Real acne advice!

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Some acne advice such as treating pimples with toothpaste, alcohol and other harsh agents is just plain scary and can damage your skin.  Stripping skin and applying harsh, or even toxic chemicals like acetone to your skin, can make acne and oil worse. 

In honor of Acne Awareness month try these MD-approved blemish beaters from our experts: 

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Tretinoin: This prescription retinoid helps to regulate the skin cells, decrease oil production, and even lightens the dark stains that acne can leave behind. 

If you want an over-the-counter solution to try Benzoyl Peroxide is an oldie but goody! This tried and tested anti-acne topical helps kill bacteria on the skin that is related to acne formation. 

Cure Adult Acne at the Speed of Light with an IPL facial.

 “Not a week goes by when I don’t hear several patients complaining of adult acne breakouts,” says Mark Schwartz, MD, FACS, NYC Plastic Surgeon and Clinical Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. “My patients have been getting great results with Sciton’s Forever Clear Broad Band Light (BBL). It is a really innovative alternative to topical treatments. In a 15 minute session the blue light wavelength (420 nm) is passed over the affected areas to attack the acne producing bacteria in the pores.” 

Nix the Alcohol – Steer clear of preservatives such as parabens, and alcohol-based acne medications. Parabens can trigger an allergic reaction in susceptible people, and cause an irritating, itchy rash. Alcohol is drying to the skin and because the other active ingredients are already somewhat drying, the combination of those ingredients and alcohol can be doubly tough for skin to tolerate. 

Ditch the white stuff!

Diet doesn’t cause ace but Research indicates that processed foods like white breads and sugary drinks are thought to trigger the production of androgens, a hormone responsible for oil production. A low glycemic index will help decrease breakouts.



Non-toxic beauty solutions

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If you hate the idea of using unnecessary drugs to make your skin look younger or fresher, then Eric Schweiger, MD, founder of Schweiger Dermatology Group has great news for you. “Less invasive methods and the development of new devices means that we don’t have to introduce foreign substances into the skin to turn back the clock,” says Eric Schweiger, MD, founder of Schweiger Dermatology Group.

Dr. Schweiger shared a few of the most effective new non-toxic beauty treatments with us.

Non-toxic beauty treatments:

Skin Tightening Ultrasound

Ultherapy is the first non-invasive procedure specifically cleared by the FDA to improve fine lines and wrinkles on face, chest, and neck. The treatment uses ultrasound to build new collagen, and tone and lift skin.

Collagen is the protein that gives skin the supple, elastic qualities most associated with youth. “We can now harness this power to tighten skin under the chin and even lift the brow with none of the downtime and risks associated with surgery,” says Dr. Schweiger. “You will look refreshed immediately after treatment, and the collagen stores will build up gradually over a few months, which is when the full aesthetic results will be visible.”

Laser Resurfacing

Laser Genesis is a multi-purpose fractional laser that addresses a vast range of skin concerns including large pores, wrinkles, scars and rosacea – all in one simple treatment. “Genesis is not only good for reducing acne scarring, but for total facial rejuvenation, plus there’s no downtime, says Dr. Schweiger. Treatments takes only 15-20 minutes and three sessions are recommended for optimal results.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

PRP is otherwise known as the “vampire facial”. Kim Kardashian propelled this treatment into popularity with her shocking selfie. During treatment, a small amount of blood is drawn from you and placed a centrifuge to separate the different components of the blood. Red and white blood cells are divided from the platelets and the plasma (the clear fluid). Platelets are the cells in the blood that help tissue to heal and grow new cells. The PRP, injected into specific areas of the skin, act as a matrix that promotes your own collagen to grow, regenerates tissue, and thus acts as to naturally smooth and tighten the skin.


Acne myths that can hurt your skin

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BeFunky_erc-schweiger-md-bio (1).jpgIf you talk to any expert they will tell you that acne is one of the toughest beauty problems to crack. Even small breakouts can be hard to stop as the causes of acne are hard to control. And, all the misinformation about acne doesn’t help. The myths an
d crazy advice you can get about acne is mind-boggling and can stop you from getting the real and very effective help available today.


Here are five acne myths you need to know about if you are battling breakouts:

Myth: You can get acne from sweating

Truth: Sweating does not cause acne. Sweat glands are not the same as oil pores. While sweat alone cannot cause acne, there is a condition called acne mechanica, which is a form of acne that is caused by a combination of heat, friction, and covered skin. It’s often found on athletes who sweat under their helmets. Other culprits of acne mechanica include tight Clothing, snug backpack straps, and headbands worn for long periods of time.

DolceDolce note: This why you don’t want to sit in your sweat, tight workout clothes.

Myth 2: Eating junk foods will make you break out

Truth: The dermatological community has long dispelled the idea that junk foods, such as French fries and chocolate, cause acne. However, there is new research linking diet to acne. Foods with a high-glycemic level (white breads sugary drinks, processed foods) are thought to trigger the production of androgens, a hormone responsible for oil production.

Myth: Washing your face more frequently prevents breakouts

Truth: Actually, over-washing your face can make acne worse. Washing your face any more than twice a day can cause the skin to dry and produce more oil to overcompensate.

Myth: Sun exposure helps clear up acne

Truth: While “drying out acne” in the sun may seem like a good idea, it’s not. The sun not only causes premature aging, but it does nothing to help clear up or heal acne. A suntan may help mask the redness of zits, but it is only temporary. Once the tan fades, the pimples can come back in full force thanks to ultraviolet light exposure.

Myth: Applying toothpaste to a zit will clear it up

Truth: The thinking behind the toothpaste-as-acne-treatment myth is that toothpaste dries out the zit and therefore gets rid of it. Legitimate acne medications, such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, treat zits with the side effect of dry skin, leading people to believe that toothpaste works just the same. Not so. Toothpaste is not an effective acne treatment, not to mention it contains ingredients that can irritate the skin.


Eric Schweiger, MD


Have a truly “mythic” mane

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If you want to have the kind of hair that poets write about and men swoon over – and they really do get weak in the knees over gorgeous hair – then let go of the myths and learn the science of beautiful hair. Old wives’ tales (and it is wives’ not wise) not only won’t give you lux locks but some of these old adages, such as 100 brush strokes a day, can actually ruin your hair.

Dermatologist Rebecca Kazin, MD, FAAD is here to save you from committing the “five worst hair habits” so you too can cultivate a “mythic mane.” Here’s Rebecca’s list of the five worst hair habits:

Skimping on quality tools                  Lady Godiva had reason to be thankful for her “Mythic Mane”

It’s counter-productive to spend a bundle at the salon but use sub-par styling tools. Heated styling devices are very important to the health and appearance of hair. A powerful blow dryer limits drying time and a ceramic flat iron minimizes ‘hot spots’ and hair damage.

Rocking a pony regularly

You may think skipping the heat styling in favor of a low-key style is sparing your hair. However, repeatedly pulling hair back can cause traction alopecia (hair loss from chronic tension on hair).


You don’t need 100 brush strokes a day for healthy hair! Quite the opposite; excessive brushing can ruffle the hair cuticle and cause breakage.

Shampooing daily

Lathering up every day can be very drying to the hair. If hair is ‘dirty’ (such as after going to the gym), you can just shampoo the roots and use conditioner on the ends.

Brushing wet hair

Wet hair is fragile and brushing it when wet can cause major breakage. Use a wide-toothed comb to avoid excessive pulling.

Stay away from these hair sins for long, strong gorgeous locks.

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How to “sleep” with your lover

A bew love is sweet , but caan leave you sleepless! Often new couples have no trouble going to bed together, but then they find getting a good night sleep together is not always so easy. The National Sleep Foundation reports that more than 25 percent of couples say sleeping with their lover is keeping them up at night.
Sleeping with a partner who snores can be detrimental to both of you. So can different schedules and other bad sleep habits. To learn to how to sleep more soundly with your lover, try these tips from Dr. David Volpi, M.D., an otolaryngology surgeon. He has more than 20 years of experience and founded Eos Sleep Center, formerly Manhattan Snoring and Sleep Center.
Here are Dr. Volpi’s tips:
 Develop good sleep hygiene habits:
·        Bedtime: Get into the habit of going to bed and waking up at the same time each day. This helps set your internal clock.
·        Caffeine: Limit your caffeine intake. The effects of caffeine can last up to 12 hours or more, and can prohibit your ability to fall and stay asleep.
·        Exercise: Don’t exercise too late at night – preferably not within three hours before you go to sleep to give your body a chance to unwind and cool down.
·        Consistency: Couples should get into a pattern of going to sleep and waking up around the same time every day, including on weekends.

Control snoring with lifestyle changes:
·        Lose Weight: Because excess weight is the most common contributing factor to snoring, even those who are just mildly overweight find that shedding a few pounds can significantly reduce snoring.
·        Quit Smoking: Tossing the cigarettes and cigars can be a snoring solution because smoking leads to irritation and dryness of mucous membranes.
·        Reducing Alcohol, Sedatives, and Sedating Antihistamine: These things all lower muscle tone in the upper airways, causing increased airway resistance and snoring.
·        Sleep Position: An increased amount of obstruction occurs when you sleep on your back. This is called positional snoring. Change your position at night or elevate the head of the bed to improve snoring. *Sleep on your side to reduce snoring.
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Spring fever – be safe in the sun

Top dermatologist David J. Goldberg, MD, JD offers safe sun tipsHave you had enough of winter? Are you planning a getaway to a sunny spot, to rid yourself of the last-of-your-winter blues? Remember darlings, protecting your skin from the sun is more than just avoiding sunburn.  Unprotected sun exposure can result in wrinkles, aging skin, and even skin cancer.  It is so important, you may soon see new labeling to indicate how well a product protects users against UVA as well as UVB rays.

Top dermatologist David J. Goldberg, MD, JD has some easy but essential tips on how to enjoy the sun while avoiding damage from its dangerous rays:

Make sure sunscreen has both UVB and UVA protection.  Not all do. The SPF is a measurement of UVB protection (SPF should be at least 15). SPF does not measure UVA protection. Both UVA and UVB cause skin cancer and wrinkles. The sunscreen must say "UVA protection provided."

·         The worst hours to be on the beach are between 11 AM -3 PM.

·         Tee-shirts do not protect you from ultraviolet damage.
·        Windows and sunglasses do protect from UVB – they do not block UVA.

DolceDolce Tip: Listen to the doctor and protect yourself. Close blinds if you work near a window during peak sun hours, and wear UVB-UVS sun-block when driving – and reapply.

David J. Goldberg, MD, JD, a cosmetic dermatologist based in New Jersey, New York and Florida, is one of the industry’s most widely regarded figures.  He has also co-authored two books for the general public:  Light Years Younger and Secrets of Great Skin.


Hidden sugar could be killing you

Did you know this? The average American has 140 to 150 pounds of sugar per person of sugar added to their diets each year; Another 18 percent of our calories come from white flour (which acts a lot like sugar in our bodies); Eating almost twice our weight in sugar and white flour each year, it’s not surprising that we have become a nation of sugar addicts; Like many other addictive substances, sugar may leave you feeling a bit better for a few hours, but then it wreaks havoc on your body.

This is just some of what I learned from Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., the author of Beat Sugar Addiction Now.
If you are tired, have digestion issues, aches, pains, or a myriad of other annoying problems, you must read our interview with Dr. Teitelbaum. This book will change the way you’ll think about diet and health forever.
Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D.Dr. Teitelbaum is not an extremist or a faddist. He has concrete suggestions for improving common health issues that can drain your energy. If you think you understand sugar addiction, you may be surprised. Do not miss a word of this informative interview.
DD: What is sugar addition?
DR. T: Sugar addiction is when we crave sugar and eat it to excess, instead of simply eating it as part of dessert for the pleasure. Put differently, it’s when we have excess sugar, driven by sugar cravings caused by fatigue, anxiety, depression, or yeast overgrowth. The average American has 150 pounds of sugar added to their diet each year in food processing — eating their weight in sugar each year.
DD: How long does it take to break a sugar addiction?
DR. T: If you do not address the underlying problems driving your sugar cravings (and I discuss four types of sugar addiction), the cravings persist. By treating the underlying causes, the worst of the cravings are usually gone in seven to 10 days, and people feel much better within the month (and often days).
DD: Are there any long-term problems associated with sugar addiction?
Dr. T: Many! For starters, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes, depression and anxiety, obesity and its attendant problems — and the list goes on and on.
DD: Can thin people be sugar addicts too?
DR. T: Yes. This is especially so in what I call ‘type 2 sugar addiction associated with adrenal exhaustion’ — where people have what I call "Feed me NOW, or I’ll kill you!" syndrome.
DD: Does breaking sugar addiction help with weight loss?
Dr. T: Absolutely!
DD: Does being a sugar addict affect your looks?
Dr. T: It leaves people overweight and aging prematurely, in addition to looking depressed and/or anxious.
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