Three PDT treatments are recommended for the treatment of precancerous lesions, and when used for these medical reasons, the treatments are usually covered by insurance. However, PDT treatment to improve sun damage, acne, pore size and brown spots is considered cosmetic, so each treatment will set you back about $600.
More than 16 million Americans are affected by rosacea, a common yet often misunderstood skin condition. Although not contagious, rosacea, which is characterized by red flushing of the skin, is highly visible and can be a blow to self-confidence.
There are a variety of reasons the skin begins to show signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, loss of firmness and lack of radiance. A lifetime of accumulated sun exposure, free radicals and the natural aging process all play a role in skin aging.
It has been more than three years since the Food and Drug Administration first proposed a ban on many of the ingredients commonly found in antibacterial soaps—and the agency issued its final ruling a few weeks ago: Companies have one year to reformulate their products without 19 specific ingredients or pull them from store shelves. The issue: the soaps can lead to antibiotic-resistant bacteria that potentially harms the body.
Lack of sleep and stress prompt our bodies to produce a hormone called cortisol, which causes blood sugar levels to rise, causing weight gain, heart problems and diabetes. High blood sugar levels can also lead to tough skin and wrinkles.
Dermatologists often say that sunscreen is the number-one anti-aging product because it prevents the damage that eventually appears as visible signs of aging. But when it comes to anti-aging products that improve existing signs of aging, my product pick is retinol (and retinoids). Best, you can find effective products at all different price points at the drugstore, department store and your dermatologist’s office.
Acne is a common problem during pregnancy, and it can continue after giving birth while breastfeeding. Since anything a new mom puts on her skin or inside her body can potentially be passed along to the baby in breast milk—and newborns may be more affected by drugs than infants six months or older—it’s important to know which acne medications and topical products are safe to use during breastfeeding and which should be avoided.
As a dermatologist, I highly recommend wearing a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 each and every day of the year; but during summer, sun protection is even more imperative as the sun’s rays are stronger and we tend to spend more time outdoors. In my opinion, sunscreen is the best anti-aging product available (especially in conjunction with a retinol or retinoid product at night). Here are a few must-know tips that will help you maximize your sun protection, and prevent the skin damage that leads to visible signs of aging and skin cancer.