Healthline / Dr. Peterson Pierre Do Gold Facials Really Work? September 24, 2020

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“Though scientific evidence is lacking, gold is thought to have powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties,” says Dr. Peterson Pierre, a dermatologist with the Pierre Skin Care Institute in Westlake Village, California.

Some makers of gold beauty products claim that gold flecks warm your skin to help with circulation. But most gold skin products are made with colloidal gold. These are nanoparticles suspended in liquid that are tiny enough to penetrate your skin.

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Healthline / Dr. Peterson Pierre Aspirin Can’t Treat Acne, So Experts Say Don’t Use Face Mask Touted on TikTok September 21, 2020

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Viral challenges showing and encouraging kids to do things like the “skull breaker challenge” (depicting people tripping someone so they hit their head) has resulted in serious injuries.

It’s also proven to be a conduit for serious misinformation, said Dr. Peterson Pierre, founder of the Pierre Skin Care Institute in Thousand Oaks, California.

“Science has largely been replaced by popular opinion for a large portion of the population,” Pierre told Healthline. “With information overload and no way to properly assess it, people are being led astray.

“Millions of voices are now easily heard and everyone fancies themselves an expert, especially if they have millions of followers,” Pierre said. “Most of these individuals are posers with no formal training or experience in anything skin related.”

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Yahoo! Style / Dr. Peterson Pierre 9 Side Effects of Using Hand Sanitizer September 10, 2020

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To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the CDC recommends washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, if they are not available, using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Following that advice is essential, but “increased contact with irritants and allergens may increase the risk of hand dermatitis or ‘eczema.’ This commonly manifests on the skin with redness, dryness, cracks, and even blisters that cause itch or pain,” Caroline Nelson, M.D. a Yale Medicine dermatologist and instructor at Yale School of Medicine, tells Eat This, Not That! Health.

The Rx: “It’s important to not overdo the sanitizer and to moisturize after every use,” advises dermatologist Peterson Pierre, M.D., of the Pierre Skin Care Institute.

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Yahoo Lifestyle / Dr. Peterson Pierre 40 Worst Health Mistakes Men Make After 40 September 2, 2020

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“As we age, our brains shrink in volume, particularly the frontal cortex and hippocampus, areas involved in higher cognitive function and encoding new memories,” says Peterson Pierre, MD, a dermatologist in Thousand Oaks, California, and founder of the Pierre Skin Care Institute.

The Rx: “It’s important to keep the mind stimulated, and one of the best ways to do that is with the brain training app Lumosity,” says Pierre. “This app is personalized and trains key areas of your brain. Just a few minutes a day can help your mind stay sharp and can even help you improve in certain areas.”

When you’re over 40, you can’t ignore any chance to get physical exercise. And what’s easier than move your legs rhythmically to the sound of music? “Studies show that regular physical exercise can reverse the signs of aging in the brain with dancing having the most profound effect,” says Pierre. Dancing decreases risk of dementia, improves your balance, reduces stress and helps you lose calories–and last, but not least, makes you a socially attractive person.

The Rx: Next time you hear some music, show your moves.

“We all know that cardiovascular training is good for the heart and helps keep weight off, but weight training is just as important, maybe even more so,” says Pierre. “Weight training has been shown to have similar cardiovascular benefits and can actually reverse age-related muscle loss. It burns fat, exercises all your muscles, including your heart, lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow to the brain.”

The Rx: Aim to get 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week, including two strength-training sessions weekly.

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Yahoo Lifestyle / Dr. Peterson Pierre 20 Signs of Cancer Usually Ignored by Women September 2, 2020

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“In the eternal quest to lose weight, this symptom may be viewed as a blessing rather than a potential warning sign,” says Peterson Pierre, MD, a dermatologist in Thousand Oaks, California. “But this can be a problem, especially if accompanied by loss of appetite or changes in bowel habits. A number of cancers can present this way, including cancers of the esophagus, liver, colon and pancreas, as well as leukemia or lymphoma.”

The Rx: “It’s important to report these changes to your doctor as soon as possible to maximize your quality of life, treatment options and survival,” says Pierre.

Any changes in a mole or freckle, or the appearance of new moles, could be a sign of skin cancer. “Performing self exams regularly and reporting changes to your board-certified dermatologist could lead to early detection and save your life,” says Pierre.

The Rx: “To help with self exams, remember the acronym ABCDE when you’re assessing changes,” says Pierre. “A stands for asymmetry; B is for border changes; C is for color changes; D is for diameter changes, increase in size; and E is for elevation, vertical growth or evolution, a growth that has changed over time.” If you observe any of those, schedule a doctor’s visit ASAP.

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Yahoo Lifestyle / Dr. Peterson Pierre 40 Worst Health Mistakes Women Make Over 40 September 2, 2020

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So many women take care of their bodies but forget about their brains. “As we age, our brains shrink in volume, particularly the frontal cortex and hippocampus, areas involved in higher cognitive function and encoding new memories. Myelin (a conduit sheath around nerves) is also thought to shrink with age resulting in slow processing and reduced cognitive function,” Peterson Pierre, MD, board-certified dermatologist, and founder of the Pierre Skin Care Institute, explains.

The Rx: Dr. Pierre points out studies show that regular physical exercise can reverse the signs of aging in the brain with dancing having the most profound effect. “It’s also important to keep the mind stimulated,” he explains. “No matter your age or skill level, just a few minutes a day can help your mind stay sharp and can even help you improve in certain areas. You exercise your body regularly; don’t neglect your brain!”

We all know that cardiovascular training is good for the heart and helps to keep the weight off. Weight training is just as important–maybe even more so–according to Dr. Pierre. “Weight training has been shown to have great cardiovascular benefits and can actually reverse age-related muscle loss,” he explains. The more muscle you have, the higher your basal metabolic rate, which means you burn more calories at rest, a distinct advantage in weight control. It also is key to strengthening your bones, minimizing your chances of fractures and osteoporosis. It burns fat, exercises all your muscles, including your heart, lowers blood pressure, and improves blood flow to the brain.

The Rx: Make weight training a part of your exercise habits. “With all these benefits and more, there is no reason not to make it a regular part of your weekly schedule,” Dr. Pierre states.

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HudaBeauty.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre 5 Reasons Why Your Skin Looks Dull + What to Do About It August 27, 2020

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Skin can be dehydrated both from the inside out, and from the outside in. If you’re not drinking enough fluids and/or consuming lots of salt, this can make your skin appear flaky and flat. Not moisturizing regularly and using very hot water (which strips your skin of its oils), can dehydrate skin from the outside.

“Make sure you stay well hydrated every day by drinking at least eight glasses of water at 8 ounces each. The easiest way to accomplish that is to carry around a water bottle with you, which will serve as a constant reminder and will provide ease of access,” suggests Dr. Peterson Pierre, a board-certified dermatologist in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

In addition, make sure you’re washing and showering with warm water versus scalding hot, and moisturize your skin from head to toe at least twice daily. (Psst. Even if your skin doesn’t feel dry, you should still moisturize). For your face, try using a moisturizing toner followed by a hyaluronic acid serum, and then top it with a cream to help lock everything in. For your body, reach for your favorite body lotion or oil.

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The Healthy.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre 9 Best Natural Deodorants on Amazon, According to Dermatologists August 18, 2020

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What most people are looking for in a natural deodorant is something that is aluminum-free. “Deodorants are designed to prevent or mask the body odor that results from sweating,” explains dermatologist Peterson Pierre, MD, founder of the Pierre Skin Care Institute. “Meanwhile, antiperspirants are designed to stop sweating altogether by blocking the sweat glands. Antiperspirants rely heavily on aluminum and, although this is a ‘natural ingredient,’ typically natural refers to products that are aluminum-free.”

However, notes Dr. Pierre, there is no “natural” substitute for aluminum, which means there is no such thing as a natural antiperspirant. “Anything that blocks sweat is considered a chemical, so natural deodorants don’t prevent you from sweating,” says board-certified New York City dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD, author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist. “But they do help attack the bacteria that cause smells and odors.”

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Men's Health / Dr. Peterson Pierre The 13 Best Sunscreens for Dark Skin Tones August 18, 2020

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Are you on the hunt for a sunscreen that can stand up to the beach? A go-to for your everyday routine? Whatever you decide, stick with it. “Use at least a SPF 30, with 50 being even better,” says Dr. Peterson Pierre, Pierre Skin Care Institute. “Damage from ultraviolet radiation is cumulative over time and the sun doesn’t discriminate, regardless of the color of your skin. A good sunscreen regimen is a serious, long-term affair. “You must protect against sunburns to reduce your risk of future skin cancers, as well as reduce your risk of fine lines and discoloration, which tends to be an issue–zinc is the best ingredient available because it has the broadest spectrum of coverage.”

Check out the 13 best sunscreens for dark skin tones that will provide the protection you need, without any white cast or residue.

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Byrdie.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre These 20 Body Washes Deserve Some Real Estate in Your Shower August 18, 2020

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Fact: Not all body washes are created equally. While it’s tempting to grab whatever option is on sale at the drugstore, you may want to consider your skin’s specific needs the next time you go shopping to avoid ending up with an overly-harsh cleanser that’ll dry you out.

“Look for a body wash that contains ingredients that will moisturize your skin, such as coconut oil, shea butter, and glycerin,” suggests dermatologist Dr. Peterson Pierre. “You may want to avoid a common foaming agent known as sodium lauryl sulfate if you have sensitive skin.”

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My SanAntonio.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre Is Your Bar of Soap Spreading Germs? Scientists Provide a Clean Answer August 18, 2020

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“Bar soap is definitely messier to use and can potentially harbor more bacteria if it’s sitting in a pool of water–a risk you don’t run with liquid soap,” says Dr. Peterson Pierre of Pierre Skin Care Institute in California. “However, your hands are washed and rinsed off in the end, so the germs are simply washed away, regardless of which product you use.”

More reassuring news: Studies have shown that your bar of soap probably won’t transfer bacteria. Even if you come into contact with a bar of soap that’s contaminated, you don’t need to panic.

But keep in mind, liquid soap dispensers can be hot spots for bacteria in their own right. Ultimately, the question of bar soap versus liquid soap comes down to personal preference.

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Byrdie.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre 13 Expert-Approved Collagen Powders for Glowing Skin August 18, 2020

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That’s where supplements like collagen powder come into use. ”Collagen powder is made from animal tissue, primarily the skin and bones,” explains dermatologist Dr. Peterson Pierre. “The protein is processed into a gelatinous form, which is further hydrolyzed into peptides to make the protein easier for your body to absorb.” Pierre explains that “collagen peptides can potentially benefit the skin by increasing hydration and elasticity while reducing fine lines and wrinkle depth.”

Ready to try a collagen powder for yourself? Here, we’ve rounded up the best collagen powders for glowing, youthful-looking skin.

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Yahoo Finance / Dr. Peterson Pierre African Black Soap Is the One Skincare Ingredient Your Pores Are Begging For August 13, 2020

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You’ve tried face creams, serums, sheet masks, and more to try and clear up a variety of skin issues, but how many times have we turned to Mother Earth for the answer? News flash: There’s an array of botanical skincare ingredients that can help calm down nearly any skin-related situation, and you’re probably missing out on them.

Here’s one of our favorites: African black soap. This skincare multihyphenate does just about everything that your whole skin routine can, in just one simple ingredient. Below, we dive deep into this skincare wunderkind with board-certified dermatologist, Peterson Pierre, M.D., of the Pierre Skin Care Institute — plus, we share a few of our favorite African black soap-infused skincare products.

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BestProducts.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre LISTEN UP: HERE’S WHY YOU NEED AFRICAN BLACK SOAP IN YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE August 13, 2020

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You’ve tried face creams, serums, sheet masks, and more to try and clear up a variety of skin issues, but how many times have we turned to Mother Earth for the answer? News flash: There’s an array of botanical skincare ingredients that can help calm down nearly any skin-related situation, and you’re probably missing out on them.

Here’s one of our favorites: African black soap. This skincare multihyphenate does just about everything that your whole skin routine can, in just one simple ingredient. Below, we dive deep into this skincare wunderkind with board-certified dermatologist, Peterson Pierre, M.D., of the Pierre Skin Care Institute — plus, we share a few of our favorite African black soap-infused skincare products.

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SFGate.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre Is Your Bar of Soap Spreading Germs? Scientists Provide a Clean Answer August 13, 2020

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“Bar soap is definitely messier to use and can potentially harbor more bacteria if it’s sitting in a pool of water–a risk you don’t run with liquid soap,” says Dr. Peterson Pierre of Pierre Skin Care Institute in California. “However, your hands are washed and rinsed off in the end, so the germs are simply washed away, regardless of which product you use.”

More reassuring news: Studies have shown that your bar of soap probably won’t transfer bacteria. Even if you come into contact with a bar of soap that’s contaminated, you don’t need to panic.

But keep in mind, liquid soap dispensers can be hot spots for bacteria in their own right. Ultimately, the question of bar soap versus liquid soap comes down to personal preference.

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London Telegraph / Dr. Peterson Pierre Is Your Bar of Soap Spreading Germs? Scientists Provide a Clean Answer August 13, 2020

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“Bar soap is definitely messier to use and can potentially harbor more bacteria if it’s sitting in a pool of water–a risk you don’t run with liquid soap,” says Dr. Peterson Pierre of Pierre Skin Care Institute in California. “However, your hands are washed and rinsed off in the end, so the germs are simply washed away, regardless of which product you use.”

More reassuring news: Studies have shown that your bar of soap probably won’t transfer bacteria. Even if you come into contact with a bar of soap that’s contaminated, you don’t need to panic.

But keep in mind, liquid soap dispensers can be hot spots for bacteria in their own right. Ultimately, the question of bar soap versus liquid soap comes down to personal preference.

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Kopa.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre What Makes Pustular Psoriasis Different from Other Types August 13, 2020

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Generalized pustular psoriasis (GPP), also known as von Zumbusch psoriasis, is a rare and serious condition characterized by severely itchy pustules covering large portions of the body. It may begin with large areas of reddened, painful skin. Pustules then cover the skin in a matter of hours. It is typically accompanied by fever, chills, rapid heart rate, and nausea.

“If pustular psoriasis involves your entire body, it can become life-threatening. The high degree of inflammation can lead to rapid temperature shifts, an increased risk of dehydration (which can lead to electrolyte imbalance), and increased risk of infection,” explains Peterson Pierre, M.D. of the Pierre Skin Care Institute in Westlake Village, California.

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Healthline / Dr. Peterson Pierre 15 Face Washes for Acne August 10, 2020

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To use your face wash correctly, board certified dermatologist Dr. Peterson Pierre explains that you’ll only want to cleanse your face twice a day (in the morning and evening), as over-washing can dry out the skin.

With this in mind, he suggests applying a quarter-sized amount of cleanser onto damp skin, rubbing your face wash in circular motions until you proceed to wash it off.

And while it’s easy to assume that your cleanser will start working immediately, Pierre says that cleansers do require a good amount of time to work, as it usually takes up to 2 weeks to a month in order to see visible results.

“In acne-prone skin, you should allow at least a month of consistent use before making any changes,” he explains. “Skin care products don’t typically work overnight, but you should notice a change within a month.”

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SundayRiley.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre Wait, What Skincare Steps Am I Missing? August 5, 2020

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Chances are you muster enough energy to wash your face at the end of the day, but it is important to also start your day with fresh, cleansed skin. Even if it does not look dirty, your skin can still build up pollutants and irritants (from your sheets, for example) while you sleep. Your morning face cleanser should focus on hydration (a gentle milk, oil or gel cleanser is perfect for this) while your nighttime cleanser “involves cleansing the skin thoroughly of make-up, oil, dirt and environmental pollutants that our skin is exposed to every day,” explains Peterson Pierre, M.D., dermatologist and founder of the Pierre Skin Care Institute in Thousand Oaks, California.

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Oxygen Magazine / Dr. Peterson Pierre Blemish Breakdown: 3 Reasons You Might Experience Adult Acne August 4, 2020

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Surprise — the very products you use to care for your skin could actually be damaging it. “Ingredients to avoid include fragrances, essential oils, cocoa butter, algae extracts, lanolin and sodium lauryl sulfate, which is common in cleansers,” says Peterson Pierre, M.D., board-certified dermatologist and owner of the Pierre Skin Care Institute in Thousand Oaks, California. Assess your product arsenal and eliminate things you suspect could be problematic for several weeks, then reintroduce each product individually and give it a weeklong test run to see how you react, Pierre suggests.

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TheHealthy.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre 12 Best Deodorants and Antiperspirants for Women, According to Dermatologists August 3, 2020

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“If you are really sweating through everything, you probably need to try Certain Dri which is the most effective over-the-counter antiperspirant available,” says Dr. Pierre. This roll-on product promises up to 72 hours of protection against excessive perspiration when applied before bed, thanks to the 12 percent aluminum chloride. And with over 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, users agree it lives up to the hype. “Before I used this product I was unbelievably skeptical,” admits one reviewer. “Fast forward maybe six years and it has changed my life. I literally NEVER have a drop of sweat!”

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O, The Oprah Magazine / Dr. Peterson Pierre 10 Best At-Home Microdermabrasion Kits and Products That Really Work July 31, 2020

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This body exfoliator contains the same professional-grade crystals that many of the machines have on the tip of their wands for physical exfoliation, says Peterson Pierre, a board-certified dermatologist at the Pierre Skin Care Institute in Los Angeles. It also features lactic acid for a gentle chemical exfoliation, as well as jojoba oil to moisturize, chamomile to soothe, and aloe vera to quell inflammation.

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The Zoe Report / Dr. Peterson Pierre This Is How Often You Should Be Washing Your Hair July 28, 2020

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You’ve likely heard several opinions on how often should you wash your hair. Some people can’t start their day without a vigorous wash, while others live and die by their dry shampoo. The good news is: They’re all right.

“Unfortunately, there’s no universal answer for this,” Joesph Maine, a celebrity hairstylist who works with Sophia Bush and Ashley Benson, tells TZR. “Different hair textures and lifestyles can require different regimens.” To be clear, shampoo is a non-negotiable in most routines. “If you don’t wash enough, you may have a buildup of oil. This is more of a concern if your hair is naturally oily, which can also lead to dandruff and itching,” Dr. Peterson Pierre, M.D. of the Pierre Skin Care Institute tells TZR. Dandruff is usually a reflection of inflammation and irritation occurring in the scalp that leads to dryness, itching, and flaking. “It’s important to moisturize and condition the scalp to decrease the chances of developing dandruff,” the dermatologist says.

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Star Magazine / Dr. Peterson Pierre Celebrity Nips & Tucks: Maria Shriver July 24, 2020

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The mom of four “has probably had Botox on her forehead and in her frown lines,” suggests cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Peterson Pierre, adding that laser resurfacing or a chemical peel may explain why her skin’s no longer crepey.

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mic.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre Do Black People Need Sunscreen? July 16, 2020

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So, when it comes to protecting our largest organ, what is a Black or dark-skinned person like me supposed to do? First of all, wear sunscreen. “Black people need sunscreen for a number of reasons,” starts Peterson Pierre, a Black California-based dermatologist. “First, we need protection against ultraviolet radiation to decrease our risk of skin cancer.” he says. “Also, ultraviolet radiation causes the development of free radicals which not only lead to the development of cancers but also accelerates the aging process.” Sun damage — wrinkles and other physical signs — occur at a slower, and less noticeable rate in people with darker skin, Mokaya adds, but they do indeed occur.

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Shape / Dr. Peterson Pierre The Best Fragrance-Free Shampoo for Sensitive Scalps July 14, 2020

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When shopping for a new shampoo, you likely start by standing in the aisle and staring at the dizzying array of options. Do you want a clarifying shampoo to remove build-up? A purple shampoo to cut brass? Once you’re thoroughly overwhelmed by the choices, you’ll probably resort to grabbing bottles off the shelf until you find the one that smells the best. While that buying practice may work for most, if you’ve been noticing your scalp looking flaky, itchy, or red, that beloved fragrance may be to blame.

“Most shampoos contain fragrance, and fragrance is the number one cause of allergic contact dermatitis,” says Peterson Pierre, M.D., dermatologist and founder of the Pierre Skin Care Institute. (FYI: Allergic contact dermatitis is a reaction resulting from contact with a substance or an allergy to it, according to the Mayo Clinic.) Similarly to how fragrance can irritate the skin on your face, it can also cause a reaction on the skin of your scalp. The symptoms for contact dermatitis could be redness, itching, or rash, says Trang Vu, a cosmetic sciences researcher and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Cincinnati.

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PlasticSurgeryPractice.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre Skin Advice Derms Give Their Own Teens July 9, 2020

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Imagine how awesome it would be to have a dermatologist for a parent–someone you could talk to or text, day or night, about all things skin. Well, it turns out, derms’ kids are no different than anyone else when on the receiving end of advice from their parents: “My daughter’s eyes kind of glazed over the first time I started telling her what to do about her acne; I had to remind her that people pay me for my opinion,” laughs Peterson Pierre, M.D., a dermatologist in Thousand Oaks, California who has a daughter, 20, and son, 18.

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Seventeen / Dr. Peterson Pierre Skin Advice Derms Give Their Own Teens July 8, 2020

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If you use OTC retinol

Dr. Pierre recommended over-the-counter retinol for his kids’ mild acne because it’s anti-inflammatory (and therefore cuts down on zits’ redness), reduces oil production, helps refine pores and banishes blackheads and whiteheads. As with Rx treatments, start retinol slowly, applying only every few nights to start. “And apply moisturizer on top to deal with dryness,” he says.

If you use benzoyl peroxide

Although a killer acne-fighter (literally–it kills the bacteria that cause zits), BP can leave skin extra dry and it can bleach your clothes. So Dr. Pierre made sure his kids knew to get dressed before applying. Dr. Baumann also suggests that if your skin gets red or dry after using BP, apply barrier-repair moisturizer first. That gives skin a buffer, helping it better tolerate the treatment.

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Authority Magazine / Dr. Peterson Pierre Dr. Peterson Pierre: 5 Steps That Each Of Us Can Take To Proactively Help Heal Our Country June 26, 2020

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1. Recognize the social injustice. Don’t deny its existence simply because you haven’t experienced it directly. If there is a situation whose outcome would have different simply by changing the victim’s skin color and nothing else, that evidence of a major problem.

2. Educate yourself. Seek to listen to others who have been harmed, seek to learn about matters that may be foreign to you, things you may never even have thought of, then take action.

3. Morality is not doing what is wrong. If you’re not racist, that’s great! You’re not participating in evil acts. But it’s not enough.

4. Develop character: not only should you avoid doing what is wrong, you should actively do what is right. Speak up, speak out against evil.

5. Each step requires courage. Each step takes you out of your comfort zone. Each step demands that you overcome fear: fear of what your family might say, what your friends may do, and what others may think. Real lives hang in the balance.

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MSN.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre Can You Get A Yeast Infection On Your Face From Your Coronavirus Mask? June 25, 2020

Candida is a yeast (which is a type of fungus) that occurs naturally on human skin.

Wearing a mask for many hours can increase your chances for infection and irritation, creating a favorable environment for yeast.

To avoid any facial irritation, dermatologist Dr. Peterson Pierre said it’s helpful to take breaks whenever you wear a mask.

“The more breaks you can give yourself from wearing a mask, the better,” he told HuffPost. “You will decrease heat, sweating, humidity, irritation, while also improving airflow, all of which should decrease your infection risk.”

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HuffPost / Dr. Peterson Pierre Can You Get A Yeast Infection On Your Face From Your Coronavirus Mask? June 24, 2020

Candida is a yeast (which is a type of fungus) that occurs naturally on human skin.

Wearing a mask for many hours can increase your chances for infection and irritation, creating a favorable environment for yeast.

To avoid any facial irritation, dermatologist Dr. Peterson Pierre said it’s helpful to take breaks whenever you wear a mask.

“The more breaks you can give yourself from wearing a mask, the better,” he told HuffPost. “You will decrease heat, sweating, humidity, irritation, while also improving airflow, all of which should decrease your infection risk.”

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Star Magazine / Dr. Peterson Pierre Maria’s About-Face! June 23, 2020

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Quarantine seems to have done Maria Shriver some good! The journalist, 64, was recently spotted looking spectacularly well rested stepping out as lockdown restrictions eased in California. But some suspect the mom of four’s newly smooth face may be due to something other than time out of the spotlight.

“In addition to Botox and filler, you can see the texture of her skin is a lot better,” notes Dr. Peterson Pierre, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Pierre Skin Care Institute in Thousand Oaks. (Pierre does not treat Maria).

“She’s probably had laser resurfacing and skin-tightening procedures.” Maria, whose digital newsletter, Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper, has been highlighting the work of helpers during the pandemic, might want to extend the treatments to her neck and decolletage, adds Pierre, “so the contrast is less apparent.”

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Dermstore / Dr. Peterson Pierre Curious About Growth Factors in Skin Care? You May Want to Try Them June 15, 2020

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Growth factors activate different mechanisms in the skin that allow it to repair itself; for instance, “growth factors turn on the collagen-making factory in the skin and also boost elastin production,” says Dr. Peterson Pierre, a board-certified dermatologist at the Pierre Skin Care Institute in Thousand Oaks, CA. “This results in significant improvement in fine lines, wrinkles, tone, texture and discoloration.” Yes, that’s a lot.

Who should use skin care products with growth factors?

Anyone is welcome to dip into these products, as Dr. Pierre explains, because “growth factors are universally well-tolerated, which makes them accessible to every skin type.”

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Entrepreneur.ca / Dr. Peterson Pierre So this is *actually* why we get acne on our backs June 15, 2020

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Like hormones, genetics can also play a big part in bacne, and board-certified dermatologist Peterson Pierre, M.D. confirms that a family history of bad acne can up your chances of having breakouts: “If there is a history of bad acne in your family, although not a given, chances are high that you will experience acne at some point in your life.”

Yes, even the foods we eat can contribute to bacne; a 2010 study revealed that high-glycemic-index foods can trigger acne in susceptible individuals. Dairy items like milk can also spike acne flares, according to Dr. Pierre, who says that whole milk has fat, which prevents the rapid rise of blood or blood sugar. This makes it important to switch to a non-dairy milk if you can because, he says, it doesn’t contain the high-fat content of whole milk. He adds that, similarly, sodas and high-sugar drinks, candy bars, and fast- and fried foods should be consumed in limited quantities as, they too, can contribute to breakouts.

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Yahoo! Lifestyle / Dr. Peterson Pierre The 7 surprising reasons we get bacne–and expert-recommended ways to treat it June 15, 2020

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Like hormones, genetics can also play a big part in bacne, and board-certified dermatologist Peterson Pierre, M.D. confirms that a family history of bad acne can up your chances of having breakouts: “If there is a history of bad acne in your family, although not a given, chances are high that you will experience acne at some point in your life.”

Yes, even the foods we eat can contribute to bacne; a 2010 study revealed that high-glycemic-index foods can trigger acne in susceptible individuals. Dairy items like milk can also spike acne flares, according to Dr. Pierre, who says that whole milk has fat, which prevents the rapid rise of blood or blood sugar. This makes it important to switch to a non-dairy milk if you can because, he says, it doesn’t contain the high-fat content of whole milk. He adds that, similarly, sodas and high-sugar drinks, candy bars, and fast- and fried foods should be consumed in limited quantities as, they too, can contribute to breakouts.

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HelloGiggles.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre The 7 surprising reasons we get bacne–and expert-recommended ways to treat it June 15, 2020

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Like hormones, genetics can also play a big part in bacne, and board-certified dermatologist Peterson Pierre, M.D. confirms that a family history of bad acne can up your chances of having breakouts: “If there is a history of bad acne in your family, although not a given, chances are high that you will experience acne at some point in your life.”

Yes, even the foods we eat can contribute to bacne; a 2010 study revealed that high-glycemic-index foods can trigger acne in susceptible individuals. Dairy items like milk can also spike acne flares, according to Dr. Pierre, who says that whole milk has fat, which prevents the rapid rise of blood or blood sugar. This makes it important to switch to a non-dairy milk if you can because, he says, it doesn’t contain the high-fat content of whole milk. He adds that, similarly, sodas and high-sugar drinks, candy bars, and fast- and fried foods should be consumed in limited quantities as, they too, can contribute to breakouts.

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Teen Vogue / Dr. Peterson Pierre How to Use Essential Oils (and How Not to Use Them) May 27, 2020

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“[Essential oils are] extracted from plants to capture their natural scent and flavor, and all their beneficial properties,” dermatologist Peterson Pierre tells Teen Vogue. “Each essential oil has unique ingredients that give it a characteristic essence.”

And while they may feel oily to the touch, essential oils aren’t exactly oils, as their composition differs vastly from animal and vegetable oils. In other words, instead of being primarily composed of fatty acids, the molecular structure of an essential oil depends on the plant from which it came–usually through distillation or a mechanical process known as cold-pressing, explained Pierre.

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Good Housekeeping.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre 10 Women’s Best Facial Razors, According to Beauty Experts and Reviewers May 14, 2020

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According to dermatologist Peterson Pierre, M.D., all skin types are fine candidates for facial shaving. Just note that if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, you want to be extra careful to avoid any irritation. That said, make sure to only shave your skin with product, as “shaving dry can likely cause more irritation, nicks, and cuts,” Dr. Pierre says. He recommends using a shave gel because it creates a layer between the blade and skin, allowing your razor to glide more easily. “Follow up with a moisturizing and soothing after-shave to make the experience as comfortable as possible,” Dr. Pierre adds. You can shave as often as you need as long as you’re not finding irritation on the skin.

And no, shaving your face will not make hair grow back thicker or darker! According to Dr. Pierre, “the razor cuts the hair about mid-shaft, at its thickest portion,” he explains. “So when the hair grows in, it might appear to be thicker, but the hair diameter itself actually doesn’t change and neither does the color.”

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Parade / Dr. Peterson Pierre Is Your Double Chin Cramping Your Style? Here Are Some Doctor-Approved Ideas for Getting Rid of It May 12, 2020

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Cryosculpting: Cryosculpting is a non-invasive treatment that uses both cold temperatures and muscle stimulation to freeze and get rid of fat cells for good, according to Peterson Pierre, a board certified dermatologist in Thousand Oaks, California.

Ice 21′s Cryotone: This machine firms and tones your muscles while draining out the lymphatic areas of your body, improving circulation and the texture of your skin, according to Pierre. He adds that it can be used on your abdomen, thighs, and buttocks as well as on a double chin. This is “a quick-and-easy, painless, and relatively affordable solution to getting rid of a double chin once and for all.”

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The Klog / Dr. Peterson Pierre From the Outside, In: Benefits of Superfoods in Skin Care April 10, 2020

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While they may serve as tasty toast toppings during brunch, avocados and honey are also hydrating superstars, adding much-needed water to the skin. According to Dr. Peterson Pierre of the Pierre Skin Care Institute, avocados’ chemical properties not only hydrate the skin, but they also placate inflammation associated with skin concerns.

“Avocado oil has high levels of vitamins B and E and is rich in fatty acids and many other nutrients that can nourish and moisturize the skin. It also contains oleic acid which promotes collagen production and accelerates the healing process. The antioxidants and vitamins have anti-inflammatory properties which can help acne, dandruff, and eczema,” he says.

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Bustle / Dr. Peterson Pierre How Long Can You Wear Sweatpants Without Washing Them? April 2, 2020

Again, one day is the ideal. A maximum of four days is a good metric to follow, advises Dr. Peterson Pierre, a board-certified dermatologist in California.

“You can go about three to four days in your sweats or loungewear before washing them,” Pierre says. “Any longer than that, and oils, bacteria, dander, and sweat can accumulate, leading to itchy skin and even an acne flare. It’s important to wash your favorites about twice a week even if you’re not leaving the house.”

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Shape.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre Electrolyte Skin Care Is Like a Sports Drink for Your Face March 19, 2020

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If you’ve ever run a long distance, taken an intense hot yoga class, come down with the flu, or, ahem, woken up with a hangover, you’ve likely reached for an electrolyte drink. That’s because the electrolytes in that bottle of Gatorade can supply your body with essential minerals that retain water and rehydrate you.

Now, imagine if there was a hydrating helper like that but for your skin! Pipe dream? Nope–very much a reality. Introducing electrolyte skin care, the newest beauty trend that’s all about applying electrolytes topically to reap similar benefits for your skin.

All electrolytes, whether from coconut water or coconut water-based moisturizer, work the same. Electrolytes–including magnesium, calcium, potassium, sodium, chloride, and phosphate–conduct electricity when mixed with water, says Peterson Pierre, M.D., a dermatologist at Pierre Skin Institute in Thousand Oaks, California. If you’re thinking electricity in the body sounds futuristic (or dangerous), have no fear. Electrical currents are naturally present in the body and electrolytes are essential to the functions of cells and organs.

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TotalBeauty.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre 7 Skin Care Ingredients You Should Never Mix, According to Derms March 16, 2020

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Retinol and alpha and beta hydroxy acids (aka AHAs and BHAs) are probably the MVPs of your skin care regimen, since they work overtime to keep fine lines and discoloration at bay. But can they be mixed?

“These ingredients on their own can be very beneficial, but using them together is a no-no,” says board-certified dermatologist Dr. Peterson Pierre, MD. “You significantly increase your chances of irritation, redness, flaking without providing any additional benefit.”

To avoid any adverse reactions, Dr. Pierre advises introducing one product at a time to assess tolerability. Once that is established, you can then use your AHA/BHA product in the morning, and your retinol in the evening.

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Byrdie.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre 12 Easy-to-Spot Signs You May Be Deficient in Necessary Vitamins March 16, 2020

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If you’re noticing that your skin is on the drier side, and you feel your eyes are dry and unable to produce tears, then beware of a vitamin A deficiency. “Difficulty seeing in dim light (also known as night blindness) is another issue,” says Dr. Peterson Pierre, MD, a cosmetic dermatologist based in California. He suggests adding meats, dairy, eggs, as well as red, yellow, orange, and green plant foods to your diet.

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Romper.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre Most DIY Hand Sanitizer Won’t Kill Coronavirus But These Recipes Will, Say Experts March 13, 2020

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As store shelves keep getting cleared out due to coronavirus fears, some people are taking sanitizing concerns into their own hands. What are the best DIY hand sanitizer options, and what do the experts want you to know about these homemade recipes? In general, you’ll want to save that bottle of Absolut for your drinks, not your cleaning products.

When making your own, “your sanitizer must be at least 70% alcohol to be effective,” dermatologist Peterson Pierre, M.D., of the Pierre Skin Care Institute tells Romper. Honestly, making the stuff on your own can be a bit tricky. “Though it might be tempting, as hand sanitizer has become unavailable in many stores and pharmacies as consumers rushed in to stock up, it’s not as easy to make an effective hand sanitizer as it sounds,” Dr. Gabriella Baki, Ph.D., Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmaceutics at the University of Toledo, tells Romper. Not all DIY sanitizer recipes are equally effective at killing off microbes.

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Best Life Online / Dr. Peterson Pierre Does Homemade Hand Sanitizer Work? Health Experts Weigh In March 11, 2020

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It seems to depend on who you ask. Cleaning expert and national spokesperson for the American Cleaning InstituteBrian Sansoni, says that the idea that homemade sanitizers can effectively protect against illness is “highly suspect.” He continues, “The producers who make these products follow formulas. If you’re at home, nothing guarantees that you’ll get the product formulation just right.” Dermatologist Peterson Pierre, MD agrees, saying, “If you have a choice, you are better off buying sanitizer from a store because they’ve been made in large volumes, they’re reliable companies, they’ve been doing this for a long time, they have the right formula, and it’s consistent.”

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NBC News.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre The best way to wash your face, according to dermatologists March 11, 2020

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Generally, a third washing is okay, but only if you’ve “just come from a sporting event where you sweat a lot, or if you’re wearing a lot of makeup [ahead of going to the gym] and would prefer not to deal with that while working out,” says Dr. Peterson Pierre, MD, a dermatologist in Thousand Oaks, California.

Apparently, overwashing your face is a thing — but your skin will likely let you know if you’re doing this via breakouts, dryness or irritation.

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