Monthly Archives: May 2013

What is causing your dry skin? Joel Schlessinger MD reveals the answer

What is causing your dry skin? Joel Schlessinger MD reveals the answer

Joel Schlessinger MD speaks with about common causes of dry skin.

Itchiness, tightness, flaking and redness are symptoms that people with dry skin deal with on a daily basis. While there is no way to avoid one’s skin type, there may be factors that aggravate the skin and cause these symptoms to worsen. In “7 Surprising Causes of Dry Skin,” on, Joel Schlessinger MD and other experts address this issue. They reveal everyday products and practices that contribute to dry skin and a lack of moisture.

The environment, skin care products and harsh ingredients may be to blame for dry skin, reveals Joel Schlessinger MD.

One daily habit that strips the skin of moisture is cleansing. Cleansing with harsh soaps and detergents can cause itching and flaking to worsen so it is important to use mild cleansers if you have dry skin. Make sure your facial cleanser, body wash and even your laundry detergents have gentle formulas that are free of ingredients such as dyes and fragrances.

Other factors, such as dry air, can be extremely harsh on dry skin. Environments with low humidity both indoors and outdoors lack moisture, making skin feel tight and irritated. To replace this moisture, Joel Schlessinger MD recommends using a humidifier.

Aside from changes to your routine, Joel Schlessinger MD recommends using products that soothe dry skin.

Replenishing dry skin with moisturizing lotions and creams is an excellent way to reduce irritating symptoms. “Additionally, it’s a good idea to keep a mild, 1% hydrocortisone cream on hand,” Joel Schlessinger MD says. “Use it early if you see signs of chapped or dry skin.”

FixMySkin Healing Body Balm Unscented with 1% Hydrocortisone is an excellent choice for dry skin. The healing formula penetrates deeply into skin to hydrate and heal dry, damaged cells.

Do you have questions about your dry skin care issues? Let Joel Schlessinger MD know in the comment section.

Joel Schlessinger MD warns about the use of retinol prior to waxing

Joel Schlessinger MD warns about the use of retinol prior to waxing

Waxing, explains Joel Schlessinger MD, can aggravate the complexion when performed alongside a retinol regimen.

More and more people are discovering the anti-aging and renewal benefits of retinol products. Many people do not realize, however, that using a retinol product and then waxing may be detrimental to their complexion.

In a recent post, discusses with Joel Schlessinger MD why this skin care ingredient, which causes cell renewal and exfoliation, can lead to more irritation and sensitivity while waxing.

What are the risks of using retinol and then waxing? Joel Schlessinger MD answers.

Retin-A, retinoids and retinols all exfoliate the complexion to eliminate the outer layer of skin and make way for the newer, living cell layers. While this does minimize the signs of aging, these new layers are more delicate and prone to irritation and sensitivity.

During the waxing process, both the hair and the outer layers of the skin are removed. Performing this procedure after applying retinol can cause redness, burning and even scarring to occur on the newly exposed skin.

“One of the side effects of retinols or retinoid is that the skin cells become sensitive, which can cause the skin to separate deeper than it should during waxing,” Joel Schlessinger MD says. Patients who apply retinol and then undergo waxing can experience extreme sensitivity and pain.

Joel Schlessinger MD explains how to avoid irritation caused by waxing.

To avoid irritation, Joel Schlessinger MD recommends discontinuing use of retinol products two to five days prior to waxing. After waxing, wait to use your retinol products until you no longer experience any irritation, redness or dryness. Patients should also discontinue using other exfoliants such as glycolic acid, lactic acid and AHAs a few days before waxing.

Do you have questions for Joel Schlessinger MD about retinol and waxing? Let him know in the comment section.

Joel Schlessinger MD Discusses Ultherapy Treatments with Omaha World-Herald

Ultherapy is a non-invasive anti-aging procedure offered by Joel Schlessinger MD and Skin Specialists.

In a recent article titled “Omaha doc offers heat-based alternative to ‘facelift’,” Joel Schlessinger MD discusses how Ultherapy works and who qualifies for the treatment. This procedure is a non-invasive “facelift” that uses ultrasound waves to encourage a firmer appearance.

During this treatment, a trained technician places and triggers the device across pre-marked areas of the face and neck. The micro-burst of energy bypasses the first three layers of the skin to deliver heat to the layer of your skin where collagen is located and stimulates the formation of new collagen. This process firms and tightens skin to reverse loss of elasticity.

This anti-aging treatment requires no downtime and is ideal for younger patients, explains Joel Schlessinger MD.

Ultherapy is a quick procedure, only taking about an hour with results that last for well over a year.  Patients describe this treatment as mildly uncomfortable with a slight sting. “Patients don’t require pain medication after the procedure,” Joel Schlessinger MD said. “There’s no down time either.” Ultherapy is suitable for patients in their 30s to 70s without major issues in sagging skin.

Joel Schlessinger MD believes Ultherapy is a major game changer in skin rejuvenation.

This firming treatment is a great alternative to a facelift and is especially beneficial for younger patients. “A lot of things promised lifting and tightening and didn’t work,” Schlessinger said about facial procedures. And although Ultherapy is not the same as a surgical facelift that cuts away skin, he said, “It provides a certain degree of improvement in skin laxity and may even keep you from having surgery later.”

The article also focuses on the growing popularity of facial procedures over body procedures like liposuction and breast augmentations.

Learn more about Ultherapy by reading this blog or visiting the Skin Specialists website.