never put on the seatbelts in a cab. When she saw this, Jackie scolded me and rattled off some disturbing statistics. Its hard to change years of habits, but when I sat down in a cab that seemed to be driven by a Nascar wannabe, I remembered Jackie’s warning and strapped myself in. Less than three blocks later, he plowed into the car in front of us. If I had not been wearing the seatbelt, I would have gone head first into the partition. Her advice is that good.
Unlike rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema, there are no celebrities with seborrheic dermatitis. There is no website, no fund raising events , no online support group for people dealing with seborrheic derrmatitis. Yet this type of sensitive skin affects an estimated 10 million men and women in the US.
Seborrheic dermatitis, often considered a form of eczema, is a red splotchy rash that pops up the face, hands, scalp and chest. When it appears along the smile lines and around the mouth its also known as perioricular dermatitis. (That’s latin for around the mouth).
The red splotches are the end result of a series of events that starts with over production of oil in the skin. This oil provokes the overgrowth of a yeast that is actually a natural organism in the skin. This yeast produces a toxin and the overgrowth of yeast produces high … Continue Reading… →
What do Kate Middleton, Nicole Kidman and Brad Pitt have in common?
In addition to being gorgeous, they all have to deal with eczema. And they are hardly alone. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people have experienced eczema at some point in their lives.
The red, scaly, dry, itchy patches of eczema are due to an immune system gone wild. While the exact mechanism is not completely clear, eczema seems to run in families, especially where there is a history of allergies and/or asthma. Eczema usually appears on the scalp, neck, inside the elbows and behind the knees. Once there is a tendancy for eczema, lifestyle factors can trigger an outbreak or make it worse. These triggers include stress, excessive heat and cold, detergents, allergies and perhaps diet.