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Is the 'No-Shampoo' Trend a Healthy One?

Posted 30 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 29, 2015 – A new trend in beauty is based on the idea that less is more – at least when it comes to shampooing your hair. Some people – including celebrity Kim Kardashian – have stopped shampooing their hair regularly, or even altogether, based on the belief that the detergents in shampoo strip hair of its healthy natural oils. This form of hair care has even been dubbed "no-poo." Kardashian recently revealed that she washes her hair only every five days. But is this truly healthy for your hair and scalp? That largely depends on the type of head you have, according to skin and hair experts. "It's not a one-size-fits-all situation," said Dr. Angela Lamb, director of Westside Mount Sinai Dermatology in New York City. "It all depends on your hair type. There are some hair types that would tolerate it better than others." "No-poo" proponents clean their hair and scalp with ... Read more

Related support groups: Alopecia, Dry Skin, Dermatitis, Dermatological Disorders, Dandruff

Health Tip: Protect Your Skin at Work

Posted 16 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

-- The workplace can be hard on hands, especially if you work near harsh chemicals or in an environment that takes a toll on your skin. The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests: Wear protective clothing and equipment, such as gloves and aprons, to keep oils, grease and caustic chemicals off your skin. After work, remove clothing that has been in contact with chemicals. Put on newly washed clothing the next day. Don't use mineral spirits, turpentine, gasoline or kerosene to clean your skin. After washing your hands with soap and water, apply lotion, cream or petroleum jelly. Have an emergency plan to safely and quickly remove chemicals that touch your skin or eyes. Don't eat, drink or smoke in your work space If you work outside, regularly apply sunscreen. Read more

Related support groups: Dermatitis, Sunburn, Dermatological Disorders

High-Tech Skin Maps Show Chemicals From Clothes, Beauty Products

Posted 2 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 – Scientists who've created the first 3-D map of a person's skin say people are covered with the chemical residues from shampoos, beauty products and even clothing. "Our daily routines – what we eat, what we put on our skin – also become a part of our skin," said study co-author Pieter Dorrestein, of the University of California, San Diego. "Very few of us think about this, but all of this stuff can now be seen with the mapping technology we've now developed," said Dorrestein, who directs UCSD's Collaborative Mass Spectrometry Innovation Center. According to the researchers, skin is the body's most exposed organ, covering a surface area of roughly six square feet. Yet its complex composition – skin cells, microbes, and the by-products of environmental exposures and hygienic applications – has remained largely unmapped and poorly understood. To remedy that, ... Read more

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Most Minor Cosmetic Procedures Safe, Study Concludes

Posted 5 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 5, 2014 – Minimally invasive cosmetic procedures are nearly risk-free, a new study says. Researchers examined the results of more than 20,000 of these procedures – such as fillers, neurotoxins and the use of laser and energy devices – performed by 23 dermatologists at eight centers across the United States. Minor complications, such as bruising, swelling, redness, bumpiness or skin darkening, occurred in less than 1 percent of patients. There were no major complications. Complication rates for fillers were 0.52 percent, the study found. The complication rate for fillers was slightly higher than for energy devices and neurotoxins. This is because fillers are slightly more invasive, according to the researchers. The findings were published Nov. 5 in the journal JAMA Dermatology. "The message for patients is that if you are thinking of getting one of these procedures, ... Read more

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Controversial Chemical May Leach Into Skin From Cash Receipts

Posted 22 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 – Touching cash register receipts can dramatically increase your body's absorption of a potentially dangerous chemical, bisphenol A (BPA), researchers report. BPA, originally created as an estrogen supplement, has been linked to developmental problems in infants and children, and cancer, obesity, diabetes and heart disease in adults, researchers say. The chemical is found in products ranging from plastic water bottles and food-can linings. It is also used as a print developer in thermal paper for airline tickets and store and ATM receipts, according to the researchers. "Thermal paper is typically used for cash register receipts in restaurants, making BPA contamination of food from fingers and hands likely," said lead author Julia Taylor, an assistant professor in the division of biological sciences at the University of Missouri. Because BPA is an endocrine ... Read more

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Salamanders May Hold Clues to Human Scar Healing

Posted 15 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 14, 2014 – Insights gleaned from salamanders may help keep people scar-free after surgery, University of Florida researchers say. They're focusing on a type of salamander called the axolotl, which can regenerate lost limbs and re-grow its own spinal cord. "When axolotls are young and still living together in nature, it seems like their favorite snack is their siblings' appendages. They just nibble them off and they grow right back. They don't even know they were missing," Ed Scott, a professor in the department of molecular genetics and microbiology at the University of Florida's College of Medicine, said in a university news release. Scott and his team have developed a method to study how the regenerative properties in the axolotl's blood work. The researchers created green axolotls with fluorescent red blood and red axolotls with green blood. This will enable them to ... Read more

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Some Home Tattoo Kits Recalled Due to Infection Risk

Posted 8 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 – Inks in some home tattoo kits are contaminated and could cause skin infections, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. The agency issued the warning after tests confirmed bacterial contamination in unopened home tattoo kits marketed by White and Blue Lion, Inc. "FDA has confirmed one case of skin infection involving a consumer that used this company's tattoo products, and we are aware of other reports linked to tattoo products with similar packaging," Dr. Linda Katz, director of the FDA's Office of Cosmetics and Colors, said in an agency news release. White and Blue Lion recalled the contaminated products on July 11. However, there are concerns that consumers and professional tattoo artists may be buying or using contaminated home tattoo kits and inks from other distributors, the FDA said. Consumers should avoid tattoo inks that: Have no brand name, carry ... Read more

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Stem Cells Yield Lab-Grown Skin, Researchers Say

Posted 25 Apr 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 25, 2014 – Skin that was created from stem cells and grown in a lab could be used instead of animals to test drugs and cosmetics, and to develop new treatments for skin disorders, scientists report. An international team of researchers said it's the first to create lab-grown epidermis – the outermost layer of skin – that has a functional barrier like real skin. The functional barrier prevents water from escaping the body and keeps germs and toxins out. Until now, no one had successfully grown epidermis with a functional barrier, which is needed for drug testing, the study authors said. The research, led by scientists at King's College London and the San Francisco Veteran Affairs Medical Center, is described in the current issue of the journal Stem Cell Reports. The ability to create an unlimited amount of genetically identical skin samples "can be used to study a range ... Read more

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New 'Bioengineered Skin' Gets Closer to the Real Thing

Posted 29 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 29, 2014 – People who need skin grafts because of burns or other injuries might someday get lab-grown, bioengineered skin that works much like real human skin, Swiss researchers report. This new skin not only has its own blood vessels but also – and just as important – its own lymphatic vessels. The lymph vessels are needed to prevent the accumulation of fluids that can kill the graft before it has time to become part of the patient's own skin, the researchers said. The discovery that lymph vessels can be grown in a laboratory also opens up "a broad spectrum of possibilities in the field of tissue engineering, since all organs in the human body – with the exception of the brain and inner ear – contain lymph vessels," said lead researcher Daniela Marino, from the Tissue Biology Research Unit at University Children's Hospital Zurich. "These data strongly suggest that ... Read more

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Researchers Pinpoint Cause of Port-Wine Stain Birthmarks

Posted 8 May 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 8 – Researchers say they finally know what causes babies to be born with port-wine stain birthmarks and a rarer but related condition that often leads to lifelong struggles with blindness, seizures and mental disabilities. In a new study published in the May 8 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, scientists say a single random change to a single gene after conception causes both the birthmarks, which affect about one in 300 babies, and Sturge-Weber Syndrome, which occurs in about one in 20,000 births. The change causes a molecular switch that's normally flipped on and off by chemical messages received by the cell to get stuck in the 'on' position. "It's great because we have an immediate biochemical understanding of what's happening, and that means we can immediately move on to the idea of what to do about it," said Jonathan Pevsner, director of bioinformatics ... Read more

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Temporary Tattoos May Leave Permanent Damage

Posted 26 Mar 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 26 – As thousands of college students head to sunny spots for spring break, getting temporary tattoos may seem like a fun thing to do. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that they can cause blisters and permanent scarring. While the ink used for permanent tattoos is injected into the skin, temporary tattoos are applied to the skin's surface. Temporary tattoos often use "black henna," which may contain a coal-tar hair dye containing p-phenylenediamine (PPD), an ingredient that can cause dangerous skin reactions in some people. By law, PPD is not permitted in cosmetics intended to be applied to the skin, the FDA noted. The agency has received reports of serious and long-lasting reactions in people who received temporary black henna tattoos. The reported problems include redness, blisters, raised red weeping lesions, loss of pigmentation, increased sensitivity ... Read more

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Gel Manicures Durable, But Can Cause Lasting Problems

Posted 1 Mar 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 1 – Many women like gel manicures because they are durable and long-lasting, but frequent use can cause nail thinning, brittleness, peeling and cracking, and also hide nail disease, an expert warns. "In general, any manicure left in place for an extended period of time is not a good idea because you are not seeing what is going on underneath the nail polish," Dr. Chris Adigun, an assistant professor of dermatology at the New York University School of Medicine in New York City, said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. "As is the case with most things, moderation is the key when it comes to gel manicures," she said. "If you get them regularly, you need to be aware of the possible consequences and see a board-certified dermatologist if a persistent nail problem develops." It's unclear whether nail brittleness associated with gel manicures is caused by ... Read more

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Want to Get Rid of That Old Tattoo? You're Not Alone

Posted 10 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 8 – It seems that tattoos are everywhere these days, but along with the increase in people getting inked, the number of Americans undergoing procedures to have a tattoo removed is also on the rise, experts say. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which regulates both tattoo inks and the laser devices used to remove the body art, cautioned that deciding to have a tattoo removed is a lot easier than the removal process itself. The experts advised that tattoo removal is a painstaking process and the result may not be perfect. A January 2012 poll by Harris Interactive showed that of the 21 percent of American adults who have a tattoo, 14 percent regret their decision to get one. This research may come as no surprise to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, which reports that its doctors performed nearly 100,000 tattoo removal procedures last year, an increase of ... Read more

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Cholesterol Drug Boosts Wound Healing in Diabetic Mice: Study

Posted 29 Nov 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 29 – Applying a common cholesterol-lowering drug, Zocor (simvastatin), to the skin appears to speed wound healing in diabetic mice, a new study shows. The Japanese researchers said their findings might have significant implications for people with diabetes, who often develop serious complications, including amputation, because of delayed wound healing. They also pointed out that if the drug could be applied to the skin, and not taken by mouth, patients might be able to avoid possible side effects, such as kidney damage. But the research is still preliminary, and whether the results seen in the mice would apply to humans is not known. Experts note that results from animal research are not always replicated in humans. The findings are published in the December issue of the American Journal of Pathology. "We know that there are several factors involved in delayed wound ... Read more

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'Spray-on Skin' May Someday Heal Stubborn Leg Ulcers

Posted 2 Aug 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 2 – A pharmaceutical company says preliminary findings support a spray-on treatment that uses skin cells to speed the healing of venous leg ulcers, a condition that often strikes the elderly. The treatment hasn't gone through all the research necessary before it can become available in the United States, and the approval process will take years. Also, it's not clear how much the treatment will cost, and it's possible that future research will reveal side effects. Still, the findings are promising and important because "current treatments are not able to heal everyone," said Dr. Herbert Slade, chief medical officer of Healthpoint Therapeutics, which funded a study into the treatment. "In the area of chronic wound care, our study stands out as being well-designed, well- conducted, sufficiently large to be meaningful and, best of all, the treatment shows very good efficacy ... Read more

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