Skin Care

Peeling Back the Layers

Top indications and agents for superficial chemical peels
MedEsthetics Jan/Feb 2020

Whether you are addressing acne and pigmentation concerns or simply seeking to brighten lackluster skin, superficial chemical peels have been proving their worth for hundreds of years. “Superficial chemical peels are very affordable, effective and the recovery time is quick, which is why they are so popular,” says John Kulesza, chemist and founder of Young Pharmaceuticals. On the following pages, physicians discuss how they’re using superficial chemical peels in their practices to address acne, unwanted pigmentation and photodamage.

Nutrition and Skin Health

Diet and Skin Health Guidelines

Nutritional counseling can help support positive outcomes for aesthetic patients, according to a recent paper published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (January 2020). In “The Role of Medical Nutrition Therapy in Dermatology and Skin Aesthetics: A Review,” authors Martina M. Cartwright, PhD, RD, provide an evidence-based overview of nutritional recommendations for various cutaneous concerns.

The indications for medical nutritional therapy in dermatology with the strongest evidence include:

Personalized Skin Care

Are personalized skincare products a passing trend or future paradigm for skin care?
MedEsthetics September 2019

The number of personalized skincare products and services—such as Neutrogena’s MaskiD, the SkinCeuticals D.O.S.E. system and tailored topical probiotics—continues to grow. The premise of these innovations is that, rather than buying a product and hoping it’s right for their skin, consumers can undergo a detailed skin analysis and receive custom-made formulations tailored to their unique needs. The questions for skincare professionals are, do these products offer benefits beyond consultation with a skincare professional, and how unique is each person’s skin?

Skin Care: Unlocking DNA Repair

The science and actives behind so-called DNA repair skincare products.
MedEsthetics July/August 2019

After decades of investigating the mystery of the body’s DNA repair system, researchers have made promising discoveries. Some of these findings have made their way into skincare formulations in the form of actives that purport to enhance cellular function, thereby aiding damaged DNA, and DNA repair enzymes—the latter of which are based heavily on the work of Daniel B. Yarosh, PhD.

Working with Estheticians

Esthetic services are the perfect complement for medical cosmetic procedures. Here’s how to make the relationship work.
MedEsthetics May/June 2019

Estheticians are a natural fit for medical aesthetic practices. They specialize in beautifying the skin and can provide pre- and postprocedure care that improves outcomes and helps patients maintain their results long-term. Successfully integrating esthetic services requires both good communication between providers and a commitment to supporting these services through marketing and patient education. On the following pages, physicians and estheticians share how they are working together to promote and deliver a full range of cosmetic and esthetic treatments under one roof.

Chemical Peels: Going Deeper

Phenol-croton oil peels are experiencing resurgence in dermatology and plastic surgery thanks to new formulations and techniques.
MedEsthetics May/June 2019

When we talk about deep chemical peeling, the first names that come to mind are Baker-Gordon. Although dermatologists and plastic surgeons have been using ingredients, such as phenol and croton oil to reduce scars and rejuvenate aging skin as far back as the mid-1800s and early 1900s, it was the work of Thomas Baker and Howard Gordon in the 1960s that brought phenol-croton oil peels mainstream. But just 30 years later, deep chemical peeling waned in popularity due to the potential for cardiac complications and the introduction of new laser skin-resurfacing technologies.

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