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Attention all Strawberry Lovers!

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Spring into action with this great seasonal face mask! Strawberries are a source of salycylic acid and honey has antimicrobial properties. Instructions:

 

1) Wash hands thoroughly.

 

2)  Mix 3 mashed fresh organic strawberries + 2 tsp organic honey into a thick consistency.

3) Apply to face for 20 minutes.

4) Rinse with warm water.

Papaya Face Mask

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If you need to remove dead skin cells and reduce inflammation, then this natural remedy is for you. Save half your papaya for breakfast and use the other half on your skin! Here are the directions:

1) Wash your hands and dry.

2) Mash up the flesh of a papaya.

3) Apply to your skin and try to leave on for 15-20 minutes. Try to stay upright instead of  laying down as it may help keep the papaya in place.

4) Rinse with warm water.

Meditation: Key to a Clearer You

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Meditation is the only cure for all sicknesses that man is prone to; a single medicine. And I should remind you that the word meditation and medicine come from the same root. Medicine for the body and meditation for the soul. They both bring health.

~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

 

Acne Treatment and the Transgender Community

Some new insight in a recent article in Dermatology News explains how iPLEDGE cimagetempalte_6lassification for transgender patients can be challenging. Some of the patient considerations include changing hormone levels and childbearing potential.

Patients who wish to take isotretinoin, one of the most common acne treatments, are subject to the requirements of the iPLEDGE Program, a federally mandated computer-based risk management program. Based on gender, it is designed to eliminate fetal exposure by isotretinoin use. The program strives to ensure that no female patient starts isotretinoin therapy if pregnant and no female patient on isotretinoin therapy becomes pregnant.

At the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology, Dr. Brian Ginsburg, a New York–based dermatologist, recommended modifying patient intake forms to allow the individual to self-identify gender and respecting the use of correct pronouns preferred by patients. Additionally, having “honest conversation” with patients who were previously registered on iPLEDGE regarding their gender classification is important.

 

Want to learn more? The full article by Elizabeth Mechcatie can be found here: http://www.edermatologynews.com/news/conference-news/american-academy-of-dermatology-annual-meeting/single-article/aad-transgender-patients-isotretinoin-regs-can-be-a-challenge/07c8994f5b4c08df751a7c7ab5cb65c8.html

More on iPLEDGE: https://www.ipledgeprogram.com

Pros & Cons of Using Antibiotics For Acne Treatment

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While once thought to be successful acne treatments solely for reducing P. acnes bacteria, the anti-inflammatory properties of antibiotics have proven to be much more effective. In a recent article in The Conversation, Dr. Adam Friedman, Associate Professor of Dermatology at George Washington University, explains that antibiotics, such as doxycycline and minocycline, inhibit the production of pro-inflammatory signaling molecules that drive the inflammation behind acne.

Despite their success reducing inflammation, antibiotics must be used with caution. Antibiotics have a history of being prescribed at higher doses and longer durations than necessary to kill P. acnes and reduce inflammation, leading to the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria. Dr. Friedman mentions that sub-antibacterial doses of antibiotics (doses that are too low to kill bacteria) still have anti-inflammatory effects without killing good bacteria or causing resistance in pathogenic bacteria. He also references professional treatment guidelines which always recommend combining antibiotics with nonantibiotic topical treatments such as benzoyl peroxide or retinoids.

Future treatments that are currently in trial will focus on agents that kill P. acnes or reduce inflammation without leading to microbial resistance. Promising solutions include using synthetic antimicrobial peptides to destroy P. acnes or using nitric oxide to both kill P. acnes and reduce inflammation.Roblox Robux Hack 2017

In the meantime, Dr. Friedman recommends that acne patients work closely with their dermatologists to manage the proper dosing and duration of antibiotic treatments.

For more detailed information, check out the full article:
https://theconversation.com/acne-treatment-antibiotics-dont-need-to-kill-bacteria-to-clear-up-your-skin-56188

Rosacea: The Latest News In Topical Treatment

hqdefaultIn a recent study on papulopustular rosacea, Dermatologist Hilary Baldwin, M.D., Medical Director at the Acne Treatment and Research Center and a Galderma consultant, tells Dermatology Times that new data showing longer time to relapse and more days free of medication for patients successfully treated with once daily Soolantra Cream versus those treated with twice daily metronidazole addresses “real world” human nature.

“Knowing that rosacea is a chronic condition, long-term suppression of the inflammatory process is to the benefit of the patient,” Dr. Baldwin says. “So I always encourage my patients to remain on their treatment, even when their symptoms improve — reminding them it is not about how they look tomorrow, or a week from now, but five or 10 years down the road. However, we know in real-world practice, patients aren’t always going to remain compliant in drug application, especially when their symptoms are better. Based on the findings of the long term phase 3 ATTRACT study, the benefit of using Soolantra Cream is that it extends remission longer than metronidazole, giving patients the opportunity to take a ‘drug holiday’ from their prescription, without necessarily losing any progress with their treatment.”

Dr. Baldwin says that she anticipated using ivermectin 1% cream as an adjunctive therapy to Oracea (doxycycline, USP 40 mg, Galderma) for patients with severe papulopustular rosacea. However, while she often uses the medications together, she now also uses Soolantra Cream as a standalone treatment with positive results. “Therefore, now I often let the patient decide between an oral or topical treatment, given the strong safety and efficacy profiles seen in both Oracea and Soolantra. I find that if the patient is part of the decision, they tend to have better compliance with their medication,” she says.

According to Dr. Baldwin, anyone with papulopustular rosacea is an eligible candidate for Soolantra Cream, regardless of severity. “Mild, moderate or severe, Soolantra works well to reduce inflammatory lesions — though not studied in erythematotelangiectatic rosacea. Patients with really sensitive skin, or those who do not like to take oral medications, are very good candidates for Soolantra Cream,” Dr. Baldwin says.

Dr. Baldwin says that she has not heard any patients in her practice complain of side effects from the Soolantra cream. “In fact, Soolantra Cream was specifically designed to be gentle on the skin, using Cetaphil as the basis for the vehicle, which is important to rosacea patients who often have sensitive skin,” she says. “In clinical trials, side effects were infrequent and mild, with the most common including skin burning sensation and skin irritation. Proper use of any prescription treatment is critical in managing side effects.”

For more information on the study, please visit: http://bit.ly/1LniXrp

 

Boost Your Skin’s Antioxidants with a Matcha Face Mask

CSP_GreenTea20We have another great natural remedy to try on your skin! Matcha green tea powder has a very high level of antioxidants and can help reduce inflammation and redness.

 

Instructions:
1) Mix 1 teaspoon of raw honey and 1 teaspoon of matcha green tea powder into a paste.

 

2) Wash your hands.

 

3) Spread over your face and neck using circular movements.

 

4) Leave on for 15 minutes and remove with a warm water.

 

Let’s Talk Lasers

Face treatmentLasers have come a long way in a short amount of time when talking about acne treatment.  There is virtually a specific laser for every need.  Often a patient will need to be treated by more than one laser depending on the types of acne or rosacea lesions present.  Lasers can be used to treat acne itself:

  • to eradicate the pimples themselves
  • to treat the consequences of acne

Different types of laser treatments include:

  • Dye lasers – used to treat the red lesions (or red remnants of lesions) of acne and for the background redness of rosacea
  • Blue light and light with a photosensitizer (photodynamic therapy) – used to treat acne itself
  • Fraxel lasers and fillers can be used to lessen acne scars

Check with your dermatologist on what laser treatment might work best for you!

Volunteers Needed for Research Study – New York City

imagetempalte_8_250x250_acf_croppedIcahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai is seeking volunteers for two studies related to acne research. You do not need insurance to participate.

You may be eligible if:
– You are 18+ years of age and under the age of 35 years and HAVE NOT been diagnosed with acne.
– You HAVE NOT participated in any clinical trial in the past 60 days.

OR

– You are 18+ years of age and under the age of 35 years and HAVE been diagnosed with moderate to severe acne.
– You HAVE NOT participated in any clinical trial in the past 60 days.
– You are not currently taking isotretinoin for not less than 12 months.
– You are not currently on acne medications, including topical or oral medications, or light or laser therapies, including at-home devices.

Qualified participants will receive:
– Study-related medical exams at no cost
– $250 compensation for time and travel

Note: Study requires one visit that will last approximately 1 hour.

Call 212-241-6033 for more information.

Honey Cinnamon Face Mask & Spot Treatment

Mix 2 tablespoons of honey with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Although honey can be expensive, it pales in comparison to a new pricey skincare treatment you might try and dislike. Test this out as a spot treatment on your blemishes to see how your skin responds.

Instructions: Mix 2 tablespoons of honey and a teaspoon of cinnamon to face or selected areas. Leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water or you can try leaving it on overnight as well.

About Cinnamon & Honey: Honey helps target bacteria and cinnamon has been used for centuries in maintaining healthy skin. Make sure to just use this method once a week to prevent irritation.

Let us know how it works for you!