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Tretinoin, Retinol, and Retinyl Palmitate: The Key to Anti-Aging Success?

Photo: Tretinoin treatments, courtesy According to Dr. David E. Bank, director of the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery, researchers discovered the anti-aging properties of Retin-A, a prescription topical treatment containing a derivative of vitamin A, in 1985, when it was first used as an acne treatment. Patients reported decrease in the appearance […]

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Cellulite: Probable Causes and Current Treatments

Photo source: According to a recent reader poll, 36% of respondees most dreamed of a cure for cellulite. And why not? Cellulite affects approximately 85-98% of women of all races. According to Dr. Leslie Baumann, it is caused by the irregular extrusion of adipose tissue (i.e., fat) into the reticular and papillary dermis […]

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Focus on: Spider angiomas

Spider angiomas, also called spider nevi, are common and benign tumors, usually bright red and small (1 mm), made of blood vessels. According to Dr. Mark Crowe, M.D., a spider angioma consists of a central arteriole with radiating thin-walled vessels; the entire lesion is usually 0.5-1 cm in diameter. Commonly found on the face, neck, […]

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Product Review: Wexler MMPi Skin Regeneration Serum

Leave it to Patricia Wexler, the fashion-forward, world-famous Manhattan-based dermatologist, to put a phrase like “matrix metalloproteinase” on the map. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are collagen-degrading enzymes that play an important role in the aging picture. In a 1996 study by Fisher et al., it was found that UV exposure increase MMPs (and hence collagen production) […]

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How do antioxidants work?

Ah, yes, the antioxidant. While nearly everyone has heard of them, few know how they actually work. But it’s relatively simple. Let’s get into some basic chemistry. Oxygen molecules are stable, or unreactive, when they have an even number of electrons. However, when oxygen molecules combine with other molecules, the oxygen can end up with […]

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The New Antioxidant Powerhouse: CoffeeBerry Extract

CoffeeBerry extract is the new antioxidant in town. Derived from the coffee cherry of the Coffea arabica when it is still green and “sub-ripe”, CoffeeBerry Extract contains an extremely high concentration of polyphenols, particularly chlorogenic acid, which serve as potent antioxidants (Baumann). In fact, according to Allure magazine, CoffeeBerry Extract currently has the highest antioxidant […]



Nicki Zevola is the founder and editor-in-chief of Named one of the top 30 beauty bloggers in the world by since 2009, Nicki has participated in campaigns with prestige brands such as Redken, Olay, Ken Paves, Rodan + Fields, NIA 24, Advanced Skin Technology, and many others. Nicki is also a medical student […]

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Product Review: Relastin Eye Silk

Accredited in The Skin Type Solution by one of my idols, Dr. Leslie Baumann (director, Division of Cosmetic Dermatology and Assistant Professor of Clinical Dermatology at the University of Miami), Relastin Eye Silk is the first skin care product that clinically demonstrates the ability to increase elastin in the skin. According to Baumann’s Cosmetic Dermatology, […]