Monthly Archives: February 2012

Dr. Joel Schlessinger provides exclusive commentary to Skin Inc. on eczema.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger provides “exclusive commentary” to Skin Inc. on the challenging topic of eczema.

Skin's Tight Junctions May Hold Secret to Offering Relief for Eczema With Exclusive Commentary from Joel Schlessinger, MD
In December 2010, Skin Inc. published this article: “Skin’s Tight Junctions May Hold Secret to Offering Relief for Eczema With Exclusive Commentary from Joel Schlessinger, MD.”

This article describes the skin as a barrier that protects the body from allergens, irritants, pollutants and microbes. With eczema, this barrier is “leaky,” which allows these substances to “be sensed” by the skin and then attack the immune system. According to this article, up to 17% of children and about approximately 6% of adults in the United States (close to 15 million people) have eczema, so it is a widespread problem.

In the past, the upper layer of skin has been named as the source of the leak for people with eczema. In a new study published by the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, though, a second skin barrier with cell-to-cell connectivity (known as tight junctions) was found to also be faulty in eczema patients. This suggests exciting new areas of research and potential treatments.

According to Dr. Joel Schlessinger, “This is an intriguing hypothesis and one that clearly fits well with the theory of barrier improvement and repair . . . With further research, it may become evident which treatments work the best at healing this disruption of cellular integrity. I look forward to finding out other disease types that operate on this level as well.”

For topical relief of the symptoms of eczema, consider FixMySkin.

FixMySkin Healing Body Balm Unscented with 1% Hydrocortisone

FixMySkin is an innovative healing balm (available for the face and body, as well as for lips) containing 1% Hydrocortisone. This product is available in vanilla scented form as well as unscented.

Freelance writers, editors, journalist and bloggers: are you looking for an expert for your article? Contact Dr. Joel Schlessinger today.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger answers more skin care questions, including about rosacea.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger answers more skin care questions for Simply Stated, a blog of the magazine, Real Simple.

Simply Stated - Dermatologist Dr. Joel Schlessinger Answers Your Questions Part 2
This article, “A Dermatologist Answers Your Questions, Part 2,” focuses on the advice of Dr. Joel Schlessinger on topics such as these:

  • How to fade age and sun spots – especially with a product that’s proven to work over time
  • How to choose a Retin-A product that works well for sensitive skin
  • How long it takes Retin-A to smooth away mild acne scarring
  • How to prevent wrinkles in the future
  • How to fade acne scars
  • How to treat acne if a person is older than 40
  • The best treatment for wrinkles and sun damage
  • Exfoliation options for people with rosacea
  • How to treat acne while also using wrinkle prevention products

Dr. Joel Schlessinger provides recommendations on how to exfoliate skin when you have rosacea.

Obagi Rosaclear Gentle Cleanser

You can find information about all of the bulleted topics listed above in the article itself. Here, we’ll focus on just one: rosacea. If the doctor recommended just one product line for rosacea, it would be the Obagi Rosaclear line. Products in this line contain aloe and glycerin, which are soothing ingredients that work to suppress inflammation and treat flushed skin.

With this skin condition, it’s important to gently cleanse rather than aggressively exfoliate – and the Obagi line contains what you need: a gentle cleanser, hydrating complexion corrector and a skin balancing sun protection product with SPF 30.

Freelance writers, editors, journalist and bloggers: are you looking for an expert for your article? Contact Dr. Joel Schlessinger today.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger answers frequently asked skin care questions.

Simply Stated, a blog of the magazine Real Simple, asks Dr. Joel Schlessinger to answer its readers’ most pressing skin care questions.

Simply Stated - Dermatologist Dr. Joel Schlessinger Answers Your Questions
In “A Dermatologist Answers Your Questions, Part 1,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger answers questions about:

  • Reducing darker spots on middle-aged skin
  • Splurging on a product that works on sunspots
  • Using olive oil on the face and eyelashes
  • Products  with Retin-A that are kind to sensitive skin
  • The best moisturizing solution for dry skin, especially during winter months
  • The best moisturizing solution for oily skin that’s prone to breakouts
  • How to prevent wrinkles
  • How to layer skin care products for best effect

To find the answers to these questions, read the Simply Stated blog post – and stay tuned for a follow up blog post, “A Dermatologist Answers Your Questions, Part 2.”

Here is a peek at what the doctor discussed in part 1 of the article: how to reduce the appearance of darker spots on middle-aged skin.

Obagi Nu-Derm Clear #3

The doctor’s advice is to use sunscreen and Retin-A (or its equivalent), along with hydroquinone. He recommends Obagi Clear for application of 4% hydroquinone; the ingredients in Obagi Clear are clinically proven to correct surface damage and lighten hyperpigmentation issues for an overall lighter and brighter skin tone.

The doctor also recommends the entire Obagi system for all-over beautiful skin. The starter kit contains the following:

  • Step 1: Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser
  • Step 2: Nu-Derm Toner
  • Step 3: Nu-Derm Clear
  • Step 4: Nu-Derm Exfoderm
  • Step 5: Nu-Derm Blender
  • Step 6: Nu-Derm Sunfader SPF 15
  • Step 7: Nu-Derm Healthy Skin Protection SPF 35

Freelance writers, editors, journalist and bloggers: are you looking for an expert for your article? Contact Dr. Joel Schlessinger today.

The Beauty Doctors site profiles dermatologist Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

The Beauty Doctors site, which offers dermatologist-recommended beauty information, profiles Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Beauty Doctors - Cosmeceutical Store Opened by Dr. Joel Schlessinger
This article starts by pointing out that Dr. Joel Schlessinger opened the country’s first brick-and-mortar store focused solely on cosmeceuticals.

“Cosmeceuticals” is a term that many people may not be familiar with, but they probably use them every day. Cosmeceuticals are applied topically, like cosmetics, but contain ingredients that have pharmaceutical benefits. If you use toothpaste that contains fluoride, then you’re using a cosmeceutical; if you use makeup that contains sun protection, then that’s a cosmeceutical, too.

The Food and Drug Administration does not regulate cosmeceuticals because they are what we typically call “over the counter” products rather than prescription based.

The Beauty Doctor article also highlights the success of the doctor’s brick-and-mortar store.

LovelySkin's Flagship Store
The LovelySkin store is more than 20,000 square feet in size, located in Omaha, Nebraska, containing more than 170 top quality brands and 7,000 products. The licensed aestheticians and highly trained sales associates have all been handpicked by the doctor to provide the best experience for your skin condition. Staff typically rotates from the doctor’s dermatology practice to the store to deepen their knowledge of skin care issues.

At the retail store, sales break down as follows:

  • 75% are skin care products, with top brands being Obagi, SkinMedica, NeoCutis, NeoStrata, Lumiere, La Roche Posay and Kinerase
  • 25% are cosmetic products, with top brands being Colorescience, Jane Iredale and glo minerals

Freelance writers, editors, journalist and bloggers: are you looking for an expert for your article? Contact Dr. Joel Schlessinger today.

Worried about golf ball or orange peel chin? Here’s how to treat chin dimpling.

Worried about “golf ball” or “orange peel” chin? Dr. Joel Schlessinger talks to Modern Medicine about chin dimpling.

Modern Medicine - Botulinum toxin for chin dimpling proves safe, effective

In the article, “Botulinum toxin for chin dimpling proves safe, effective,” published on July 1, 2010, Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares specifics about treating this condition with a simple therapeutic approach.

The treatment is two-fold:

  • Using botulinum toxin to relax chin muscles to smooth the dimples
  • Working with patients to change facial movements that contract chin muscles and cause the dimpling or “cobblestoning” to occur

The doctor typically uses 10 units of Botox, injecting it at four points. He injects fairly superficially to avoid deeper nerves. One potential side effect is drooping of the lower lip, but he has successfully performed this procedure hundreds of time with excellent results.

To further increase the impact of the botulinum toxin, Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends the use of a filler such as Restylane.

Restylane - Before and After Photos
Restylane is a natural, synthesized and fully degradable FDA-approved hyaluronic acid that comes in a crystal-clear gel. Fillers can also be used in the lips, mouth and circles under the eyes, plus for acne scarring and cheek depressions and to fill in lines that run from the nose to the corners of your lips.

The doctor has been using Restylane since its approval in the United States. Prior to that, it had been extensively used in Europe.

For more information about Restylane, see “Filler Therapies (Botox, Collagen, Restylane and other injectibles)” at the Cornell University / Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College site. This article points out the “very tiny risk of an allergic response” with Restylane when compared with other fillers.

Freelance writers, editors, journalist and bloggers: are you looking for an expert for your article? Contact Dr. Joel Schlessinger today.

Skin Inc. published “Joel Schlessinger, MD: Priorities and Passion.”

In January 2010, Skin Inc. featured Dr. Joel Schlessinger in an in-depth article and shared what makes him such a success.

Skin Inc - Joel Schlessinger, MD: Priorities and Passion
The article is titled “Joel Schlessinger, MD: Priorities and Passion.” Written by Cathy Christensen, it starts out with this statement: “The offices that house the various ventures of Dr. Joel Schlessinger are similar to a labyrinth, with each door leading to a different opportunity for career success.”

This article covers plenty of information about Dr. Joel Schlessinger that doesn’t often appear in other articles. For example, he shared how he’d wanted to become a physician since he was five years old. Not a dermatologist, mind you – because he didn’t make that decision until he was largely through his pediatric residency.

The Skin Inc. article stresses how the doctor cherishes Midwestern values.

Born in Ohio, his wife Nancy’s family lives in St. Louis, so it made sense for them to settle down in Omaha, Nebraska, where they could be close to Nancy’s family. He credits his parents, both retired college professors, for helping him to understand the importance of his practice and for editing his more than 60 research articles.

Midwestern values that he embraces include hard work, spending time with family, and exercising to maintain good health. Dr. Joel Schlessinger also believes in giving back: for more than 12 years, he has interviewed potential students for Brown University; for six years, he served on the local public school education foundation, still serving on the organization’s honors committee.

Here is one of the doctor’s secrets: to help manage time between work and family, he harnesses the power of the Internet.

LovelySkin.com Logo

He also started an e-commerce site, LovelySkin.com, in 1997 – yet another of the doctor’s many business ventures. To find out more about other paths of his multi-pronged business, read “Joel Schlessinger, MD: Priorities and Passion.”

Freelance writers, editors, journalist and bloggers: are you looking for an expert for your article? Contact Dr. Joel Schlessinger today.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains how antioxidants slow down signs of aging.

Joel Schlessinger MD explains how antioxidants slow down aging and how to use them to have younger looking skin. 

New You - The Age of Antioxidants

In the article titled “The Age of Antioxidants” published by New You in the summer of 2010, Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses the importance of antioxidants and shares how to choose the best antioxidant-based skin care solutions.

The article first defines an “oxidant,” also known as a free radical. An oxidant is a byproduct of taking oxygen into our bodies — and can actually damage other molecules; this type of cellular damage can lead to aging skin. The following can increase the levels of oxidants:

  • Pollution
  • UV
  • Stress
  • Smoking
  • Radiation
  • Diet

On the other hand, “Antioxidants are known to improve cellular function,” according to Dr. Joel Schlessinger, “and are thought to slow down aging.”

He adds that it can be “helpful to have extra opportunities to deliver antioxidants to the skin by applying them topically.”

To find a list of antioxidants, go to Medline Plus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health. For an in-depth look at the role antioxidants play in health and whether or not taking antioxidant supplements assists in good health, see the information found at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, also part of the National Institutes of Health.

For maximum antioxidant skin penetration, consider Obagi Professional-C Serum 20%.

Obagi Professional-C Serum 20%

Obagi Professional-C Serum 20% contains L-ascorbic acid, which neutralizes the free radicals that damage skin. It remains in the skin for up to 72 hours.

Freelance writers, editors, journalist and bloggers: are you looking for an expert for your article? Contact Dr. Joel Schlessinger today.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery makes 2011 predictions.

Discover the top 10 cosmetic surgery predictions for 2011, made by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

New You Magazine - Trend Spotting: 2011

ASAPS is the leading national organization of board-certified plastic surgeons who specialize in cosmetic surgery. After you read their cosmetic surgery predictions for 2011, find out who Eliza, the editor of New You, would recommend as a specialist for her own mother!
ASAPS’ top three predictions are:

  • Increase in the number of facelifts and other facial rejuvenation surgeries
  • Growth of the use of cosmetic injectables (such as Botox)
  • Increase in body contouring surgeries performed after dramatic weight loss

Here is the full list of ASAPS’ predictions for cosmetic surgery in 2011.

New You’s editor named doctors she would trust with her own mother’s cosmetic injectable procedure, and her list included Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

The New You article points out two dangers when considering cosmetic injectable procedures:

  • ‘discount injectables’ bought offshore
  • procedures performed by “untrained or poorly trained practitioners”

The article then reads: “Let me be perfectly frank with you: There is no such thing as a ‘deal’ on injectables. If market competition among manufacturers drive national retail prices down, that’s one thing. If you’re getting an unbelievable ‘discount,’ take my advice: Don’t even go there. This is an industry where you’ve got to realize that it’s your FACE we’re talking about. Better to have a few wrinkles than disfigurement. (It happens!)”

Four doctors are then recommended as ones experienced enough to send your own mother to them – including Joel Schlessinger.

Freelance writers, editors, journalist and bloggers: are you looking for an expert for your article? Contact Dr. Joel Schlessinger today.

Revance, a topical form of Botox, is looking promising during trials.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger reports that Revance, a topical form of Botox, is poised to enter phase 3 trials.

New You Magazine - Going Needle-Free
The doctor reported this exciting news at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery‘s annual meeting early in 2011. At this meeting, Joel Schlessinger also announced that it will take time for these trials to be underway. His announcement was covered in the January 14, 2011 post of New You, titled “Going Needle-Free.”

According to a press release by the manufacturers of Revance, the initial study consisted of 90 subjects and both the investigator and the patient rated the success of the procedure. Success was defined by a pre-determined level of reduction in wrinkle severity. Results were quite promising. The second phase of the study had 180 participants, with equally promising results.

A topical form of Botox will be especially helpful for people who don’t want needles injected in their face – and for those who are actually needle phobic.

It wasn’t until 1997 that medical health professionals added needle phobia (officially called “belonephobia”) to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. This is largely because of research conducted by family practitioner, Dr. James Hamilton.

Now, experts estimate that needle phobia may affect up to 10% of people – and it’s possible that this phobia can be inherited; this research was reported on by ABC News and other large news organizations.

Watch this blog for more updates about Revance and other important news by Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Freelance writers, editors, journalist and bloggers: are you looking for an expert for your article? Contact Dr. Joel Schlessinger today.

MSNBC consults with top experts about getting mamas into pre-baby shape.

MSNBC consults with top experts, including Dr. Joel Schlessinger, to help get “laser hot mamas zapped into prebaby shape.”

Although the MSNBC article “Laser hot mamas zapped into prebaby shape: Plastic surgeons offering makeovers for yummy mummies” was published in 2007, it’s still relevant today. After all, new mothers care just as much about this topic now as they did then.

MSNBC - Laser hot mamas zapped into prebaby shape
The reality is that, after a woman gives birth, she can have the following problems, as noted in the MSNBC article:

  • Stretch marks
  • Loose belly skin
  • Spider veins
  • Varicose veins
  • Melisma (brown facial pigmentation)
  • Milked-out, deflated breasts

In the article, Dr. Joel Schlessinger points out the effects of hormones on a woman and her body throughout her pregnancy – and afterwards, too.

This can be especially true with older women – and, as CBS and many other news sources reported in 2009, the average age of first-time mothers is significantly increasing. In fact, according to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, the proportion of first-time births to women aged 35 and older has increased nearly eight times since 1970.

“In my practice,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger said in the article, “we’ve seen a 50 percent increase in the number of women seeking postpartum treatments in the last five years. And my data show that the largest subset is women in their 30s, when pregnancy takes more of a toll.”

The treatment discussed in the MSNBC article is Fraxel laser treatment, something that the doctor also uses to beautify facial skin. 

Fraxel Treatment - Before and After
Clinical studies about Fraxel are published at the manufacturer’s site, from peer reviewed articles on Fraxel to trade publications and information found in the Fraxel Insider newsletter. At the LovelySkin.com site, Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses Fraxel as a method to achieve beautiful skin. One of the huge benefits of Fraxel in beautifying facial skin is that only one session is typically needed. The higher the intensity, the longer the recovery – but results will be even more impressive.

Freelance writers, editors, journalist and bloggers: are you looking for an expert for your article? Contact Dr. Joel Schlessinger today.