Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains why you need to cleanse your skin every morning

Most people who wear makeup every day or shower at night are used to cleansing their faces before they go to bed. Why then, if you just washed your face before bed, do you have to cleanse it again in the morning? Dr. Joel Schlessinger is here to answer that question.

According to Dr. Joel Schlessinger, your skin is active while you sleep.

As we sleep, our skin takes advantage of this time to naturally rejuvenate and heal itself. Cell turnover is active while you sleep, which is why many skin care professionals suggest using a night cream. With this cell turnover, however, comes dead skin cells that remain on the skin’s surface and lead to a dull appearance. Cleansing in the morning removes these dead cells to keep your skin looking healthy and vibrant.

Cleansing your skin in the morning is also extremely important to prepare the complexion for your other skin care products. Properly removing excess oil, dead skin cells and debris in the morning allows your anti-aging, acne or treatment products to absorb more easily into the skin.

Sweat and oil can accumulate on the complexion as you sleep, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

If you’ve ever woken up with a layer of shine of your face, it may be sweat that is the result of temperature changes throughout the night. If left on the complexion, sweat can harbor bacteria and clog pores so it is important to cleanse your skin after waking up. If you have oily skin, sebum can collect in your pores over night so using a cleanser in the morning is especially important.

A gentle yet effective cleanser such as SkinCeuticals Purifying Cleanser can help clear pores and refresh your skin in the morning. You can also use a cleansing device such as the Clarisonic Mia2 Sonic Skin Cleansing System to gently exfoliate the complexion and unclog pores.

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Joel Schlessinger MD discusses the dangers of sharing makeup brushes

Early last week, news broke of a woman in Australia who was left paralyzed after she contracted a dangerous infection from borrowing a friend’s makeup brush. Her infection was caused by an antibiotic-resistant strain of staph called MRSA. In light of this recent event, Joel Schlessinger MD highlights the dangers of sharing makeup brushes.

Many people don’t understand the risks of sharing makeup brushes and cosmetics, Joel Schlessinger MD.

Sharing makeup tools can spread harmful bacteria and infections. Everyone has bacteria that sit on the skin’s surface. When you apply makeup every day, these bacteria are transferred onto the brush and end up contaminating your cosmetics. While these bacteria may not be harmful to you, they could be hazardous to your friend’s health.

“I always shudder when I see references in movies to sharing makeup or lipstick,” Joel Schlessinger MD says. “Sadly, this is seen in real life as well and we see the results of it.”

Staph infections are often mistaken for acne breakouts, Joel Schlessinger MD explains.

Approximately one-third of the population carries the staph infection, many times without showing any symptoms. Staph bacteria can cause rashes, redness, blisters, tenderness and swelling.

“Many individuals confuse staph infections with acne and often it is too late to halt the spread when they realize it is more than acne,” Joel Schlessinger MD explains. “For this reason, I implore people to not share brushes and makeup.”

Joel Schlessinger MD hopes stories like this will put an end to such a common practice.

“It is a terrible idea, but common in some industries such as the modeling world and among theatrical individuals,” he says. “I hope that this situation brings light to this significant issue.”

If you think you’ve been exposed to dangerous bacteria, wash your face and hands immediately. Joel Schlessinger MD recommends washing with CLn Cleanser because it contains bleach, a natural antibacterial agent that eliminates germs and bacteria without the worsening of antibiotic resistance.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares an article that highlights the importance of eyelashes
Long lashes are a staple of just about everyone’s makeup look. New research shows that lashes are not only about looking good, however, they also help protect eyes. Here, Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares an article describing Dr. David Hu and his study to help determine the purpose of eyelashes. One huge benefit he discovered was that lashes help protect eyes from dryness.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger notes the importance of this study and how it affects our understanding of lashes.

Throughout the study, Dr. Hu examined the lashes of several different species of mammals and found many similarities. For the majority of species, the lashes were about one-third as long as the eye is wide, which is the ideal length for diverting air flow around the eyes. By diverting air away from the eyes, the lashes help prevent them from drying out which leads to itching, irritation and redness.

LATISSE® is a favorite of Dr. Joel Schlessinger for increasing lash length.

Patients who experience dryness of the eyes may benefit from using LATISSE®, a prescription product that is proven to grow longer lashes. LATISSE® has many benefits and uses which is why Dr. Joel Schlessinger often prescribes it to his patients.

“We know that LATISSE® has many uses, not the least of which is to prevent dry eyes,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “My favorite is still the beautification and enhancement of my patients and their eyes.”

Dr. S. Manjula Jegasothy, a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, also notes the importance of LATISSE® for patients.

“LATISSE® represents a giant step forward in our thinking of periorbital rejuvenation,” Dr. Jegasothy says. “Not only do eyelids need cosmetic enhancement,  eyelashes and eyebrows also thin out significantly as we age and so LATISSE® completes a total eye rejuvenation package. Young people also love it because let’s face it, everyone loves to have long lashes without applying mascara every single day!”

LATISSE® can be prescribed by your dermatologist to improve the thickness, length and darkness of lashes. There are also several non-prescription products that help keep lashes healthy. RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner contains peptides and botanical extracts that nourish lashes and Jan Marini Lash Eyelash Conditioner creates healthier eyelashes with hydrating ingredients. While these products do not reverse or cure lash loss, they do promote healthier lashes that are less likely to become damaged.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses ATX-101, a new drug to treat double chins
ATX-101, a new treatment designed to address excessive fat on the chin, was recommended for approval by an FDA advisory committee this week. Along with his staff at the Advanced Skin Research Center, Dr. Joel Schlessinger has conducted studies on this treatment over the past several years. Dr. Schlessinger has enjoyed working with ATX-101 since the beginning and is excited to add it to his practice.

ATX-101 offers a new way to treat excessive fat on the chin, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says.

This in-office procedure is a new treatment option to address double chins without invasive surgery. Dr. Joel Schlessinger has seen great results during clinical trials and is looking forward to offering ATX-101 for his patients.

“Based on the clinical trials, I am quite excited to have this in my clinic and will be using it for many of my patients who have issues with excessive fat on the chin,” he says.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger says this treatment is ideal for patients who want to address chin fat without liposuction.

“I don’t think it will entirely take away the need for chin liposuction, but it will clearly treat many individuals who have too little fat for liposuction but still have a clear need,” he says. “This is a huge bonus for our specialty and patients!”

The studies performed by Dr. Joel Schlessinger played an integral role in ATX-101’s success.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger and his team worked hard to see ATX-101 through its preliminary stages. Now with the treatment one step closer to receiving FDA approval, Dr. Schlessinger is excited to add it to his practice.

“Having worked on ATX-101 since 2007, it feels like my ‘child’ has been born at this point,” he says. “It has been a wonderful experience to be involved with this exciting new treatment option from the beginning.”

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Joel Schlessinger MD and discusses the 2015 American Academy of Dermatology conference

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) holds an annual educational conference to discuss the latest developments in skin care and dermatology. Last weekend, Joel Schlessinger MD and his team attended the conference, enjoying lectures, viewing exhibits and meeting with other professionals from across the country.

“The team and I attended AAD for the 25th time in my career as a dermatologist,” he says. “Truly, it is the best way to get a pulse of what is happening.”

The AAD meeting is a chance for Joel Schlessinger MD and other professionals to learn about new skin care products and procedures.

The 2015 AAD conference featured new treatment options that dermatologists will be able to incorporate into their practices. Joel Schlessinger MD looks forward to offering these new treatments for his patients.

“This year, there was a bit of excitement for ATX-101, the new chin fat buster that we did the clinical trials on here in Omaha,” he says. “Additionally, the work on Revance’s topically applied alternative to Botox seems to be back on track.”

Joel Schlessinger MD finds the annual AAD conference beneficial for both himself and his staff.

After attending for many years, Joel Schlessinger MD still appreciates the educational value of the annual AAD meeting.

“As always, it is a great time to get the team up to speed on everything dermatology and learn about the advances that will benefit my patients,” he says. “It is a terrific meeting and one that sets us apart from other clinics and websites due to our attendance and attention we pay to the science behind our products and procedures.”

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses questions to ask your dermatologist













A big part of making the most out of your medical appointments is seeking the care of a skilled, experienced physician who will listen to your needs, accurately assess your skin and prescribe a course of treatment that is right for you. However, there are several things you can do as a patient to help your dermatologist administer the best care. In addition to providing records and being able to answer questions about your and your family’s medical histories, it is extremely helpful to arrive for your dermatology visit armed with a list of questions. These questions outline top skin concerns, and understanding their answers allows you to enjoy your personal best in terms of long-term skin health.

1. Can you recommend me the best sunscreen for my skin type?

Proper sun protection has an enormous impact on overall skin health since UVA and UVB rays are linked to premature signs of aging, skin cancer, the worsening of preexisting skin conditions and more. Inquiring about a high-quality sunscreen demonstrates that you are serious about your skin. Dr. Schlessinger likes to recommend EltaMD sunscreens to his patients. These formulas are gentle and non-greasy, and they come in a versatile range of formulas. Most importantly, they provide unbeatable sun protection. One of Dr. Schlessinger’s personal favorites is EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen.

2. What is causing my acne?

There are a variety of factors that can affect skin clarity and the location and severity of your breakouts. Through a series of questions and a physical assessment, your dermatologist should be able to determine what is causing your acne. Diet, habits, climate, hormonal changes and using the wrong products for your skin type can all contribute to blemishes. Treatments are not one-size-fits-all, and different medications and products are designed to address specific types of acne.

3. Should I be concerned with this mole or spot?

Pointing out specific moles or spots that might not be immediately visible will help your dermatologist form a basic knowledge in case they change in appearance later down the road. If you have already noticed changes, explain them in detail just in case a biopsy is needed. The best way to treat skin cancer is early prevention, and asking about moles can help put your mind at ease if the spot turns out to be benign and not a cause for worry.

4. What professional treatments and procedures do you think I would be suited for?
Whether you’re interested in addressing fine lines, scarring and cellulite or just enjoying an overall more youthful and rejuvenated appearance, your dermatologist can recommend professional treatments and procedures that will allow you to experience exciting results. Many of these procedures are virtually painless and require no downtime, so preparing and scheduling is as easy as booking a follow-up appointment. Microdermabrasion, peels, laser hair removal and body contouring treatments are all great areas to explore.

5. How can I create the best skin care routine?

Now is the chance to really pick your dermatologist’s brain about a customized skin care routine that will help you put your best face forward. Not only should the products be suitable for your needs and skin type, you should also leave with a clear understanding of how and why to apply them—the frequency, amount, order and purpose of each. If you’re interested in beginning or supplementing an anti-aging routine, this is a good time to ask about prescription retinol creams and lightening agents.

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Joel Schlessinger MD recommends daily supplements that keep skin healthy

An easy way to keep yourself healthy and make sure you are getting the proper nutrition is to take a multivitamin daily. If you choose the right formulas, your daily supplements can also help you maintain healthy skin, hair and nails. Here are some of the best skin care supplements, according to Joel Schlessinger MD.

Certain supplements can help protect skin against damage and boost your health, says Joel Schlessinger MD.

Sun damage is one of the major causes of aging and signs of damage on the complexion. To amp up your regular sun protection, Joel Schlessinger MD recommends taking Heliocare Sun Protection Pills. The key ingredient in this supplement is calaguala leaf extract, a potent ingredient with antioxidant properties. It helps improve the body’s tolerance to UV rays and helps skin maintain its immune response to sun damage. While these supplements improve your skin’s protection, they do not replace sunscreen so you should continue to apply a topical sun protection product daily.

As we age, our metabolism slows down, which can result in the appearance of cellulite as well as dull, sluggish skin. Along with a healthy diet and lifestyle, Elemis Body Enhancement Capsules – Cal-Metab Plus can improve microcirculation and boost metabolism. These supplements encourage the body’s natural fat burning process to keep it working properly.

Joel Schlessinger MD recommends supplements for thinning hair and brittle nails.

Healthy hair and nails cannot grow without the proper nutrition. PHYTO Phytophanere Dietary Supplements are made with botanicals that contain vitamins, fatty acids and antioxidants to improve hair and nails. Studies show that 95% of user saw improved results after three months. To encourage more growth, you can take Viviscal Professional Supplements. This formula contains the AminoMar complex, which nourishes thin hair that is prone to breakage to encourage more growth.

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Laser tattoo removal remains the best method, says Dr. Schlessinger.



















It is estimated that around 40% of adults have at least one tattoo, so it is no surprise that a tattoo removal cream would be in high demand. Alec Falkenham, a PhD student in pathology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is currently developing a topical cream that he hopes will eventually remove tattoos. However, Dr. Schlessinger believes it is too early to tell if this cream will be effective.

Bisphosophonate liposomal tattoo removal cream works by expediting the natural tattoo fading process.

When a tattoo is received into the skin, the ink pigments get eaten by macrophages, or white blood cells, to protect the surrounding tissue from the foreign substance. The cells then form the tattoo that is visible on the skin, and as macrophages are replaced over time, the tattoo fades. Falkenham’s cream targets macrophages with bisphosphonate to expedite the natural fading process.

Inspired by the connection between his pathology work and the tattooing process, Falkenham set to work creating the method for what he refers to as bisphosphonate liposomal tattoo removal. This technique allows the bisphosphonate drug to reach into the skin via a topical cream, eliminating the cells that contain tattoo pigment while leaving other skin cells untouched.

“There are many hurdles for this scientist to go through,“ Dr. Schlessinger says.

Dr. Schlessinger finds the idea of bisphosphonate liposomal tattoo removal intriguing, but cautions that those with tattoo regret not get too excited just yet. So far, research is still in its earliest stages, and studies have only been conducted using mice. Among the challenges are getting the bisphosphonate to actually penetrate the skin and testing the cream through what will probably amount to millions of dollars in clinical research.

“There is a lot of interest in this topic, but the future of the project and the cost estimates are unclear,“ says Dr. Schlessinger.

For now, he recommends that those considering a new tattoo carefully weigh that decision, and that those with tattoo regret seek a skilled, experienced dermatologist who can help them achieve their best laser tattoo removal results.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains how enzymes help your skin

Dermatologists, beauty gurus and makeup artists will all tell you how important exfoliation is to maintain healthy, radiant skin. For some people though, scrubs can be too abrasive for the complexion. To get the same exfoliation, cell renewal and radiance without the need for harsh scrubbing, you can use products with enzymes. Here, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains the benefits of this ingredient and how to incorporate it into your routine.

What are enzymes? Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

On the top layer of our skin are dead skin cells. These cells prevent skin from renewing itself, resulting in a rough texture and dull appearance. Exfoliation is necessary to remove this debris and keep the complexion looking youthful and radiant. Enzymes are ingredients that break down dead cells that sit on top of the complexion.

Enzymes can be found in many natural sources such as papaya, pineapple and pumpkin. Cleansers, treatment products and masks containing enzymes can be added to your regimen to encourage skin renewal, keep pores clear and fade signs of aging without the need for a powerful chemical or physical exfoliant.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends his favorite products with enzymes.

For daily exfoliation using enzymes, cleanse with Revision Skincare Papaya Enzyme Cleanser. This face wash contains papaya fruit extract to gently exfoliate and reveal a brighter complexion. You can also treat your complexion weekly with LovelySkin Pumpkin Clarifying Mask. Pumpkin is a natural source of enzymes and this mask helps keep pores clear so it is ideal for acne-prone skin.

One of the main benefits of enzymes is that they are more easily tolerated by those with sensitive complexions. If regular exfoliators leave your complexion red, inflamed and flaky, use a gentle enzyme treatment such as Phytomer Peeling Vegetal Exfoliant. The formula contains enzymes as well as hydrating ingredients to keep skin healthy.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses the link between skin and psychology

The American Psychological Association recently published an article titled “The link between skin and psychology,” which focuses on the relationship between psychological and dermatological problems. The field of study, called psychodermatology, embraces the idea that common skin conditions are affected by psychological issues. In this blog, Dr. Joel Schlessinger sheds light on this idea and why we shouldn’t always blame skin conditions on stress or other psychological factors.

It’s difficult to prove skin conditions are caused by stress, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

According to the APA, psychodermatology focuses on “skin problems affected by stress or other emotional states, psychological problems caused by disfiguring skin disorders, and psychiatric disorders that manifest themselves via the skin, such as delusional parasitosis.” Psychodermatology is common in Europe but not as commonly noted in the United States.

“I think this is a really easy thing for some doctors to blame skin conditions on stress, but stress is very difficult to prove as a cause as it is nearly impossible to reproduce or quantify,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “Therefore, the onus of improving the disease is placed onto the patient (‘You are causing your disease’), rather than the physician. That doesn’t seem fair to me and would only serve to increase a patient’s stress level.”

Dermatologists should holistically treat skin conditions, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Even if stress does play a role in worsening skin conditions, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says patients shouldn’t have to treat themselves. Instead, he prefers to do what he can as a dermatologist to treat their concerns using more traditional methods in combination with other natural and environmental factors being addressed when necessary.

“Stress is something that is part of everyone’s life and while we all try to be care-free, we can’t be in most cases,” he says. “Therefore, I would rather try to focus on what I can change as a dermatologist and avoid throwing salt on the wound by insisting on a daunting task for my patients in order to treat their condition. This doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try to be as stressful as possible and work on improving it when we can, along with other natural and holistic treatments, however.”

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