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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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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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.
What’s your trick for dealing with frizzy hair? Let us know in the comments section!
Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares his thoughts about cosmeceuticals and at-home devices 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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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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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!
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!
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.
Do you have a question about healthy hair growth for Dr. Joel Schlessinger? Share with us in the comments.
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.
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.”