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Dec. 28, 2012

As 2012 comes to a close, SDSS would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of Warfield Weekly Update a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Friday, Jan. 4.

Skin cleansing enters the electronic age
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While trying to relax during a meeting of the Society for Investigative Dermatology in Raleigh, N.C., in May, Dr. Erin Gilbert got a facial. When the aesthetician brought out a Clarisonic, an electronic cleansing device, Gilbert, who works at Gramercy Park Dermatology in New York, laughed. "I thought, 'Why am I paying for someone to use a Clarisonic on me when I have one at home?'" she said. Clarisonic rechargeable cleansing brushes, as well as products by other brands, seem to be in many a bathroom these days. Gilbert initially was skeptical of these scrubbers, but sampled the Clarisonic, Neutrogena and Olay versions because her patients were using them. Now she uses the Clarisonic every day. More

Skin care products raising red flags
WIVB-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Red flags have been raised about popular products found in our homes. Cosmetics and skin care products we've used for decades may be dangerous. Dr. Philip Landrigan of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine said, "It's very good that Johnson & Johnson is taking these toxic chemicals out of their products, but why were those chemicals in there in the first place?" More

New skin care line targets hormonal aging
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From the time women reach their late 20s, they're losing estrogen. It's a decline that impacts more than fertility; it's at the very root of how women look and feel. Louisville, Ky., gynecologist, Rebecca Booth, and her sister, beauty industry veteran Cecil Booth, just launched a new skin care line designed to target the effects of this so-called hormonal aging. More

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Are medical spas dangerous?
Yahoo Health    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Medical spas are a booming industry, but serious questions have arisen about how safe it is to have cosmetic treatments involving injections and lasers when there may not be a doctor in the house. Tucked into malls and shopping centers, these facilities typically offer laser treatments to zap away unwanted hair on your legs, chemical peels, injections of Botox and Restylane, often at cut-rate prices that seem too good to be true. More

Watch out for unproven anti-aging treatments
U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The anti-aging industry is booming. Twenty years ago, there was no such thing as an "anti-aging" or "longevity" clinic. Today, many major cities house dozens. Step inside one, and you'll likely encounter an assortment of remedies that promise youthful entry into the triple digits. There's just one wrinkle. Although often lucrative for physicians, evidence suggests that many of the treatments anti-aging doctors tout don't actually work — and some may be downright dangerous. More

New legislation expected to protect patients from unlicensed medical spas
KERO-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Botox, dermal fillers and laser hair removal are just a few treatments done at most medical spas. Under California law, medical spas must be at least 51 percent owned by a physician and the remainder by a licensed practitioner, such as a nurse. The new legislation will stiffen penalties for breaking that law. Fines will increase from about $1,200 to $50,000, and those in violation could face prison time of up to five years. More

Product Showcase: Pellevé™ Wrinkle Reduction System
Pellevé is a revolutionary innovation in skin tightening, FDA-cleared to treat facial wrinkles without surgery. Using radiowaves, the Pellevé system heats the deep layers of the skin, causing collagen to contract and tighten. After treatment, the skin begins to produce new collagen, improving skin firmness and resulting in a naturally refreshed appearance.

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Study: Visible signs of aging improved by Pycnogenol
Medical News Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Natural supplement Pycnogenol, an antioxidant plant extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree, was found to improve skin hydration and elasticity in women in a clinical trial published this month in Skin Pharmacology and Physiology. The study was conducted at the Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine (IUF) in Dusseldorf, Germany, and examined 20 healthy women, age 55-68 years. More

Study: Promising results for so-called 'youth pill,' but what are the risks?
SupplySide Cosmetics Insights    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It seems we are obsessed with finding the magic bullet to remain youthful. In contrast to many cultures that embrace age with wisdom and status, we as a society spend billions of dollars on beauty and anti-aging products/procedures in hope to retain our youthful appearance. The latest spark of hope comes from a recent presentation that has stirred up interest among investors, health experts and those seeking the forever fountain of youth. More

Rosacea Awareness Month spotlights effects of rosacea beyond appearance
National Rosacea Society    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Emotional stress and physical pain are among the invisible components of rosacea beyond its red-faced, conspicuous appearance, according to new patient surveys by the National Rosacea Society. The NRS has designated April as Rosacea Awareness Month to alert the public to the warning signs of this chronic and often life-disruptive facial disorder now estimated to affect more than 16 million Americans. More



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New drug may increase the longevity of Botox effects
KPRC -TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
An accidental medical discovery can make the effects of Botox last 30 percent longer, according to Dr. Charles Soparkar, an ocular plastic surgeon and biochemist. "All the Botulinum toxins are zinc dependent — metalloprotease — meaning they require zinc to work, meaning no zinc, they don't work," Soparkar said. Approximately 50 percent of the population is zinc deficient, so Soparker wondered what would happen if he "gave people zinc before their toxins." More

Snail slime to clear acne, prevent wrinkles
Fashion Etc    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The eternal quest to find the beauty equivalent of the fountain of youth continues. From Anne Hathaway's Glamoxy Snake serum to Angelina Jolie's Dragon's Blood sculpting gel, creams and moisturizers to maintain a flawless complexion keep getting more and more bizarre. The latest in a line of strange serums is snail slime, where the slug's mucus is supposed to clear acne, reduce scarring and prevent wrinkles. More

Scientists can now gauge skin's true age with new laser technique
Medical News Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wrinkles, dryness and a translucent and fragile appearance are hallmarks of old skin, caused by the natural aging of skin cells. But while most of us can recognize the signs of lost youth when we peer into the mirror each morning, scientists do not have a standardized way to measure the extent of age damage in skin. Now, a group of Taiwanese researchers has used a specialized microscope to peer harmlessly beneath the skin surface to measure natural age-related changes in the sizes of skin cells. More

Susanne S. Warfield, President/CEO of Paramedical Consultants, Inc. ( Official Publication of the Society of Dermatology SkinCare Specialists. Warfield has over 31 years experience, is a leading expert on business, legal and liability issues that affect physician and esthetician relationships. She has authored over 400 articles and 15 books for the consumer, medical and skin care sectors. More



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