Monthly Archives: May 2015
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.