Monthly Archives: September 2014

Medical Conditions


Hair Loss

Hair Transplantation



Nail Disease & Injury


Rashes & Eczema


Skin Cancer

Sun Damage


For the Mom-to-be

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Pregnancy Advice #1: Acne Breakouts

Pregnancy Advice #2: Dark Spots/Melasma

Pregnancy Advice #3: Skin Rejuvenation

Pregnancy Advice #4: Salon/Spa Services

Pregnancy Advice #5: Dental Care

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Food Tips for the Ladies



Place of Origin: Acai berries grow in the Amazon rainforest region of Brazil.

What is it: Acai is a tiny purple berry (and powerful superfruit) that grows on palm trees in the Amazon.

What are the benefits: Acai berries help support natural energy, healthy hair, skin and nails, as well as antioxidant levels.

Why it’s important for women: Women need protein, fiber, omega fatty acids and antioxidants.

How to incorporate into diet/everyday routine: With a variety of Acai products available in the market, incorporating Acai into your daily diet/everyday routine is pretty easy. One popular way to get your daily does of Acai is in the delicious chew form – they’re about the size of a postage stamp, but can pack some nutritional punch.


Place of Origin: Thailand and other tropical regions.

What is it: The liquid extracted from a young, green coconut.

What are the benefits: Coconut water supports the balancing of your body’s electrolytes, as well as promotes natural energy and healthy hydration.

Why it’s important for women: Lack of energy is a common complaint of women, oftentimes due to dehydration.

How to incorporate into diet/everyday routine: Coconut water is in liquid form and is easy to drink. You can feel the hydration almost instantly when drinking coconut water. It is Nature’s hydration drink, which hydrates without the sugar and calories of most sports/fitness drinks. I’d suggest making coconut water part of your daily regimen. It tastes great and hydrates better than water.


Place of Origin: Sea buckthorn hails from some of the harshest environments of Eastern Asia, Mongolia and the Himalayan Mountain regions.

What is it: A tiny, sour and pungent orange berry that is no larger than a pea, but packed with vitamin C and other powerful nutrients.

What are the benefits: Sea buckthorn supports healthy skin, hair and nails, as well as promotes healthy energy and immune support.

Why it’s important for women: Antioxidants are even more important for women as they age.

How to incorporate into diet/everyday routine: Sea buckthorn in natural form (i.e. the berries) is not typically found at local grocery stores. However, liquid supplements and soft gel capsules are becoming increasingly available at stores and online. Just a note – because of its very tart and pungent flavor, you may want to mix or chase it with a juice or tea.


Place of Origin: The tropical belt: countries within the 10 degrees N and 10 degrees S of the equator.

What is it: Cacao (theobroma cacao) is the purest, rawest form of chocolate.

What are the benefits: Cacao is an antioxidant powerhouse that helps support healthy antioxidant levels and heart health, plus natural energy, mental alertness and focus.

Why it’s important for women: Many women are deficient in the mineral magnesium (which is one reason why women crave chocolate when it’s that time of the month). Magnesium supports a healthy heart and is needed for your body to be able to absorb and utilize calcium.

How to incorporate into diet/everyday routine: Cacao is one of the easiest superfoods to incorporate into your daily diet and routine.  Who doesn’t love chocolate?


Place of Origin: Mangosteen grows in the jungles of Thailand.

What is it: Mangosteen is a small, white-fleshed fruit with a dark purple rind that tastes sweet (a cross between a strawberry and a peach).

What are the benefits: Mangosteen contains over 40 xanthones (super potent antioxidants) that help fight free radical damage, as well as keep your body’s inflammatory responses in check.

Why it’s important for women: As women age, risk of inflammatory health concerns rise.  Also, it’s not secret that with age come weaker joints.

How to incorporate into diet/everyday routine: You would have to fly all the way to Thailand to actually get fresh Mangosteen.  Luckily, Mangosteen is popping up at specialty grocery stores across the country in juice and liquid supplement forms. You can also make smoothies with these juices with a combination of fiber and yogurt.


Place of Origin: Goji berries come from the valleys of the Himalayan mountain region of China, Mongolia and Tibet.

What is it: Goji berries are small reddish orange berries that look kind of like tiny chili pepper that grow on bushes.

What are the benefits: In Asia, goji is known as the “happy berry” for its ability to support positive moods, as well as a sharp mind, memory and eye health.

Why it’s important for women: Hormones affect women’s health.  And as women age, their health and mood-supporting hormones decrease.

How to incorporate into diet/everyday routine: Since dried goji berries can be found at places like Whole Foods, it’s easy to incorporate this superfruit into an everyday routine/diet.  Just sprinkle goji berries on your food such as oatmeal, yogurt, cereal, and salads. You can even bake them into side dishes or desserts.

Superfoods Addendum


Beans part of the legume family and great for feeling full. Contains fiber, B vitamins, iron, folate, potassium, magnesium and phytonutrients. Beauty benefits include increased strength and health of the root and strand of hair.

Blueberries – another tasty superfood. Contains Carotenoids, Vitamins C & E, iron, niacin, polyphenols, and phytonutrients. Beauty benefits include increased hair root health through improved circulation. Also reduces the environmental effects on the skin.

Broccoli – a real power food that contains fiber, folate, calcium, vitamins A & C, beta carotene, lutein, and vitamin K. Beauty benefit: broccoli increases the turnover rate of skin cells and protects against environmental damage.

Green Tea – a much healthier choice than soda. Contains flavinoids, fluoride, and polyphenols. Beauty benefits include reducing cellular inflammation associated with the aging process and increased tooth strength.

Oats – start your day off right. Contains fiber, protein, magnesium, potassium, zinc, copper, selenium and thiamine. Beauty benefits include increased hair strength, prevention of hair loss and color enrichment. Bet you never knew eating a bowl of oatmeal was good for your hair.

Oranges – makes your mouth water just thinking of one, doesn’t it? Contains vitamin C, fiber, folate, potassium, polyphenols, and pectins. Beauty benefits include reducing the environmental effect on the skin.

Pumpkin – and often overlooked superfood. Contains vitamins C and E, alpha and beta carotene, fiber, potassium, magnesium, and phytonutrients. Beauty benefits include keeping your skin supple and preventing damage from sunlight.

Salmon– mighty tasty. Contains omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, selenium, potassium, protein and vitamin D. Beauty benefits include helping to reduce wrinkles and the harmful chemical levels associated with the aging process. Eating salmon regularly can also help reduce the severity of an acne breakout. The vitamins and minerals in this mighty fish can increase the strand strength of hair and encourage growth.

Soy – a trendy food gaining more widespread acceptance. Contains omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, potassium, folate, magnesium and phytoestrogens. Beauty benefits: helps to reduce wrinkles and the chemicals associated with the aging process and can reduce the environmental effects on the skin.

Spinach – the ultimate superfood. Contains omega-3 fatty acids, beta carotene, vitamins A, B & C, polyphenols, folic and alpha lipoic acid. Beauty benefits: all the things that make up spinach help to reduce wrinkles and the chemical levels associated with the aging process. Spinach can also help increase cell turnover (to continually produce new and healthy skin cells) and protect against environmental damage.

Tomatoes– rounding out the superfoods perfect for a healthy diet. Contains vitamin C, alpha and beta carotene, lutein, fiber, lycopene, potassium, chromium and biotin. Beauty benefits: Protects skin against environmental damage and increases cell turnover which brings new healthy cells to the surface of your skin.

Walnuts– Contains omega 3 Fatty Acids, vitamin E, protein, fiber, magnesium, polyphenols, and Vitamin B6. Beauty benefits include protecting the skin from UV damage.

Yogurt – the perfect snack. Contains calcium, vitamin B 12, vitamin B2, zinc potassium and magnesium. Beauty benefits include boosting your immune system.


Organic & Natural Food Choices

Fresh green vegetables, macro close up

High Glycemic Index Fruit Choices

Low Glycemic Index Fruit Choices

Moderate Glycemic Index Fruit Choices

Natural Fat Choices

Natural Protein Choices

Vegetable Choices (High Fiber Carbohydrate)

Vegetable Choices (High Fiber Starchy Carbohydrate)

Hair Loss


What are the common causes of hair loss?
Hair loss, also known as alopecia, can be divided into two major categories. The first category of hair loss is temporary.  Medical causes of temporary hair loss can include:
• Changes in hormone levels caused by birth control, pregnancy or menopause
• Anemia or low iron
• Thyroid conditions
• Anesthesia
• Severe infection
• Crash dieting
• Seborrhea (seen as excessive flaking or dandruff of the scalp)
• Alopecia areata (a disorder where the immune system attacks hair follicles)
• Medications
•  Certain ways of styling and caring for your hair

Most non-scarring hair loss is reversible if the underlying problem is addressed and treated appropriately.
The second major category of hair loss is permanent. Causes of permanent hair loss can include:
• Genetic and/or hormonal predisposition called androgenetic alopecia (female pattern baldness)
• Systemic diseases such a lupus, lichen planus, and sarcoidosis
• Browlifts and facelifts
• Certain styling techniques like tight braids, ponytails, updo’s, tight buns or tract weaves
• Blow drying, excessive combing or brushing, use of curling irons or chemical relaxers or straighteners can also damage hair follicles

Long term tension on hair will eventually lead to breakage on the sides of hair strands.  Also be aware that tight ponytails on infants or young children over time can lead to damage of the hair follicles.  Permanent hair loss is caused by irreversible damage to the hair follicle.

Commercials and advertisements seem to warn us that our hair is constantly being damaged.  What degree of damage is irreversible?

Hair is not like grass.  If the follicles are permanently destroyed, they typically do not regenerate.  Harsh ingredients found in styling gels and sprays, as well as chemicals in treatments such as colorants, straighteners and perms can potentially damage the hair follicle and promote hair loss.  Abrasive ingredients like sulfates and sodium contained in thick gels and strong sprays may dry out and damage hair, prompting it to break when heat and styling tools are used.

Follicular Degeneration Syndrome (centroparietal scarring alopecia) commonly seen in the crown of black women is not clearly understood.  Once thought to be caused by overuse of hot combs, the syndrome was discovered in patients who had never pressed their hair.  One theory that persists is that constant damage to the hair and scalp over time may eventually lead to thinning, scarring and permanent hair loss in certain ethnic groups predisposed to hair loss.

If one of your patients experiences an inordinate amount of shedding and breakage, or notices bald spots, what type of professional help should he or she seek?

Because the causes of hair losses can be tricky to diagnose, I would recommend an initial visit to a dermatologist.  A thorough history will be obtained to rule out medical conditions that could contribute to hair loss, like recent surgery, metabolic diseases such as hypothyroidism, anemia, or underlying illnesses like ringworm, or lupus.  Your dermatologist will ask numerous questions about how you normally treat your hair and she might suggest a biopsy of a particularly affected area.

Provided the damage isn’t permanent, what can men and women do to alleviate hair loss?

Prevention is the number one key for avoiding hair loss.  Choose a stylist who emphasizes healthy hair over the latest fad or style.  Eat a balanced and nutritious diet rich in antioxidants (leafy green vegetables like bok choy, spinach, arugula, and broccoli), drink milk and eat other foods that are rich in calcium.

Many women who straighten or chemically relax their hair may have several textures of hair on the scalp.  A good stylist will recognize this and may opt to relax different areas of the scalp on different schedules.  Insist that solutions used for straighteners or perms are thoroughly rinsed.  Also consider opting to sit under the dryer for a longer duration at a lower heat setting, avoid excessive blow drying, curling with an iron or “bumping edges.”  Remember that as we age, we lose density in our hair.

To give your hair periodic breaks, regularly try to go a whole day without combing or manipulating the hair. Instead use the fingers or loose clips to style for the day.

Is the incidence of hair loss on the rise, specifically among black women?
Yes and for a variety of reasons.  The current trend of using straighteners and perms at an early age (some as early at 5-6 years old) is placing many young women in jeopardy for future hair loss.  Also, our culture’s obsession with tract, weave/’quick’ weave, sew or glue in, and extensions can place our healthy hair at great risk for breakage, especially during application and removal.

Remember:  Good hair is healthy hair.

Esthetic Tips


Healthy skin begins with a visit to skin care authority Dr. Peggy Fuller at Esthetics, Center for Dermatology.  Look and feel your best.


On cold mornings you want to warm up, so you jump into a steaming hot shower and follow it up with a hot cup of coffee. Feels good. Must be good for you. No, not for your skin.

Coffee, taking hot showers, even heating your home can cause your skin to become dry. Heated air has less humidity. This leads to dry skin. Caffeine compounds the problem because it literally pulls water from your body. During those hot showers, if your bathroom mirror is steamed, the water is too hot.

Here is a quick, easy solution to soothe dry skin: bathe in lukewarm water with a mild soap formulated for dry, sensitive skin. Then, apply a moisturizer containing humectants and emollients to help prevent moisture loss. And remember to use it throughout the day. Combine these tips with healthy eating and plenty of water to drink and your body will radiate the results – hello happy skin.



The sun, the wind, even time can take a toll on your delicate skin. The result can be age spots, freckles or wrinkles. Exposure of your skin to environmental stressors over time is commonly referred to as photoaging. The ultimate treatment for photoaging? Prevention.

Prevent sun damage and the resulting wrinkles by using sunscreen every day. With careful application, you’ll protect your skin from molecular damage caused by the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays, and deflect free radicals that eat away at the skin’s precious collagen and elastin (which make your skin supple, plump, and smooth).

A healthy diet can also protect your skin from environmental damage. Power foods like spinach, blueberries, tomatoes, and broccoli help protect the skin from

UV and other environmental damage. One last thing to consider: switching from popular but unhealthy diet sodas to green tea can help reduce cellular inflammation associated with aging.

Prevent damage to your skin by carefully applying sunscreen every day and by eating the super foods that help provide additional protection for you precious skin. To see a full list of foods that protect your skin, view our Super Foods Addendum.



Did you know that stubborn sunspots, freckles and even warts can be treated with lasers?

Non ablative lasers produce a gentler type of skin resurfacing without a lengthy healing time. These gentle treatments skim the surface of the skin and cause very little discomfort. Varying colors and strengths of light (in the form of the laser) are sent through the skin which in turn stimulates the production of new collagen. Collagen is the all important substance that provides the plumpness in our faces (think of a baby’s chubby cheeks). The non ablative laser can improve skin tone, texture, and wrinkles; it can even brighten dull and lackluster skin.

One of the most versatile skin fixes, there are many types of lasers used to treat a variety of dermatologic issues. Remember, not all non-ablative lasers are safe for all complexions. Talk with your dermatologist to determine the right treatment for you.



You stare in the mirror and see frown lines between your brows and crows feet around your eyes. Today, dermatologists use a special class of injectables to ‘erase’ those lines and give your skin a more youthful supple appearance.

One of the most common injectables on the market today is Botox ®. This purified protein relaxes specific facial muscles that create wrinkles and deep folds yet produces results that allow for some natural movement without diminishing the desired results on wrinkles and furrows. This injectable wrinkle fighter is generally used around the eyes, between brows and on the forehead.

Also worth noting is that often one or more injectables may be combined with a filler (see tip #5 below) to achieve optimal results. This combination approach of using two or more treatments together is common in dermatology and gives the best results. No two patients are alike and every face is unique.



As we age, our faces change. The youthful building blocks that give babies chubby cheeks disappear. Skin loses elasticity. We develop wrinkles. Deep furrows may form between our brows or around our mouths, diminishing an otherwise healthy, youthful appearance.

Dermatologists can help you reverse the process. Injectable fillers plump up the skin’s structure, restoring volume and the suppleness of youth. The fillers can plump the pout (i.e. enhance the lips) or smooth away unwanted lines and wrinkles, creases, and craters from old scarring by plumping up the contour irregularities resulting in a more uniform appearance.

Hyaluronic acid, collagen and fat are all injectable fillers that dermatologists use on different areas of the face. Derived from both natural and synthetic compounds, soft tissue fillers are considered temporary, semi-permanent or partially permanent since the results will diminish over time. Temporary fillers such as collagen and hyaluronic acid, which last about four to six months, allow treatment adjustments by your dermatologist as your skin changes. It takes a well trained physician to properly evaluate and treat you because every face ages differently.



Hair loss is a very common problem among both men and women. For women, hair loss can begin during the child bearing years and peak again during early menopause. Some men are predisposed to male pattern baldness and begin losing their hair in their early twenties.

Hair loss can be subtle at first; a professional that is acquainted with your hair patterns can notice small changes. Additionally, consider the effect of medications and co-existing medical problems such as lupus, anemia, or thyroid, vitamin and dietary deficiencies which can masquerade as hair loss.

For women, dermatologists recommend examining lifestyle and hair styling habits. Excessive combing, coloring, and blow drying can wreak havoc on delicate hair. The addition of chemical straightening can compound at risk or vulnerable hair and aggravate existing hair loss. A word of caution for women: avoid tight pony tails and hairstyles that create tension by pulling on the hair. An absolute must – have coloring and usage of other chemicals performed by a professional.

Men take notice. If there is a known history of early hair loss or receding hairlines, be aggressive. Minoxidil, commonly known as Rogaine ®, can be started early and produce good results. Coupled with Propecia ®, an oral medication which can be prescribed by your dermatologist, these two medications used together may produce even better results. Side affects are minor but both medications should only be initiated after consultation with your dermatologist.

Sometimes there’s no way to stop hair loss completely. A good treatment regimen can slow it down. Your dermatologist will play an important role in making a diagnosis and determining the correct treatment.



Throughout the ages, people have searched for ways to look their best. Cleopatra bathed in milk to benefit from the exfoliating qualities of lactic acid. Ancient Roman, Greek and Indian documents mention various salves used for lightening and toning the skin.

Today, the simplest way to reduce fine lines and wrinkles is to get rid of the outer layer of skin and expose the fresh new skin underneath. Dermatologists use chemical peels to improve clarity, tone and skin texture. Your dermatologist can choose different peels depending on the problem you want to correct. All are quick and minimally invasive, but some do have mild side effects like mild redness, peeling or flushing.

Lactic, glycolic, lipoic, kojic, salicyclic and others are all a natural means to exfoliate and renew the skin without friction. As a result they can improve moisture retention, soften fine lines, unclog pores and generally promote clearer, healthier and more luminous skin.



You’ve enjoyed the results of facials you had before. Leaving the clinic or spa, your skins probably felt soft and smooth and had that ‘just pampered’ glow. Now consider the idea that today’s modern facial could do all that and more.

Several new techniques being used by dermatologists today use light to create more dramatic results. Pores become smaller, veins less visible, irregularities in the complexion even out.

Using short bursts of light called intermittent pulsed light (IPL), a photofacial helps to erase uneven pigmentation, improve age spots, freckles and other unsightly discoloration using pulsed light energy. Photodynamic therapy involves the application of a special topical enhancement combined with laser and light therapy. The treatment can shrink glands that produce oil, reducing acne flare-ups, and decrease the size of pores for a more even complexion. The light boosts the production of collagen, making your skin more plump and your complexion more luminous.

Photofacials can be done in combination with microdermabrasion, injectables, or chemical peels as your dermatologist deems appropriate.



Pimples. Blemishes. Acne. If you thought you were in the clear after your teenage years, guess again. Hormonal changes, stress, even those workouts at the gym can wreak havoc on the skin for both men and women of all ages.

But pimples aren’t the only blemishes that can mar a perfect complexion. Maybe you have a bit of unwanted facial hair, suffer razor bumps from tweezing and shaving, or just started to notice some irregularities in your skin.

Dermatologists are using new formulations containing glycolic acids and vitamin A enriched creams to treat complexion issues. By unclogging pores, these new products clear and prevent whiteheads and blackheads from forming. Keeping the skin cells fresh and new are an important part of having a glowing complexion. The goal is a smooth look and feel combined with a more uniform skin tone. Now who doesn’t want that?



It’s almost springtime and your skin has that dull and lackluster appearance. Here are some quick and easy suggestions to recapture that healthy glow.

Start with a good night’s sleep. Experts recommend seven to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep nightly. Try to go to bed and wake up at a consistent time daily.

Add a good moisturizer to your morning routine – there are several on the market or available through your dermatologist that contain hydroxy acids that remove and exfoliate dead skin.

Wear sunscreen every day.

And finally, watch what you’re putting in your mouth. The results of drinking lots of water and eating a healthy diet full of super foods will show up on your skin. See our Super Foods Addendum for more information.


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