Eat This, Not That! / Dr. Peterson Pierre 33 Best Foods for Glowing Skin That’s Blemish-Free April 20, 2021

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“Vitamin C is important for collagen production and, along with vitamin E, is an important antioxidant that can protect against free radical damage,” says Dr. Peterson Pierre, MD, a board-certified dermatologist with the Pierre Skin Care Institute in West Lake, California. “It is also great for discoloration and can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.”

Instead of grabbing an orange to get your dose, much on some vitamin C-rich yellow bell peppers. In a British Journal of Nutrition study of more than 700 Japanese women, researchers found that the more yellow and green vegetables the subjects ate, the less apt they were to have wrinkles and crows feet–even once they controlled for smoking and sun exposure. And a study out of the U.K. concurs. The British study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that volunteers who consumed four milligrams of C (what you’d get in a single bite of yellow pepper) daily for three years decreased the appearance of wrinkles by 11%.

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Skincare Hero / Dr. Peterson Pierre Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil Review March 23, 2021

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“Marula oil can help dry, dehydrated skin (found in eczema and psoriasis), has anti-aging properties, and can help your sunscreen in defending against free radicals; it even has antimicrobial properties and may be helpful in your fight against acne,” says Dr. Pierre. “It’s also lightweight, absorbs easily, and can even help your hair and nails [8].”

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The List.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre Why You Should Never Put Hand Sanitizer On Your Face March 17, 2021

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Hand sanitizer, if you read the ingredient list, is mostly alcohol. That doesn’t mean it should be your new favorite cocktail to take into the shower, but rather should teach you how alcohol’s chemical properties help sanitize your hands. According to Dr. Peterson Pierre, founder of the Pierre Skin Care Institute, alcohol acts to break down the lipids or fats in bacteria and virus’ cell walls, effectively killing them. But there is a flip side to this germ-killing superpower. “Alcohol and propylene glycol draw moisture out of the face,” Dr. Pierre told The List. “It’s the process of osmosis; the moisture is going to travel from your skin to where it’s needed, and since alcohol has less (moisture) it’s going to go in that direction.”

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The Zoe Report / Dr. Peterson Pierre Do You Need To Exercise Your Face, Too? Here’s What Experts Are Saying March 16, 2021

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There are a few different ways to try facial exercise — but experts differ on how long and how frequently to do it. Based on the results of the aforementioned JAMA study, it may require 20 to 30 minutes daily for a few months to notice a change, and then the same timeframe a few times a week to maintain results, which may not be sustainable for some. However, as Peterson Pierre MD of the Pierre Skin Care Institute explains, if you’re able to add on this time to your daily/weekly routine, there is some reward for your efforts. “If you thrive on structure and think you can be committed and consistent with this program, you can reap the benefits of firmer skin, fuller cheeks, and a younger appearance,” he says.

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CV Lux / Dr. Peterson Pierre A CLOSER LOOK: PROBIOTIC SKINCARE March 4, 2021

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So, what are the added benefits of using this ingredient? Dr. Peterson Pierre of the Pierre Skin Care Institute in Thousand Oaks, California (www.pierreskincare.com) shares just why probiotics are worth including in your daily skincare regimen. It’s all about restoring and balancing the skin’s natural microbiome. “All of this helps to reduce inflammation,” Dr. Pierre explains.

“They also fight free radicals produced by the sun and pollution and may possibly even protect against skin cancer,” he continues. “Probiotics can build up our skin’s natural defenses and promote healthy function. These properties allow probiotics to be very useful for inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis, and in preventing premature aging.”

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Eat This, Not That.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre 40 Worst Health Mistakes Men Make After 40 March 1, 2021

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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.”

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Elite Daily / Dr. Peterson Pierre The 5 Best Biotin Shampoos March 1, 2021

Biotin, a B vitamin that helps stimulate keratin production, has a reputation for being beneficial for your hair, skin, and nails, so it makes sense that you’d be interested in using a biotin shampoo. But the best biotin shampoos are complimented by other, high-performing ingredients to promote strong hair and a balanced scalp, like “zinc to decrease inflammation; ketoconazole to fight the hair-thinning properties of DHT; antioxidants to minimize free radical damage; castor oil or olive oil to increase scalp circulation and condition the scalp and hair; and keratin, amino acids, and pantothenol to strengthen the hair,” explains Dr. Peterson Pierre, M.D., a dermatologist who spoke to Elite Daily for this article.

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Yahoo! Style / Dr. Peterson Pierre Things You Should Never Do at the Doctor’s Office, Say Doctors February 23, 2021

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“Whether you’re on the phone, texting or emailing, put it away and give the doctor your undivided attention. You took time away from your life, drove to the office, paid your copay for some valuable information but you’re too busy to listen to what the doctor has to say? Respect your time and respect the doctor’s. I’ve had to walk out on patients who expected me to wait for them to finish their conversation. I have other patients waiting so I move on,” says dermatologist Dr. Peterson Pierre, of the Pierre Skin Care Institute in Thousand Oaks, CA.

“The appointment time is set aside for you and your concerns. Don’t waste it by trying to get medical advice for someone else: spouse, child, parent, sibling, friend. It doesn’t matter,” says Pierre.

“The doctor has set time aside to focus on you and your health. Why ask medical questions about the person who came with you when that person doesn’t even have an appointment? It’s using up your appointment time, it’s disrespectful of the doctor’s time, it puts him in an awkward position of providing medical advice with limited information, and it takes time away from other patients who have scheduled appointments,” says Pierre.

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Good Housekeeping.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre 6 Ways Your Skincare Routine Should Change When You Start Using Retinol February 17, 2021

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There’s a reason retinol is still a star of the skincare world and the go-to recommendation of derms everywhere, even after more than three decades in the mainstream market: It works. “I always say if there are only two things you’re going to use as part of your regimen, it should be sun protection and retinol,” says Peterson Pierre, M.D., a dermatologist in Thousand Oaks, California.

Retinol is the cousin of prescription retinoids, such as tretinoin. Both are retinoids and therefore both a vitamin A derivative. “Tretinoin was first used primarily to treat acne, until we saw that it also improved tone and texture and stimulates collagen, which helps with fine lines and other signs of aging,” he explains. Tretinoin and other prescription retinoids, however, aren’t for everyone; they can make skin extremely dry, red and sensitive, plus they require a derm visit to get an Rx. Retinol became popular and continues to be because it’s an effective alternative.

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ASweatLife.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre How to Keep Your Skin Soft and Smooth All Winter Long February 17, 2021

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It all has to do with the change in temperature and lack of moisture in the air during the cold weather months.

“Without enough protective oils, moisture escapes from the skin which leads to dryness, an effect that intensifies as the temperature and humidity drop during the winter months,” explains Peterson Pierre, MD, dermatologist in Thousand Oaks, California. Wind and indoor heaters contribute to this problem as well, he adds.

“Unfortunately, dryness can lead to itching and cracks in the skin which can predispose you to infection and it can also cause eczema to flare,” says Pierre. “Lack of hydration can also accelerate wrinkle formation.”

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Byrdie.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre The Startling Connection Between Your Workout and Your Skin February 3, 2021

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You know that rosy flush you get after exercise? That is a sign that your skin is being infused with oxygen and nutrients.

“Exercise can be very beneficial to your skin and overall health by increasing blood flow,” says Pierre. “This not only improves the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the skin, but will also accelerate the removal of waste products and free radicals, thereby protecting the skin from further damage.”

Another benefit of that rosy flush? You can skip the blush and let your natural beauty shine through!

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Byrdie.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre If You’re in Your 40s, Try This Nighttime Skincare Routine February 2, 2021

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I’m a fan of exfoliating a few times a week because it’s known to increase collagen production and polish away dead skin cells (those can make your skin look dull). However, I’m not a fan of super-gritty exfoliants that tend to irritate my skin. In my teens and 20s, I was all about an intense physical exfoliation, but these days, it’s too harsh for my nighttime skincare routine. “When you’re first starting out, you should probably exfoliate once a week, especially if you have sensitive skin,” board-certified dermatologist Dr. Peterson Pierre of the Pierre Skin Care Institute tells Byrdie. “This is primarily to assess tolerability and efficacy. After two weeks, you can progress to twice a week. Ultimately, two to three times a week is ideal.”

My top pick is Tatcha’s The Rice Polish Foaming Enzyme Powder ($65) because it’s created with rice and papaya enzymes to deliver a creamy foam that softens and gently exfoliates. The secret is in Hadasei-3–a trio of anti-aging Japanese superfoods green tea, rice, and algae that promote youthful radiance. Also, this non-abrasive formula also combats uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation.

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Reader’s Digest Best Health / Dr. Peterson Pierre Thinking About Laser or Light Therapy for Rosacea? Here’s How It Works January 13, 2021

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“Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that can cause pimples similar to acne as well as broken capillaries that cause flushing and blushing,” explains dermatologist Peterson Pierre, MD, founder of the Pierre Skin Care Institute in Thousand Oaks, California. “It can also affect the eyes, resulting in a dry, gritty sensation, or cause an overgrowth of the oil glands on the nose leading to a deformity.”

There are four types of rosacea, including erythematotelangiectatic rosacea (flushing and redness), papulopustular rosacea or acne rosacea (acne-like bumps with redness), phymatous rosacea (large and red nose), and ocular rosacea (dry, red, burning eyes).

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HelloGiggles.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre Here’s What Dermatologists Want You to Know About Tretinoin January 11, 2021

Much like other retinoids, tretinoin is usually not available over the counter and requires a prescription from a board-certified dermatologist. With this in mind, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Peterson Pierre, M.D., recommends asking your dermatologist about Retin-A Micro or Altreno Topical, which are topical creams that use tretinoin as the active ingredient.

“Retin-A Micro uses tretinoin as the main active ingredient in a vehicle that allows for sustained release throughout the day,” Dr. Pierre tells HelloGiggles. “The main benefits include slow delivery of the active ingredient over time while minimizing the side effects of burning, redness, stinging, and irritation. Similarly, Altreno Topical also uses tretinoin, but the vehicle contains collagen, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid, which are all designed to minimize irritation while hydrating and moisturizing the skin.”

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The Healthy / Dr. Peterson Pierre Thinking About Laser or Light Therapy for Rosacea? Here’s How It Works January 11, 2021

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“Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that can cause pimples similar to acne as well as broken capillaries that cause flushing and blushing,” explains dermatologist Peterson Pierre, MD, founder of the Pierre Skin Care Institute in Thousand Oaks, California. “It can also affect the eyes, resulting in a dry, gritty sensation, or cause an overgrowth of the oil glands on the nose leading to a deformity.”

There are four types of rosacea, including erythematotelangiectatic rosacea (flushing and redness), papulopustular rosacea or acne rosacea (acne-like bumps with redness), phymatous rosacea (large and red nose), and ocular rosacea (dry, red, burning eyes).

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Real Simple / Dr. Peterson Pierre Are At-Home Beauty Treatments Safe? Derms Weigh in on Which Ones You Should–and Shouldn’t–Try at Home January 7, 2021

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Expert take: Once among the most daunting of services (cue the image of one blistering and veiled Samantha Jones on Sex and the City), chemical peels have certainly made strides when it comes to mainstream skincare. But even when accompanied by numbered products and user-friendly guidelines, experts say to proceed with caution.

“Factors such as peel type, strength, skin prep, the amount of time the peel is left on the skin, and the method of application can all affect the outcome. Without proper training, one can very easily burn themselves and even create scars,” warns Peterson Pierre, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and founder of the Pierre Skin Care Institute in Westlake Village, Calif.

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Allure Magazine / Dr. Peterson Pierre The Best Laundry Detergents and Soaps to Use If You Have Sensitive Skin January 5, 2021

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Newsflash: Baby soap isn’t just for babies. Babyganics’s Foaming Dish Soap is a plant-based formula that’s free of sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), a widely used cleansing agent that’s found in soaps and hair products, which New York City-based board-certified dermatologist Howard Sobel says is a common skin irritant. While SLS is an effective foaming agent, it can strip your skin of beneficial oils, according to California-based board-certified dermatologist Peterson Pierre. Losing these oils in your products can compromise how well skin is protected, causing irritation if you have sensitive or allergy-prone skin.

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Parade Magazine / Dr. Peterson Pierre Botox Can Help TMJ–Should You Get It? January 5, 2021

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Botox injections are primarily cosmetic, which makes them ineligible for insurance coverage. Because Botox isn’t approved by the FDA as a TMJ treatment, it is unlikely insurance would cover it. However, if the TMJ is severe enough to cause migraines, insurance may cover Botox as a treatment. Botox is FDA-approved for migraines.

Pierre encourages patients to contact their insurance companies. “Unfortunately, the insurance company is the one who gets to determine medical necessity,” he says, “So there are no guarantees. However, some insurance companies cover Botox for hyperhidrosis so there’s a chance you can get coverage for TMJ.”

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A Sweat Life.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre Are Injectables a Cure for Excessive Sweating? December 22, 2020

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“Both Botox and Dysport are excellent options for someone dealing with hyperhidrosis,” says Peterson Pierre, MD, dermatologist in Thousand Oaks, California.

So is one better than the other? Per a study in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, Botox and Dysport are similarly effective, with Botox just barely taking the edge over Dysport.

For the study, a patient was treated with 100 units of Botox on the left side of their face and 300 units of Dysport on the right side, without knowing which was which. Botox kicked in quicker, with the patient noticing a reduction in sweating after one week on the left side of their face. Dysport, on the other hand, took about two weeks to take effect.

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Yahoo Lifestyle / Dr. Peterson Pierre 13 Treatments for Fading Your Dark Spots *Fast* December 15, 2020

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Ditch your face scrub (sorry, but scrubs are generally too aggressive for skin that’s prone to dark spots and hyperpigmentation), and get yourself a chemical exfoliant/acid, instead. One chemical exfoliant that Dr. Pierre recommends for dark spots is glycolic acid, which is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that helps dissolve and shed the “glue” between dead, discolored skin cells, leaving you with a clearer, brighter, all-around glowier face.

Plus, by chemically exfoliating away surface-level dead cells, your skin will be better able to absorb any spot treatments or brightening serums you apply afterward, which helps make them more effective. Win-win.

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Cosmopolitan / Dr. Peterson Pierre How to Get Rid of Dark Spots: The Causes and Best Treatments December 15, 2020

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Dr. Pierre explains that post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation from acne, injuries, bug bites, or scratches can fade naturally in a few weeks or months, but things like sun damage or melasma (hyperpigmentation caused by hormones and sun exposure) will need topical or laser intervention, if you’re trying to get rid of them.

How do you get rid of dark spots fast?

Fortunately for you (and me), we’ve got a few treatments. Buuut that being said, this is the part where I remind you that the first step to getting rid of dark spots is to see a dermatologist who can identify what type of discoloration you’re working with, figure out the cause, and determine the best treatment options for your skin. “The cause of the dark spots is actually an important consideration,” Dr. Pierre explains. “Although there is definitely an overlap in treatment plans, different combinations will be used depending on the factors at play.”

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Healthline / Dr. Peterson Pierre Brainy Beauty: What Can PHAs Really Do for Your Skin? December 10, 2020

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According to Dr. Peterson Pierre, a dermatologist with the Pierre Skin Care Institute in Westlake Village, California, common PHAs used in skin care products include:

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mic.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre Unexpected Ways Your Body Changes as it Ages December 8, 2020

“As we get older, many things change in our skin, including collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid production,” Peterson Pierre, a California-based dermatologist, says. Collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid are all proteins that keep the skin elastic — a.k.a. firm — and dewy. When production of these proteins drops, so does the skin’s ability to hang onto moisture and the lips get dry, says Pierre. Consequently, our lips tend to shrivel up over time.

Hyaluronic acid is the main hydrator in the skin and can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, Pierre tells me. That’s why you see Eva Longoria on TV peddling the stuff in a bottle. It can plump and revitalize your skin, which can make you appear younger. Before you spend your savings on a boatload of Hyaluronic acid, though, know that it’s not literally going to turn you into your 20-year-old self again, and before taking any new supplements you should talk to your doctor.

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Byrdie.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre These 12 Hair Loss Treatments Will Give You Fuller, Thicker Strands November 18, 2020

More than 50% of women will experience hair loss at some point or another, according to research. The most common causes of this hair loss? Stress, hormonal changes, medications, genetics, and hair products that irritate the scalp, says dermatologist Dr. Peterson Pierre.

Depending on the causes of your hair loss, you may need to use both a topical hair loss solution as well as take a hair loss supplement to truly treat your issue, says William Gaunitz, a certified trichologist (hair and scalp specialist) and founder of Advanced Trichology, So which hair loss products are worth trying?

Here, we’ve researched the best hair loss treatments to help you out.

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Yahoo!Style / Dr. Peterson Pierre The Pros and Cons of Hyaluronic Acid November 17, 2020

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You don’t get far into any manner of research about skincare basics without running into the intimidatingly spelled hyaluronic acid, pronounced hiya-lure-onic. But what it lacks in linguistic ease, hyaluronic acid (or HA) makes up for in simplicity and straightforwardness of application. Hyaluronic acid is one of the most effective, dependable, and accessible moisturizers available in the entire complexion armamentarium. We asked dermatologists to break down hyaluronic acid’s benefits and uses–so let’s take a knowledge journey into the wonderful world of this moisture-retaining magic acid, shall we?

“Our bodies make hyaluronic acid regularly, but in our late 20s, that production starts to decrease, which leads to the unwanted signs of aging,” says dermatologist Peterson Pierre, of the Pierre Skin Care Institute in Thousand Oaks, California.

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Marie Claire / Dr. Peterson Pierre Hyaluronic Acid 101: A User’s Guide November 17, 2020

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The fillers we are talking about are all FDA-approved for the treatment of lines and wrinkles. But that doesn’t mean they are without risk.

“Filler injection is a medical procedure and should only be performed by the most skilled injectors with a thorough knowledge of anatomy,” says Pierre. That sounds, well, obvious, but aestheticians and third-party vendors can offer the treatments at discount prices, which is extremely tempting but most definitely not advised. Go to a doctor, period. Not only can the result be aesthetically non-ideal–uneven, clumpy, bumpy–but there can also real risk.

“Filler injection appears to be a deceptively simple procedure that can quickly lead to complications in inexperienced hands, the most serious of which is blindness,” Pierre continues. Even with a skilled practitioner, expect redness, bruising, swelling, and tenderness in the day after your procedure.

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Café Mom.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre The Best Treatments for Acne Scarring November 16, 2020

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It’s generally said that diet and stress cause acne, but there are specific reasons that these two factors give us flareups. Because acne is an inflammatory skin condition, “anything that increases inflammation can trigger or worsen acne,” explains Peterson Pierre, MD, of the Pierre Skin Care Institute. “Stress releases pro-inflammatory hormones in the body and high-sugar foods can also increase inflammation in the body. These rules aren’t universal, of course, but can contribute to acne.”

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Greatist.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre Erupting Acne? Destructive Dandruff? Fight Back with Volcanic Ash October 27, 2020

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If you’re thinking back to history class when you learned about Mount Vesuvius’ eruption burying Pompeii in volcanic ash, you’re on the right track. That’s the same type of volcanic ash we’re talking about, but with a happier ending.

According to the Volcanic Ashfall Impacts Working Group, volcanic ash consists of fragments of rocks, minerals, and volcanic glass that forms during explosive volcanic eruptions. In the beauty world, these particles serve as nature’s exfoliator.

“Volcanic ash is a combination of natural ingredients including bentonite clay and sulfur,” says Peterson Pierre, MD, a board certified specialist in dermatology and cosmetic dermatology at the Pierre Skin Care Institute in Thousand Oaks, California. “Its high mineral content gives it antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.”

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Healthline / Dr. Peterson Pierre Are Phytoceramides Really a ‘Facelift in a Bottle’? October 27, 2020

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Synthetic and plant-based ceramides are similar in structure to ceramides found in the skin, explains Dr. Peterson Pierre, a dermatologist with the Pierre Skin Care Institute in Westlake Village, California.

While synthetic ceramides are probably more common, phytoceramides have been recently gaining popularity as a skin care ingredient due to their supposed anti-aging powers.

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Byrdie.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre 14 Best Drugstore Hand Creams to Smooth Dry, Rough Skin October 19, 2020

It’s probably a safe bet to say your hands are feeling drier than normal these days. All that hand washing you’ve been doing can do a serious number on your hands’ delicate skin, not to mention the impacts of dry, cool weather.

“The most common thing that can dry out your hands is frequent hand washing,” says dermatologist Dr. Peterson Pierre. “The constant wet-dry cycle of frequent hand washing can really strip the skin of its natural moisture and disrupt the protective barrier.”

That’s why Pierre says it’s important to follow up every handwashing session with a generous application of hand cream. The good news is, you can find a high-quality hand cream right at the drugstore, meaning you don’t have to shell out much money to keep your hands soft and smooth. ”You want a product that focuses on replenishing moisture with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, shea butter, coconut oil, and glycerin,” says Dr. Pierre. “Equally important are ingredients that help repair the moisture barrier, such as ceramides, squalane, and essential fatty acids.”

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Total Beauty / Dr. Peterson Pierre 10 Lip Scrubs to Add to Your Routine for Dry Skin Season October 16, 2020

And yes, you should definitely stock up on your favorite lip balm – but board-certified dermatologist Dr. Peterson Pierre, MD also explains that lip scrubs will come in clutch. “Sometimes, simply moisturizing the lips isn’t enough,” says Dr. Pierre. “You may need to use a lip scrub to not only get rid of the dead skin cells, but to also promote better hydration of the lips, and to increase the absorption of other products.”

A couple tips: Dr. Pierre advises selecting a gentle formula to minimize irritation. You’ll also want to stick to using it once a week for the same reason. And be sure to follow up with moisturizing lip products afterwards, he adds — they’ll keep your lips looking and feeling their best.

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Kopa for Psoriasis / Dr. Peterson Pierre What You Should Know About Living with Guttate Psoriasis October 16, 2020

“Guttate psoriasis appears as small, red, scaly spots that resemble teardrops,” says Peterson Pierre, M.D., board-certified dermatologist at Pierre Skin Care Institute in Westlake Village, California. “They’re not as thick as the spots you get from plaque psoriasis, and they tend to appear on the trunk and extremities but can also involve the face and scalp.”

These spots, called papules, tend to be pink or red in color and are raised and round, appearing in various sizes. The papules themselves are sometimes scaly but not always.

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The Kelly Wright Show/Black News Network / Dr. Peterson Pierre Dr. Peterson Pierre Powerful Commentary on Racial Issues October 14, 2020

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Your Tango.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre 50+ Best Body Washes For Every Skin Type & Budget October 9, 2020

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Soap is very effective at cleaning your body, as it removes all dirt and oil. But it can be a bit harsh, especially if you have sensitive skin.

“A body wash can do a good job cleaning your body, but typically will be much gentler as it can help maintain the healthy oils in the skin without potentially disrupting the moisture barrier,” advises Dr. Peterson Pierre, board certified dermatologist and founder of the Pierre Skincare Institute.

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TotalBeauty / Dr. Peterson Pierre What Is Azelaic Acid? (And Why is Reddit Obsessed With It?) October 8, 2020

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Let’s be real: the million-plus strong r/SkincareAddiction subreddit is an absolute gold mine of skin care tips and advice. One Reddit-approved ingredient that’s been grabbing our attention lately? Azelaic acid.

It’s not just a passing trend, either — it’s got the dermatologists’ seal of approval. “Azelaic acid is a fruit acid derived from grains such as wheat, rye, and barley,” says board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Peterson Pierre, MD. “It’s been around for years, and is fantastic for acne and rosacea because of its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It also helps improve the appearance of pores, tone and texture, and eliminates whiteheads, blackheads, and pigmentation.”

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Men's Health / Dr. Peterson Pierre The 11 Best Beard Oils for Black Men, According to Experts October 1, 2020

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Dr. Peterson Pierre of Pierre Skin Care notes, “Scalp hair and facial hair are very similar and require the same care. Hair in Black men tends to be dry and brittle and therefore, requires extra moisture…to keep it looking and feeling its best. [The hair] is also very curly and is prone to getting trapped under the skin, so proper hair care and skin care are vital to minimize these issues.”

From essential oils to naturally-derived moisturizers, look for quality beard oil ingredients that have been tested and formulated with your hair texture in mind. Ask your barber for beard oil recommendations, and once you get a feel for how the ingredients interact with your skin and hair, choose your favorite. Often, Black-owned grooming brands offer products with uniquely-tailored formulations that work. “Be sure your product includes at least one of the following: coconut oil for its anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties; tea tree oil for its antimicrobial activity; argan oil to help strengthen the follicles; hyaluronic acid, [and finally] ceramides, and shea butter, to moisture, hydrate, repair and protect the skin barrier,” adds Dr. Pierre. “And if you have sensitive skin, steer clear of added fragrance as this can cause skin irritation.”

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greatest.com / Dr. Peterson Pierre These 13 Face Wash Products for Men Will Give Your Stubble Some Supple October 1, 2020

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Face wash comes in a variety of forms including gels, creams, and foams.

“If you have oily skin, you’re probably better off with gel cleansers, but if you have dry and sensitive skin, a creamy hydrating cleanser will be a better option,” dermatologist Peterson Pierre of Thousand Oaks, California, based Pierre Skin Care, told Greatist.

Finally, don’t let anyone tell you you’re being lazy if you don’t wash your face every morning. Too much face washing actually can rob your skin of its natural oils.

It’s better to just wash off any accumulated dirt nightly, which also helps to stretch your budget by making your bottle of face wash last longer.

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Healthline / Dr. Peterson Pierre Have Dry, Sensitive Skin? Cica Cream Will Be Your New Favorite Skin Care Product October 1, 2020

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While the research on cica cream’s benefits is promising, it’s far from conclusive.

Studies on wound healing, collagen production, and inflammation have been done in animals, notes Dr. Peterson Pierre, a dermatologist with the Pierre Skin Care Institute in Westlake Village, California.

He adds that there are no high-quality, peer-reviewed studies proving cica cream’s benefits for eczema, psoriasis, or acne.

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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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