Confidence Beyond the Skin-Is There a New Powerful Antibacterial Soap on the Way?

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Flu season is definitely upon us! Coughs, colds, sniffles, fever…ugh.

Influenza is a virus and is not treated with antibiotics, but frequent hand washing is an important prevention measure to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy this flu season. Even though the flu virus is not killed with antibiotics, many people prefer to wash their hands with antibacterial soaps. For those people, there may be a new anti-bacterial ingredient coming to the market. Triclosan is an ingredient that is already used in some personal care products like toothpaste, soaps, lotions, etc. Some early studies are showing that this chemical may actually help fight off bacteria and it even might be effective against the resistant bacteria, MRSA. Don’t get too excited yet, Triclosan still has to prove it’s efficacy with the FDA and EPA, but there is a strong possibility that there could be a new over the counter anti-bacterial ingredient soon. Keep your eyes on the counter and shelves of your local personal health stores.

For now, use standard precautions. Wash your hands with water and a soap of your choice for at least 20 seconds. Stay home and rest if you catch something, and of course make sure to hydrate and load up on vitamin C!

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Confidence Beyond The Skin-Can Gluten Make My Skin Itchy?

itch1Many people are realizing that their bodies function better with little or no gluten in their diet, but most people don’t realize that gluten in their diet can actually cause a very itchy skin condition called Dermatitis Herpetiformis. Despite it’s name, this condition has nothing to do with the Herpes virus, it is an inflammatory condition of the skin. This condition, called DH for short, is not dangerous but it can be very uncomfortable. It is important to be aware of the condition and ask your health care professional about it if you have itching that is not responding to traditional therapy. DH can be tricky, even for the most experienced dermatology professionals, to diagnose because clinically it can look very similar to common conditions like eczema.
The good news is that DH is easy to treat and generally will completely resolve with some simple diet modifications. There are a few prescription medications that can also help, but often times a gluten free diet alone will do the trick!

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Confidence Beyond The Skin-Help! I Think My Hair is Thinning!

hair-loss[1]Whether you are male or female, the topic of thinning hair can be a sensitive one and can cause a lot of anxiety. Not a week goes by in my office when I am not asked about this sensitive topic. Hair is a very personal topic because it is really an expression of somone’s personality. In my experience, both genders correlate their hair directly to their confidence and a sense of sexuality. I admit that I feel a little spring in my step when I leave the salon with a fresh new “look”.

Many people don’t realize that thinning hair is a common genetic trait for BOTH men and women. Male pattern hair loss can be treated with both over the counter medications like Minoxidil and prescription products like Propecia. Women are a bit more limited, but Minoxidil is safe for women too.

As hormones shift and we age, women can see thinning in the front part of their scalp. This is a very common genetic hair loss pattern for women. Hair also grows in cylces and it is normal to notice a lot of “shedding” for a few weeks mixed with periods of less hair loss. These cycles are usually a few months apart.

There are some treatable conditions that can cause hair loss. Some skin infections like fungus can cause some patchy hair loss. It is also possible that some internal health diseases like thyroid disease and some auto immune disorders can cause hair loss.

If you notice a sudden change in your hair growth pattern, check with your health care provider to make sure that you do not have something internal causing the problem. If you have a gradual hair loss, and a strong family tendency to thin in the same pattern, then this maybe something that you have to accept and you can thank your parents for passing this gene your way…:)

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Confidence Beyond the Skin-Is Summer Time Fruit Causing Your Weird Rash?

heatWow! Summer is definitely here and it is HOT all over the country. When the temperature gets this high, we all look for relief at the beach or in the pool. Summer BBQs and picnics usually incorporate a lot of fresh fruit and refreshing beverages. I love cut up melon and sparking water with a slice of lime on a hot afternoon.

Believe it or not, some of the most popular fruits can cause some really strange rashes on the skin.

mangoAn itchy red rash around the mouth can be the result of eating mango fruit out the skin. Many people are highly allergic to the skin of a mango. If they come in contact with it, the result can look similar to poison oak exposure. This does not mean that you will be allergic to the fruit on the inside. Play it safe and chop up your mango and add it to a nice fruit salad. Remember to wash your hands well after touching the skin to avoid this very uncomfortable rash.

If you are like me and you like a twist of lime in your sparkling water or you enjoy an occasional margarita, make sure you wash all of the lime juice from your hands and even the little “splatters” that land on your forearms. Limes are “photosensitizers” and the reaction of lime juice on your skin will make you very sensitive to the sun. The result will be brown “splatter spots” the day after the sun exposure in all the places that your skin was exposed to lime juice. The brown “splatter spots” can linger for a few weeks!

Each summer, I see a handful of patients with both of these common rashes. Enjoy your fruit during the heat, but be careful of the summer time fruit rashes!

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Confidence Beyond the Skin-Men’s Health

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Did you know that we are wrapping up National Men’s Health week? This week is a time when preventable disease and good health measures are brought to the attention of men around the country. 

Did you know that Melanoma can be a deadly cancer but it can be 100% curable if caught early? Melanoma is diagnosed in stages and if it is caught in the early stages, it can be cured by a simple out patient surgery. Encourage the men in your life to look for dark or irregular moles and get examined by a dermatologist at least once a year.
 
Did you know that sun induced skin cancers like Basal Cell carcinoma and Squamous Cell carcinoma can destroy your skin and cause disfigurement? Did you know that there are easy ways to treat these skin cancers when diagnosed early? Some of them can even be treated with a prescription topical cream in just a few weeks! Look for red and crusty lesions and point them out to your dermatologist as soon as you see them!
 
Did you know that more men than ever are trying to stay looking as young as they feel? Men are one of the fastest growing groups to inquire about cosmetic procedures! The most popular cosmetic procedures for men are Botox, for forehead wrinkles, and Photofacial laser, for broken facial capillaries and brown spots. Both of these procedures only take 15-20 minutes, have minimal discomfort and can help turn back the clock for the fellas.
 
Some men avoid the doctor at all costs so it is important to help out the men in your life and educate them about the dangers of skin cancer. Encourage sunscreen use of 30 SPF or higher and help remind the men in your life to look at their skin regularly for brown or red spots especially if they are new or changing. Let’s keep our dad’s and husbands healthy and looking good!

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I am always looking for new blog topics or interesting products. Send your ideas to kasey.drapeaudamato@gmail.com.

I have been asked if I receive any financial incentive to mention products in my newsletter/blog and the answer is no. I only comment on products that I have used myself or that I recommend to patients because they have unique benefits. However, I am a clinical trainer for both Medicis (Dysport/Restylane) and Allergan (Botox/Juvederm).

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Confidence Beyond the Skin-Natural Tips for Healthy Hair!

hairMy hair is curly and frizzy and I feel like I am always struggling to find the right product to tame my locks. I have been doing some research to see what natural ingredients can help improve the look and texture of my hair and I thought I would share my findings with you.

To Encourage Growth-Avocado Oil, B Vitamins and Vit E are found in many hair products and can help support hair growth. It turns out they have skin AND hair healing properties! Ligustrum powder, from the berries of the privet tree, can help prevent color change and hair loss. Look for it on many product labels.

To Help Treat Dandruff-If you suffer from Dandruff, you may want to look for a product that contains Tea Tree oil. It actually has some antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Damaged hair-Aloe vera can help heal damaged hair just like it helps heal the skin. It also can help reduce oily build up. Coconut oil is one of the best natural oils for the hair. If you massage coconut oil into the scalp before conditioning, it can help improve the feel of damaged hair. It can actually protect from sun and environmental damage because it coats the hair shaft.

I have my work cut out for me to find the perfect hair product that includes all of these wonderful natural ingredients. Let me know if you find the perfect formula first!

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I am always looking for new blog topics or interesting products. Send your ideas to kasey.drapeaudamato@gmail.com.

I have been asked if I receive any financial incentive to mention products in my newsletter/blog and the answer is no. I only comment on products that I have used myself or that I recommend to patients because they have unique benefits. However, I am a clinical trainer for both Medicis (Dysport/Restylane) and Allergan (Botox/Juvederm).

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Confidence Beyond the Skin-How to Live a Happy and Fullfilled Life..

Who isn’t on a quest for a happy and more fullfilled life? I recently took a moment to think about the small things in life that can make a big impact on my view of the world.  I looked to some of my friends who are eternally happy and studied their behavior.

Here are some tips from a trusted friend who is very special to me:

1. Show some love to everyone that you encounter

2. Excercise Daily

3.Go for long walks..preferably on the beach

4. Take an arctic dip at least once a year

5. Make a snow angel every winter

6. Stop to smell a flower at least once a week

7. Ride in a vehicle where the wind blows your hair

8. Play rough but act nice

9. Be a loyal friend

10. Eat a cookie once in a while

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These are tips from my dear and loyal dog Xena. She spent 12 good years with my husband and I, and she knew more than anyone how to live “the good life”.  She is no longer with us, but we will take the pearls we learned from her over the years and cherish them forever.  I will make her top 10 list my goal for this year. I hope her tips bring some light to your day too!

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I have been asked if I receive any financial incentive to mention products in my newsletter/blog and the answer is no. I only comment on products that I have used myself or that I recommend to patients because they have unique benefits. However, I am a clinical trainer for both Medicis (Dysport/Restylane) and Allergan (Botox/Juvederm).

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Confidence Beyond the Skin-Combating Adult Acne…

pimple cream on faceAre you sick of battling acne on your face, chest or back? Some people fight acne their whole life and it can be so frustrating. There are many factors that contribute to acne: hormones, genetics, bacteria, inflammation, and maybe even diet. Some of these factors are things that are within our control, while others are totally out of our control. It is true that there are 100s of prescription products that are effective to combat acne, but before you make the trip to your dermatologist, there are a few things you can try at home.

If you find you are breaking out on your back, pay attention to your shampoo and conditioner habits. Do you allow shampoo andshampoo conditioner to wash down your back in the shower? Hair products are full of oils to keep your hair shiny and smooth, but those oils can clog pores and contribute to body acne. If you have long hair, be sure that you wash your hair off to the side and do not let the shampoo or conditioner run down your back or chest.

Have you been using an exfoliator to try to “unclog” pores? This is a common mistake that many people make. If you are using a harsh exfoliator, you can actually cause tiny scratches in your skin surface and spread bacteria and cause new breakouts. Daily mild exfoliators are okay for non acne prone skin, but save the aggressive ones for once a month and only when you are not breaking out.

There is a new acne medication that is available over the counter and uses the same ingredient that is used in many prescription products. It is made by one of my favorite over the counter brands, La Roche Posay. Try Effaclar DUO as a spot treatment for your next stubborn pimple.

The good news for those of us who are at the age where we have pimples and wrinkles at the same time is that oily skin will wrinkle less than dry skin! I like to remind myself of that when I have to apply an inch of cover up makeup to my next volcano eruption..:)

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I am always looking for new blog topics or interesting products. Send your ideas to kasey.drapeaudamato@gmail.com.

I have been asked if I receive any financial incentive to mention products in my newsletter/blog and the answer is no. I only comment on products that I have used myself or that I recommend to patients because they have unique benefits. However, I am a clinical trainer for both Medicis (Dysport/Restylane) and Allergan (Botox/Juvederm).

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Confidence Beyond The Skin-Do You Want to Erase an Ugly Scar?

Recently I have had a lot of inquiries about scar treatments from patients, friends and family members. This has been such a hot topic over the past few weeks that I decided I would dedicate a blog to explain the various treatments.

First of ascar photoll, there is no way to eliminate a scar 100%. There are some things that can help improve the appearance of a scar, but there is nothing on the market that will eliminate a scar completely. The skin is an amazing organ because it has the ability to generate new cells and repair itself when it is damaged or injured. It does not have the ability to do this without leaving a visible mark. Scars can come from acne, surgery or traumatic accidents. A scar can be darker or lighter than the surrounding skin and it can have a raised or shiny texture.

Here are a few options for scar treatments:

1. Mederma-Mederma is an over the counter topical medication that has been shown to help minimize the appearance of very mild scars. It can help helpful after an insect bite or a small scrape to help minimize the mark on the skin. It is inexpensive and found in any neighborhood pharmacy.

2. Silicone pads or gels-There are many brands of silicone pads and gels. You can find some over the counter near the bandaid aisle. These silicone treatments have shown to help soften the appearance of Keloid (red and thickened) scars. If you had a recent injurykelocote to the skin and when the area healed it became itchy, red and raised, this may be a keloid. They are very common on the chest and upper back. These silicone pads are a little pricey and are sometimes behind the pharmacy counter. I like Kelocote gel.

3. Cortisone Injections-If the silicone was not enough to soften your keloid scar, you may want to discuss the benefits of a cortisone injection with your dermatology provider. Cortisone is anti-inflammatory and can really help with itchy, burning and raised keloid scars.

4. Laser- There is only one laser that is FDA approved to treat scars. It will not help much with keloid scars, but it will help with most other types of scars. I am fortunate that I’ve had  this laser in my office for over 2 years and I have seen great benefit for acne scars,palomar scar laser surgical scars, traumatic scars and stretch marks. The laser uses fractionated energy to deliver heat into the skin causing the skin to tighten, contract and shrink the scar. These treatments can be expensive and usually require 4-5 treatments, but there is little discomfort and almost no recovery time.

Hopefully you do not have any reason to seek a scar treatment, but if you do, the list above explains your treatment options. Most scars will improve with the tincture of time so be patient.

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I am always looking for new blog topics or interesting products. Send your ideas to kasey.drapeaudamato@gmail.com.

I have been asked if I receive any financial incentive to mention products in my newsletter/blog and the answer is no. I only comment on products that I have used myself or that I recommend to patients because they have unique benefits. However, I am a clinical trainer for both Medicis (Dysport/Restylane) and Allergan (Botox/Juvederm).

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Confidence Beyond The Skin-The Truths and Myths Behind Botox…

botox photoOn a weekly basis I am asked about forehead wrinkles by someone who is curious about Botox, but afraid that it may be dangerous or harmful to their overall health. The truth of the matter is that Botox is actually quite safe. I spend a lot of time sharing the “truths” and “myths” about Botox to my patients and I thought it might be helpful to share them with you.

Myth Botox is a poison.

Truth:

Botox is derived from botulinum toxin type A and is combined with human albumin and sodium chloride. It has been studied for over 30 years and is considered to be very safe when used properly. Many of the initial studies were performed by ophthalmologists to improve “lazy” eyes over 30 years ago.

Myth: My face will look frozen if I get Botox.botox forehead

Truth:

An experienced injector will know how much Botox you need. It can be injected as a very “light” dose to maintain a natural appearance without looking “frozen faced”.

Myth: I had Botox once and I was stuck with one eyebrow higher than another for 2 months.

Truth:

Sometimes one area of muscle fibers will absorb more Botox than another area and cause some asymmetry. It is very simple to correct this by injecting a few units of Botox in the area that still has significant dynamic movement.

Myth: Botox injections hurt.

Truth:

Botox in injected using a tiny needle and is not very painful. You can apply ice and some numbing cream prior to your appointment if you are nervous about needle injections. The entire treatment only takes a few minutes.

Myth: A common side effect is a drooping or closed eyelid.

Truth: This is called Ptosis and it is a rare side effect of Botox. If this side effect occurs, it usually resolves itself in a few weeks. The more common side effects are temporary bruising and temporary headache.

Myth: Botox is only for women.botox image

Truth:

More and more men are concerned about forehead lines and are scheduling appointments for Botox treatments.

Myth: Botox is what makes people have “duck lips”.

Truth: Botox is best used on the upper face. It is used for lines between the brows (the 11′s), the forehead horizontal lines, and crow’s feet lines around the eyes. It is possible, but not common to use Botox in the lip area. The general rule is that Botox treats lines above the nose and fillers(Juvederm, Restylane) treat lines below the nose.

I hope that helps clear up any misconceptions that you may have about Botox treatments. It is not a treatment that is for everyone, but if you are considering trying it, this Feb may be a good time to take the plunge. The company is offering a limited number of instant $50 rebates for the month of February!

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I am always looking for new blog topics or interesting products. Send your ideas to kasey.drapeaudamato@gmail.com.

I have been asked if I receive any financial incentive to mention products in my newsletter/blog and the answer is no. I only comment on products that I have used myself or that I recommend to patients because they have unique benefits. However, I am a clinical trainer for both Medicis (Dysport/Restylane) and Allergan (Botox/Juvederm).

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