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Skin Care Advice

Acne’s Most Wanted: Coconut Alkanes

“If It’s Natural, It must be safe…” True or False? What Are Coconut Alkanes? Alkanes are a chemistry term for paraffins.  You are probably more familiar with paraffins in terms of their association with waxes, but they are also a group of compounds used as solvents, fats, and even natural gases.   Coconut Alkanes are basically naturally-derived paraffins which are commonly used as an emollient (product which softens and hydrates the skin) in skin care formulations, or even on their own. They are virtually synonymous with coconut oil, as they are reduced and isolated through hydrogenation (turning a liquid to a…

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Does Hairloss Have You Stressing?

Hair Loss appears in many patterns and paths as well as pathologies. Today, our spotlight on hair health focuses on a particular type of hair shedding which causes people of all ages and backgrounds stress, and ironically, arises from various presentations of stress. How does the hair growth cycle work? When hair grows normally, it typically grows for 4 years and then rests for four months.  New hair then grows under the resting hair, pushing it out.  This kind of loss is normal and is more obvious when hair is kept long – making the typical 100 hairs a day…

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When Fungus Just Isn’t Fun

Did you know ? We ALL have yeast living on our skin. Yes, yeast – as in, fungus… Living… on our skin… You might think this sounds repulsive, and if that’s the case, you’d be surprised to learn that it’’s actually part of our natural AND HEALTHY  flora.  The native yeasts of the skin are actually HELPFUL and HEALTHFUL in the skin’s immune response and wound repair. On a larger scale, the right amount of these fungi help your body’s immune system do its job. However, too much of a good thing, isn’t always a good thing… Just like too…

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“Maskne”: It’s Not Just for Teens

Just over a month ago, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended everyone wear a mask while in public to prevent the spread of covid-19.  These masks and face coverings provide a layer of protection; however, we are also observing a direct relationship with irritated the skin, clogged pores, and acne flares – even in patients who have never experienced acne in the past. P. acnes is not the only culprit when it comes to the cause of acne blemishes.  Many patients traditionally present with “pimples” assuming they’re hormonal or from oil or bacteria on the skin; when in fact,…

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