Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares his thoughts about cosmeceuticals and at-home devices with Dermatology Times

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses cosmeceuticals with Dermatology Times

Offering cosmeceutical skin care and at-home devices can allow dermatologists to connect with their patients in new ways. Dr. Joel Schlessinger recently shared his thoughts on the best products available for patients in an article for Dermatology Times called, “Cosmeceuticals and at-home devices: What’s hot, what’s not?

Offering cosmeceuticals helps the patient know exactly what to use, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Cosmeceuticals and at-home devices are important, says Dr. Schlessinger, because they “can benefit patients and the practice and allow for a better, ongoing relationship between the dermatologist and their patients…”

Offering high-quality professional products to patients takes the guesswork out of going to the pharmacy and ensures that they receive the care they need. It also gives dermatologists the chance to offer hands-on education about how to use the products correctly. This boosts compliance and allows patients to achieve their best results.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares some of his favorite cosmeceuticals and at-home devices.

The top-selling cosmeceutical at Dr. Schlessinger’s practice is the Obagi Nu-Derm Transformation System. Available in formulations for normal to oily skin, as well as normal to dry, this regimen is one of the best available for addressing dark spots. It may also be combined with prescription Retin-A to help minimize fine lines and wrinkles.

Dr. Schlessinger is also excited about Teoxane products: “[Teoxane RHA Serum] is the first topical hyaluronic acid preparation that is actually crosslinked. This makes a huge difference, and the combination of this with their new growth factor product, Alphaeon Epidermal Growth Serum, makes it a significant force in cosmeceuticals.”

When it comes to at-home devices in the anti-aging category, Dr. Schlessinger is particularly intrigued by the NuFACE Trinity Facial Trainer: “This is an interchangeable platform, where we have the ability to offer blue light, red light or microcurrent treatments –all in one. The…device even has an attachment for the eyes and lips!”

He also recommends the Clarisonic Opal for treating aging eyes and the iluminage Skin Smoothing Laser for tightening skin. The Clarisonic Pedi Sonic Foot Transformation System offers a unique at-home pedicure, and the iluminage Touch device receives a thumbs up for light-based hair removal.

FixMySkin Healing Balm, invented by Dr. Joel Schlessinger and his son, can help common skin issues.

FixMySkin Healing Balms with 1% Hydrocortisone have recently undergone a logo and packaging redesign. The balms are available in two sizes, one for the lips and one for the body, and in vanilla and unscented varieties. They have proven to be a major asset for dermatologists who normally prescribe expensive hydrocortisone formulas for issues like cracked, itchy skin and Accutane lips.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares ways to stimulate hair growth with MimiChatter.com

Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares ways to stimulate hair growth with MimiChatter.com

Pixie cuts are beautiful, but growing them out can leave your hair at an awkward length. Dr. Joel Schlessinger recently shared a few tips on how to help speed up the hair growth process with MimiChatter.com. With the right treatments, diet and hair care, you can promote healthier hair growth.

Look for professional treatments to encourage healthy hair growth, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says.

There are several treatment options available to help promote healthy hair growth. Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends taking Viviscal® Professional Supplements, which contain clinically proven ingredients like biotin, apple extract, vitamin C and a marine complex called AminoMar to help nourish hair and promote healthy growth from within.

Daily supplements can also help you fortify and strengthen hair. PHYTO Phytophanere Dietary Supplement provides strands with essential vitamins, fatty acids and antioxidants to encourage stronger, healthier growth for both hair and nails. Another great option is Aviva Advanced Hair Nutrition, which work to stimulate your own natural hair-growth cycle, resulting in stronger, longer and thicker strands. Aviva provides 18 essential nutrients that your hair needs, like biotin, vitamin B5, folic acid, iron, pumpkin seed oil, silica, horsetail, zinc and selenium.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares a few changes you can make in your diet to help hair grow faster.

Adding healthy foods to your diet will also help promote healthy hair growth.

“Look for foods with protein (like chicken, fish and nuts) and omega-3 fatty acids (like salmon and avocados),” Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares. “Eating these foods will help hair grow strong and healthy.”

The products and tools you use also have an impact on how fast your hair grows, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

Taking care of your hair will also help prevent breakage, leading to longer hair. The three-step Revivogen system helps create a healthy scalp environment for hair growth and strengthens strands. This system includes a shampoo, conditioner and scalp treatment to nourish and protect hair.

Additionally, avoiding hot tools like flat irons, blow dryers and curling irons will help prevent breakage. Heat styling is hard on hair but if you can’t bear go without your irons, apply a nourishing deep conditioner like Rene Furterer KARITE Intense Nourishing Mask to help repair dry, damaged strands.

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Discover the beauty uses of charcoal from Joel Schlessinger MD

Discover the beauty uses of charcoal from Joel Schlessinger MD

When we hear the word charcoal, we rarely think of it as something that we would put on our skin. This active ingredient, however, can be beneficial for certain skin issues. Joel Schlessinger MD spoke with Yahoo Mujer about the beauty uses of charcoal in one of their recent articles.

Joel Schlessinger MD recommends charcoal for individuals with oily skin or clogged pores.

Charcoal has an incredible ability to absorb impurities from the skin. Products with this ingredient draw out oil, impurities and debris from pores to promote a healthy and clear complexion. Charcoal products are especially beneficial for areas that experience excessive oil such as the T-zone, forehead and chin. Those with oily skin and acne can use treatment products with charcoal to treat their blemishes.

Because it is so absorptive, products with charcoal can be a bit drying for those with sensitive, dry complexions. If you have sensitive skin, you should only use products with charcoal once a week. After you have finished a treatment, be sure to replenish skin’s moisture with a lightweight lotion.

Using a treatment mask with charcoal can help clear skin, says Joel Schlessinger MD.

The easiest way to incorporate charcoal into your skin care regimen is to use a treatment mask once or twice a week. Eminence Balancing Mask Duo contains two treatment masks: a purifying charcoal mask and a moisturizing mask. Apply the charcoal formula to areas where you experience oil and breakouts and use the hydrating mask on areas such as the cheeks where you may experience dryness. The charcoal will draw out oil and bacteria to keep pores clear and skin healthy.

Do you have questions about charcoal and your skin? Ask Joel Schlessinger MD!

Joel Schlessinger MD discusses myths about BOTOX© with Yahoo Mujer

Joel Schlessinger MD discusses myths about Botox with Yahoo Mujer

Common misconceptions about BOTOX© often scare people away from this safe and effective cosmetic procedure. To help shed light on some of these common myths, Joel Schlessinger MD discussed them with Yahoo Mujer for their article, “10 myths about BOTOX© you should stop believing.”

Joel Schlessinger MD explains that BOTOX© is completely safe and effective.

When performed by a certified cosmetic surgeon, this treatment is extremely effective at reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. BOTOX© works by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles in the face. Because the muscles can no longer contract, the wrinkles that are caused by repetitive facial expressions relax and soften.

Botulinum toxin A is a naturally purified protein that is found in nature.

“It is absolutely safe in small, cosmetic doses and even in larger doses as are used in certain conditions such as migraine treatments or for excessive sweating,” explains Joel Schlessinger MD. “In fact, it would take over 325 vials to get to the point where it could possibly harm someone so it is extremely unlikely to cause issues when we are using less than a vial for wrinkles and other cosmetic concerns.”

The fear of pain and side effects may discourage some patients, explains Joel Schlessinger MD.

There are some persistent myths that BOTOX© is extremely painful. Joel Schlessinger MD notes that side effects are rare and after a treatment, patients can return to their regular activities. The injections are quick and done with cosmetic elegance so it really doesn’t hurt. In very few cases, a minor bruise may occur but these symptoms do not last long and are usually pinpoint.

The best way to learn about this procedure and whether or not it is right for you is to discuss it with a cosmetic surgeon. Many spas and salons offer BOTOX© or similar treatments but they may not be certified so it is important to speak to a professional.

Do you have any other questions about BOTOX©? Ask Joel Schlessinger MD below in the comments section!

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses ways to help your hair grow faster with Univision.com

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses ways to help your hair grow faster with Univision.com

In a recent article on Univision.com, Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares steps you can take to promote healthy hair growth. In the article, he addresses several beauty myths that claim to make hair grow faster. Although there’s no magic way to have longer, stronger hair, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says you can promote healthy hair growth with the right treatments, diet and hair care.

Regular trims and brushing 100 strokes a day won’t help hair grow faster, according to Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

We’ve often heard the best way to help hair grow faster is by getting regular trims. This is one of the most common hair myths.

“Trimming the ends of your hair won’t do anything to the root, where the hair actually grows,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “Regular trims only create the illusion that hair is growing faster because you stop seeing split ends. This damage makes any added length appear less noticeable over time.”

Over brushing won’t add length to your strands, either. All that combing might even be doing some damage.

“Brushing 100 strokes a day won’t help boost hair growth, either,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger adds. “In fact, brushing causes friction that leads to breakage and other damage.”

Dr. Joel Schlessinger suggests using specially formulated products to achieve healthy, strong hair.

Taking care of your hair will also help prevent breakage, leading to longer hair over time.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger suggests shampooing with Revivogen Bio-Cleansing Shampoo, a gentle, sulfate-free formula that contains bioactive nutrients to create a healthy scalp environment for hair growth. Then follow with Revivogen Thickening Conditioner, which replenishes moisture, strengthens the hair shaft and adds volume. Finally, apply Revivogen Scalp Therapy Kit to achieve best results.

There are also several treatment options available to help promote healthy hair growth. Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends taking Viviscal® Professional Supplements. These dietary supplements contain clinically proven ingredients like biotin, apple extract, vitamin C and a marine complex called AminoMar to help nourish hair and promote healthy growth from within.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses the various causes of itchy scalp with ScarySymptoms.com


If you frequently experience an itchy scalp, it could be more than just dandruff. There are many different factors that can contribute, both medical and environmental. In a recent blog post for ScarySymptoms.com called, “Itchy Scalp Causes Include Shampoos, Brushing, Diabetes,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares a few leading causes of dry, itchy scalp.

Two of the main causes of itchy scalp are dandruff and allergies, Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares.

Dandruff may be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of an itchy scalp. This common chronic scalp condition is often caused by a yeast-like fungus and is marked by dry, flaky skin and mild to intense itching. Dandruff may also be caused by conditions like seborrheic dermatitis, (eczema), and psoriasis.

Allergies to ingredients found in certain shampoos, hair care products and hair dyes can cause an itchy scalp as well, and it is also a common side effect of popular over-the-counter hair regrowth treatments. Because it can be difficult to determine what ingredient might be causing an allergic reaction, or even whether the reaction is caused by an allergy at all, Dr. Schlessinger recommends seeking a patch test from your dermatologist.

Conditions such as diabetes and lupus can cause scalp irritation and itching, as can nerve-related conditions. Lice infestations and certain infections like ringworm can also cause itching. In most cases, an itchy scalp can be treated with special hair care products and topicals, but treatment is not one-size-fits-all, and active ingredients vary greatly depending on condition. It’s important to get examined by an experienced dermatologist in order to determine the cause of an itchy scalp and receive the best treatment.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses self-care habits that could contribute to an itchy scalp.

Hair care habits could cause an itchy scalp and flaking. Aggressive hair brushing, whether brushing too much or pressing the bristles into the scalp too hard, can cause irritation. Likewise, not washing hair often enough can create a buildup of product and dead skin cells and cause itching.

For gentle hair care that is free of common allergens and gentle enough to use every day, try Free & Clear. The line includes shampoo, conditioner and even hair spray and styling gel, and it is free of sulfates, parabens and artificial fragrance.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses moles with ScarySymptoms.com


Most moles are benign and harmless, but what about dry, scabby moles? In a recent blog post for ScarySymptoms.com called “Scabby Dry Mole: Possible Melanoma or Benign?” Dr. Joel Schlessinger weighs in on what your mole’s appearance could be telling you.

A scabby, dry mole is generally not melanoma, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

If a mole has grown dry and/or scabby recently, there could be a number of different causes, and Dr. Schlessinger reassures that it is most likely not melanoma, a type of skin cancer. Often, a mole that has grown dry and scabby is simply an irritated mole. Everyday irritation can be difficult to pinpoint, but is often caused by scratching, friction from clothing, new personal care products and prolonged exposure to chemicals like chlorine.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains seborrheic keratoses.

A mole that has grown dry and scabby may not even be a mole at all. Seborrheic keratoses can look remarkably like moles or melanoma. In reality, a seborrheic keratosis is actually a benign growth often attributed to prolonged sun exposure and genetics. Seborrheic keratoses are typically black, brown or tan in appearance and could have a raised, scaly or waxy texture. They are often mistaken for warts or moles.

Seborrheic keratoses are normally painless and will not cause cancer, but they can change in appearance suddenly, even if they have looked one way for some time. This gives the illusion of a changing mole, one that could be developing into cancer. A changing seborrheic keratosis if not usually a cause for concern or removal unless it has grown to be a cosmetic nuisance or frequently bleeds from rubbing clothing.

Pay a visit to a dermatologist like Dr. Joel Schlessinger to get any suspicious growths inspected.

While a scabby, dry mole is probably nothing to worry about, prevention is key, and Dr. Schlessinger recommends seeing your dermatologist.

He advises: “If you have something on your body that is changing and shows odd symptoms such as this [scabby, dry mole], especially if it bleeds, it is time to see your dermatologist for an evaluation.”

Can minoxidil cause gray hair? Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares the answer with ScarySymptoms.com.

Can minoxidil cause gray hair? Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares the answer with ScarySymptoms.com.
Minoxidil, more commonly known as Rogaine, is a topical hair growth drug that is used to treat male pattern baldness, as well as hair loss in women. One common side effect of this drug is hair growth near the areas of application, such as facial hair growth in women. Some patients have also reported that they think Minoxidil has caused their hair to turn gray. In a recent article on ScarySymptoms.com, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains a possible explanation behind this phenomenon.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains that Minoxidil could increase hair growth for both gray and colored hairs.

So far, there isn’t any clinical evidence of Minoxidil causing gray hair growth, and Dr. Joel Schlessinger hasn’t seen this effect on his patients.

“I haven’t seen the phenomenon of Rogaine [minoxidil] causing gray hair, but it is always possible that upon application it is spurring hair growth that encompasses gray hairs as well as regular colored hairs,” he tells ScarySymptoms.com.

Some patients do experience scalp irritation with liquid Minoxidil, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says.

“There are two formulations of Rogaine, and the foam is a much better tolerated form,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains. “The liquid form contains propylene glycol and that tends to cause scalp irritation.”

Patients can experience different side effects to the same medication. If you have scalp irritation or other concerns related to Minoxidil, talk to your doctor about different treatment options.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses hair loss from hair extensions and other styles at ScarySymptoms.com


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Extensions have become wildly popular in recent years to help add volume, length and color to hair. However, before you consider trying this trend, it’s important to understand the issues that could arise. In a recent post on ScarySymptoms.com called, “Hair Loss from Clip-in Hair Extensions & Braids,” Dr. Schlessinger shares how hair extensions and tightly woven styles can cause hair loss.

Clip-in hair extensions can cause tension and pulling, cautions Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

The most important problem to keep in mind when it comes to clip-in extensions is the tension and pulling they can cause. Gradual hair loss from pulling force is called traction alopecia. It is most commonly seen in those individuals who frequently wear their hair in tight braids, buns or ponytails, but hair extensions are also a known culprit. The repetitive pulling or traction on hair roots can cause a prematurely receding hairline characterized by a sparse fringe of growth at the natural hairline. In the case of extensions, metal or plastic clips can weigh and drag hair down, causing a pattern of hair loss wherever they are placed. Extensions are also known to cause tangling, tearing and breakage when they get caught in hair, resulting in loss.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses treatment for traction alopecia.

Traction alopecia may cause scarring and permanent hair loss in some patients. For others, the condition is more temporary. The best thing you can do to address traction alopecia is remove all hair extensions and cease styling hair immediately. While permanent hair loss will not respond to topical treatments or supplements, you can prevent future loss.

For temporary hair loss from traction alopecia, certain supplements and topical solutions can help encourage healthy growth. Viviscal tablets contain a blend of vitamins and minerals that help strengthen and fortify hair at the root and promote healthy hair. These tablets nourish from within in four stages to help restore and replenish your tresses. Rene Furturer Triphasic Progressive Hair Loss Kit contains a pre-treatment, shampoo and fortifying treatment to increase microcirculation and help you achieve stronger, thicker, healthier hair.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger cites braided hairstyles as a leading cause of hair loss at his Omaha practice.

Hair extensions and tightly secured or plaited hairstyles are “a very significant cause of hair loss” at Dr. Schlessinger’s Omaha, Nebraska practice, and he recommends avoiding them if at all possible. However, if you choose to style your hair in braids or ponytails, you can secure or intertwine your stands more loosely. Dr. Schlessinger recommends styling hair in a low, loose ponytail with the hair tie away from the scalp. You can then braid the hair below the hair tie if you wish. This ensures that there is no traction or pulling between the scalp and the hair tie.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger featured in article about adult hygiene

Dr. Schlessinger featured in article about adult hygeine

It’s often up to our parents and guardians to teach us proper hygiene as children. As we grow, good habits may fall by the wayside, or we may realize that we have gaps in our knowledge for how to effectively care for different parts of our bodies. In a recent Women’s Health Magazine article featured on lifehacker.com, Dr. Schlessinger shared tips for cleansing the face and body.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends changing out washcloths and loofahs regularly.

Showering may appear to be one of the most straightforward areas of personal care, but it’s always a good idea to return to basics to ensure you’re giving yourself the best cleanse possible. In addition to making sure the water isn’t too hot and you’re using the best cleansing products for your skin type, you’ll want to examine any tools you may be using. “Washcloths and loofahs can harbor bacteria, mold and yeast,” Dr. Schlessinger cautions, and this could harm skin in the long run.

You should replace loofahs once a month and store them outside of the moisture-filled shower if possible. Washcloths should be switched out every day and they should not be used on the face: “This is very irritating to the skin and ends up causing dry areas, breakouts and even sores.” Dr. Schlessinger recommends using your clean hands to avoid contaminating the face with impurities.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger encourages building on good habits.

Good habits build a solid foundation for good hygiene, and even if you can identify certain areas of your routine that are lacking, you can still tack positive actions onto the good habits you do have. For example, if you brush your teeth once every day in the morning, continue to do so, and add an evening teeth-brushing session. If you are used to overly hot, skin-drying showers, gradually reduce the temperature over a week.

The article stresses the importance of mastering the basics, which include, “clean[ing] yourself regularly, groom[ing] your hair neatly,” and brushing your teeth for two minutes two or three times a day. Doing so will ensure that you’re always putting your best self forward.

Do you have a question about proper hygiene or cleansing for Dr. Joel Schlessinger? Let us know in the comments section.


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