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

DHT blockers counteract the effects of testosterone, a hormone associated with hair loss. It’s important to start using a DHT blocker at the first sign that your hair is thinning. Prescription drugs are said to be most effective, although they may cause serious side effects. What is DHT? Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a hormone that stimulates the … Read more

Combination Skin

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

Combination skin refers to skin that has both oily and dry areas. The phenomenon has been linked to genetics, diet and some lifestyle factors. Not everyone believes it is a real condition. Despite the disbelievers, there are many cosmetic products targeting this skin type. What is combination skin? Combination skin is just what it sounds … Read more

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

Sunless tanning is a popular means of achieving a ‘bronzed’ look without sun exposure. Spray tanning is an easier alternative to applying products on your own. Providers of organic spray tanning products claim to use all-natural ingredients – minus the chemicals. What is an organic spray tan? The tanning trend was spurred on by sun-kissed … Read more

salicyclic acid

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

Retin-A for stretch marks

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

Stretch mark scars are the result of a loss of collagen. Pregnancy, rapid weight gain or loss can cause these lesions. Tretinoin (Retin-A) can help minimize their appearance. Tretinoin products should not be used while pregnant. Stretch marks — which generally appear on the abdomen, thighs, breasts, hips or buttocks — can be distressing, sometimes … Read more

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DNA Testing: The Future of Personalized Skin Care?

DNA testing is being used to personalize skin care regimens, with several companies now offering services that tailor product use to skin deficiencies. Some physicians and scientists remain skeptical, as DNA testing has yet to translate into truly customized skin treatments that are backed by clinical evidence. The advent of services like 23andMe and Ancestry.com … Read more

Wound Healing with Natural Products

Wound Healing with Natural Products: Effective Plant-Based Treatments

Wound healing is a complex process that can involve the regeneration of different cell types. In recent years there have been many advances in commercial wound care, including new antibiotics and nanoparticles. Many of nature’s best healing agents, however, have been available for thousands of years. Western medicine has a large number of wound care … Read more

Breast Massage

Breast Massage After Augmentation Surgery: Techniques to Promote Recovery

A variety of massage techniques are recommended after breast implant surgery. These exercises help prevent capsular contracture, a common post-surgical complication. You should plan to massage your breasts at least three times a day for three months after surgery. Your planned-for breast augmentation surgery is now over and, like most patients, you have a good … 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