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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Increases Risk
of Developing Skin Cancer
October 2014
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 Practices
April 2012
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 enforcement.

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 Skin Problems
November 2011
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, to keep your skin clear and healthy
and clear skin means one less thing to stress about!

The FDA is Changing How Sunscreens are Labeled
June 2011
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 protection.

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.


February 2011
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? "DNA Therapy?"
Buyer Beware!
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, round hole;

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 exist;

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, anyway!

Don't fall 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.

Flu Season Update
October 2009
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 affected.

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.

We 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.

Roche Discontinues Accutane
October 2009
Roche 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 manufacturers.

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 birth defects.

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
April 2009
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.

Although PML (progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy) is a rare side effect of taking Raptiva, the company determined that the risks outweighed the drug's benefits.

MRSA Bacterial Infections on The Rise
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 Damage
May 2007
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 nature.
In any case, experts are recommending that women seek an alternative to eyelash extensions.

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 Sunscreen
May 2007
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 cancer.

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?
October 2006
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 menopause.

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
July 2006
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 practice.

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 Common Allergens
January 2006
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.

Tanning Beds Especially Unsafe for Teens
May 2005
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.

It 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.

MEDSPAS: The Lights are On, But is Anyone Home?
April 2005
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 procedures.

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 credentials are.
March 2005
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 may tell 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 risk.

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 California at
, or online at www.mbc.ca.gov

Remember, the laws are in place to protect you, and you have every right to know.

Indoor Tanning Bed Information is Often Misleading
January 2005
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 salon operators.

Recent 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
December 2004
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.

Benzoyl 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
February 2004
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.

In 2002, 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 fetuses.

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 Gel
January 2004
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 system.

December 2003
The long-awaited FDA approval of Restylanetm 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 wrinkle-filling capabilities.

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 Cancer
October 2003
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.

also see EBAC's Skin Cancer article

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?
June 2003
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
December 2002
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
July 2002
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...
May 2002
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.
May 2002
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 Work?
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 cure."

FDA Warns Companies on Herbal Additives in Food and Drink
June 2001
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 ailments.
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, health claims.
Stress can Aggravate
Skin Problems
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.

CosMedix Products Accelerate Acne Treatment Results Accutane Under Increased  Criticism and Scrutiny for
Severe Side Effects
March 2001
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." 
December 2000
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 Antibacterial Soap  
June 2000
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:



Skin Care Topics Online...
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Skin Cancer
Skin Cancer Definition
Sunburn First Aid
Stress Hormone Tied to Acne, Baldness
Are The Active Ingredients In Self-Tanning Products Dangerous?
"A New Wrinkle For Your Eyes"
"Wrinkles Be Gone: Laser Treatments?"
"Will Viagra make my Rosacea worse?"

Useful Links
in your search for current skin care and health care news:

Broad-Spectrum Health Care Tips and News www.webmd.com
Consumer health care news and common sense 
with Dr. Dean Edell:
Eastbay Acne & Skin Care Clinic in the News
  • "Problem Skin?" 
    Concord Transcript,
    Thursday August 25, 1994
  • "Acne Rosacea: A Common, Often Unrecognized Condition" 
    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

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