Cellulite: Probable Causes and Current Treatments

Photo source: Murad.com According to a recent Allure.com 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 (see below). This process may be exacerbated by weight loss. Baumann cites the research of…
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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, upper part of the trunk, and arms, spider angiomas may be present in as…
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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) in three steps, as mentioned in Cosmetic Dermatology. One, UV exposure increases the 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 an odd number of electrons. The oxygen molecule is now unstable and highly reactive, and…
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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 potential of any ingredient, based on its Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity Score (ORAC) —…
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About Myself

Nicki Zevola is the founder and editor-in-chief of FutureDerm.com. Named one of the top 30 beauty bloggers in the world by Konector.com 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. Graduation, 2008 Nicki is also a medical student within the prestigious University of Pittsburgh B.S./M.D. Medical School Guarantee Program. In 2008…
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