Skin Care

Reviewing Antibiotic Resistance in Acne Treatment

Staphylococcus aureus

In an effort to provide guidance to prescribers and encourage further research on the risk of antibiotic resistance in acne treatment, JAMA Dermatology published a clinical evidence synopsis (online June 21, 2017). Brandon L. Adler, MD, et al, reviewed five clinical trials published in 1987-2002 and 2007-2008. They found evidence that the widespread use of bacteriostatic antibiotics (topical erythromycin and clindamycin and oral tetracyclines) may encourage the emergence of antibiotic-resistant strains of P acnes, via point mutations.

Envy Medical Gives a Dermalinfusion Facebook Live Demonstration

The skin care experts stopped by our studio to give us a look at their advanced skin-resurfacing treatment.
Envy Medical Dermalinfusion

Envy Medical's Dermalinfusion is an advanced skin-resurfacing treatment that combines exfoliation, extraction and infusion of condition-specific serums to improve skin health, function and health. The non-invasive treatment, Dermalinfusion is a fully customizable to address a wide variety of skin concerns and conditions.

Restylane Silk for Hands

A new HA filler offers aging hands lasting volume replacement, better moisture retention and improved skin quality.
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After the age of 40, many women’s hands lose volume resulting in prominence of the underlying vessels, tendons and bone. In addition, the skin on the hands can become dry and take on a crepey appearance, which further contributes to an aged look.

Dermal fillers have been successfully employed to im­prove the appearance of the aging dorsal hand. Now with Restylane Silk, a gentle hyaluronic acid (HA)-based filler from Galderma, used off label we can both volumize and hydrate aging hands thanks to the water ab­sorbing abilities of the filler.

Sunscreen for Rejuvenation

A recent study showed that daily sun protection does more than prevent photodamage; it helps reverse it.
Michael Southall on sunscreen's rejuvenating effects.

Daily sunscreen use is one the most powerful tools available to protect against the signs of aging. Skincare professionals have been saying this for years, yet consumers—even those most concerned with the appearance of aging—have been slow to adopt daily usage. So how can you convince your patients to get serious about sun protection? A growing body of clinical evidence showing that daily sunscreen use not only prevents photodamage but also rejuvenates skin—reducing fine lines, fading pigmentation and softening skin texture—may be the answer.

Vein Treatments: Stopping the Bleed

Visible veins on the legs are a common cosmetic concern, but delivering optimal outcomes requires you to look beyond what the eye can see.
Visible leg vein treatment strategies.

Once reserved for vascular surgeons, vein treatments are moving more and more into dermatology and aesthetic practices. One of the reasons is that visible veins are often viewed as a cosmetic concern. While physicians who are versed in injectables and laser treatments have the skills needed to treat visible veins effectively, in order to provide optimal results they must be aware that unsightly spider veins on the legs are often a symptom of deeper issues.

Modulating Expression

Physicians share their techniques for obtaining better longevity and more natural-looking results with botulinum toxins.
Improving longevity and outcomes with neurotoxins

What started as a simple injection to lessen crow’s feet has blossomed into a multibillion dollar market and given rise to today’s medical aesthetics industry. With nearly 30 years of experience and a growing variety of botulinum toxins entering the market, the current focus in neuromodulation is on extending the longevity of results and delivering natural-looking outcomes.

Starting in the Middle

New products and evolving techniques have put midface filling front and center for noninvasive facial rejuvenation.
Fillers for midface rejuvenation

The middle third of the face extends from the infraorbital rim to the upper lip and includes the zygomatic arch and maxilla. Age-related volume loss in this area is influenced by genetics, general health and dentition—among other factors—resulting in sagging fat pads, deepening nasolabial folds, and a host of hollows and wrinkles. Until the turn of the 21st century the only way to correct these problems was plastic surgery, a solution available to only a few.

Go Your Own Way

Launching a private label line.
The pros and cons of private label skin care.

Retail skincare products offer several benefits to aesthetic patients and practices. They help patients protect the health of their skin and maintain the results of in-office treatments, while providing an additional source of ongoing revenue for the practice. The challenge is that with so many online and brick-and-mortar retailers offering high-end skin care, patients naturally shop for the best deals on their favorite brands.

Hydroxy Power

The role of AHAs, BHAs and PHAs in topical skin care.
Image of pH measuring strips

Hydroxy Acids are ubiquitous in aesthetic medicine. Alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids (AHAs/BHAs) are the most widely used ingredients for chemical peels; they have also become popular topical agents for antiaging, hyperpigmentation and acne. In recent years, they have been joined by polyhydroxy acids (PHAs) as a less irritating alternative for patients with sensitive skin. “I recommend AHAs for everybody—antiaging, acne, rosacea patients. It’s really one of the best things you can do for the skin,” says Monica L. Halem, MD, FAAD, a dermatologist in private practice in New York City.