Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares his tips for healthy summer skin

Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares his tips for healthy summer skin
Summer means long days spent outside in the sunshine. It also means exposing your skin to some unpleasant warm weather realities. In a recent article called, “Tricks to Preventing (and Curing) Warm Weather Skin Disasters,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger spoke with BeautyHigh.com about how to keep your skin healthy during the summer months.

“Shave with the hair growth,” says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

In the summer, you tend to show more skin, so naturally you’ll be shaving more often. Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends shaving with the hair growth rather than against it since “this can [also] cause the blunt edges to grow back into the skin rather than up and out of the follicle.” He also suggests to stop shaving for a few days if you notice razor burn or an ingrown hair.

Sunshine and pool chemicals can extract moisture quickly, leaving you with dry, flakey skin that looks dull and feels rough. Shaving can irritate dry skin and leave it worse off than ever. Even when the humidity is on the rise, take the extra time to hydrate and moisturize. Experts recommend that you try shaving with coconut oil to get a close shave and an extra dose of hydration.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger and other experts agree that sunscreen is essential.

Forgetting your sunscreen is one of the worst things you can do for your skin. Even when it’s cloudy outside, UV rays can still cause damage. Make sunscreen a part of your everyday routine, whether you’ll be outside for long periods of time or not.

If you’ve already been sunburned, try healing it with 100% unrefined shea butter. With its anti-inflammatory properties, shea butter reduces redness and irritation and protects your burn during the healing process.


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Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses beauty habits that actually age your skin

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses beauty habits that actually age your skin Wrinkles are a part of life. While this aspect of aging is unavoidable, there are a few beauty habits you can kick in favor of youthful skin. In a recent article on DailyMakeover.com titled “Bad Beauty Habits That Are Giving You Wrinkles,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger sheds light on a few of these habits that actually age your skin.

Smoking and chewing gum both cause premature wrinkles, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

As a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Joel Schlessinger sees many patients with premature signs of aging. The most common cause, he says, is smoking.

“Smoking is the most common cause of wrinkles that we see,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “There have been studies of twins that showed proof of this in stunning detail. So skip cigarettes and lose the wrinkles!”

Chewing gum is another culprit behind fine lines and wrinkles.

“Gum chewing produces a type of wrinkle that I see quite often on the lower mouth,” he says. “Additionally, it causes other issues in the mouth structure. This is an easy bad habit to give up and look better.”

Dr. Joel Schlessinger also warns against other bad beauty habits.

Not taking the time to wash your face before going to bed is another habit you should kick.

“When you sleep in your makeup, you are basically inviting wrinkles to your skin,”Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “The makeup and environmental pollutants you accumulate during the day seep into your pores, breaking down collagen and elastin. This can speed up the aging process, leaving you with fine lines and wrinkles.”

For healthy, youthful skin, Dr. Schlessinger recommends cleansing and moisturizing every night before bed. He also suggests applying sunscreen every morning, even if you will be spending your day indoors.

“Exposure to the sun for even a few minutes can lead to a breakdown of collagen, leading to fine lines and wrinkles.”

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares the secrets to restoring dry hair

Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares the secrets to restoring dry hair

To replenish dry hair, Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends targeting both the scalp and the strands.

No matter what hair type you have, curly, straight, thick, or thin, you are susceptible to dry, brittle strands that look frizzy and frayed. Heat styling, chemical processes, color treatments and day-to-day weather all take their toll on your locks. There is relief from this issue, however, so you don’t have to live with straw-like strands. In a recent article on LoveToKnow.com, Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares his recommendations for dry hair.

It is important to treat not only your strands, but also the scalp if you want to repair dry hair. Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends PHYTO Phytopolléine Universal Scalp Elixir. This serum purifies the scalp to increase microcirculation and nourishes skin to encourage healthy hair growth.

The right products, reveals Dr. Joel Schlessinger, can be the answer to dry, damaged hair.

“To nourish dry hair back to health, turn to nourishing products that will replenish the natural moisture your tresses are missing,” says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

He recommends beginning your routine with products such as Bed Head Resurrection Shampoo and Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Conditioner. These two products contain ingredients that repair damage and hydrate strands. He also recommends using a treatment mask at least once a week to infuse hair with much-needed moisture.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger stresses the importance of protecting against further damage.

If you don’t take the time to shield your hair from damage, the dry and brittle texture will return. Before you do any heat styling, always apply a heat protectant spray such as Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Heat Protect Spray. The formula protects hair against up to 450 degrees of heat from blow dryers, straighteners and curling irons.

What are your go-to products for treating dry hair? Let us know in the comment section.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger and the FixMySkin Balms featured on Beauty High

Dr. Joel Schlessinger and the FixMySkin Balms featured on Beauty High

Dermatologists are the source for the best and most effective skin care brands. A recent article on BeautyHigh.com, “8 Amazing Dermatologist-Developed Skin Care Products,” spotlights products and brands that have been perfected by doctors. FixMySkin Healing Balms with 1% Hydrocortisone, invented by Dr. Joel Schlessinger and his son, Daniel, are highlighted as top-notch products that address a variety of skin concerns.

FixMySkin Balms were formulated by Dr. Joel Schlessinger to treat dry, irritating skin conditions.

The active ingredient in FixMySkin Healing Balm is 1% hydrocortisone, a topical steroid that heals skin to relieve irritation, itching and inflammation. Hydrating ingredients like cocoa and shea butter also moisturize skin to create a softer and more even texture. The convenient stick is easy to carry in your pocket, purse or bag.

You can use this versatile balm to treat a number of issues including psoriasis, eczema, allergic reactions and insect bites. It can be applied up to three times a day on the face, arms, legs, knees and elbows. The replenishing formula sinks deeply into skin to quickly deal with cracked heels, dry cuticles or psoriasis and eczema flare-ups.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is a fan of other dermatologist-developed products as well.

When you use a skin care product that has been formulated by a dermatologist, you know you are receiving a product that is backed by research and studies. The Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare brand was started by Dr. Dennis Gross, a dermatologist who is dedicated to the science of skin care and offers powerful formulas that produce results. Dr. Murad, the creator of Murad products, is another dermatologist with years of experience and first-hand knowledge that goes into his skin care line.

What’s your favorite dermatologist-developed brand? Let us know in the comments.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger featured on Huffington Post

Dr. Joel Schlessinger featured on Huffington PostDr. Joel Schlessinger was recently featured in an article on the Huffington Post about strange things that can cause harm to your skin. The article, “7 Weird Things That Could Be Damaging Your Skin,” highlighted several things that we deal with every day that could be affecting our skin’s health, including laptops, sports equipment, our clothes and certain foods. Dr. Joel Schlessinger commented on two weird things that can damage our skin, pets and milk.

Your pet may be giving you a rash, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger says that the strange rash you have may be coming from your pet. “They can harbor infections including staph and MRSA,” he said. If you notice a strange irritation on your skin, make sure you get yourself checked at a doctor’s office and also get your pets checked as they might have mites that have transferred to your skin.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger also says that milk can be the culprit for skin flare-ups.

Although there hasn’t been extensive evidence that milk can cause acne, there have been many reports of patients noticing clearer skin after reducing or eliminating milk consumption. Dr. Joel Schlessinger says the hormones in milk may be causing acne flare-ups and it is a wise idea to switch to a non-dairy alternative, like almond milk. He warns against soy milk as it may also contain hormones. Read more from Dr. Joel Schlessinger about the link between milk and acne.

Always see your dermatologist for any skin irritation or irregularity, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Skin irregularities can be a sign of an allergic reaction or a larger skin problem. If you notice anything out of the ordinary with your skin, call your dermatologist. Many strange things can make your skin irritated, but it’s best to know if there might be an underlying problem. What other weird things have you heard about that can damage the skin? Tell us about it in the comments.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses new NeoStrata Skin Active Triple Firming Neck Cream

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses new NeoStrata Skin Active Triple Firming Neck Cream
In a recent article on Yahoo! Finance titled “NeoStrata® Introduces New SKIN ACTIVE Triple Firming Neck Cream,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger talks about NeoStrata’s latest neck and décolletage treatment. Skin Active Triple Firming Neck Cream is launching at the 2014 American Academy of Dermatology winter meeting this week in Denver, CO. Clinical trials for this anti-aging cream were performed at the Advanced Skin Research Center under the direction of Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

This firming cream targets hard-to-treat areas on the neck and chest, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

“As we age, we produce less collagen and pigmentation becomes more mottled, resulting in sagging, discolored skin in the challenging neck and décolletage,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says.

This treatment cream addresses these signs of aging for a more youthful appearance.

“Skin Active Triple Firming Neck Cream helps rebuild the skin’s matrix, encouraging pro-collagen and hyaluronic acid [production] and protecting skin’s essential cells,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. The result is firmer-looking skin with a more even tone.

Triple Firming Neck Cream is available exclusively through authorized sellers like Dr. Joel Schlessinger and LovelySkin.

NeoStrata Skin Active Triple Firming Neck Cream is designed to provide serious results. Available exclusively through physicians and approved websites like LovelySkin, this anti-aging product contains proprietary ingredients like NeoGlucosamine and NeoCitriate to hydrate, lift and firm sagging skin. Swiss apple stem cell extract also helps protect and maintain cell function. With regular use of this treatment, the skin on your neck and chest will look firmer, brighter and more hydrated.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses product diversion with PRIME Journal

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses product diversion with PRIME Journal
Skin care products often pop up on Amazon and eBay at a bargain price. If the deal seems too good to be true, that’s because it is. These products are usually expired or out-of-date merchandise that has somehow shifted away from the intended distribution channel. In a recent PRIME Journal article titled “The Inconvenient Truth About Product Diversion,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares how this practice has hurt the skin care industry and what manufacturers are doing to stop it.

The skin care industry has been fighting product diversion for years, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

Manufacturers and skin care professionals do what they can to stop products from being diverted, but they can only do so much, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

“Product diversion has always been a problem for some companies, but the newest challenge is their emergence on Amazon and eBay and the limited, if not zero, assistance these companies provide to deter this situation,” he says.

With Amazon recently launching its own skin care section, the company is taking action against select unauthorized sellers.

“Recent initiatives by Amazon clearly show that they are aware of this issue, but choose not to take stolen or diverted products off their site except if retailers ‘play ball’ with them by allowing Amazon to sell their products,” says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

“This clearly doesn’t pass the ‘sniff test’ in many retailers’ minds who go through appropriate channels to purchase and sell their products, yet are competing against grey market products.”

Many manufacturers are taking steps to stop diversion, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

To ensure only quality products make it to the consumer, some companies are implementing steep penalties for products that are diverted to other channels. Others are using special tracking codes so they can track exactly who bought what product. This way, they can trace diverted products directly back to the source.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger recently featured in Plastic Surgery Practice

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recently featured in Plastic Surgery Practice
In a recent Plastic Surgery Practice article titled “Balancing Act,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares his secrets to success. The piece highlights how Dr. Joel Schlessinger balances running a successful private practice, clinical trial facility, retail store, spa and LovelySkin.com.

Attention to detail is important for success, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says.

Several skin care websites have failed over the years, but LovelySkin continues to thrive. Dr. Joel Schlessinger attributes this success to his hands-on approach.

“I am intimately involved in the everyday activities of [the site] and look over each and every email from customers,” he says. “If there is a problem, I make sure it is resolved and take a medical approach to the running of the website.”

Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s personal mantra—underpromise and overdeliver—plays a key role in every aspect of his professional life.

“That’s something I live by, along with the utmost emphasis on talking about the things that can go wrong. It is so important to know this before [performing a] procedure, but most doctors forget.”

Dr. Joel Schlessinger also likes to incorporate the latest technology into his practice.

As a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Joel Schlessinger is always looking for cutting-edge ways to improve his practice. The biggest trend today, he says, is everything noninvasive.

“Ultherapy and CoolSculpting are taking off, and that is making a huge impact on how we rejuvenate individuals. I love the Ultherapy device and feel there is so much opportunity for it to be a game changer in the future.”

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is also excited about promising clinical trials for psoriasis.

“I am in the midst of a slew of new drug trials for psoriasis that will change the manner in which we approach this disease,” he says.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares the biggest cosmetic surgery advances of 2013

Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares the biggest cosmetic surgery advances of 2013
Dr. Joel Schlessinger recently appeared on WebTalkRadio’s Inside Cosmetic Surgery Today with Dr. Barry Lycka to discuss the hottest advances in cosmetic surgery last year. From injectable fillers to cosmeceuticals, Dr. Schlessinger shared the latest and greatest in skin care.

New fillers volumize sagging skin without a facelift, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explained.

Injectable fillers are popular for patients who want to diminish the look of sagging skin without a facelift. The latest fillers are hyaluronic-based products, a substance which can be found naturally in our bodies. Dr. Joel Schlessinger is optimistic about JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC, the first and only FDA-approved filler designed to instantly add volume to the cheek area.

Ultherapy was a popular procedure for Dr. Joel Schlessinger in 2013.

As a board certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Joel Schlessinger has seen a great need for non-invasive options to treat the neck area. Ultherapy uses ultrasound technology to target this hard-to-treat area, diminishing sagging skin, wrinkles and other signs of aging. This procedure can also be used on the eye and cheek areas.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger warns his patients that Ultherapy will not completely eliminate the signs of aging.

“It is not quite the ‘home run’ that everybody wants,” he said. “If someone is in their 40s or 50s with good skin and collagen, they’re going to have better results than someone who is 75, has smoked all their life and sat in the sun.”

Dr. Joel Schlessinger also shared the latest advances in cosmeceuticals.

BB creams are still incredibly popular, according to Dr. Joel Schlessinger. These multitasking products have been around for a few years and continue to attract attention. Many women use BB creams as a way to save time because they function as a primer, sunscreen, moisturizer, foundation and anti-aging treatment.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger has also noticed dermatology taking a more natural approach.

“There has been a very nice trend in dermatology to keep things more natural and not be so invasive,” he said. “Our patients can go home looking like nothing has been done and gradually improve over time.”

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger and his team featured on WOWT NBC Omaha

Dr. Joel Schlessinger and his team featured on WOWT NBC Omaha

Dr. Joel Schlessinger was recently featured in a broadcast segment titled “Age Spot Treatment: Before and After” on WOWT Omaha’s Channel 6 News. Malorie Maddox, co-anchor for the evening newscasts, visited Dr. Joel Schlessinger to see if dark spots really can be reversed.

Dark spots are a common skin concern that is easily treatable, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explained.

“Just about everybody over the age of 25 has some issues with this,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger told Maddox. “A lot of people have the attitude that it’s already done. I’ve already damaged my skin. I can’t get back.”

Maddox admitted to occasionally using a tanning bed, which Dr. Schlessinger said does contribute to more prominent signs of aging.

“I think tanning beds and brown spots go hand in hand,” he said. “If you go to a tanning bed, you’re going to get brown spots.”

With very little damage done, Dr. Joel Schlessinger said Maddox would have “a real chance of bouncing back.”

To diminish dark spots, Dr. Joel Schlessinger suggested a laser treatment followed by an Obagi skin care regimen.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommended a few treatments for the dark spots on Maddox’s face. First, he took pictures with a VISIA machine to assess the health of her skin. Images from this machine are able to show wrinkles, large pores, dark spots and other forms of sun damage that isn’t always visible to the naked eye.

Then, Dr. Joel Schlessinger performed a laser treatment to diminish the look of her dark spots. The procedure was done the same day in about 10 minutes. Maddox was also put on the Obagi Nu-Derm System, which works to correct sun damage, minimize the visible signs of aging and brighten the complexion.

Maddox returned six weeks later to see if the treatments worked.

“Six weeks later, you’ve leapfrogged your peers,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger told Maddox. She went from the 30th percentile to the 80th percentile for good skin.

“You’re doing better than most people right now and that wasn’t that hard,” he said.

Dr. Schlessinger also shared the easiest way to achieve healthy skin.

“If you stay out of the sun, I can guarantee you’ll have about a 10-year difference over your peers,” he said.

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