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Can prescription fluorouracil make skin brighter and younger?

Prescription fluorouracil (also known as Carac, Efudex, or Fluoroplex) is traditionally given to treat precancerous skin lesions.  However, according to a 2009 study published in Archives of Dermatology, patients who used the cream daily for two weeks had decreases in wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and brown spots, as well as precancers.  As researcher Dr. Dana L. […]

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So many peptides, so little time…

Recently, a reader pointed out to me that palmitoyl pentapeptide-4, an ingredient in Olay 14-Day Intervention, is a component of Matrixyl, an established anti-aging peptide complex. After some reading, it turns out that Matrixyl is indeed the trademark for Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, owned by Sederma and Proctor & Gamble. According to the Sederma website (provided by […]

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Advice from Dermatologist Dr. David McDaniel

Oh, Happy Day! That’s what I said when the March 2008 issue of Allure arrived, complete with a feature on one of my all-time favorite dermatologists, Dr. David McDaniel. Dr. McDaniel is Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Dermatology and Plastic Surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical […]

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Product Review: Clarisonic Skin Care Brush and Cleansers

  The Clarisonic Skin Care System uses sonic frequencies to gently cleanse the skin.  Photo source Clarisonic.com. According to Sephora, the Clarisonic Skin Care Brush ($195.00, Sephora.com) is one of the company’s best-sellers. Designed with a sonic frequency that moves more than 300 times per second, the brush claims to “remove six times more make-up” […]

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Are the Parabens in Skin Care Products Really Bad For You?

One common source of parabens is deodorant. Photo source ehponline.org Parabens are preservatives that are found in about 90% of all skincare and cosmetics products. Antibacterial and antifungal p-hydroxybenzoic acid esters, the six most commonly used forms of paraben are Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, p-Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, n-Butylparaben and Benzylparaben. They are commonly used due to their relatively […]

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News: A New Cell for Pigmentation?

According to the February 2008 issue of Allure magazine, researchers in the United States and Japan have found that keratinocytes regulate the amount of pigment that melanocytes produce.  This is a really exciting finding, as it will influence the ways that dermatologists treat pigmentation and hyperpigmentation issues in the future. As Raymond E. Boissy, professor […]

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Product Review: Zeno

Zeno ($185.00, Amazon.com) is a handheld acne device that supplies heat of 121oF to the area of a blemish for an average of 2.5 minutes to get rid of the blemish faster. Versus other acne treatments, how effective is Zeno? Is it worth the cost? How effective is Zeno for mild to moderate acne? Graph […]

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Product Review: The Cancer Council Australia Sun Care Cosmetics Lipstick SPF 30+

The skin on the lips is as susceptible to sun damage as anywhere else. Unfortunately, according to a University of Texas at Austin survey cited in the December 2007 Allure magazine, 71 percent of women do not apply sunscreen to their lips. Thankfully, the following The Cancer Council Australia Sun Care Cosmetics Lipsticks SPF 30+ […]

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Skin Care at NYC Fashion Week 2008

Photo from Temptalia.com I will admit, I am not much of a trendy person — I tend to stick to the classics (think fitted tops and high heels). But, on location for Total Beauty at NYC Fashion Week 2008, I learned a few things. And I stopped by Sephora at 597 Fifth Avenue in NYC, […]