Getting to the Root of Poison Ivy


Getting to the Root of Poison Ivy

If you have ever gardened, hiked, or camped, odds are you crossed paths with poison ivy. And it probably wasn’t the most pleasant experience either, as it can severely irritate the skin. So, we figured to answer some common questions we get about the notorious plant so you are better equipped the next time you come in contact with it.poison ivy skin care

What is poison ivy?

Poison ivy is a member of the Toxicodendron plant family. It can grow as either a shrub or a climbing vine. Most show the three-leaflet formation typical of a Toxicodendron, although this can vary.

What causes the skin reaction?

Surprisingly, the plant itself does not cause irritation. It’s actually the allergenic oil it contains (urushiol) that does. Depending on the individual’s sensitivity and degree of exposure, the reaction can range anywhere from mild itching and redness to severe discomfort and blistering in the affected areas.

When will symptoms show?

Most people develop symptoms within 24-48 hours after exposure.

Does everyone experience a reaction?

Interestingly enough, not everyone will have a reaction to poison ivy. About 15% of people are actually not allergic to urushiol.

What to do if you believe you may have come in contact with it?

If you suspect you may have come in contact with poison ivy, wash your skin right away using lukewarm, soapy water. The sooner you can wash it, the better. Also, make sure to wash any clothing and/or footwear that may have come in contact. And if you were out with your dog, rinse them (and their leash) off, as the oil can actually stick to their fur. It’s important to note, that when handling anything that may have come in contact with poison ivy, the oils can spread to your skin. So, always make sure to wear gloves.

What to do if you develop a rash or blisters?

As with any rash, avoid touching it. This can worsen it and cause an infection. If you have any blisters, also leave them alone. Popping it can leave the exposed skin vulnerable to infection.

How can discomfort be eased or treated?

One of the best ways to soothe your skin is with short, lukewarm baths. Adding colloidal oatmeal to it will help with the itching. For further itching relief, try using a calamine or hydrocortisone cream/lotion. And then finally, if needed, an antihistamine. Just make sure not to apply an antihistamine topically, as it can worsen the rash and itch.

If you believe you may have come in contact with poison ivy, contact our office right away. Early treatment is crucial in treating the associated skin conditions.

Source: The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)

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The Wonder of Elon Musk’s Hair

Recently celebrating his 50th birthday, billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk has a lot of things that most men his age don’t have. However, one thing in particular sticks out to us, and that’s his full head of hair.

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Statistics say that by his age, a majority of men will have noticeable hair loss. But as evidenced by his current situation, that is not the case. This is even more impressive given the fact that in his late 20s he had a significant amount of thinning.

Elon Musk hair loss

So how did he do it? What did Elon Musk do to get his hair back? Hair transplant surgeon Dr. Michael Shehata shared his thoughts. “Going from such an advanced pattern of hair loss to a full head of hair is certainly a tell-tale sign of a hair restoration procedure.” Dr. Shehata points to hair transplantation as the most likely option. “In this procedure, hair from the back of the scalp, where it is genetically programmed to not fall out, is moved to balding areas on top of the scalp.”

Dr. Shehata states that Musk’s procedure would have been tougher because he was not completely bald. “Since he had some hair up there already, it’s very important not to damage or interfere with any of those existing hair follicles.” He also stresses that aside from the hair transplant, it would have been important in his case to use minoxidil and/or finasteride. “While the transplanted hair is there for a lifetime, minoxidil and finasteride help patients maintain the surrounding non-transplanted hair.”

So, there you have it, even the great Elon Musk wasn’t immune to hair loss. If you would like to learn more about the hair restoration options available at the Neiman Dermatology Building, call 716-688-0020 or click here.

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The Perfect Treatment Option for Hyperpigmentation/Melasma

With July being Hyperpigmentation/Melasma Awareness Month, we thought it would be the perfect time to highlight an ideal treatment for both conditions, the HydraFacial with the Britenol booster.

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Now while the HydraFacial itself is a great treatment for hyperpigmentation and melasma, adding the Britenol booster takes it to the next level! Containing Alpha-Arbutin and Vitamin C, this popular HydraFacial add-on was specifically formulated to address dark or brown spots that are the result of aging or sun exposure. Aside from that, it also helps to nourish the skin. This, in turn, leaves the skin radiant with a much more even tone.

If you’re looking for a brighter complexion and just overall healthier skin, then the HydraFacial with the Britenol booster is for you! Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

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Fourth of July Summer Skin Care

The Fourth of July is a great time to honor our country, and also an ideal opportunity to spend some time outdoors. Whether in a backyard at a barbecue, park for a picnic, or poolside at a party, a lot of people will be outside for festivities. That means more exposure to the sun. And as we know, even if it’s not sunny out, harmful UVA and UVB rays can still prevalent. So, here are a few tips that will help keep your skin protected:

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  • When applying sunscreens, layering does not provide added SPF protection. That means that the SPF you end up with is only the strength of the highest one applied. For example, if you apply a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 then apply one with an SPF of 25, you will have the protection of the SPF of 30.
  • Despite that, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) still recommends applying two layers of sunscreen on all exposed areas. The second layer should be applied about 30 minutes after the first and at least 30 minutes before any sun exposure.
  • Reapply sunscreen periodically throughout the day. This is something not a lot of people do or are aware of, but it’s very important. It’s advised to reapply sunscreen roughly about every two hours or after you have been exposed to water.
  • SPF protection is on a logarithmic scale. This means there is a bigger difference between SPF 25 and SPF 30 than there is with SPF 30 and SPF 45.
  • SPF’s below 15 are essentially worthless. They simply do not provide the skin with enough protection from the sun. We recommend an SPF of at least 30 to all of our patients.
  • Don’t forget your lips. The sun’s rays can dry delicate lip tissue. Keep your lips hydrated by using a lip balm with an SPF.
  • After a long day out in the sun take a cold shower. It can decrease acne breakouts and help to better hydrate the skin.
  • If you do contract sunburn take Advil or Motrin. This will help to block the inflammation that can occur, and actually lessen the burn itself.

Remember these tips to keep your skin safe this holiday weekend and beyond!

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Hollywood’s Secret to Great Hair

A lot of female celebrities are known for thick, luscious hair, but what’s their secret? We looked into it and found out that it’s most likely attributed to hair growth supplement Viviscal.Woman hair

From Jennifer Aniston to Reese Witherspoon, a number of different celebrities use Viviscal. Gwyneth Paltrow even told Vogue that she believes in the product so much, that she wants to buy stock in the company. Aside from helping hair to grow thicker and faster, it can also help heat-damaged hair. That’s country singer Miranda Lambert’s main reason for using the product. She told Us Weekly, “Because my hair gets styled so often, I need to protect it. Viviscal vitamins help.”

Some of the ingredients of Viviscal include Biotin, Vitamin C, and Aminomar Marine Complex. The AminoMar is derived from marine protein molecules and is proven to nourish thin hair from within. This leads to stronger, healthier, and more vibrant-looking hair. Results can be seen in as little as three months after use, and at least six months to know if it is working for you.

And if you still need convincing about the product, model Molly Sims has this to say, ‘When my hair looks good, I feel good. Viviscal saved my hair and made me love it again.”

So, if you’re struggling with your hair, Viviscal may be for you! Contact our office to order it today.

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SkinCeuticals Newest Sunscreen is Great for Discoloration

Here at the Neiman Dermatology Building we’re all big fans of SkinCeuticals’ sunscreens. So, when we found out about their latest one, the Daily Brightening UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 30, we had to carry it!

SkinCeuticals Daily Brightening UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 30

As a lightweight, broad-spectrum sunscreen, it pairs the benefits of an SPF with discoloration correcting and hydrating ingredients. This in turn moisturizes the skin, delivering a brighter, more balanced complexion instantly. Our aesthetician Lauren Battaglia has been trying out the product and shared her thoughts, “This product is amazing! I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now and it really gives my skin a glow. It’s a must for any skincare routine.”

As with all SkinCeuticals products, the Daily Brightening UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 30 also went through a rigorous research and development process. This is evident in the detailed description of the ingredients on the SkinCeuticals website:

  • 1% Tranexamic acid minimizes the reoccurrence of discoloration and brown patches with continued use.
  • 2% Niacinamide helps to reduce the appearance of discoloration.
  • 7% Glycerin draws and retains moisture.
  • 3% Phenylethyl Resorcinol protects against discoloration.
  • Reflective Mica instantly brightens skin.

As you can see, the Daily Brightening UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 30 from SkinCeuticals offers a variety of benefits and is a must-have this Summer! Contact our office today to get yours.


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How to Care for Your Skin at the Gym

With COVID-19 vaccination rates increasing, more people are heading back to the gym. Aside from the obvious health benefits of going, there are however some things to be aware of in regards to your skin.Woman at gym

As you may know, gyms can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Some of which, can lead to a number of different skin infections. These include:

  • Fungal Infections – Whether it’s ringworm or athlete’s foot, these funguses thrive in wet/moist environments. Locker rooms and showers are the most common places for these to be located.
  • Bacterial Infections – This mainly includes staph or folliculitis. Both of which are usually transmitted through open cuts, wounds, sores, or even a hair follicle root.
  • Viral Infections – Plantar warts are the most common. These can get in through open wounds or cuts in the feet.

Pretty shocking stuff to say the least.  So, what are some things you can do to protect your skin the next time you go to the gym? The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends these tips:

1) Clean and disinfect all equipment/weights before & after use. Although it’s been determined by health officials that surface sanitization isn’t of the utmost importance when it comes to COVID-19, it does have a lot of significance for the skin. A recent study conducted by FitRated determined that there are 362 times more bacteria on free weights than on a toilet seat.

2) Always wash or sanitize your hands. This one goes without explanation.

3) Wear loose-fitting, moisture-wicking clothes. This will help keep the skin dry and prevent bacteria from growing. Remember to wash gym clothes after each wear.

4) Always wear footwear in locker rooms and showers (especially around pools). Keep a pair of shower shoes, flip-flops, or sandals in your gym bag. Never walk around barefoot in a gym!

5) Keep any cuts clean and covered. Avoid using saunas, steam rooms, and hot tubs until your wound is healed.

6) Shower as soon as possible after. When done showering, put on clean clothes, including clean socks and underwear. And never share personal care items, including towels and razors.

All in all, if you find yourself getting back into the routine of going to the gym again, don’t forget the health of your skin.

Source: The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)

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Product of the Month: SkinCeuticals Silymarin CF

SkinCeuticals Silymarin CF

With June being Acne Awareness Month, we thought what better time than now to highlight our new skincare product from SkinCeuticals, Silymarin CF.

Taking over six years to develop, this breakthrough vitamin C serum was specifically formulated for oily and blemish-prone skin. The ingredients of l-ascorbic acid, ferulic acid, salicylic acid, and silymarin (milk thistle extract) all help to prevent oil oxidation. Which in turn lowers the possibility of breakouts. Aside from that, it can also significantly improve skin texture, clarity, radiance, and fine lines.

With all that SkinCeuticals Silymarin CF can do, it’s easy to see why it’s the perfect product for those dealing with acne. If you would like more information about this, or any of our other products, call 716-688-0020 or click here.


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Skin Cancer Prevention & Detection

With this month being Skin Cancer Awareness Month, it’s important to emphasize the significance of protecting your skin and getting an annual skin examination. It is estimated that over three million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer every year. That means roughly one in five people in the U.S. will develop some form of skin cancer in their lifetime.

So, what can you do to take care of your skin and reduce the risk of skin cancer? Here are some tips from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) on how to do just that:

Seek shade (when appropriate). Keep in mind that the sun’s harmful UV rays are most prevalent from 10am-2pm.
Wear sun-protective clothing. Clothes that cover exposed areas of skin are ideal (ex. a long-sleeved shirt, pants, wide-brimmed hat).
Apply sunscreen. Use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant one with an SPF of at least 30.

Since skin cancer is highly treatable when caught early, we encourage our patients to get their skin examined at least once a year. Whereas patients with a history of concerning lesions are seen more regularly. When conducting a skin cancer examination, we adhere to the ABCDEs of melanoma. They are as follows:

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A = Asymmetry. In early forms, malignant melanomas are asymmetrical, meaning that you cannot draw a line down the middle and have equal parts on each side.
B = Border. Uneven borders with irregularities or blurs.
C = Color. Varying shades of brown, blue, or black.
D = Diameter. Melanoma tends to be larger than normal moles, ones the size of a pencil eraser are something that you should look at closely.
E = Evolving. Any changes in the size, shape, color, or feel.

As you can see, there are some ways to reduce your risk of skin cancer. And even for those diagnosed with it, there is hope, but early detection is crucial. If you notice a suspicious spot, or would just like to have your skin evaluated, contact our office today.


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Importance of Vitamin C for the Skin

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Our skin is naturally built to repair, but sometimes things in our daily routine (ie. sun exposure) can still lead to premature skin aging and damage. That’s why regularly using a product containing vitamin C, an antioxidant that our bodies do not naturally produce, can be so beneficial.

As one of the best anti-aging ingredients out there, vitamin C is also a natural sun protectant. Because of this, we encourage our patients to apply it first thing in the morning. And regular use can even promote collagen growth! It is important to note, however, that vitamin C for the skin must be properly formulated. If not, the benefits will not be as significant. That’s why we like SkinCeuticals vitamin C antioxidants. Their line in particular goes through a rigorous development process that ensures optimal results (all of their vitamin C serums are backed by 30 years of antioxidant research and demonstrated efficacy in independent clinical studies).

As you can see, vitamin C is an essential ingredient in any skincare regimen. Call our office or click here to find out which of SkinCeuticals vitamin C serums is right for you.


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