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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Increases Risk
of Developing Skin Cancer
According to a Mayo Clinic study, people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBD) are
at increased risk of developing skin cancer. IBD is an inflammatory disease that
affects the small or large intestine, and is cause by an immune system response
to environmental factors. It may be triggered by smoking and use of antibiotics.
Treatment Discounts Linked to Illegal
Discounted clinical treatments
have been linked to illegal and unethical business practices such as diluted
ingredients and the sale of expired or counterfeit peels and products.
Unfortunately, it is a growing problem in the medical and skincare industries.
Everyone wants a good price, but
we also want to get what we're paying for. When the price is "too good to be
true," it probably isn't true. Unfortunately, consumer protection is hard
to find as Local and State governments are cutting back on detection and
The bottom line, is Buyer
Beware! Don't put your skin at risk by allowing the use of expired or
counterfeit ingredients and products on your skin.
Stress Can Aggravate
Day-to-day levels are bad enough, but nothing creates stress like the Holidays!
Stress can have a significant negative effect on your skin, especially conditions
like acne. Anything that reduces stress can help relieve the
symptoms, including a variety of relaxation techniques such as
meditation, hypnosis and imagery.
Likewise, good nutrition and the right skin
care products are critical in helping neutralize the stress hormone, cortisol,
your skin clear and healthy —
and clear skin means one less thing to stress
The FDA is Changing How Sunscreens are
Today, SPF only indicates how well the product protects against UVB rays that
lead to sunburn. But UVA rays are what increase the risk of skin cancer, and the
SPF rating doesn't cover UVA.
In 2012, sunscreens that protect
against both kinds of UV rays will be labeled "broad spectrum SPF," indicating
that they not only reduce the risk of sunburn, but also the risk of skin cancer
and skin aging. The lowest SPF
The proposed rule from the FDA
restricts the labeling to products with an
SPF of 15, or higher, up to a maximum SPF 50. Current scientific data suggest
that higher ratings than SPF 50 don't actually offer better protection.
This labeling change is
intended to reduce confusion about what protection sunscreens are providing.
In the meantime, when shopping
for a sunscreen, always look for sunscreens that offer both UVA and UVB
protection. All of the sunscreens sold at Eastbay Skin Care offer broad spectrum
Low-Dose Birth Control Pills and Acne —
Is there a Link?
Recently, we've seen an increase in acne flare-ups, even cystic
acne, in conjunction with low dose birth control pills — namely,
Loestrin and Microgestin. The cases are notable for two
reasons: 1) birth control pills usually alleviate acne, and 2) the
acne associated with these pills has proven to be particularly difficult to treat, and resistant
to the usual acne protocol.
This is hardly a
scientific discovery on our part, but there is a significant amount
of anecdotal evidence to support our suspicions.
This is not
intended to treat or diagnose your condition, but if you are using a
low-dose birth control pill and experiencing increased acne
activity, you may want to consult your physician for a possible
alternative to the "low-dose" family of birth control pills.
Teens Should Avoid Tanning Booths,
according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Cancer Society.
Recent studies have prompted lawmakers to propose a ban on teens under 18 from
using tanning booths without parental consent; some communities have already
passed the legislation.
With so many options for tanning safely, we agree, and think everyone
should avoid tanning booths. It simply isn't worth the skin cancer risk.
Bovine Stem Cells?
|Over the past few years a facial treatment
has been promoted that attributes its success to
"cryogenically-stored live bovine stem cells." In our opinion,
nothing could be further from the truth. Consider these points
before wasting your hard-earned money on this facial:
1) 'Cryogenic' means
stored at temperatures in the range of liquid nitrogen, not in the
clinic's refrigerator freezer. Freezer-stored cells are DEAD cells,
not live, as these bovine cells are claimed to be;
2) Bovine cells
can contribute nothing to the DNA makeup of your own skin cells.
Think about it: cows and humans are unrelated species. Square peg,
3) As far as we
have been able to determine, the "independent research"
regarding the benefits of bovine stem cells on the skin does not
4) Any real
benefit of the treatment comes from the topical skin care
products used in the treatment, not from the bovine stem cells. In
other words, more than half of the cost of the treatment goes to pay
for the bovine stem cells which contribute nothing to your skin,
for this scam!
If anyone offers you a "CryoStem," "Bovine Stem Cell"
or "DNA Therapy" treatment, don't walk, RUN for the nearest exit.
This is the esthetic equivalent of snake oil. No
reputable skin care clinic will sell you this treatment, nor
will Eastbay Acne & Skin Care Clinic.
The H1N1 flu virus infection rate accelerated through the
summer, well outside of the traditional flu season. Now, limited supplies of the
H1N1 flu vaccine are available, but not enough to inoculate everyone in the
high-risk category. And though this
particular strain seems to have traded virulence for persistence, it has
been reported to hit certain groups of people particularly hard, like young
children and pregnant women. Others groups have been only mildly
Colloidal zinc was used as an
operating room antiseptic in the 19th century, and has well
documented antibacterial, antiviral and antioxidant properties. In
fact, we use it in our clinic and prescribe it to our clients to
combat acne — through antibacterial action and oil gland regulation. Colloidal
Zinc and Vitamin C make a powerful
combination that should be taken regularly during flu season. Our experience, while not
scientific, shows that colloidal zinc helps prevent flu infections, and greatly
diminishes their severity and duration.
recommend that you add colloidal zinc to your diet throughout this season. We
can't guarantee it will prevent getting the swine flu, we believe it will
diminish the risk and severity. For that very reason, because we personally
encounter so many clients, we take it throughout the year. Clear River Colloidal Zinc is available here,
as well as at the clinic.
You can minimize the spread of flu viruses:
•wash your hands frequently
• cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
• stay home when you're infected
Advice given on
this website is not intended to diagnose, prevent or cure any disease.
Pharmaceuticals has decided to discontinue the manufacture of
Accutane. Accutane has long been associated with some negative and
occasionally severe side-effects. The generic form of the drug,
known as isotretinoin, will continue to be made by other
No specific reason was
given for discontinuing the drug, but we believe Roche wants to stem
the increasing number of lawsuits against it by patients (and
families of patients) who used the drug. The side-effects attributed
to the use of isotretinoin range from depression to suicide and
We think this is a
step in the right direction, as we disagree with what we consider to
be an over-prescription of the drug. Originally intended for the
most severe acne cases, dermatologists have been known to prescribe
it for mild to moderate acne cases, and on a long-term basis — uses
not approved by the FDA — where many equally effective and much
safer alternatives exist for the treatment of mild to moderate acne.
Psoriasis Drug is Pulled from US Market
Genentech has voluntarily pulled Raptiva (efalizumab)
from the US market because of the risk of developing PML, a potentially fatal
brain infection. Raptiva was developed to treat psoriasis, and has been on the
market since the FDA approved the drug in 2003. Approximately 46,000 patients
worldwide are estimated to be taking the drug.
is a rare side effect of taking Raptiva, the company determined that the risks
outweighed the drug's benefits.
MRSA Bacterial Infections on
October 2007; updated April 2009
Drug resistant bacterial infections are appearing more frequently and causing
concern among physicians. Staphylococcus — better know as "staph' — is the cause.
It's a bacteria best known for causing skin boils that used to
be easily treated with ordinary antibiotics. Staph infections can affect just
about every part of the body, from skin to lungs, blood and bones. Today, new
strains of the bacteria, or MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) are resistant to
a wide range of common antibiotics, including methicillin, amoxicillin,
penicillin and oxacillin.
Those at highest risk are children, athletes and military recruits because
they're more likely to get cuts and scrapes, share towels and soap, and live in
close quarters: the "perfect storm" for bacterial infection. Hospital
patients are at higher risk, too, although "Communitity-Associated" MRSA is also
on the rise and affects a much younger group of people. MRSA is spread by
contact with the bacteria — either direct contact with a MRSA-infected person,
or an object with the bacteria on it.
Contributing to the problem is the overuse of antibiotics which helps bacteria develop resistance and
become stronger. That's why the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend against the use of antibacterial soaps and cleansers. Today it's more important
than ever to wash our hands and bodies regularly and thoroughly. Good and
regular personal hygiene prevents bacteria from gaining a foothold, and
minimizes the possibility of infection.
Avoid the unnecessary
use of antibiotics — to help you accomplish this, consult with your
physician for a possible alternative. Use all antibiotics that are
prescribed, as indicated. Don't "stockpile" them for for future
emergency use. And, as the CDC recommends, don't use antibacterial
soaps. Meanwhile, medical researchers are searching for a new family of
antibiotics to fight these new strains of staph bacteria.
Eyelash Extensions Are Causing Permanent
Studies have shown that eyelash extensions are permanently
damaging hair follicles, preventing future eyelash growth and leading to
significant eyelash loss. The exact mechanism of the damage is not known,
whether it's mechanical stress or chemical (possibly the extension adhesive?) in
In any case, experts are recommending that women seek an alternative to eyelash
One such alternative
is LiLash, which actually stimulates eyelash
growth. Dramatic increases in the length and fullness of eyelashes have been
seen within only 4 to 12 weeks of use.
Don't Put All Your Trust in
Recently, experts have reviewed the effects of various sun protection
strategies, and there is some good news. Sunscreen has been shown to protect
against UV skin damage, the number one cause of premature aging. It has also
been effective in reducing two of the most common skin cancers, basal
carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. However, it has not been conclusively
shown to protect against melanoma, the most aggressive and most fatal form of skin
Therefore, it's important to wear
sun-protective clothing and hats, or to stay out of the sun as much as possible.
Meanwhile, continue wearing your sunscreen. Even though the jury is out on it's
effect on melanoma, sunscreen is a critically important part of your long-term
skin care program.
Does Women's Skin Age Faster than Men's?
German researchers are using an experimental laser to measure collagen and
elastin, components that help define the skin's structure, tone and texture.
Initial results show that those components diminish as we age. We already
know that from our own experience, and the new laser tests indicate women's skin
ages faster than
men's. Declining estrogen and progesterone levels are suspected because the
collagen/elastin changes are most apparent in women who have experienced
It's hoped that this new laser
instrument will be able to validate claims of skin care products, but, more
importantly to evaluate various skin diseases non-invasively.
States are Shutting Down MedSpas
Several States, including Florida, are shutting down
"MedSpas" in response to a series of mishaps involving unsupervised and
unqualified practitioners performing procedures such as IPL and Botox. States
are changing the rules governing ownership of MedSpas, requiring that Physicians
who own them, or practice in the MedSpas must be present. They can't simply
"supervise" MedSpa procedures from miles away at their regular full-time
There have been calls for California to take
action, where it is reported that the Medical Board is considering similar
measures. There have been several incidents in California involving serious
injury and even death, and the supervising physician was not present.
See our articles, below: "MEDSPAS:
The Lights are On, But is Anyone Home?"
and "Considering Laser or IPL?"
Now Food Labels Must List
Starting in January 2006, the FDA is requiring that all food labels
list common food allergens. This is very good news for those who
suffer from peanut, egg, milk, gluten and other food allergies.
Mild allergic reactions manifest themselves by bumps, rashes and hives
on the skin, while more severe reactions can be life threatening.
Rosacea can also
triggered by common allergens, and sometimes by uncommon ones that won't
be listed on a label as allergens, if they're listed at all. That's
why it's important to know the foods that trigger your Rosacea, and to
avoid them. It can be as simple as a spice, and it may not be listed by
name. Keeping a food diary can help determine what triggers Rosacea,
but it can be a slow and tedious process. But, ultimately, it
will help control food reactions that cause Rosacea flare-ups.
Especially Unsafe for Teens
UV tanning beds have been raising questions for several years, and new
evidence shows than young skin is especially vulnerable to UV
radiation. The rate of melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer, has increased
dramatically over the past decade. It's easy to
imagine tanning beds are somehow safer, but they're not. UV is UV,
and, tanning beds can give you cancer just as quickly and easily as
the sun, especially when you think they're safer. All of the
misconception and misinformation is prompting calls for new regulation
of the tanning bed industry.
is clear now that young skin is particularly vulnerable, which calls
for awareness and moderation. If tan skin is that important, there are
safe alternatives like tanning creams, towels and sprays. In
the meantime, if you've been using a tanning bed, keep an eye on moles
and freckles, especially if they are changing size, shape or color.
Remember, it's not necessary to risk your life for a tan.
The Lights are On, But is Anyone Home?
One recent death, and several
mishaps have raised questions about who's minding the store when it
comes to "MedSpas." In most cases, the "Supervising Physician"
isn't supervising at all. Instead, they are miles away at their
regular medical practice. It has clearly put clients at risk,
and has raised calls for tighter regulation over unlicensed and
untrained personnel performing medical skin care or hair removal
Could it be more about
money than healthcare? If you visit one of these "MedSpas," be
sure to ask "is there a doctor in the house?"
Considering Laser or IPL?
Know who is performing the procedure and what their
Certain devices, such as Lasers and IPL (Intense Pulse Light) are
considered medical devices by the State of California, and must be
operated by a Physician or a licensed medical professional. There have
been several instances in which consumers have been placed in the
hands of non-medical professionals with disastrous results.
When in doubt, here
are some questions you should ask:
- Is the Doctor on
the premises? One warning sign is the phrase "performed under
supervision of..." which may mean the physician is miles away
and unavailable in
case of emergency. It may also mean that the procedure is being
performed by someone who is not qualified.
- Is the operator of
the Laser or IPL certified to operate the equipment?
- Is the operator a
medical professional? Estheticians are not permitted to
operate IPL or Laser equipment in the State of California.
- May I see the
doctor's credentials? "Board Certified" is a good sign because it
means that the doctor has been certified by the Medical Board of their
specialty — and be sure find out what their specialty is. A
reputable physician and staff will never intimidate you into
skipping this step. If you think you need verification, then by all
means, get verification.
If they can't satisfy
the questions you have, or if they get defensive in response to your
questions, it may serve you well to head for the exit.
Today, more and more
clinics and "MediSpas" are operating outside the law. They
you that it's for your benefit, "to make state-of the-art treatments
available to the public" and even that "it's perfectly safe." Don't
believe it! Those are red flags that mean they're doing it for the
money, not for your benefit — and they're putting you and your skin at
If you suspect a
clinic or skin care professional is violating the law, or if you
simply have a question about a physician, contact the Medical Board of
1-800-633-2322, or online at
Remember, the laws
are in place to protect you, and you have every right to know.
Indoor Tanning Bed Information is
This is peak season for indoor tanning beds, and an
investigation by Consumer Reports has found that customers are
often misled about the safety of tanning beds. Risks of skin cancer
and premature aging are often downplayed, and even denied by tanning
studies have shown conclusively that tanning beds can be as, or more
damaging to the skin than regular sun exposure, because tanning beds
utilize UV radiation to cause skin to tan. People mistakenly
think that the sun's rays are stronger than a tanning bed's, and
therefore they can spend more time in a tanning bed. The result is a
higher incidence of skin cancer, premature aging and wrinkles.
When asked about the risks involved,
Consumer Reports found that only 1% of tanning salon operators
answered all of the questions correctly.
EBAC's founder, Lynn Cowie, says
"Fake it, don't bake it!" in the firm belief that topical tanning
lotions are a much healthier alternative to sun bathing and tanning
beds, with almost identical tanning results.
OTC Acne Medications are Just as
Effective as Antibiotics
A new study suggests that
over-the-counter preparations containing benzoyl peroxide (BPO) are
just as effective as topical or oral antibiotics and are much less
expensive. These findings highlight the
unnecessary prescription of antibiotics in the treatment of mild to
moderate forms of acne.
peroxide works by releasing bacteria-killing oxygen into the skin
follicles, where acne-causing bacteria grow causing infection,
inflammation and scarring. EBAC has always considered BPO to be a less
expensive and much preferred alternative to prescription medications
such as Accutane. And, BPO has far fewer and less severe side effects,
the worst being dry skin.
While BPO is mildly irritating to the
skin, at first, the skin can become acclimated by gradually extended
use over a period of a week or two. The first application typically
lasts ten minutes, which is gradually increased, as the skin will
tolerate, to an overnight application. Dry skin can be alleviated with
an oil-free moisturizer or a hydrator, such as CosMedix Mystic.
BPO has been proven over many years
to be an extremely effective topical treatment for acne. EBAC offers
BPO in 2.5%, 5% and 10% strengths, and a 10% + Sulfur.
See our online catalog for more information.
Accutane Risk is Back in The News
An FDA advisory panel recommended stricter tracking of women who take
the acne drug Accutane, and generic versions of the drug sold under
the name isotretinoin. A recent report indicates the current
industry-run program has failed to lower rates of unplanned
pregnancies and reduce the risk of birth defects in babies born to
women taking the drug.
following evidence of the Accutane related risk to fetuses,
pharmaceutical industry began an educational program aimed at
preventing women from becoming pregnant while taking the drug and from
using it if they are already pregnant. The study showed that Accutane
is still being prescribed to pregnant women and women continue to
become pregnant while taking the drug.
Accutane has been prescribed to
millions of adolescents and adults, and is considered to be effective
against recurrent and severe acne. However, Accutane carries FDA
warnings because it can cause organ damage or mental retardation in
An FDA advisory panel recently voted
16-8 to recommend a mandatory registry for all Accutane users, and
require that physicians and pharmacists document that women are
complying with pregnancy prevention measures. The FDA usually, though
not always, follows its advisory committees' recommendations.
Meanwhile, the drug continues to be
prescribed for even moderate cases of acne, even though diet and
appropriate home skin care have been shown to alleviate the majority
of acne symptoms and flare-ups. Apparently, taking a pill is an
all-to-easy easy alternative, despite the risks of taking
Accutane. Meanwhile, it appears that patients, doctors and
pharmacists are all, to some degree, ignoring safeguards in place to
protect Accutane users. Some consumer groups are calling for much
tighter controls over the prescription and use of the controversial
drug, than what the FDA is calling for, citing it's well documented
risk to unborn children.
Zinc Has Multiple Benefits
FDA Approves Wrinkle- Smoothing
Recent studies have shown zinc
deficiency to be linked to several ailments.
Since the body stores only a small
amount of the mineral, a shortage in your diet can quickly show up as
reduced energy levels, short attention span, skin flare-ups and the
inability to fight off even minor illnesses like the common cold.
Earlier studies have also linked zinc deficiencies to reproductive
health in both men and women, leading researchers to believe it
may have anti-cancer properties.
Our bodies require about 15mg of zinc
each day for various metabolic functions, many of which seem to be
unrelated. In fact, they may all connected to stress and the immune
The long-awaited FDA approval of
is here! Restylane is a trademark name for hyaluronic acid,
a natural substance found in human tissue. Restylane is
synthetically derived, and has far fewer allergic reactions than its
chief competitor, collagen, which is extracted from animal tissue.
Botox is also used to reduce wrinkles, although its mechanism is one
of muscle paralysis; Restylane and Collagen are injectable fillers.
Studies have shown Restylane and Collagen to have comparable
Restylane may be used alone, and is often applied in conjunction with
Botox in instances where the wrinkles or creases are significantly
muscle-induced. Its effects last six to eight months, whereas
Botox alone lasts three to 4 months.
Restylane is trademarked and
manufactured by Q-Med AB of Sweden.
Tanning Beds Increase Risk of Skin
The use of tanning
beds, lamps and other devices to keep a year-round tan might be more
dangerous than we think.
A recent Norwegian study, published in the
Journal of the National
Cancer Institute, found that the regular use of tanning beds is
associated with a 55% to 150% increase in the risk of developing malignant
melanoma. Those most at risk were people with regular tanning light exposure
during early adulthood, between the ages of 20 and 29.
The study, conducted by the University of Norway, surveyed 106,379
Norwegian and Swedish women about ultraviolet ray exposure and personal
lifestyles. A follow-up on the subjects' cancer status found 187 cases of
melanoma among the women, an average of 8.1 years later.
EBAC's Skin Cancer article
Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?
If you're using sunscreen, as you should be, you may be at risk for a
vitamin D deficiency. Most of our supply of vitamin D is formed in the skin
when a D-related hormone is exposed to ultraviolet rays. Vitamin D is
formed, and then transformed into calcitriol. Calcitriol is a
growth-limiting hormone that is believed to aid the immune system and
prevent runaway cell growth, a characteristic of cancer.
Low levels of vitamin D cause the
bone-deforming condition called rickets. It was long believed that the
only role vitamin D played was in bone formation. Recent studies now
link vitamin D deficiency to hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis and
cancer. Cloudy environments and sunscreen have been shown to reduce
vitamin D production in the skin significantly, so it's important to
supplement it with vitamin D enriched foods (primarily milk) and vitamin
products. The recommended daily dosage is 800 IU's. A glass of
D-fortified milk or OJ supplies just under 100 IU's, so the most practical
solution is vitamin supplements.
Be sure you get enough of "the healing
vitamin," and, in the meantime, keep wearing your sunscreen!
Western Diet Linked to Acne
For many years diet has been suspected
to contribute to acne. A recent international study comes to the
conclusion that Western diets are at least partly to blame. The belief
is that refined starches and sugars stimulate the production of insulin,
causing an excess production of male hormones. They, in turn, cause the
overproduction of sebum, the oily substance that clogs pores.
The study compared Western populations with
people of primitive cultures which have no refined products in their diet.
The difference in acne rates was striking: 79 to 95 percent of Westerners
have teenage acne, while none of their primitive culture counterparts
suffered from the affliction. When switched to a Western diet, they experienced
similar rates of acne as Westerners.
While notable in it's findings, the study
is not considered by some medical experts to be scientific. But it is
noteworthy, as other experts, such as Dr. Nicholas Perricone, also recommend
foods that are low on the glycemic index, which correlates to the body's
production of insulin.
Recent Study Shows Unhealthy Diets
Increase Inflammation, while Antioxidants Reduce It
Recent studies at the University at Buffalo have found that high fat and
high sugar meals increase the body's levels of inflammatory components.
In the presence of those components, cells become red and irritated.
The skin often reflects the body's general "inflammatory state" and responds
similarly to unhealthy diets. The study goes on to show that the
antioxidants Vitamins A and E have anti-inflammatory effects, canceling the
pro-inflammatory effects of such diets.
One might conclude that it's ok to consume high fat and high sugar foods, as
long as antioxidants are taken to counteract their negative effects.
However, there are other negative effects such as obesity and high blood
cholesterol levels that carry other serious health risk factors.
Rather, the point of the study is that high fat and high sugar meals should
be avoided, and the use of the antioxidant Vitamins A and E is
encouraged. Your skin will reflect the healthier diet and nutrition, too.
Accutane Use is Up
Black Raspberries Have More...
According to an FDA study, the use of Accutane is up 250-275%. This is
disturbing news, in light of previous studies linking the anti-acne
prescription drug to severe depression and birth defects. Increasingly, it
is being prescribed for mild-to-moderate acne cases. During the same period,
its use in severe acne cases dropped from 63% to 49%. In 1982 the FDA
approved Accutane's use for the most severe acne cases that failed to
respond to other treatments.
Blueberries have long been known to
have properties that are good for you and your skin. So much so, that
there's even a Jessner peel named after them. In fact, we've known for
a long time that berries of all kinds contain antioxidants and bioflavinoids
that have known health benefits. Now, a new study has shown that black
raspberries have even more of what's good for you and your skin.
Do Vitamin-Enriched Skin Care Products
November 14, 2001
Vitamin-enriched lotions, creams,
and makeup products have tripled in the last nine years, touting vitamins A,
B-3 and B-5, C and E. Taken internally, vitamins can improve health, but
what if you apply them externally?
Research shows that they can also nourish
and protect your skin,
when applied topically, but they shouldn't be expected to produce a "miracle
FDA Warns Companies
on Herbal Additives in Food and Drink
The US Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) has warned companies that put herbal additives in
food and drinks that their products may not be legal because the ingredients
might not be approved and generally recognized to be safe for consumption.
Botanicals have been used successfully in topical preparations for
years. Now, they are increasingly showing up in food products.
Remember that many skin conditions are caused or exacerbated by food
allergies, including allergies to so-called "natural" ingredients. Keep
track of what you eat, and the ingredients, and any associated skin
Botanicals certainly have a valuable role to play in our overall health.
Just be alert to potential problems in their use, especially with the recent
explosion of their application and associated, and sometimes unproven,
|Stress can Aggravate
|Day-to-day stress levels have
increased recently, and may contribute to some skin conditions, such as
psoriasis. Anything that reduces stress can help relieve those
symptoms, including a variety of relaxation techniques such as
meditation, hypnosis and imagery.
Accelerate Acne Treatment Results
Accutane Under Increased
Criticism and Scrutiny for
Severe Side Effects
Cosmedix' Chirally Correct series of peels has been receiving accolades for
their speed and effectiveness. "The Cosmedix Peels are one of the fastest
ways for our patients to achieve clear, healthy skin with reduced acne
scarring and improved texture," according to Lynn M. Cowie, C.E. and Eastbay
Acne & Skin Care Clinic founder. "Many clients have commented on the
improvement of their skin's pigmentation, moisture and texture."
The once highly-touted acne medication, Accutane, has come under increased
scrutiny by Congress and the FDA due to severe side effects that have been
reported. Congress has told the FDA to reevaluate the way the
dermatology industry promotes the drug while failing to warn of potential
side effects, which include severe depression. Accutane, (generic name,
isotretinoin) remains on the
market, but recent headlines suggest increased caution is advised.
CDC Warns Against Use of
With the increasing incidence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, The Centers
for Disease Control has advised against the use of anti-bacterial soaps and
lotions. The CDC believes that these products encourage the
development of resistant bacteria, in the same way as the
over-prescription of antibiotics. These bacteria do not respond to
conventional antibiotics when infections occur, making them more difficult
to treat and control.
In addition, the CDC says "Except in health
care settings, there is no evidence that the use of antibacterial products
prevent infection better than ordinary soap. Hand washing with ordinary soap
and water is sufficient to reduce the risk of most common infections and
does not add to antibiotic resistance."
The Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA,
is an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services. Website:
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Eastbay Acne & Skin Care Clinic in the News
- "Problem Skin?"
Concord Transcript, Thursday August 25, 1994
- "Acne Rosacea: A Common, Often
Contra Costa Times
- "A Weapon in The War Against Acne"
Contra Costa Times, Wednesday, October 6, 1993
- "Skin Cancer"
Concord Transcript, Thursday July 16, 1992