Demand for Chemical Peel Remains Strong

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A chemical peel is a rejuvenation treatment that is designed to remove some of the signs of aging from facial skin. Last year, over 1 million peels were performed in the U.S. alone. Despite the competition introduced by laser technology, the number of patients seeking this treatment is almost as high now as in 2000. However, the accuracy and depth of treatment tends to be easier to control with lasers than with the application of a chemical solution. In addition, ...

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Fractional Laser Offers New Rejuvenation Option

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Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is currently the industry standard for reducing the evidence of aging around the eyes. This surgical procedure is not likely to be replaced by non-invasive treatments any time soon. However, doctors in Italy have documented evidence that fractional laser rejuvenation can provide a significant level of enhancement for some patients without the side effects and downtime associated with surgery. Individuals in their mid-forties without severe sun damage or excess eyelid skin tend to have the best outcome. ...

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Sun Damage: Skin Cells’ Inner Workings Revealed

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The fact that too much exposure to UVA and UVB radiation from the sun harms skin cells has been known for a long time. However, scientists are still exploring the underlying mechanisms of sun damage. Skin has a number of defense mechanisms that make it hardy and resistant to many environmental factors. However, these are not a foolproof defense against radiation – especially after a lifetime of sun exposure.

Inside the Cell

A 2007 studyrep on the inner ...

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Should Everyone Take Beta Carotene For Sun Protection?

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Beta carotene is a nutritional supplement that boosts the body’s production of vitamin A. Besides its anti-oxidant properties, it is also known for its ability to offer skin a level of built-in protection against harmful UV radiation. However, claims that this substance can substantially lower the risk of sunburn and skin damage in the general population should be investigated further before making a decision to begin a supplement regimen.

Benefits Real – But Minimal

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New Sunscreen Labeling Guidelines Issued by the FDA

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On June 14, 2011, the Food and Drug Administration announced significant changes to sunscreen labels to help reduce the confusion in “choosing the right sunscreen.” The changes will help the consumer make better choices when looking for a sunscreen to prevent and protect against sun induced aging and skin cancer.

Many physicians agree with the movement. In a recent clinical study, melanoma incidence has increased 45% between 1992 and 2004. Melanoma, once thought to be predominantly found in the elderly population, ...

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Ablative Lasers Helpful For Atrophic Scar Revision

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Atrophic scars can occur on the skin after any kind of injury (burns, cuts, severe acne). Unlike hypertrophic and keloid scars, atrophic scarring results from a lack of sufficient collagen and other connective tissues. The wound isn’t completely filled in – so the scarred area is not quite flush with the surrounding skin. The scar tissue itself is usually pale and soft. These scars don’t generally cause any physical discomfort. However, they can be disfiguring if they are particularly large, ...

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Belotero HA And Collagen Wrinkle Fillers Compared

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Merz, the manufacturer of a hyaluronic acid filler called Belotero is hoping to achieve FDA approval soon. Their product is currently used in Europe but is new to the U.S. market. So far, it has only been used in this country in clinical trials. This includes a 24 week study conducted by researchers at the New York University School of Medicine. The results of this study have shown that Belotero performs well in comparison with bovine collagen wrinkle fillers.

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Is Hydroquinone Safe For Skin Whitening?

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Skin whitening is still a prevalent cosmetic practice in the U.S. and many other countries around the world. The dangers of bleaching solutions that contain mercury have been well publicized. However, this still leaves many products on the market that contain other agents for lightening pigmentation. Many are marketed to fair skinned individuals as formulas for rejuvenating skin and reducing the appearance of age spots. The same ingredients are used in whitening creams marketed to darker skinned groups for all ...

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