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22 Nov

Beware of Plant-based or Essential Oil Allergies and Irritants in “natural” skin products

Karen R. Stolman, M.D. Uncategorized

“Natural” plant-based and essential oil skin products are very popular now, but beware that some of us may experience either irritation or allergy from these.  Just because it is “natural” does not mean it is always good for you.  Poison Ivy is “natural” too.  I have listed some ingredients that may cause irritation or allergy reactions on the skin:

Ylang Ylang / Cananga Oil

Mango Tree

Anise / Star Anise

Gingko tree

Comopositae Plants:  Yarrow, Ragweed, Feverfew, Tansy, Cardoon, Sunflower, Ox-eye, Daisy, Chamomile, Black-eyed Susan, Dahlia, Dandelion, and Marigold.

Lavender

Mint

Thyme

Balsum of Peru

Cinnamon

Christmas and Easter Cacti

Eucalyptis

Jasmine

Nettles

Sesame oil

Pine Oil

Primrose oil

Citrus oils

Rosewood

Red Cedar

Sandalwood

Seawood

 

References:  “Applied Dermatotoxicology:  Clinical Aspects”, by Howard Maibach and Golara Honari.  Physiology of the Skin, Third Edition, by Zoe Draelos, MD, and Peter T. Pugliese, MD.

 

24 Sep

SUNBLOCK TUTORIAL

Eric Shmookler Uncategorized 0 Comments
    Sun Block Tutorial
When choosing a sunblock, I suggest first reading the label and checking for the ingredients and the SPF. For larger areas and children, I recommend avoiding chemical sunscreens, and exclusively using a mineral sunblock only. SPF 30 or higher is adequate if reapplied every 1.5 hours. Children under one year of age, no sunblock, and strict avoidance of excessive sun is best.
The following definitions and ingredient lists should help explain what you should be reading on the sunblock labels.
Definitions:
Sunblock – usually mineral and natural ingredients to protect from UV radiation from the sun.
Sunscreen – usually chemicals to protect from the UV radiation from the sun.
Mineral sunblocks= A sunblock containing only inert UVA blocking ingredients, and free from chemical sunscreens. Thought to be less irritating, less toxic, and safer. Examples: zinc oxide, titanium dioxide.
Chemical sunscreens= A sunscreen ingredient that absorbs UV radiation. May irritate some skin. With cumulative exposure, may have poorly understood toxic side effects to the body. Examples: homosalate, octinoxate, oxybenzone, avobenzone, octocrylene, ensulizole.

04 Sep

WHICH INGREDIENTS TO INCORPORATE INTO YOUR HOME SKIN CARE REGIMEN

Eric Shmookler Uncategorized 0 Comments
WHICH INGREDIENTS TO INCORPORATE INTO YOUR HOME SKIN CARE REGIMEN

For Anti-aging…

The main components of a rejuvenating home topical skin care regimen should include the following:
1.  Sunblock
2.  Antioxidants
3.  Growth Factors
4.  Retinoids
5.  The as needed Extras:  skin lighteners, anti-redness, DNA repair, exfoliating, acne-fighting.

It is best if you see a dermatologist to have your regimen personalized and designed based on your skin type and health history.

For Acne-prone skin…

1. Exfoliating cleanser or gentle cleanser (if sensitive skin)
2. Retinoids
3. Anti-inflammatory
4. Anti-bacterial
5. Sunblock

For Rosacea-prone skin…

1. Gentle non-medicated cleanser
2. Sunblock
3. Anti-redness, calming, vasoconstricting
4. Anti-inflammatory

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