Polypodium leucotomos extract (PLE), derived from the tropical fern of Polypodiaceae family, has properties ranging from immunomodulatory and antioxidative to photoprotective. It is these multiple mechanisms of action, in combination with a favorable side effect profile, which makes PLE a promising adjunctive treatment for several dermatologic disorders. Studies are summarized on the use and potential applications of PLE in the treatment or management of photodermatoses, vitiligo, melasma, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and more recently, in minimizing infections in high-performance athletes.
Botox is one of the most popular treatments for a variety of reasons, but there still are a few misconceptions about what it does and doesn’t do, and who are the best candidates for use. Only you and your doctor-of-choice know if Botox is a good idea for you, but before you get to that step, we can help dispel some of the myths. Here are five of them. READ MORE
Dramatic improvements seen in children with eczema after wet wrap therapy
The number of children with atopic dermatitis, often referred to as eczema, is on the rise. Some estimate that 1 in 5 children in the U.S. now suffers from the painful, itchy skin condition. In an effort to control their symptoms, many children are prescribed powerful medications like immunosuppressants or topical steroids. READ MORE
What's the difference between psoriasis and eczema? Sometimes you have to get under the skin—and into the DNA code—to find out. Plus, learn about a promising new drug-free eczema treatment.
Psoriasis and eczema, two skin diseases with similar symptoms, now can be distinguished on a genetic level. Some forms of the inflammatory skin disorders appear so similar that even doctors find it hard to tell them apart. The genetic finding may save patients time, money and aggravation on the road to a final diagnosis, and will allow doctors to treat patients promptly with the right types of medication. READ MORE
Here are the five little known benefits of going to the spas and making it a regular habit.
This is obviously the well-known benefit and the most important as well. Probably this is the primary reason that people are booking a spa appointment. A simple pampering treatment like a massage helps relieve stress, stimulates circulatory system giving a smoother blood flow, and ease muscle tension. Massage can be therapeutic; figures on a study have shown that 56% of people seek out massage for spasms, stiffness, soreness or general rehabilitation.
This is the most underrated benefit of spa time. According to experts, massage and other full body beauty treatments are designed to excrete the body’s excess toxins and fluids. At the surface level, after a session person will feel lighter as he walks out the door for this treatment eliminates bloating and water retention in the body. In the long run, regular massage helps stimulate the lymphatic system of the body flushing out the body’s waste products more efficiently.
Soothes the Soul
Fact: looking better automatically helps an individual feel better. Beauty treatments like facials, mud wraps, manicures, pedicure, etc., not only improve one’s appearance but it also give the confidence a boost. On top of that spas are designed to nourish and soothe the soul. According to spa experts water-based spa treatments mimic the qualities of life – the water symbolizes yin and yang. A person’s body and soul can find balance – with the water as the equilibrium, as he immerses himself in a spa Jacuzzi after a body wrap.
Updates on the Latest Beauty Treatments
The spa is the perfect place to learn all there is in the world of pampering. Make sure to solicit information about the new, up and coming treatments during a spa therapy. Therapists will be happy to entertain these queries allowing their patrons to add something special on their next appointment like a spray tan, a full body coffee scrub or eyelash extensions.
Access to Exclusive Products
Spas and salons offer a number of exclusive product lines that are not available anywhere else. These products may be costly but rest assured that these are higher quality and will last longer. It is wise to consider expert advice and go with the professional product lines to take care of one’s hair or skin.
Time to scrub out plastic from our beauty products
The ongoing debate around plastic microbeads came to a head with Illinois becoming the first U.S. state to ban their use in skin care products with Ohio, California and New York looking like they’ll be following suit.
Did you know that staying up just an hour or two later on the weekend can wreak havoc on your sleep, not to mention your mood? There’s even a name for it: social jet lag. According to Shelby Freedman Harris, YouBeauty sleep expert and director of Behavioral Sleep Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, social jet lag is becoming more prevalent. “It isn’t necessarily a sleep disorder that we actually would diagnose someone with clinically, but it is a trend where we notice that people aren’t sticking with the same sleep-wake schedule every day,” Harris explains. READ MORE
Blend ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Apply to clean skin and leave it on for 10 minutes. Rinse off using cool water and pat dry. Finish by applying a gentle moisturizer. For an added glow add a pinch of tumeric to the yogurt and blend well before mixing in the other ingredients.
The butt facial: The latest beauty treatment taking America by storm
In you want your face to have a glowing complexion you might consider indulging in a facial — but would you consider giving your butt the same treatment? Body conscious beach-goers are spending a whopping $500 on a new treatment that promises to enhance their bums. The “butt facial” is the new beauty treatment to come out of the Big Apple. The costly 40-minute procedure uses lasers, chemical peels and moisturizers to tone and smooth the skin.
The Top 3 Mistakes Estheticians Make Over and Over ... and How to Fix Them!
Mistake No. 3: Skipping the at-home recommendation
What would you do if, two weeks after receiving a facial, a client returns to you saying that the facial caused her to breakout? This happened to an esthetician who called me asking for advice.
The first thing I did after hearing this story was to ask the following: Did she perform a SkinReading and professionally recommend the right products for her client to use at home? Her response? “No.”
The fix. Your service doesn’t end when the treatment finishes. In fact, you totally lose control of your treatment results once the client leaves your room if you don’t send her home with the right at-home products. You run the risk of the client assuming the facial is the cause of any future skin problems, which the client did in the example above. When you professionally recommend the appropriate at-home agenda of professional skin care products, you’re completing the “circle of treatment” clients expect. At-home products are your insurance to maximize your facial results, make them last and ensure client satisfaction.
The Top 3 Mistakes Estheticians Make Over and Over ... and How to Fix Them!
Mistake No. 2: Not knowing contraindications
Do you know all the different generic prescription names for Retin-A? An esthetician named Erica had a client tell her she was not on Retin-A, but when Erica waxed her, the skin lifted right off. It was only then that the client said she was on Atralin. Erica politely explained that Retin-A has many names, in order to prevent this from happening again.
Here’s another situation: Esthetician Kate asked her long-time client if anything had changed since her last visit, and the client said no, so the facial proceeded. However, during exfoliation, Kate saw that the skin was lifting. She immediately sprayed the skin with cool water and applied a cool towel as she began trying to determine what was happening. She asked the client if there may have been something she forgot to share during the assessment. The client explained that she was now taking an antidepressant, but was too embarrassed to tell the esthetician earlier. Kate looked up the drug and, sure enough, a side effect was thinning of the skin. She got through the treatment with a soothing, custom-blended mask, and she’s still Kate’s client today.
The fix. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, almost half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug. There are a lot of prescriptions your client can be taking, so it’s more important than ever to be your own investigator. A SkinReading® is so vital. Pre-read the skin under your lamp, and look for clues—is her skin severely dehydrated, flaking, irritated or thin? It’s important to explain to your clients WHY you are asking the questions you ask; it’s their skin that’s at stake!
Pro tip. Know your contraindications. For example, keep a list in the treatment room of the various names Retin A can be listed under. Post it on the wall or keep it easily accessible.
The Top 3 Mistakes Estheticians Make Over and Over ... and How to Fix Them!
Mistake No. 1: Stimulating without sedating.
A client receives a facial at her neighborhood spa. When it’s over, she tells her esthetician her skin feels like it’s tingling and is uncomfortable. What happened?
In this case, the client told the esthetician she had sensitive skin. In the treatment room, after exfoliating with a physical scrub, the esthetician used a microdermabrasion machine for additional physical exfoliation. After this “double exfoliation” process, she used nothing to calm or sedate the skin post-treatment.
The fix. Here’s the rule: If you stimulate, you must sedate. Any time you exfoliate, you must immediately follow with a skin-sedating professional-grade mask to prevent negative reactions. It’s a crucial step to instantly take down any redness and calm skin’s nerve endings, as well as any cellular irritation. In this case, it was absolutely necessary, since this esthetician incorrectly performed a double exfoliation on a first-time client with sensitive skin (another mistake that should have been avoided).
At any point in your treatment, if you see excess redness or if the skin feels hot or if, at any point, the client complains of itchiness, discomfort or burning, that’s your clue that the skin needs sedation. Be prepared to create an emergency soothing mask with ingredients, such as soothing colloidal oatmeal and hydrocortisone.
Press Release: Skin Care by Charlie Receives 2014 Best of Salt Lake City Award
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Skin Care by Charlie Receives 2014 Best of Salt Lake City Award
Salt Lake City Award Program Honors the Achievement
SALT LAKE CITY June 18, 2014 — Skin Care by Charlie has been selected for the 2014 Best of Salt Lake City Award in the Facial Skin Care & Treatments category by the Salt Lake City Award Program.
Each year, the Salt Lake City Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Salt Lake City area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Salt Lake City Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Salt Lake City Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Salt Lake City Award Program
The Salt Lake City Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Salt Lake City area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Salt Lake City Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.
Oral Contraceptives Are a Good Option for Women's Acne: Study Shows
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Oral contraceptives seem to work as well as antibiotics for long-term treatment of acne in women, according to a new meta-analysis.
After six months, both treatments reduced acne by just over 50%, prompting dermatologists to call oral contraceptives a good alternative for some women and a means of avoiding the drawbacks of stronger oral acne medications or long-term antibiotic use.
Past research has shown that both antibiotics and birth control pills can improve acne, but the new review compared the two options side-by-side and found antibiotics worked better after three months, but after six months of use, results were about equal.
"Oral contraceptives (OCPs) take longer to work because they have a different mechanism of action," said Dr. Kelly H. Tyler, who was not involved in the new review.
"Antibiotics have anti-inflammatory properties, and OCPs do not have those same properties, so the reduction in acne is going to be more gradual and less dramatic in the beginning," said Tyler, a dermatologist at Ohio State University in Columbus.
Antibiotics help to reduce inflammation of existing acne, whereas oral contraceptives reduce free or circulating androgens, lowering production of the oily sebum that plugs pores, which lowers the risk of new acne developing, she told Reuters Health by email.
The review included 32 randomized controlled trials of antibiotics or oral contraceptives for treating acne. In general, after three months of treatment, antibiotics had reduced the number of whiteheads or cysts by 48%, compared to 37% with oral contraceptives.
But by six months, oral contraceptives had caught up, reducing acne by 55%, compared to 53% with antibiotics, according to the results published online May 28 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
The authors caution that the antibiotics trials they analyzed included both men and women, which interferes with the comparison to the contraceptive trial results because hormones do play such an important role in acne.
Nonetheless, they write, the findings suggest birth control pills “may have a more important first-line preventive role in chronic acne than previously accepted.”
Dr. Steven R. Feldman, a dermatologist at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, agreed. “This confirms that birth control pills are a good solid treatment for acne, and they’re probably underutilized,” he told Reuters Health.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved many birth control medications for treating acne as well as preventing pregnancy, so there should be no barrier to prescribing them, but dermatologists may still be reluctant, said Feldman, who was not involved in the new study.
Dermatologists often recommend low-dose hormonal birth control as an option for female patients, but don’t actually write a prescription for it, he told Reuters Health. Then the patient returns to her primary care doctor, who may write the prescription, and when the acne clears up the patient does not return to the dermatologist.
If the hormonal option does not work, the patient does return to the dermatologist, which gives dermatologists a biased impression of how effective the drugs are, he said.
"Given the desire to minimize antibiotic resistance and exposure, hormonal birth control could be a good alternative," Feldman said.
Both antibiotics and birth control can interfere with other medications, and both options have side effects, said Dr. Robert Dellavalle, chief of the dermatology service at the Denver VA Medical Center.
"Severe allergic reactions are very rare but more common with antibiotics," he told Reuters Health by email. "Blood clots are more common with oral contraceptives."
According to the review, oral contraceptives are more effective than he had previously assumed, said Dellavalle, who was not involved in the study.
Even if a woman’s employer refuses to reimburse for birth control, they would be required to reimburse for the same hormonal medication prescribed for acne rather than for preventing pregnancy, Feldman said.
"They may or may not cover birth control, but they do cover treatment for acne," he said. "There should be no issue."
Even if patients do get a denial from their insurer, “probably a quick appeal letter might well get that corrected,” he said.
For women with severe acne, a combination of hormonal birth control and antibiotics may lessen symptoms and remove the need for isotretinoin, a much stronger oral acne medicine that carries a serious risk of birth defects, Feldman said.
Women using isotretinoin are required to avoid pregnancy because the drug has been shown to be teratogenic.
Feldman said he does not prescribe medications that are so “horribly teratogenic” to women of childbearing age if there is another option that may work. He prescribes hormonal birth control first, to see if it will help clear up the skin and prevent pregnancy in the coming weeks and months. Only if acne is a persistent problem, then he may prescribe the stronger medication as well.
Men do not have to worry about potential birth defects, Feldman noted. “For severe acne in men with scarring, you might even go to isotretinoin first.”
It can illuminate skin and hair. It can boost metabolism. It can even aid in killing bacteria — all while keeping you smelling like the tropics. Coconut oil, that goopy saturated fat, is having its moment in the superfood spotlight. Conventional thought used to consider coconut oil unhealthy; now that research is proving otherwise, people are increasingly interested in reaping its benefits.
Estheticians have a high success rate treating acne
Acne is the No. 1 reason in the United States for visits to a dermatologist, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These patients may also complain of accompanying skin irritation. Often dermatologists and their patients become frustrated when the acne will not clear, and both may surrender to the acne in defeat. But there are other successful options. A trained esthetician will often perform extractions of pustules, black heads, closed comedones and sebum clogged pores.
Exposing your skin to the sun can turn it into a vitamin D factory – but is that a good idea?
Exposing your skin to the sun can turn it into a vitamin D factory — but is that a good idea? You need normal to high-normal levels of vitamin D for optimal health. A number of diseases have been connected with low vitamin D levels. Here is a list of Mayo Clinic Proceedings articles that address some of these diseases.
Foods that Protect The Body Against The Harmful Rays of Sunlight
Healthy foods that fight off UV rays
If you tend to spend more time outdoors such as driving, walking or doing errands out on the street you are not spared from exposure to the harmful rays of the sun. The UV rays from sunlight are known to cause cancer and other skin problems and protecting the body against its harmful effects should be a priority. There are many sunscreen products like lotion, creams and facial products in the market today that can offer some adequate protection against the harmful effects of the UV rays on our skin but sometimes this may not be enough to completely shield the body from the internal harm that exposure to sunlight can cause.
Not too many people that there are foods that can provide the body with adequate protection against the harmful effects of the UV rays from sunlight. Making them part of our diet plan can help reduce the risks to cancer and other potential illnesses that the harmful rays of the sun can cause to the body. These five foods can do wonder to the body, making it healthy inside and out despite sun exposure.
Tomato is rich in lycopene which has a cancer busting component that fights off bad radicals in the body. It helps to keep the skin healthy and fights off the harmful sun rays. The antioxidant level in lycopene is very high which is responsible for making the body more capable of fighting off cancer cells, harmful radicals and body toxins. It also reduces the skin’s hypersensitivity to sunlight exposure. At least 55 grams of tomato paste in the diet for at least 12 weeks of intake can help achieve the sunlight protection that the skin needs. Three months of consistent drinking of tomato juice can also reduce the signs of sunburns.
The omega 3 fatty acid levels in fish helps to keep the body healthy and reduces the risks to skin cell damage due to UV ray exposure. The type of the omega 3 fatty acid seen in fishes is EPA which can deliver about 4,000 mg of omega 3 to the body as a powerful cell damage deterrent due to sun exposure. This can be obtained from at least 12 ounces of salmon which has the highest level of EPA which is good for skin care and cell damage protection.
Salmon is high in Omega 3 fatty acid
Eating chocolates can also help protect the body against cellular damage due to sun exposure. Dark chocolates in particular has this characteristic of protecting the skin from sun damage but it is important to keep track of your intake because it has a high level of calories. Drinking cocoa for three months helps to reduce the redness of the skin from sunburn by at least 25%. This is believed to be due to the high level of antioxidant content found in cocoa and it is also rich in flavanol that makes the skin moist instead of dry thereby reducing the scaly appearance of the skin caused by sun damage.
Pomegranate has an antioxidant property that is capable of preventing cellular damage due to the exposure to UV rays. The pomegranate seed oil is a safe and effective food to eat in order to prevent skin tumor from developing as well. Its fruit extracts are known to inhibit the negative cellular changes in the skin cells when exposed to the UV light.
Green tea can help reduce the visible signs of sunburn and also prevents the pre-cancerous changes in the skin due to sun exposure. 2 cups of green tea every day can help protect the skin against UV light and it also reduces the risks to cancer, according to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
So, start eating these healthy foods that are our skin’s best friend against the harmful effects of sunlight, you can also learn the Pro Skin tips by clicking Here!
Feel Like A Makeover? 5 Times To Know When Not to Change Your Look
We all get bored with our style every now and then. There’s nothing like a little variety to switch up and take the ordinary to extraordinary. But before you feed into that impulse to reinvent yourself consider these 5 reasons why you might want to hold back. Never make a drastic changes:
Study IDs possible genetic link to keloid scarring
New research has led to the discovery of previously unidentified genes that may be responsible for keloid scarring. The findings could lead to more effective treatment methods. The research team, led by Dr. Lamont R. Jones, vice chairman, department of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, used six fresh keloid samples and six fresh normal skin samples in which genomewide profiling had already been done. The researchers identified 190 statistically significant regions of DNA that were mapped to 152 keloid-specific genes.