Sunday, February 19, 2012

4 New Reasons To See Your Dermatologist

New tools in your doctor's arsenal aim to eradicate wrinkles with less pain.

Hot Ingredient: Lipo-Hydroxy Acid

The less irritating cousin of salicylic acid is a serious multitasker: LHA exfoliates, penetrates oily pores to dissolve blackheads, and prevents bacteria from clinging to the walls of pores and follicles where they can multiply. One study found 5-10% of LHA is as effective as 20-50% of glycolic acid. Expect to see it in more products. Two current ones to find it is 'La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Acne Treatment' and 'Vichy Normaderm Anti-Acne Hydrating Lotion'.

1. LaViv - The latest wrinkle filler is made form your own collagen-producing cells, harvested from skin taken from behind the ear and grown in a lab. LaViv's plumping effects only become visible after the new cells are injected and begin to produce collagen, in two to three months (Says Fredric Brandt of the Dermatology Research Institute in Miami). The results may outlast other injectables.

2. Xeomin - Coming Soon. Joining the ranks of wrinkle relaxing Botox and Dysport, Xeomin is botulinum toxin that's missing some of the proteins in its rivals. Without them, the theory goes, the body is less likely to build up resistance, allowing Xeomin to work longer. There's another reason its arrival is causing smiles. Prices are starting to reflect that there are competitors to Botox.

3. Topical Botox - Should be here in 2-3 years. This gel form is applied by a dermatologist for thirty minutes and then wiped off. With the same staying power as injectables, it gives a natural-looking result. In tests on crow's-feet, 44% of patients reported significant improvement for four months.  Not a great percentage, but it means no needles.

4. Solid Hyaluronic Acid - Several years away. As a gel, the wrinkle filler can form lumps when injected under the skin. A new solid type resembles a thread that a doctor, using a needle, pulls directly below a wrinkle to immediately buttress it. Once in place, the thread swells to the size of spaghetti. It is expected to gain approval in Europe next year, and in the U.S. in 2013.

Source: Allure

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