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Lip Scrub

My current spring cleaning preoccupation brought to mind a beauty scrub that you might not have encountered yet. Sara Happ makes a product called The Lip Scrub. I went into a beauty supply store a couple years ago and saw these cute little pots of scrub wrapped in cute little boxes. I must have been having a weak moment, because …

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To Clarisonic or not to Clarisonic?

I get a this question quite a bit, from patients and friends. What’s the deal with those fancy facial brushes that shake and wiggle and promise fresh, healthy skin? Now that there are copy-cat versions of the original, you know it’s getting popular. So, should you add it to your Spring Cleaning list? My answer: Sure! Is it going to …

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The Sarna Secret

This isn’t exactly a “new” product challenge, but I want to introduce you to one of those random products that might come in handy. It’s one of my “secret stash”  treatments that you can get at any drugstore. Sarna has been around forever. If you don’t mind that your Grandmother might also have it in her medicine cabinet, then read on… I find all kinds …

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Avene Thermal Water

Water in a good looking spray can. Yes, I’m going to admit that I use it and I love it. I fancy myself as no-nonsense and practical, and this product might not completely fall into that category. I will argue that it is a great help during airplane flights or visits to higher altitudes.  The humidity in an airplane is …

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Acne Busting Apps?

Your phone can do a lot for you now…keeping you organized, socially connected, entertained and informed. But your phone will not cure your acne. It’s true, even the iphone has its weaknesses. If fact, your phone could make your break outs worse (see my parting note). There have been several smart phone apps with cool names like AcneApp, which claim …

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Latisse

If you haven’t heard about Latisse yet, where have you been? Just kidding. But really, this is a product that I can be comfortable recommending to many patients and friends alike. This is a prescription topical application for thinning or sparse eyelashes, originally used as a medication to treat other eye pressure problems. Eye doctors realized that their patients were coming in with …

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Teamine for Tired Eyes

This is a cream that is marketed through Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons’ offices for the treatment of those dreaded under-eye circles. Teamine has some interesting sounding ingredients like grape seed oil and avocado oil, but the jury is still out on whether this gets a “miracle cream” status. Truth be told, I do offer it to patients as an option, …

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Topical Scar Treatments

I get asked about the usefulness of scar creams all the time. Mederma is just one example of a scar cream which has onion extract as its main active ingredient. Studies have not shown that the onion extract works any better than just plain moisturizers, so it’s probably one to skip. If you are interested in treating an existing scar, …