Monthly Archives: September 2012

Joel Schlessinger MD shares common misconceptions about oral vitamins such as vitamin D.

Joel Schlessinger MD shares common misconceptions about oral vitamins such as vitamin D.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger was recently featured in an article on entitled, “The Top Five Anti-Aging Vitamins to Take Now.” In this article, several board certified physicians note on the important vitamins to take for skin health. Although the article focuses mainly on oral vitamins, Joel Schlessinger MD says that you’ll get better results with topical vitamins.

“In general, for healthy skin, vitamins applied topically are the best route,” said the doctor.

Joel Schlessinger MD says that some oral vitamins are helpful with overall conditions, the science behind helping the skin, other than in regular doses, is somewhat weak.

“Many companies suggest that mega-doses of vitamins can help or cure certain conditions and the evidence is that they may not do anything past a certain point,” the doctor said.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger said one large exception is vitamin D.

“The recommended daily requirements of vitamin D are likely wrong. We now think that about 2,000 international units per day are appropriate and even that may be low. If in doubt, have your levels checked.  If your levels are less than 20, then you need supplementation,” Joel Schlessinger MD noted.

“Most individuals do need supplementation as foods and even light exposure doesn’t gain enough vitamin D to be ‘normal’ levels in the blood.”

The concept that tanning beds supply a safe level of vitamin D is also false, the doctor says. “Studies have shown that vitamin D levels tend to be low even in sunny climate areas such as Hawaii.”

Overall, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says that “topically applied vitamins are certainly reasonable and helpful.”

One of the doctor’s favorite topically applied vitamin skin care brands is NIA24, a proven line of products that contain niacinamide to help correct and protect sun damaged skin. Learn more about NIA24 products here.

Do you apply any vitamins topically? Tell us about it in the comments.

Joel Schlessinger MD featured in LA Times about airplane safety and on-board doctor help

iStock_000002048822XSmallDr. Joel Schlessinger was recently featured in the article “In-flight first aid: What’s a passenger to do?” published in the LA Times. This article discusses airplane safety when it comes to a medical emergency and some difficulties that may happen when asking for doctor help.

“There is every reason to help,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger. However, many physicians may not “have the knowledge to manage a complex and critical medical problem.”

“There are many different skill sets in physicians,” said Joel Schlessinger MD, “and some tend to shy away from acute care/management due to their personalities.”

Although it may not be the ideal situation, on-board doctor help can make a big difference.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger has first-hand experience in responding to on-board doctor help

“In the time since I have been a doctor, there have been three instances where I have been called upon to give help to a passenger,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

“The most concerning one was when a passenger lost consciousness as the plane was close to the airport. They couldn’t be aroused and it wasn’t’ clear if they were having a stroke or not.”

An ambulance met the plane as it landed and the passenger was transferred to the hospital immediately. Joel Schlessinger MD followed up and found that the patient had a seizure condition and was not on medication.

“The passenger was released without any further problems, but it was difficult during the time that we didn’t know about the condition. We had no background information on this passenger, making it very difficult to treat.”

Doctor help in-flight can help save a life and encourage airplane safety

While some physicians may not respond when a call is made on-board, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says that there is every reason to aid in airplane safety.

“Hopefully, this article will encourage some other physicians to assist with ill passengers if and when the time comes,” he said.

Have you ever seen an on-board medical emergency? Share how you witnessed doctor help in airplane safety below.

Joel Schlessinger MD and featured on

Dr. Joel Schlessinger and are receiving more great press about the second annual LovelySkin pop-up store in New York City. published an article about the success of the pop-up store as well as a full slideshow showcasing the amazing products and specials offered to the attendees.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger talked about the latest news in the skin care and beauty industry before allowing selected members of the press sample some of’s top selling products. Some of the staff were present to help educate the participants.

View the slideshow of photos from this successful event here. pop-up store reviewed on pop-up store reviewed on
Last week, Dr. Joel Schlessinger, his son, Daniel, and the LovelySkin team traveled to New York City for the second annual LovelySkin pop-up store. During this event, major beauty bloggers, editors and publicists were able to learn about the beauty website and try out several advanced skin care products. Onica Cupido from reviewed the pop-up store and posted about it in an article entitled “LovelySkin Latest Skin Care & Beauty Products.”

Cupido was very impressed with and enjoyed being able to find many of the best advanced skin care products.

“During the event, I learned that is more then [sic] just a beauty website. It’s also a personal guide to find some of the best skin care products available,” Cupido wrote.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon who spends much time and effort choosing the right skin care products to be offered on Most advanced skin care products featured on are only available through a physician’s office.

Cupido learned about many of the advanced skin care products offered on the LovelySkin beauty website, including:

With over 170 brands and 7000 products, LovelySkin’s beauty website is your one-stop shop for makeup, skincare, fragrance, hair care and more, Cupido noted. Not only will you find great products, but you’ll also find tips and tricks from Dr. Joel Schlessinger himself.

Visit for all of your advanced skin care products today.