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DHT (Dihydrotestosterone): What Is It, How It Works, and Side Effects

What is DHT? Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a hormone that stimulates the development of male characteristics and results from the conversion of testosterone. This conversion process occurs in both men and women. “Almost 10% of the testosterone produced daily by an adult is converted to DHT,” notes Craig Nabat, founder of the iRestore Laser Hair Growth System. DHT … Read more

Combination Skin

Combination Skin: What Is It, How to Care for It, and Best Products

What is combination skin? Combination skin is just what it sounds like — skin that is a mix of both oily and dry areas. According to Dr. Monique Kamaria Chheda, a board-certified dermatologist who practices in both Maryland and New Jersey, combination skin is generally one of two types. “The first is seasonal variations in skin … Read more

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Organic Spray Tan: Prep, Aftercare, Dangers, and Cost

What is an organic spray tan? The tanning trend was spurred on by sun-kissed models in fashion magazines and buffed, bronzed actors frolicking through beach movies, convincing many of us that we only look healthy when we’re tanned. Sadly, this trend led to decades of unhealthy sun exposure and little skin protection. The introduction of … Read more

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What Is Salicylic Acid? Formulas, Uses, Side Effects, and Benefits

What is salicylic acid? Salicylic acid is a plant hormone that has been studied for over 200 years in various medical applications. In fact, it is considered one of the most essential medical ingredients available. “Salicylic acid belongs to a class of medications known as keratolytic agents, and is derived from sources like the bark … Read more

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Biologic Therapies: A Game Changer for Autoimmune Skin Diseases

The immune system is a complex network of cells and proteins that travel between them. Since each protein may be responsible for several functions, biologic treatments for autoimmune diseases are designed to target specific proteins and disrupt the functions they carry. This targeted form of therapy distinguishes biologics from conventional approaches that affect the entire immune … Read more

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Stretch Marks? Restore Your Pre-Pregnancy Skin with Retin-A Tretinoin

Stretch marks — which generally appear on the abdomen, thighs, breasts, hips or buttocks — can be distressing, sometimes unsightly, and often impossible to completely eradicate. However, with time and patience, their visibility can be minimized. Several treatments are available to help improve the appearance of stretch marks, including products like Retin-A — the brand … Read more

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DNA Testing: The Future of Personalized Skin Care?

The advent of services like 23andMe and Ancestry.com has heightened interest in learning about our heritage – sometimes to make a connection with long-lost family members, and other times to determine why a particular disease or condition has shown up in an individual family member. This exploration of genetic heritage has been extended to skin … Read more

Wound Healing with Natural Products

Wound Healing with Natural Products: Effective Plant-Based Treatments

Western medicine has a large number of wound care management strategies at its disposal, but many plant-based products can also be implicated in wound healing. Here we explore the uses, benefits and effectiveness of several popular natural wound care agents. Wound healing: a complex process Repairing damage to your skin is one of the most … Read more

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Breast Massage After Augmentation Surgery: Techniques to Promote Recovery

Your planned-for breast augmentation surgery is now over and, like most patients, you have a good feeling about how you look and view yourself. But as with any other surgical procedure, careful post-op care is required. This often includes breast massage, which helps promote healing in many ways. Read on to see how it can … Read more

Forehead Augmentation

Small Forehead? There’s a Procedure for That: Forehead Augmentation

While there’s no such thing as an ideal-sized forehead, the area between the hairline and the middle of the eyes plays a defining yet often overlooked role in giving the face a harmonious, balanced appearance. Here we explore one of the lesser known procedures performed by facial plastic surgeons — forehead augmentation. What Is Forehead … Read more