Skin Care

Fade Out

Addressing the most common pigmentation concerns in skin of color.
MedEsthetics Jan/Feb 2019

While acne is the No. 1 skin concern in America, pigmentation is the No. 1 skin disorder globally and for patients with Fitzpatrick Skin Types IV and higher. In recent years, aesthetic practices have been seeing an increase in the number of patients struggling with unwanted pigmentation as awareness of effective treatments grows. “We are seeing an increase in patients coming to our offices with different skin pigmentation disorders.

Hand Rejuvenation Treatments

New tools, improvements in technique and consumer confidence in dermal fillers are fueling the popularity of hand rejuvenation treatments.
MedEsthetics October 2018 All Hands

Sun-mottled, wrinkled, veiny hands shout one’s true age despite how young the face might look. Surgical hand-lifts are not an option, but aesthetic practitioners can subtly hide telltale signs of hand aging with a range of products and procedures.

Bonti Announces Results of Phase 2a Scar Reduction Clinical Study

EB-001A Clinical Trial Results

Bonti, a privately held, clinical-stage biotechnology company, announced topline results of its SHINE-1 (Scar Healing Improvement with Neurotoxin E) Phase 2a clinical trial, which evaluated the company’s EB-001A for scar reduction following Mohs surgery. EB-001, the active ingredient in EB-001A, is a novel botulinum neurotoxin serotype E (BoNT/E) with a unique clinical profile, characterized by a faster onset of action (within 24 hours) and a shorter duration of activity (two to four weeks) compared to botulinum neurotoxin serotype A (BoNT/A) products.

Restoring Growth

The ingredients and science behind growth factor-based topicals.
MedEsthetics May/June 2018

Growth factor-BASED serums and creams have become ubiquitous in topical antiaging skin care. But what these different products contain can vary widely. Some products contain actual growth factors—either animal- or plant-derived—and others use so-called “signaling” ingredients, typically peptides that trigger the cells in a manner similar to naturally occurring growth factors. In all cases, the goal is to combat the changes that occur in aging skin

A Healthy Balance

Skin microbiome research is changing the way we think about skin care.
The Skin Microbiome

Nearly 10 years ago, the National Institutes of Health launched the Human Microbiome Project, setting off a frenzy of research into how the microbial colonies that live in and on our bodies affect our health. Since that time, more than 650 scientific papers have been published with an additional 289 active clinical studies on the human microbiome currently underway. The findings of these studies are changing the way we view skin disease and skin care.

Removing the Mask

Melasma treatments continue to proliferate but long-lasting results remain out of reach.
MedEsthetics Jan/Feb 2018 Removing the Mask

Dermatologists see it regularly—symmetrical patches of excess pigmentation across the nose and/or on the cheeks, chin and forehead. Sometimes called the “mask of pregnancy,” melasma is more common among women but is also seen in men. Causes include a complex amalgam of genetic and hormonal influences that are not yet fully understood, and treatment is challenging.

“Melasma can be categorized according to clinical patterns and histopathology, or depth of pigment in the skin,” says dermatologist Marta I. Rendon, MD, Rendon Center, Boca Raton, Florida.

Eating for Beautiful Skin

Foods and supplements that support skin health.
How nutrition affects skin health

Whether a patient presents with acne, wrinkles or brown spots, traditional treatments have skewed toward topical remedies and devices, but aesthetic professionals can help patients achieve optimal outcomes—and improve their overall health—by understanding the role that certain foods play in reducing or exacerbating common skin concerns.

Banishing Blemishes

On-the-horizon topicals and light-based therapies may offer increasingly effective outcomes for acne sufferers.
On the horizon acne treatments

Acne is the most common skin disorder in the U.S., yet a cure remains elusive. Current treatments, including topical medications that decrease sebum or kill bacteria; oral medications such as birth control pills, antibiotics or isotretinoin; and lasers or light-based treatments, can offer temporary relief. But concerns about antibiotic resistance, combined with the serious risks—and associated regulations—of isotretinoin, are driving the development of new alternatives.

Succeeding in Retail

Considering adding retail products to your practice? Here’s what you need to know about product selection, marketing and managing sales.

Selling skincare and other products that appeal to your patient base can be an additional revenue stream for your medspa or practice. But for more money to flow in, you’ll need to sell quality merchandise, display products attractively and properly promote them.

Michael Lin, MD, offers products that complement the procedures he provides and the medical conditions that he treats at his practice, Advanced Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute, which has four locations throughout Southern California.