Joel Schlessinger MD explains what causes collagen to break down
Collagen is a structural protein that gives skin its strength and durability. Think of collagen as the structural wall that supports skin. Healthy collagen levels give skin a plump and smooth appearance. But as we age, collagen production slows and healthy collagen begins to break down. When collagen breaks down, skin loses its firmness and fine lines and wrinkles begin to form.

Environmental factors like sun exposure and pollution have an effect on collagen, Joel Schlessinger MD says.

Collagen breakdown is an unavoidable part of aging. Around 35, we start producing less collagen and skin begins to lose elasticity. But there are also environmental factors that contribute to collagen breakdown, including the sun and pollution.

We’ve all heard that sun exposure contributes to signs of aging. While UVB rays burn skin, UVA rays penetrate deeper, breaking down collagen and elastin. Sun exposure also stimulates the production of melanocytes, the cells that are responsible for pigment formation. So even when the sun doesn’t burn your skin, it’s still contributing to the formation of fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots.

Pollution and oxidative stress penetrate into the deep layers of the dermis, causing inflammation, dehydration and loss of firmness. When these tiny particles of smoke, soot and other pollutants come in contact with your skin, they begin creating free radicals, which are highly unstable molecules that break down collagen and impair the skin’s barrier functions.

Bad habits like smoking and poor diet also contribute to collagen loss, explains Joel Schlessinger MD.

A poor diet, specifically one that is high in sugar, can damage your skin from the inside out. Sugar molecules attach to collagen and elastin proteins in the skin through a process called glycation. This process produces advanced glycosylation end products, or AGEs for short. AGEs are free radicals that lead to inflammation, breaking down collagen and elastin in the skin.

In addition to being harmful to your overall health, smoking has a negative impact on your appearance. This bad habit leads to premature signs of aging, deep wrinkles, bags under the eyes and dull skin. Cigarettes starve your skin of oxygen and constrict blood flow, which affects circulation and breaks down collagen and elastin. Additionally, smoking depletes your body of vitamin C, a necessary nutrient for collagen production. Because smoke is a form of pollution, you’re also coming in contact with those harmful free radicals.

Joel Schlessinger MD shares how you can help prevent collagen loss.

In addition to kicking bad habits, there are changes you can make to your skin care routine that will help you maintain healthy, youthful skin. Joel Schlessinger MD recommends adding growth factor products to your daily routine. These powerful ingredients work to boost collagen production and rejuvenate aging skin.

Alphaeon Beauty Epidermal Growth Serum pairs growth factors with hyaluronic acid, peptides and antioxidants to help diminish the signs of aging and revitalize skin. In clinical studies, more than 80 percent of patients experienced an overall reduction in the appearance of wrinkles with this serum.

Formulated with growth factors, polypeptides, vitamins, minerals and amino acids, NuGene NuCell Universal Serum encourages collagen and elastin production, helping skin repair and prevent environmental damage. With continued use, you’ll see a visible improvement in the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots and rough skin texture.

SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum contains growth factors, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and peptides to hydrate, firm and rejuvenate mature skin. This best-selling serum minimizes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone. With continued use, you’ll see results after just one month with best results appearing in three months.

To target loss of collagen around the delicate eye area, apply Neocutis Lumiere Eye Cream (with PSP). This eye cream contains a proprietary blend of growth factors, cytokines and interleukins that help smooth wrinkles and revitalize skin. This hydrating eye cream also minimizes puffiness and dark under-eye circles for a more youthful appearance.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger is excited to offer the NuGene product line at LovelySkin.com

As a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Joel Schlessinger is always looking for the latest innovations in skin care. He personally searches for and selects the best skin care products to offer on LovelySkin.com. In fact, these are the very same formulas he recommends to the patients in his clinic. The latest addition to LovelySkin is NuGene, a line of clinically proven anti-aging products that uses stem cell technology to create a more youthful appearance.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is excited to add NuGene products to the LovelySkin lineup. NuGene offers skin and hair care products powered by adipose-derived human stem cells, or stem cells derived from fat, to provide visible anti-aging results.

“I am delighted to carry NuGene as I have followed their products intently for some time now,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says.

NuGene products use growth factors to stimulate collagen production, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

Powered by these unique stem cells, NuGene products help stimulate collagen to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging.

“The concept of adipose stem cells leading to regeneration of collagen and other fibroblasts has intrigued me for years,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “NuGene’s formulation eliminates much of the risk found in other growth factor products while leading to a renewal of our skin’s natural innate resources. Use of these products is a simple way to rejuvenate our skin in combination with other actives such as antioxidants. Moreover, the team at NuGene is phenomenal. I am truly honored to be a part of their family.”

NuGene hopes to reach a wider audience with Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s help.

With its addition to LovelySkin, NuGene’s line of anti-aging and hair care products will now be available to hundreds of thousands of customers across the world.

“We are excited to have our NuGene Skincare products available at LovelySkin.com, one of the nation’s leading skin care destinations,” says Kathy Ireland, Chair, CEO and Chief Designer for Kathy Ireland Worldwide. “We believe our NuGene products are revolutionary as NuGene is unlike anything else on the market today. Aging, sun damage, lines and wrinkles are beautifully addressed by our collection. We thank LovelySkin.com for joining us in offering the greatest innovation in skin care to you.”

The NuGene team is also excited to see how a partnership with LovelySkin will help them grow as a company.

“We are honored and excited by Dr. Schlessinger’s selection of our product line,” says Fady Elias M.D., NuGene’s Director of Professional Business Development. “His endorsement of our products further advances our emerging leadership in this growing industry.”

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains the difference between a freckle and a mole

Freckles and moles can be difficult to distinguish but it is important to understand the difference between them because they may be a sign of serious skin issues. Dr. Joel Schlessinger is here to explain the difference between these two common skin issues.

Moles, also known as nevi, explains Dr. Joel Schlessinger, are skin growths.

Moles can appear anywhere on the skin and are raised marks that are usually dark brown or black. Moles that are present at birth are known as congenital nevi. Other moles appear later in life and are often the result of sun exposure. While many moles are harmless, it is important to get them checked because they may be signs of skin cancer.

When examining moles for signs of skin cancer, look for the ABCDEs which stands for asymmetry, border, color, diameter and evolving. You should beware of moles that have an asymmetrical shape, blurred or irregular borders, an uneven color, a diameter larger than the size of a pencil eraser and moles that evolve or change over time. A dermatologist will be able to determine whether or not the mole needs to be removed.

The only way to remove moles is through a procedure performed by a dermatologist. Depending on the method of removal, the size and location of the mole, you may be left with a small mark or scar after a mole has been removed. To reduce the appearance of scarring, you can apply a product such as SkinMedica Scar Recovery Gel for several days after the procedure.

Freckles are patches of discoloration that appear with sun exposure, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Freckles are small, light brown spots or patches that often appear on the face, arms, back and chest. They are not raised and are more common in individuals with light skin or hair. Freckles are the result of excess melanin and often become more prominent with sun exposure. Unlike moles, freckles do not usually indicate a serious skin issue. It is often impossible to tell the difference between a freckle that is ‘good’ and one that is ‘bad’ and if there is any question (and even if there isn’t!) you should probably see a dermatologist.

While there is no way to remove freckles, you can reduce their appearance by wearing sun protection daily. EltaMD UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 protects against UV rays and comes in tinted or untinted formulas. Reapplying sunscreen throughout the day, seeking out shade and avoiding the sun when it is at its strongest will help prevent freckles from becoming more prominent.

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Joel Schlessinger MD explains what happens to your skin when you get a sunburn
Prolonged sun exposure is hard on skin. Even one sunburn leaves painful, lasting damage. Additionally, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles after receiving five or more sunburns, according to The Skin Cancer Foundation. But what actually happens to your skin when it burns? In this blog, Joel Schlessinger MD shares what gives skin that painful red appearance.

Sunburn is the skin’s response to UV exposure, Joel Schlessinger MD explains.

It doesn’t take long for skin to burn. After just 10 minutes of intense sun exposure, the skin starts to defend itself against UV damage. A sunburn’s characteristic redness is the body’s inflammatory response to signal that there are skin cells that need to be repaired. The body also starts sending blood to the exposed area to assist in the healing process, making skin warm to the touch long after sun exposure.

Severe sunburn can lead to blisters and peeling skin. Blisters are the body’s way of protecting areas with tissue damage. Peeling skin is the body’s attempt at ridding itself of damaged cells that could become cancerous.

Under less intense sun exposure, skin responds by producing melanin to try to protect cells from DNA damage. This melanin gives skin the appearance of a tan. Although skin isn’t turning red, any change in skin color is a sign of damage.

Joel Schlessinger MD shares tips on how to care for sunburned skin.

Although it’s best to avoid a sunburn altogether with regular sunscreen application, there are things you can do to help the healing process.

If you feel your skin start to tingle or see signs of redness, get out of the sun and take Advil immediately. Advil acts as an anti-inflammatory that helps minimize the severity of a sunburn. It won’t completely prevent a burn, but it can stop skin from blistering before it starts. Then, soothe skin with a cool shower and apply LovelySkin Aloe Vera Soothing Skin Relief Gel to help calm and heal sunburned areas. You can relieve discomfort by applying FixMySkin Healing Body Balm with 1% Hydrocortisone to affected areas up to three times a day. This balm contains hydrocortisone to soothe irritation and hydrating shea butter and cocoa butter to prevent peeling and flaking skin. If you think you’ve had too much sun exposure, taking Heliocare Sun Protection Pills can also help minimize a burn.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares an article about Botox and skin elasticity

Every year, millions of people turn to Botox to achieve a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance. Botox typically has the power to relax wrinkles for up to three months, but recent studies show that the injections could have lasting positive effects on the skin’s elasticity. In this blog entry, Dr. Schlessinger shares an article from TODAY Health called, “Can Botox make your skin stretchier?” as well as a look at these studies and the future possibilities of Botox.

Botox may help stimulate collagen and elastin, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Botox works by relaxing the muscles in the face that are associated with expressions like smiling, frowning and squinting. Those patients who get Botox frequently seem to have less inflammation and overall healthier-looking skin than those who don’t. While researchers are not yet clear on what could be causing Botox injections to render the skin more youthful and elastic, they suspect that the neurotoxin has the ability to stimulate skin cells called fibroblasts. Fibroblasts are the cells responsible for producing collagen and elastin, the proteins that lend structure and firmness to skin. As we age, skin elasticity can decrease to as little as 50 percent by age 70.

In a Toronto study conducted in 2012 and 2013, 43 women with an average age of 55 were given injections around and between their eyes. The skin was then measured with a device called a Cutometer to determine elasticity. The device was able to prove that the skin did become stretchier and more elastic. The effect wore off within about four months, slightly longer than the average, three-month wrinkle relaxing effects of Botox. Other theories currently being tested involve discovering whether Botox has the ability to “organize” collagen in the skin, or whether it’s possible that “freezing” or relaxing the muscle with Botox stops it from producing the waste that could lead to slack, tired skin.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger and other dermatologists continue to research the effects of Botox.

Finding a way for skin to organically produce more collagen and elastin is a long-term goal for Dr. Schlessinger and other physicians. While the ability of Botox to render skin more elastic still remains a mystery, the possibilities are exciting. Patients can continue to enjoy their usual excellent results and perhaps benefit even more in the long run.

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Oftentimes, skin irritations and rashes are lumped together and treated the same way when actually they are often completely different issues. Many people confuse eczema and psoriasis, two different skin conditions that can sometimes include similar symptoms. Dr. Joel Schlessinger is here to explain the differences between these two conditions.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains the difference between eczema and psoriasis

Eczema, explains Dr. Joel Schlessinger, is also known as atopic dermatitis.

Eczema is extremely common in children and infants and about one percent of adults also experience this issue. Eczema is an inflammation of the skin that results in a dry, itchy rash that usually appears on the face, backs of the knees and elbows. While the cause of this condition is unknown, individuals with allergies, asthma or hay fever may be more susceptible to it.

Topical treatment products are the most effective way to treat eczema. Dr. Joel Schlessinger and his son Daniel created FixMySkin Healing Balm with 1% Hydrocortisone to heal irritating dry skin conditions such as eczema. Certain skin care ingredients such as fragrances, chemicals and dyes can trigger eczema flare-ups so knowing what aggravates your eczema will help you keep it under control.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains the difference between eczema and psoriasis

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that affects the skin, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

When an individual has psoriasis and the skin becomes inflamed and the body overreacts to the damage by becoming red and irritated and by creating dry, scaly patches of skin. The patches can crack and bleed if they are left untreated. Psoriasis can be hereditary and elements such as diet, allergies and stress can trigger the condition.

There are several methods for treating psoriasis including light therapy, prescriptions and topical creams. You can apply the FixMySkin Healing Balm with 1% Hydrocortisone up to three times a day to relieve itching and irritation. It is also important to use hydrating products that are free of irritating ingredients such as dyes and fragrances. Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream to patients with psoriasis.

Do you want to know more about the difference between eczema and psoriasis? Ask Dr. Joel Schlessinger your questions!

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses how to treat and prevent warts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warts are common skin growths caused by a viral infection in the top layer of the skin. Most people develop an immune response to warts that helps them go away on their own over time, but this could take months or years. Though they’re rarely painful or harmful, warts can be unsightly, and many patients opt to have them removed rather than wait for them to disappear.

Though there are countless treatments available for warts, no treatment boasts a 100% success rate. The good news is that the treatments that Dr. Joel Schlessinger offers at Skin Specialists of Omaha produce a 50-75% success rate. Though there’s always a chance that the wart could appear again in the same spot, the odds are good that you’ll remain wart-free. The following are a few effective treatments for warts.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses in-office treatment options for warts.

Dinitrochlorobenzene

Dr. Schlessinger often opts for a topical method to treat warts on his patients. During treatment, the diluted substance, dinitrochlorobenzene, or DNCB, is applied to the wart. The substance then causes an immune response that wards off the wart-causing virus. Like all wart removal procedures, DNCB treatment require patience and persistence. A short series of physician-administered DNCB will often significantly improve warts. However, depending on the size and thickness of the wart, several treatments may be needed. With DNCB, diligent at-home care is also recommended.

Laser Wart Removal

Laser removal utilizes an intense beam of light to destroy the wart tissue. First, the wart virus is destroyed by the laser energy, then the laser energy helps to eliminate the blood supply that helps to nourish the wart and prevent it from going away. This treatment is usually only used for large or widespread warts, and it generally requires local or general anesthetic, as well as a series of up to four treatments spaced by a number of weeks. With this method, symptoms of redness and swelling may persist for one to two weeks, and there is an increased risk of post-procedure scarring and disfigurement. There is also the potential to spread the wart virus via air. Dr. Schlessinger avoids laser removal for these reasons, and also because it does not offer additional benefits when compared with safer methods.

Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy involves using liquid nitrogen, or extreme cold, to quickly freeze the wart off. Within one to four treatments with up to three weeks between sessions, the wart is usually gone. A numbing local anesthetic is usually applied, and this helps to eliminate any pain and discomfort. Mild pain may last up to three days after treatment, and the affected area is usually healed within one to two weeks’ time. There is a low risk of scarring with cryotherapy.

Electrosurgery Electrosurgery uses heat from electricity to remove the wart. During treatment, an instrument is heated with electricity and then placed on the area without electricity entering the body. One 20-30 minute treatment resulting in a small wound is usually all that is required. Practicing proper at-home care for the wound is crucial to quick, successful recovery.

Chemical Peels

A chemical peel may be applied over a series of treatments to gradually reduce warts until they disappear altogether. These peels often contain strong concentrations of effective exfoliating ingredients such as glycolic acid, tretinoin or salicylic acid, and they are mainly recommended for the treatment of flat warts. The exfoliating substance is applied at home to the warts daily, and then peeled off to gradually remove abnormal skin cells and encourage new, healthy cell regeneration.

Taking spirulina as an oral supplement could help heal warts, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Spirulina is a blue-green algae packed with vitamins and minerals. It is known for its ability to strengthen the immune system and improve skin and nails. Dr. Schlessinger recommends taking spirulina in oral supplement form to help expedite the natural repair process for warts and to complement your wart removal procedure. In addition to addressing warts, spirulina offers antioxidant protection against free radical damage and signs of aging, as well as acne-healing benefits.

Scarring

Since some wart removal treatments carry a risk for scarring, you’ll need to choose aftercare products that will help your skin repair quickly and safely. LovelySkin.com carries a wide range of products for scarring and healing that are personally selected and recommended by Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Avene Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream’s powerful formula reduces the risk of infection and helps create an optimal environment for healing. Perfect for sensitive skin, this cream contains thermal spring water to gently and effectively treat recovering areas.

Be wary of home remedies when treating warts, Dr. Joel Schlessinger warns.

You’ve probably noticed many over-the-counter salicylic acid treatments for warts while browsing the aisles of your local drugstore. Often featured in acne care products, salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid that helps to gently exfoliate skin and eliminate impurities. In the case of warts, it helps to soften and dissolve abnormal skin cells. Over-the-counter wart removal kits are easy to obtain and easy to use, but like all wart treatments, they are only sometimes successful. To avoid spreading or reinfecting yourself with the virus, do not reuse washcloths, bandages or other materials that have come into contact with the wart during treatment.

Dr. Schlessinger recommends seeking the opinion of an expert before taking matters into your own hands with over-the counter treatments. In rare cases, salicylic acid may leave the wart enlarged and inflamed. In addition to salicylic acid-based treatments, you may find over-the-counter freezing kits for warts. Dr. Schlessinger does not recommend over-the-counter freezing methods, since what might appear to be a wart at first glance could be a mole, skin tag or other growth. It’s always best to be sure that you aren’t attempting to treat a more serious problem. Avoid purchasing unproven remedies or “miracle” products over the Internet internet to treat warts. These are never FDA-approved and could worsen the wart and irritate healthy surrounding skin. Similarly, do not use home remedies or natural recipes you might find on sites like Pinterest. Even common household ingredients and certain essential oils could prove irritating to skin, and these homemade potions could do more harm than good in the long run. Some over-the-counter products promise to freeze warts using dimethyl ether and propane, but it’s always best to seek professional care to maximize effectiveness and minimize the risk of scarring.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger provides helpful tips for preventing warts.

Though preventing contact with all wart-causing viruses can seem as impossible as avoiding germs altogether, there are several things you can do to lessen your chances of developing them. Always wear shoes in moist public places like showers and pools. Don’t share towels, clothing or shoes with others, especially if you know they have warts. If you visit the nail salon for manicures, consider bringing your own set of nails tools so that you avoid cross-contamination. Be sure that your nail technician wears gloves and takes proper sanitary measures between clients.

Have any skin abnormalities that could potentially be unknown warts checked out and treated if necessary. Check your children for warts often, particularly on their hands and feet. Like most contagious viruses and infections, warts are extremely common in school-age children due to close contact and the sharing of communal items. Avoid bathing children together to prevent spreading warts between them, and make regular hand-washing a family habit.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares an article on why you should wash new clothes before wearing them
People often expect brand new clothing to be clean when they bring it home from the store. But are the clothes clean enough that you don’t need to wash them before wearing? A recent article from The Wall Street Journal titled “Do You Need to Wash New Clothes Before Wearing Them?” might change your mind.

Dermatologists like Dr. Joel Schlessinger suggest washing garments to remove common allergens.

Clothing can often be made of materials that are woven, dyed and stitched together in three different countries. Each country has different laws about chemical use, leaving your skin to suffer. The two main allergens often found in clothing are dye and formaldehyde resin.

Synthetic fabrics require the use of azo-aniline dyes, which can cause a severe skin reaction similar to poison ivy. Dyes can also cause skin to become dry, itchy or slightly inflamed. Urea formaldehyde resin is used to prevent mildew and wrinkling in cotton-polyester blends. Fabrics with this chemical can cause eczema, rashes and irritation.

Clothing can also harbor germs from people who’ve tried it on in the store, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

You have no way of knowing how many people have touched or tried on a piece of clothing before you buy it. Dermatologists have seen cases of lice and scabies that were transmitted from trying on garments in the store. Although lice can’t survive very long without a human host, experts say they attach better to natural fibers than synthetics.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends washing new clothing before wearing to help prevent skin irritation.

Because you never know what has come into contact with your clothing, it’s always a good idea to wash garments before wearing. Dermatologists suggest running all new fabrics through one wash cycle with a double rinse, even if you don’t use any soap. This will help keep allergens, germs or worse from wreaking havoc on your skin.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses an article about cold sores

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, more than half of Americans ages 14 to 49 carry the virus that causes cold sores. In this blog entry, Dr. Schlessinger shares an article from HealthDay.com called “Many Americans Under 50 Living With Cold Sore Virus,” as well as helpful treatment advice.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains cold sores.

Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, appear as small, fluid-filled blisters on and around the mouth. Tingling, itching or burning typically occurs in the general area a sore will form before a hard, painful blister appears. Usually grouped together in clusters, these blisters may break and form a crust and subsequent sore. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus, a highly contagious virus that, once contracted, remains in the body even when there are no active or visible sores present. While symptoms that arise from the herpes simplex virus are treatable, there is currently no cure.

The herpes virus is transmitted between individuals through close contact, such as kissing and sharing drinking glasses and food utensils. Cold sores remain contagious at every stage, so the virus may also be spread through contact with hands that have recently touched a weeping sore.

Sores may appear just once in an individual’s lifetime when they initially come into contact with the virus, or they may be reoccurring. An initial cold sore outbreak may be accompanied by flu-like symptoms such as headache, joint pain, body aches, swollen lymph nodes and fever. These symptoms should not occur again during subsequent reoccurrences.  Factors known to trigger cold sores include illnesses such as the common cold or the flu, hormonal fluctuations, stress and fatigue, prolonged sun exposure and trauma to the skin from things like shaving, dental work or surgery.

Address cold sores when initial tingling occurs, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Fortunately, most cold sores go away on their own without scarring. However, healing could take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on an individual’s immune system and the severity of the sore. There are a few things you can do to make the healing process go more smoothly. As with any illness or condition, addressing the issue early on it the best way to ensure a less painful cold sore and a quicker recovery.

Dr. Schlessinger and other dermatologists recommend applying an over-the-counter antiviral cream or ointment like Abreva at the first sign of tingling, before a cold sore has even appeared. Abreva is FDA-approved to shorten healing time to as little as two and a half days and block the virus that causes cold sores, protecting healthy cells.  Ibuprofen can help with any pain you might experience, and applying a cool, wet towel to the sore for up to 10 minutes at a time can help soothe the area.

The American Academy of Dermatology suggests avoiding highly acidic foods such as fruit juices and tomatoes to keep from irritating or exacerbating sores. Avoid spreading cold sores by abstaining from kissing and all other intimate contact, and by not sharing towels, food utensils, toothbrushes and drinking glasses.

If you find yourself suffering from frequent and/or severe cold sores, it’s time to see a doctor. There are several prescription antiviral medications available that can help alleviate pain and expedite healing time. One of the most commonly prescribed medications for cold sores is Valtrex, an oral medication that helps fight the virus responsible for cold sores, as well as the virus that causes chicken pox in children and shingles in adults. Valtrex works best at the first sign of an outbreak, and it may also be taken regularly or semi-regularly for prevention even when no cold sores are present. Taking anti-viral medication for prevention purposes is called a prophylactic treatment regimen, and your physician should be able to recommend a course of medication that is best suited for your unique needs.

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Joel Schlessinger MD discusses the importance of growth factors in skin careEvery so often a new buzzworthy skin care ingredient appears on the market. For the past several years, many people with anti-aging concerns have been turning to products with growth factors, which are known for their ability to rejuvenate skin. In this blog, Joel Schlessinger MD explains the power behind growth factors and why they’re a great addition to any anti-aging skin care routine.

Growth factors help diminish wrinkles, dark spots and other signs of aging, Joel Schlessinger MD says.

Growth factors are natural proteins that send messages between living cells. Their primary job is to tell fibroblast cells when to produce collagen. As we age, our bodies produce lower levels of natural growth factors, leading to a breakdown in collagen and the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.

Topical growth factors help regenerate and repair aging skin tissue. These proteins essentially trick aging skin cells into behaving like younger, healthier skin cells. With continued use, topical growth factors can improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, uneven tone and a rough texture. The result is a more radiant and youthful appearance.

Joel Schlessinger MD recommends adding growth factors to your daily skin care routine.

Growth factors work to maintain elasticity, enhance the skin’s repair process and rejuvenate the complexion. Joel Schlessinger MD recommends adding growth factors to any anti-aging routine.

Dr. Schlessinger suggests Alphaeon Beauty Epidermal Growth Serum, a new serum that pairs growth factors with hyaluronic acid, peptides and antioxidants to help promote the appearance of youthful, rejuvenated skin. In clinical studies, more than 80 percent of patients experienced an overall reduction in the appearance of wrinkles with this serum.

SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum has a best-selling formula of growth factors, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and peptides to hydrate, firm and revitalize aging skin. With continued use, you’ll see results after just one month with best results appearing in three months.

For the delicate eye area, try Neocutis Lumiere Eye Cream (with PSP), which contains a proprietary blend of growth factors, cytokines and interleukins that help smooth fine lines and wrinkles. This hydrating eye cream also minimizes puffiness and dark under-eye circles for a more youthful appearance.

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