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Sunscreen Labels Undergo Changes in June

Sunscreen Labels Undergo Changes in June

This summer, sunscreen bottles will be getting a makeover. The FDA recently announced that  sunscreen manufacturers will be required to disclose whether their sunscreen protects against UVA rays, UVB rays, or both. Additionally, labeling that describes sunscreen as water- or sweat-proof will be removed and replaced with either “water resistant (40 minutes)” or “water resistant (80 minutes).”

The purpose of the changes is to encourage consumers to seek out sunscreen that protects against skin damage, not just sunburn, as well as to re-apply sunscreen every two hours at least. The changes will first be enforced at the beginning of summer, when exposure to the sun and skin damage are most common.

Protecting yourself against the sun’s harmful rays is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your health. Be sure to apply sunscreen any time you go outside, especially in the summer. Furthermore, avoid tanning beds completely, as they have been strongly linked to melanoma even after only a few sessions. If you have any concerns about your skin, contact Zimmet Vein & Dermatology today.


Can Botox® Treat Depression?

Botox® has been used for years as a way to smooth frown lines, but now, new research is revealing that Botox® can actually help treat depression. In a psychiatric study, patients were administered Botox® or saline placebo injections along the glabellar frown lines. After sixteen weeks, the patients with Botox® injections reported a significant decrease in depressive symptoms like prolonged sadness, feelings of hopelessness, and perpetual fatigue.

Intuitively, one might guess that Botox® boosted the patients’ self-esteem. However, while the individuals did report feeling more attractive, researchers attribute the results to another cause. The facial muscles and facial nerves are linked to the part of the brain that processes emotion, so using Botox® on the parts of the face that are used for frowning may actually make patients happier. 

Treatment for depression is just another off-label benefit of Botox® injections; Botox® has also been used to treat migraines and vulvodynia. For more information regarding the benefits of Botox®  injections, contact Zimmet Vein & Dermatology today.

Radiofrequency Technology Rejuvenates Hands

Generally when someone mentions aging or wrinkles, we think of frown lines, crow’s feet or skin sagging. However, fine lines, wrinkles, and prominent veins on hands are also a key indicator of age. Recently, a new procedure has been reported to reduce the signs of aging of the hands using radiofrequency technology.

There are a number of devices that use radiofrequency energy to rejuvenate skin, including Endymed 3DEEP, Thermage and Ellman. The radiofrequency energy delivered to the skin stimulates new collagen formation. The new collagen acts as a foundation for the skin, creating a firmer, smoother appearance. A recent study evaluated the safety and efficacy of the procedure using 29 participants, each of whom received three of the treatments. After completion, 89% of the women saw a noticeable improvement in their hands’ wrinkles. Although some of the patients described the treatment as slightly uncomfortable, no adverse effects were reported.

If you would like more information about smoothing the fine lines on your hands, reducing prominent hand veins, or addressing other signs of hand aging contact Zimmet Skin & Vein for more information.

Brazilian Blowout Poses Health Risk

The safety of Brazilian Blowouts, an increasingly popular chemical hair-smoothing treatment, has recently been called into question by the California Attorney General. The makers of the treatment, GIB, will pay $600,000 in fines and be required to inform both consumers of the product and hair stylists of the potential health risks due to carcinogenic ingredients.

Previously, the company had advertised Brazilian Blowout products as “formaldehyde-free,” yet recent studies have revealed that many of the products contain formaldehyde–up to 8% in some of the samples tested. Several salon owners, hairdressers, and consumers have reported reactions to the products, including burning eyes, skin rashes, and severe headaches. Additionally, long-term exposure to formaldehyde has been linked to cancer, usually myeloid leukemia.

The lawsuit settlement requires that Brazilian Blowout products sold and used in California be affixed with a “Caution” sticker that alerts users of the formaldehyde content. The FDA has approved Brazilian Blowout products for use in the United States, but recent class action suits have prompted new investigations regarding the products’ ingredients.

Dr. Zimmet recommends that clients thoroughly research any beauty or health products before using them. For more information about safe cosmetic procedures and products, contact Zimmet Vein & Dermatology today.

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