Most Cosmetics Do Not Work

Study Suggests Most Claims Reported on a Beauty Product Are Not Considered Truthful.

CBS News (7/29) reports on its website that “a new study found fewer than one out of five” beauty product “claims was considered truthful by a panel of readers – and ads that used scientific language to describe the benefits were even less persuasive.” The study that was cited was published in the Journal of Global Fashion Marketing: Bridging Fashion and Marketing.

This comes as no surprise as most companies do not perform studies on their products to prove that they actually work. Others “perform” poorly constructed studies, that would never be published in a peer-reviewed medical journal, using photographs as “evidence” of effect. Photographs alone prove nothing unless they are standardized (same exact lighting, same exact positioning, etc) so when one looks at photographic claims, one should be wary–is the lighting the same, is the person smiling in one picture and not in another.  I never base proof on photographs alone, unless used in a well-performed trial.

Many companies will put the same “active ingredient” in their product and use the claims from other products. Well, while that may sound fine, it is not. While an active ingredient may be essential to achieving a desired result, it is the other ingredients that allow it to penetrate the skin and work. These other ingredients differ, thus changing the result. The active ingredient itself may be different–not as pure or a different percentage. In short, there are many variables.

Therefore, one should be very skeptical regarding claims that are made. Additionally, the same holds true for many products that are sold in Spas, Plastic Surgeon’s offices, and Dermatologist’s offices. Many of the products that I have found on the shelves in these offices were not tested, but based their claims on studies performed on other products from other companies.

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Botox Cosmetic is now FDA approved for the treatment of the forehead

Botox and Dysport have been  used to treat the forehead for nearly 2 decades as an “off label indication”.  This has no impact on the treatment of the forehead furrows, but it does have the FDA’s stamp of approval.

To celebrate this we are offering treatment of the forehead for $199. This does not include the treatment of any other area (frown lines or crow’s feet). You must present this article to receive this special offer.

Restrictions apply–inquire to find out more. This offer expires November 1, 2017.

Fragrance-Free and Hypoallergenic Moisturizers: MOST are not!

A study published in JAMA looked at the 100 “best-selling” moisturizes that claim to be “hypoallergenic” found that 83% had a potentially allergenic chemical. Additionally, the study found that 45% of the products marketed as “fragrance-free” contained a botanical ingredient or one that reacts to a fragrance that can cause reactions.

Consuming alcohol increases risk of Skin Cancer: maybe

A recent study has shown a positive association of increased alcohol consumption with the risk of non-melanoma skin cancer. The study was small, so larger studies are needed to confirm these preliminary results.

Here is yet another possible reason to limit or eliminate alcohol consumption. Red wine has some other health benefits that, according to some, might outweigh the negative effects when taken in moderation–no more than one glass per day, but even that is somewhat controversial.

Erectile dysfunction treatments lead to increased risk of melanoma and basal cell carcinoma.

The use of PDE5 inhibitors such as sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), and vardenafil (Levitra) are common for those with erectile dysfunction. More and more research has shown an increased risk of some types of skin cancer for those taking these medications. Interestingly, there have been no studies showing an increased risk of squamous cell carcinoma.

For this reason, those with a history of melanoma should take this into consideration when considering taking one of these medications. Those with a personal history of multiple dysplastic moles or family history of melanoma should also take this into consideration. For patients whom have had multiple basal cell carcinomas should also weigh the risks of taking these medications.

iPhone case causes skin burns and irritation

MixBin Electronics sparkly, glitter iPhone cases, sold by Amazon and others, “are giving consumers skin irritation and burns as a result of liquid and glitter seeping from the cases, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.” Over 250,000 cases have since been recalled. These cases contain liquid and glitter that moves around in the liquid. For more information, go to: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/mixbin-electronics-recalls-iphone-cases

 

How to store pain medications

Now I know that this post has nothing to do with skin care, but it is in the best interest of public safety.

It is not uncommon for one to receive a prescription for narcotic pain medication after having a procedure. In fact, often, one does not finish all of the medication. But, what does one do with them?

Prescription narcotics is one of the biggest when it comes to drug abuse, especially among teens. It is essential to keep narcotics in a secure, locked location. Often one does not finish them and leaves the bottle in an unsecured location for many months or years. This is not recommended.

Even if your kids are all grown and out of the house, do you have grandchildren or other teenagers or young adults visiting?

Be safe.