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Antibacterial soaps: More harm than good?

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handwashing-banner1As we head into flu season, the benefits of washing hands with soap and water cannot be over emphasized. But what soap exactly should you be washing with?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a final ruling to pull triclosan and triclocarban from the market. The reason for the ban on the ingredients was multifactorial:
  • Manufacturers failed to show the ingredients to be safe for daily long term use
  • Manufacturers failed to show the ingredients are better than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of infections
The FDA’s rule does not apply to hand sanitizers, wipes, or anti-bacterial products used in health care settings.


According to Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research “In fact some data suggest that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long term.”

 

From my perspective — as a board certified dermatologist practicing in the cold and dry Minnesota climate — I suggest everything in moderation: wash your hands with plain old soap and water, leave the antibacterial soaps for the hospital setting, and moisturize frequently to prevent dry skin and cracks that then subsequently spread infection.


Finding the Best Moisturizer for Your Skin

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A great option for a moisturizer contains key ingredients.

The ELITE Fortified Moisturizer contains key ingredients to moisturize dry skin.

As a dermatologist with more than 10 years of clinical experience I am asked daily about the “best moisturizer.” I always answer that it comes down to personal preference but there are certain ingredients and properties to look for. 

1. Emollients/Humectants: These ingredients include glycerin, hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate, sodium PCA, lactic acid, and urea. Emollients actually increase the water holding capacity of the skin and lead to skin hydration.   One moisturizer known as Lac-hydrin (lactic acid cream) has been shown to be so powerful in FDA trials at opening up water channels and encouraging hydration that it has been made a prescription. 

2. Occlusives: These ingredients limit water evaporation from the skin. They include petrolatum, mineral oil, silicone derivatives (dimethicone, cyclomethicone), cocoa butter, sesame seed oil, etc. Plant butters and oils do not block water loss from the skin as well as petrolatum and mineral oil – however, they are more natural and thus appeal to some individuals. 

So choose key ingredients in each class that appeal to you and find your ideal moisturizer!  

The key ingredient you should look for in sunscreen is ?

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Tareen Dermatology SilkShade Tinted Sunscreen Dermatology Roseville Twin Cities Minnesota Zinc

SilkShade Broad Spectrum Tinted Sunscreen with SPF 30 is a great natural source of topical Zinc.

Sunscreen and its ingredients are a controversial and personal topic. The media inundates us with mixed messages – at one end berating individuals for not frequently re-applying and on the other end claiming that sunscreen and its ingredients actually CAUSE cancer.

I always strive to be the voice of reason for my Minnesota patients. As a board certified dermatologist, I can assure my patients that NOT using sunscreen increases the risk of skin cancer. However, I agree that constant use of many chemicals MAY (and I stress may) be harmful.

Thus, the key ingredients that I stress for my patients are minerals, particularly zinc oxide. These mineral based sunscreens (which typically contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) sit on top of the skin as a shield and protectant from the sun. In contrast, the chemical based sunscreens (long names include avobenzone, octocrylene, ecamsule, etc.) must be absorbed into the skin to provide sun protection. Also good to know – the mineral sunscreens provide almost immediate protection while chemical sunscreens need to be applied approximately 30 minutes prior to going outside in order to be effective.

Zinc is the only ingredient that I use for my children’s sunscreen. In fact, the FDA recommends zinc as the main sunscreen ingredient for babies.

Zinc alone can be very chalky and white so it is important to look for the words “micronized.” This is a process whereby the mineral particles are made finer and more cosmetically elegant (but does not decrease the sunscreen efficacy).

A few brands that I like: Elta MD sunscreen, Vanicream sunscreen (made in Minnesota!), CeraVe AM, and of course the Tareen Dermatology SilkShade.

I hope this sheds light on a confusing topic and encourages more of my patients and friends to safely protect their skin with my favorite ingredient zinc!

 

Natural Treatment Strategies for Rosacea

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Tareen Dermatology Green Tea wiseGEEK photo

Green tea has been shown to reduce inflammation (Photo courtesy of wisegeek.com)

Rosacea, a chronic vascular condition leading to redness, sensitivity, and broken blood vessels on the face, is very common in Minnesota. Here are a few natural ingredients to look for in skin care products to help manage your rosacea 
1. Niacinamide:  This is a B vitamin that decreases inflammation. Oral niacinamide dosed at 750 mg a day with a copper and zinc supplement was shown in a study to benefit 75% of users at 8 weeks. Topical niacinimide has also been shown to reduce the burning associated with rosacea.
2. Licorice: Licochalcone A (licorice extract) has been shown to help improve the stinging, tingling, and tightness associated with rosacea. Studies have shown that it takes at least 8 weeks for licorice extract to show an improvement.
3. Green tea: Catechins are the main anti-inflammatory ingredient in topical green tea. In studies, both oral and topical green tea have been shown to decrease the inflammation associated with rosacea.

Tareen Dermatology in Roseville, Minnesota embraces a natural, yet scientifically accurate approach to skin care. Dr. Tareen and her colleagues urge you to try these organic remedies for rosacea today!



Foods for Clear Skin

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Fish and walnuts omega 3

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We already know that two main foods have been shown to flare acne: Dairy and foods with high glycemic indexes (ie white bread, pasta, potatoes).  These foods increase hormonal and oil production and also spur inflammation.

New data shows there are foods to incorporate in your everyday diet to help minimize inflammation and maximize a clear complexion:
1. Probiotics: These are found in yogurt, saurerkraut, and pickles. Probiotics encourage healthy bacteria to grow in your digestive system.
2. Omega-3 Fatty-Acids: These are found in salmon and walnuts. These good fats help fight inflammation and also hydrate the skin from the inside.
3. Zinc: Individuals with lower levels of zinc have been found to have more severe acne.
A healthy diet will make you feel good and make your complexion glow!

 

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