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Sunscreen Q&A

#1: Is All Sunscreen Created Equal? Current general consensus is in favor of mineral-based sunscreens containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as active ingredients. Mineral-based sunscreens are the best physical blockers of UV light, causing light reflection from the skin. While chemical sunscreens do offer broad-spectrum UV coverage, there has been increasing concern regarding the effects of such chemicals on human health and the environment. In one study (Matta et al), 6 active ingredients found in many chemical sunscreens—avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, homosalata, octisalate and octinocate—were found to be systemically absorbed with topical use, with blood concentrations surpassing the FDA safety threshold. Furthermore, due to concerns regarding coral reef bleaching, Hawaii will be banning on sunscreen containing oxybenzone and octinoxate effective January 2021. Take-away: Always check active ingredients...

Grateful Friends Baskets

We are excited to be supporting Grateful Friends, an organization that was created to bring support and unexpected joy to those living with or being treated for cancer. We will be collecting items for a Grateful Friends basket during the month of March. If you are coming in for an appointment, please consider bringing in any of the items listed below. For information about Grateful Friends, please visit https://www.gratefulfriends.com/ ...

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Acne 101: Causes & Treatments

Acne Vulgaris, more commonly referred to as “acne," is one of the most common Dermatological skin conditions worldwide. In fact, it is estimated that yearly, 40-50 million individuals in the United States alone, suffer from acne.  Approximately 85% of teens and young adults (between 12 and 24 years) are affected. However, the disorder may persistent well into adulthood. Because of the prevalence of acne and its significant social and psychologic impact, it is important to understand the disorder and treatment options available. What is Acne? Acne is more than clogged pores and pimples; it's actually an inflammatory skin disorder involving the pilosebaceous unit, which refers to the hair follicle and associated oil-producing sebaceous gland.  Acne is most common on areas with the highest number...

Loss of Volume in Your Face: Fillers 101

As we age, the skin looses collagen and elastin fibers. Fillers, especially hyaluronic acid ones, possess a plethora of beauty enhancing capabilities—they can lift, augment, and plump deficient areas for a more streamlined and defined visage. How they work: Dermal fillers containing hyaluronic acid, are designed to soften and correct fine lines and wrinkles in the face by adding volume and restoring hydration. Hyaluronic acid is a chain of sugars produced naturally in the body and its purpose is to aid skin hydration by binding to water. As you age, your natural production of HA slows down, your skin becomes a bit drier, and you begin to see signs of decreased collagen production and skin elasticity. Treatment areas: Fillers are most commonly used for: Nasolabial folds and wrinkles Volumize, sculpt and...

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