18
Sep

Experts say nothing gives away your age like your hands. Discover why, and what you can do to rejuvenate your hands! Check on this great and informative article from award-winning medical journalist Colette Bouchez.  Original Webmd article here>

You spend a small fortune on fabulous skin care, antiaging makeup, and a youthful new haircut. And one glance in the mirror tells you that 50 really is the new 35, until you look down at your hands.

Like rings in a tree trunk, lines, creases, dark spots, and bulging veins on the back of your hands are the sneaky little tattletales that give away your age!

"The hands are one of the first places where we see the signs of aging, and also the area most people neglect when it comes to skin care," says dermatologist Rhoda Narins, MD, professor of dermatology at the NYU School of Medicine in New York and the president of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery.  One reason for the telltale signs, says Narins, is that hands are frequently exposed to sunlight and all its photoaging effects.

"While we would never consider exposing our face to sun without a sunblock, we often don't remember to treat our hands to the same protection," Narins tells WebMD.

That little act of forgetfulness, she says, can leave them looking even older, with not only wrinkles, but those birthday give-away "age spots" -- also known as "liver spots" or medically as "letigines." In fact, experts say because the skin on the back of the hands is so much thinner than on our face or neck, it not only succumbs to the aging impact of the environment, but it also is more susceptible to the aging process in general.

"As we age, our skin gets thinner -- but when you're dealing with the backs of the hands, where skin is already thin, any loss of fat underneath is obvious right away -- with loose, wrinkly skin," says Bruce Katz, MD, a professor of dermatology at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and director of the Cosmetic and Laser Surgery Clinic at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
Moreover, Katz says that as skin thins, dark spots and pigmentation begin to appear, while veins and tendons become more obvious -- a look that is often associated with a few extra candles on the birthday cake.
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08
Nov

Q: I've had acne for 3 years now and I'm determined to get rid of it. I wanted to ask if you could give me some advice of how I could get rid of my acne? I've tried a lot of creams, but none of them work. I would appreciate advice on how to treat my acne and what products to try using.

A. I know how devastating acne can be since I suffered with it for years myself, and nothing would please me more then to help you eradicate your acne too!  However, with the information you gave me it is very hard to determine the cause, or the root-- so to speak-- of the problem.   How old were you three years ago when it started?  Did you start any new medications at the time, especially those that would affect you hormonally?  Do you have any other health problems going on right now?  Have you been under an unusual amount of stress the past three years?  The "creams" that you have tried so far, are they over the counter or prescriptions from your doctor?  Do you have allergies?  Food allergies?  Have you ever had a professional skin peel to try to fix the problem? 

These are just SOME of the questions we would ask you in a consultation and we would also go over everything you are currently using now including your shampoo, conditioner, and even nail polish!  Acne can be very tricky so what works for one person does not necessarily work for another.  This is why it is essential to see the acne patient in person through one of our complimentary consultations, (you can plan on this taking about one hour from start to finish).  Afterwards, a home protocol and any necessary professional treatments will  be recommended and tailored to your unique and specific skin care needs to eradicate, or at least control, your acne once and for all.   ..


30
Aug

The minimum amount of time between IPL treatments is usually 3 weeks.  This allows "damaged pigmented" lesions to absorb completely.  Initially the sunspots turn darker because of the heat generated from the laser.  The body sees this damaged, darkened pigment as debris and needs to be removed.  This removal process can fully take up to 3 weeks.   
 
None of the above is not intended as medical advice. If you have a medical concern, please consult your doctor. ..