Dermatologists Debunk Common Misconceptions About Laser Hair Removal

When performed by a doctor, laser hair removal is a safe, effective, and permanent solution for removing unwanted face and body hair. This clinically tested, FDA-approved treatment has been around since the mid-1990s and is a very common procedure among young adults ages 20 to 45. However, the results don’t occur overnight, say dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology, and in inexperienced hands, laser hair removal can be dangerous.

Performed improperly, the treatment can result in burns, permanent skin color changes, and even scars. To reduce the risk of possible side effects and ensure an effective treatment, the AAD recommends that consumers only seek laser hair removal from a medical doctor who is extremely skilled in using lasers and has in-depth knowledge of the skin.

For more information and to read the full press release, visit American Academy of Dermatology.

Does Hormone Therapy Fight Wrinkles Too?

Menopause: the time that marks the end of a woman’s menstrual cycle and the word so many of us don’t want to hear. Hot flashes, thin, dry skin, emotional highs and lows—the symptoms vary greatly from person to person, but unfortunately there’s currently no way to prevent menopause, which is why many women experiment with treatments like hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to find some relief.

Although the treatments are often linked to dangerous side effects, they’re also sometimes touted as a wrinkle-fighting solution for younger-looking skin, which has piqued the interest of researchers, as well as doctors and dermatologists. Here, we asked our experts to weigh in.

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10 Skin-Care Products You’re Wasting Your Money On, According to Dermatologists

Before you spend all that cash on creams, serums, and toners, make sure you’re getting ones that actually work. Unfortunately, there are some pricey products out there that don’t do very much for your skin — and can actually end up irritating it.

So what are these products? INSIDER spoke to board-certified dermatologists to find out which items aren’t worth the money.

What Exactly Is Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been used to treat migraines, relieve headaches, decrease anxiety, increase fertility, ease tooth and back pain, relieve sinus congestions, and aid weight loss.

Cosmetic acupuncture, facial rejuvenation acupuncture, or facial acupuncture uses the same traditional practice to activate energy points in the face.

Why Dermatologists Are So Excited for This New Psoriasis Drug

If you suffer from psoriasis — a skin condition that affects over 7.5 million people in the United States, according to the American Academy of Dermatology — you sure as well know that advances for treatment are huge.

Living with active psoriasis is no easy feat. Yet, the good news is there are tons of buzz about new treatments that can help you manage your psoriasis symptoms, and Bryhali Lotion is the latest to get approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

New Beauty Device Is Bringing LED Infrared Anti-Aging Treatment To Your Home

A brand new at-home anti-aging device is changing the way you treat your skin. Meet Eterno, an “out of this world” time-saving skincare device that uses the same regenerative LED infrared technology NASA uses to grow plants in space.

Designed to be used at any age, with or without your favorite skin care, the red light therapy and tapered glass head boost collagen and skin glow while also helping with lines, wrinkles and spots in just 60 seconds

Take Care of Your Skin in the Winter Chill with Handy Hints from UTHealth

With temperatures dipping below freezing, consider the toll that frost is taking on your skin. The good news is experts from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) can help keep your skin in tip-top condition as the winter weather takes hold.

Megan Rogge, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, highlights the hazards.

“Although Texas isn’t known for its cold climate, people’s skin still suffers when it gets cold. Dryness is the biggest problem. Fortunately, you can take steps to both protect against, and help relieve, this,” Rogge said. “The other issue to watch out for is the sun, which can still be strong and do harm during the winter months, so it’s important to take the necessary precautions.”

The Department of Dermatology at McGovern Medical School, ranked among the top eight dermatology Clinical Centers of Excellence in the U.S., uses the latest advances in research and technology to provide personalized care and advice for conditions such as eczema and dermatitis that can flare up this time of year.

Rogge and Rajani Katta, MD, clinical professor of dermatology at McGovern Medical School, share their Top 7 tips:

  • Swap your lotions for creams

“When the weather changes, your skin care products should too. For most of us, dry skin makes an appearance in the winter due to changes in temperature and humidity, so you need to think about appropriate skin care formulations,” Katta said. “That means choosing thick creams over watery lotions. Lotions are the least moisturizing, because they have such a high quantity of water. Creams are a better choice for those with dry skin.”

  • Keep your sunblock handy

“Most of us don’t think of sunblock as a winter skin staple, but it is a necessity. Even when the temperature drops, the sun’s rays can still emit powerful ultraviolet radiation,” Rogge said. “If you’re close to snow or water, those UV rays can be even more potent due to the reflective surfaces, which makes wearing protection paramount.”

  • Soak and smear

“This is a technique that has long been recommended by dermatologists to help lock moisture into your skin. After soaking your skin, you want to smear on your moisturizer,” Katta said. “In other words, after you take a shower, you’ll step out of the shower, pat dry just a little bit, then apply a moisturizer while your skin is still damp.”

  • Step away from that long hot shower

“Many of us love to linger longer in steaming hot showers, particularly when it’s cold outside. These feel great, especially when your skin is itchy,” Rogge said. “But this can actually damage your skin barrier, and also exacerbate dry, itchy skin. That’s why it’s recommended to limit showers to 10 minutes, and use lukewarm water instead of hot water.”

  • Arm your hands with gloves

“It’s very important to maintain an intact and well-functioning skin barrier. But this presents challenges in winter because extremes of temperature can damage the skin barrier, as can harsh winds,” Katta said. “An important part of looking after your skin is using the right protective gear. Gloves keep your fingers warm and protect them too.”

  • Turn on your humidifier

“Winter dry skin gets worse once you start turning on the heat in your home. That heat starts to dry the air in your home, which in turn starts to dry your skin,” Rogge said. “A humidifier in your bedroom when you sleep can really help.”

  • Think silk not wool for long underwear

“For women who live in leggings or tights all winter long, the fabric that you choose can make a big difference to your skin. Wool is known to be very irritating, and so are many other fabrics,” Katta said. “It’s not just the material itself either; the way it’s woven can make a difference in how it feels against your skin. Silk leggings are an ideal choice for those with sensitive skin. Cotton leggings, if woven well, are another kinder, as well as cheaper, option.”

[Source(s): University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Newswise]

L’Oréal Launches My Skin Track UV Sun Safety Device

The La Roche-Posay My Skin Track UV—reportedly the first battery-free wearable electronic to measure UV exposure—is available now at and select US Apple Store locations, according to L’Oreal USA in a media release.

My Skin Track UV was developed by L’Oréal’s Technology Incubator and unveiled at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show. It features a precise sensor that is designed to measure individual UV levels and a companion app that tracks a wearer’s exposure to pollution, pollen, and humidity.

“Our research has long indicated the need for better consumer understanding of personal UV exposure,” says Guive Balooch, Global Vice President and Head of L’Oréal’s Technology Incubator, in the release. “We created this battery-free sensor to seamlessly integrate into the lives, and daily routines, of those using it. We hope the launch of this problem-solving technology makes it easier for people to make smart, sun-safe choices.”

The device measures both UVA and UVB rays, and provides instant status updates while storing up to 3 months of data. The battery-free sensor is activated by the sun and powered by the user’s smartphone using near-field communication.

My Skin Track UV relays stored data to its accompanying app through an easy single-touch function: users simply tap My Skin Track UV against their smartphone to update the app.

In addition to extensive UV data, the app—which integrates with Apple HealthKit—provides insights into humidity, pollen, and pollution levels. The discreet wearable sensor is 12mm wide and 6mm high, waterproof, and has a sturdy wire clip that can conveniently attach to clothing or accessories, the release continues.

My Skin Track UV is now available at and select Apple stores in the U.S. For more information, visit LaRoche-Posay.

[Source(s): L’Oreal USA]