Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses what gives hair a burnt smell with ScarySymptoms.com

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses what gives hair a burnt smell with ScarySymptoms.com
Smelling burnt hair after blow drying or using hot tools isn’t something you should ignore. Even using the right heat protectants and blow dryer attachments might not be enough. Dr. Joel Schlessinger recently talked to ScarySymptoms.com about what causes hair to smell burnt. Read on to learn what you can do to treat this issue.

Burnt hair is a condition that relates to a burning smell in hair, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says.

Smelling burnt hair, even when you’re not styling it, usually means enough damage has been done to actually burn the hair.

“This is generally due to over-processing of hair, combined with too much heat on the same hair,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains. “Once hair has been damaged by either heat or chemicals, it becomes thinner and open to further damage. Once this damage occurs, it is easier for a ‘burnt smell’ to set in and be retained.”

Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares how to repair and protect damaged hair.

If you smell burnt hair, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says the first thing you need to do is give your hair a break.

“There are many things to avoid if hair has a burnt smell, but the most important of these to avoid is being too close to a curling iron or wand,” he says. “If and when hair needs to be dried, it is important to avoid too high of a heat on the drier and always hold the drier away from the hair.”

Keep in mind healthy hair that’s never been chemically treated burns at around 451 degrees Fahrenheit, but this temperature can be even lower depending on the hair’s health and how it responds to heat. To give you some perspective on how much damage hot tools can do, most flat irons can heat all the way up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger suggests treating damaged hair with nourishing shampoos and oils.

“Certain oils and nourishing shampoos will offer benefits to regain the natural smell of hair, but in the worst case scenario it will simply be months until the damaged hair has the chance to grow out (usually, hair grows about an inch per month),” he says. “During this growth time, it is essential to avoid trauma and heat/chemicals.”

To nourish and repair dry or damaged hair, try the René Furterer KARITÉ line. These formulas contain shea butter and oil, which are both rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins. The KARITÉ line helps lock in moisture, provide in-depth nutrition and restructure hair.

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Joel Schlessinger MD discusses drinkable sunscreen

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses drinkable sunscreen

Applying sunscreen is an important defense against damaging UV rays, but many people resist this skin care step or simply forget to apply as they head out the door. The recent creation of the drinkable sunscreen UVO may be a way to encourage people to add sun protection to their daily regimen. Joel Schlessinger, MD responds to this new form of sun protection, which was detailed in an article titled “Drink your sunscreen? O.C. doctor says product protects from inside, some advise caution” published by The Orange County Gazette.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains drinkable sunscreen.

Protecting your body from the inside out is not a new idea. “This concept has been around for at least 12 years, starting with Heliocare, polypodium leucotomas,” Dr. Schlessinger explains. Sun-protection pills such as Heliocare gradually improve the body’s natural defense against UV rays. Heliocare contains a potent antioxidant extract that helps the skin maintain immune response against sun damage. These tablets are the only oral dietary supplements known to provide overall protection against photoaging. In addition to its sun protection benefits, Heliocare also protects skin’s elastin for a more youthful appearance.

UVO, the drinkable sunscreen created by Dr. Bobby Adwalla, follows similar principles. In an effort to make sun protection more convenient and palatable, Dr. Adwalla created a drinkable formula that combines 30 vitamins, phytonutrients and antioxidants to help skin absorb UV rays and decrease the damage of sunburns.  Clinical trials suggest a 12-ounce bottle of UVO provides three to five hours of protection. “I will be looking into UVO and expect to see more of these on the market over time,” says Dr. Schlessinger.

Ingestible sun protection is not a replacement for sunscreen, explains Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Ingestible sun protection products such as EVO or Heliocare are intended to make sunscreen more appealing for daily use but should always be used in tandem with other protective measures. “While these aren’t a replacement for sunscreen,” says Dr. Joel Schlessinger, “they are a great addition to a regimen and can mean the difference between burning and not burning.”

If you do use an ingestible sun protection product, Dr. Schlessinger recommends that you also apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 is a non-greasy, lightweight sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection against UV rays. This paraben-free, oil-free and fragrance-free formula wears wonderfully under makeup and prevents signs of photoaging such as wrinkles and dark spots. For your more active days, Dr. Schlessinger recommends EltaMD UV Sport Water-Resistant Broad-Spectrum SPF 50. This formula protects against the sun while hydrating your complexion. It is also fragrance-free, paraben-free and non-comedogenic.  In addition to wearing sunscreen, avoid being outside when the sun is at its peak, and continue to wear clothing and hats that will protect you from UV rays.

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Joel Schlessinger MD discusses what could cause excessive sweating on ScarySymptoms.com

Joel Schlessinger MD discusses what could cause excessive sweating on ScarySymptoms.com
If you experience excessive sweating even without intense heat or physical activity, there could be a medical explanation for your symptoms. Joel Schlessinger MD recently discussed several things that could cause excessive sweating in an article titled “Causes of Excessive Sweating On Face, Neck, Head” on ScarySymptoms.com. Read on to find out more about these conditions.

Excessive sweating often has something to do with a specific nerve on the sweat glands, Joel Schlessinger MD shares.

Everyone sweats at least a little. Sweating is your body’s way of regulating its temperature. As sweat evaporates, it cools down the body and prevents us from overheating. However, those who struggle with excessive sweating could have a specific nerve to blame.

“Excessive sweating is usually caused by a certain type of nerve on the sweat glands that leads to sweating out of proportion to what is necessary to maintain our regular temperature,” Joel Schlessinger MD says.

“Some sweating is absolutely necessary but there is a point where it becomes too much!” Joel Schlessinger MD continues. Generally, this happens on areas such as arms, hands and feet (and underarms, of course), but some individuals have it all over. This is a different type of sweating that can be caused by the same unregulated nerves, or other conditions such as menopause, obesity, diabetes, pregnancy, high thyroid levels, Parkinson’s disease, lymphoma, gout and various infections.”

Joel Schlessinger MD also notes that hyperthyroidism is commonly associated with sweating. A blood test can check for this condition.

Women going through menopause also experience excessive sweating, Joel Schlessinger MD explains.

At his Omaha practice, Joel Schlessinger MD sees many patients who are going through menopause, and these women often have concerns about excessive sweating.

“The most common form [of excessive sweating] that I see is when it is associated with menopause,” Joel Schlessinger MD says. “When a woman has menopausal hot flashes, she can have excessive sweating on her face, head and neck, but usually, the flash of sweating will occur elsewhere as well, rather than only on the face, head and neck.”

Menopausal sweating disappears shortly after the hot flash begins, Joel Schlessinger MD added.

Joel Schlessinger MD suggests making an appointment to see your physician if you experience excessive sweating.

Although there are treatments available to help you manage excessive sweating, Joel Schlessinger MD recommends making an appointment to see your physician first. They will have the knowledge and expertise to be able to recognize if excessive sweating is a sign of something more serious. Once you’ve seen a professional, you can manage your symptoms with a clinical-strength antiperspirant like Hydrosal Professional Deodorant/Antiperspirant. The key ingredient in this formula is 15% aluminum chloride hexahydrate, an aluminum salt that helps control your body’s sweat production. This antiperspirant can be applied to the face or body.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger talks to MIMI about how to choose the right foundation.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger talks to MIMI about choose the right foundation.
Foundation is an important step in your makeup routine to establish a flawless base for the rest of your products, but are you wearing the right one? Recently, Dr. Joel Schlessinger spoke with MIMI in an article called, “How to Wear Your Foundation Better”, about how to choose the right foundation for your complexion.

Choose the right formula based on your skin type, explains Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

If you have dry skin, you want to choose either a liquid, cream or serum foundation. Look a foundation that includes hydrating ingredients to nourish your skin. Dr. Schlessinger likes glo minerals Protective Liquid Foundation because its lightweight formula contains hydrating ingredients to soften and moisturize.
For oilier skin, Dr. Schlessinger recommends a powder or oil-free liquid foundation. These types of foundation provide coverage without adding oiliness or unwanted sheen to your complexion. jane iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation SPF 20 is a nourishing powder foundation that diminishes the look of imperfections while also nourishing. Plus, it protects against UV rays.
“Anyone with mature skin should avoid powder formulas, which can settle in fine lines and wrinkles and accentuate signs of aging,” says Joel Schlessinger MD. Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation is great for mature skin. This breathable liquid foundation reduces signs of aging and stimulates cell growth to achieve a younger-looking complexion.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends testing a foundation on your jawline.

Once you’ve determined which foundation formula is right for you, it’s important to choose a shade that closely matches your tone. Dr. Schlessinger and other experts agree that the best color match will result from testing foundation on your jawline, not the back of your hand.
For the most accurate results, try two to three colors along your jawline and blend into your skin. View the results in natural light. Whichever color disappears is the best match for you because foundation should even out your tone.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses black lines under fingernails which may be a sign of melanoma

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses black lines under fingernails which may be a sign of melanoma

You may come across a skin imperfection or mark that you think is harmless but could be a sign of something more serious. One example of this is black or dark colored lines under fingernails which could be benign or a sign of something more serious. Dr. Joel Schlessinger discussed the issue with ScarySymptoms.com in the article “Normal Black Line Under Fingernail vs. Melanoma Streak.”

Dark lines can be caused by skin conditions such as psoriasis or injury, explains Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

“Splinters or dark streaks under nails can occur when microscopic areas of bleeding happen and allow blood to settle under the nail,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “This also occurs in psoriasis where nail deformities are common.”

Discoloration caused by blood under the nails or a condition such as psoriasis is not harmful. The mark should fade over time without damaging the natural nail. Genes may also play a part in the appearance of these marks because heredity is one of the main causes.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger says the discolored marks may be a sign of melanoma.

If a dark mark appears underneath your nail and no injury could have caused it, it may be a sign of melanoma.

“A dark streak or area of the nail with dark discoloration can be a sign of melanoma and should be evaluated if there is no reason that trauma could have caused it,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “The dark streak from melanoma is due to actual cells being grown in the nail area or under the nail.”

Melanoma marks are usually thicker than marks caused by blood or injury under the nails. The marks will also progress rather than fade over time. If you experience any marks underneath your nails, have them checked out by a dermatologist.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses bleeding moles with ScarySymptoms.com

Dr. Schlessinger discusses bleeding moles with ScarySymptoms.com

While most skin irregularities are harmless, you can never be too careful when it comes to a bleeding mole. In a recent article with ScarySymptoms.com called “Does A Bleeding Mole Always Mean Cancer?” Dr. Schlessinger shares some important information about how to keep skin safe in the long-run.

A bleeding mole should be evaluated, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

If you are experiencing a bleeding mole, there’s a good chance that it is simply irritated, “especially if it was in the way of scratching,” says Dr. Schlessinger. Still, a mole that bleeds persistently requires a dermatologist’s care. “…if you continue to have bleeding, [the mole] should definitely be evaluated, as a dermatologist can remove the mole and keep it from happening in the future.”

A routine evaluation is also a good opportunity to determine if a mole is cancerous or at risk for developing cancer. Even if a bleeding mole appears normal, your physician will likely opt to perform a biopsy on it once it is removed just to be certain that it is benign.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains how skin cancer can cause bleeding.

A bleeding mole or skin irregularity is a leading symptom of all types of skin cancer, including the deadliest form, melanoma. “[Moles] bleed due to fragile skin that occurs when the normal pattern of skin regeneration and protection is disrupted by cancer,” Dr. Schlessinger states.

Though melanoma isn’t typically detected in small moles, it is impossible to tell whether a mole is good or bad based on size alone, or on any other physical attributes. Aside from limiting sun exposure, early detection is the single best preventative measure for skin cancer. Scheduling routine checkups with your dermatologist is key to keeping skin healthy.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses itchy, small blisters on fingers with ScarySymptoms.com

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses itchy, small blisters on fingers with ScarySymptoms.com
When unexpected skin care symptoms arise, it can be hard to determine if what you’re experiencing is harmless or serious. ScarySymptoms.com explains thousands of different symptoms and what you need to know, complete with expert knowledge. In the website’s latest entry, Dr. Joel Schlessinger covered how to care for small, itchy blisters on fingers.

Itchy blisters on fingers aren’t the same as other blisters, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

Blisters can be caused by a variety of injuries including burns, frostbite, spider bites, pinching and some infections. Small, itchy blisters on fingers aren’t a sign of injury, but rather a form of eczema.

“Itchy, small blisters on the fingers are often simply a condition called dyshidrotic eczema, a form of dry or irritated skin,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says.

Although these blisters can be itchy and uncomfortable, a hands-off approach is best in the long run.

“It is important not to pick at them or open them up, as that can result in more issues and prolonged irritation,” says Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares how to treat these bothersome blisters.

There are treatment products available that can help minimize the itching and irritation that accompany these blisters.

“Try to moisturize them or use a topical steroid if available such as FixMySkin Healing Body Balm Unscented with 1% Hydrocortisone,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares. “This can result in improvement, but if there is a continued irritant such as handwashing, detergents or a contact allergy to rings or clothes, these will have to be avoided to allow the area to improve.”

Additionally, never pop any blister on your body as this can prevent healing.

“Many times I am asked what the ‘water’ or ‘fluid’ is inside of the blisters,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “This is only serum (a form of infection or trauma-fighting fluid) that is sent to heal the area. Opening up the area or washing it away delays healing, so it is best to avoid unroofing the blisters.”

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Joel Schlessinger MD shares how to deal with frizzy hair in the summer

Joel Schlessinger MD shares how to deal with frizzy hair in the summer

Summertime means heat, humidity and other factors that can cause frizzy, unmanageable hair. To combat frizziness, you can use products and techniques that create smooth, silky hair. Joel Schlessinger MD shared some tips with Today Style that will keep strands manageable in the summer heat.

Joel Schlessinger MD recommends that you skip shampooing every day.

Your scalp naturally produces oil which helps condition hair and shampoo strips this oil from the scalp. Shampooing every day can actually be detrimental because it dries out strands which makes them more prone to frizz.

On days when you do shampoo, use a sulfate-free formula that will not dry out hair. At least once a week, use a deep treatment mask such as Rene Furterer KARITE Intense Nourishing Mask to keep hair smooth and less prone to frizz.

After shampooing and conditioning, protect your hair against heat and humidity, says Joel Schlessinger MD.

Blow drying and heat styling hair makes your strands more prone to breakage and damage which leads to frizz. Always apply a heat protectant such as Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Heat Protect Spray before you begin styling your hair. The formula protects against damage and creates a sleeker, smoother style.

Once you’re done styling, avoid touching your hair as much as possible. Constantly fixing your hair throughout the day can cause frizz which is harder to deal with once the hair is dry. Just apply a lightweight hairspray and let your hair be.

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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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