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Hi “Mansome”? A New Documentary Highlights the Explosion of Men’s Grooming Market

Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) and Will Arnett (30 Rock) have teamed up in a new documentary called “Mansome” which explores the funny world of men's grooming. But men’s grooming is actually no joke. Major brands are rolling out “for men only” products and creating “dedicated men sections” in their stores to capitalize on this growing market.

Male skincare in particular has become one of the beauty industry's fastest-growing sectors as more men accept the fact that it’s ok to have a grooming routine. According to market research firm NPD Group, about 1 in 4 men use some sort of facial skin-care product - facial wash, moisturizer, lip balm or eye cream.

Cleansing and moisturizing are an important first step but in our practice we are seeing a growing trend among our male patients for anti-aging solutions – award-winning serums from Skinceuticals, wrinkle-relaxers such as Botox & Dysport, and long lasting fillers such as Restylane, Perlane & Radiesse - all to address those unwanted fine lines and wrinkles. And these patients range in age - younger male professionals looking to get a head start on the aging process to more mature males who want to re-evaluate their grooming habits now that they have started to experience the signs of aging – grey hair, hair loss, and wrinkles.

With summer upon us, it’s a great time to take the plunge. Not sure where to start?

Give us a call at (206) 859-5777 and one of our experienced physicians can walk you through all the options.

And remember Father’s Day is June 17th – a gift certificate is a great option for the husband, father or brother who may need a little motivation to get started.

L'Oreal Teams with EPA to Move Away From Animal Testing

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and L’Oréal said Monday they will collaborate on a $1.2 million research project funded by the cosmetic giant that is aimed at testing 20 chemicals critical in manufacturing cosmetic products in order to create alternatives to traditional animal-based toxicity tests.

The new research project, unveiled at a news conference at the annual Society of Toxicology meeting in San Francisco, follows an initial smaller collaboration the EPA did with L’Oréal in 2007 and is directed at the potential impact chemicals have on processes in the human body that lead to adverse health effects, said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA administrator for the Pacific Southwest.

Blumenfeld said the EPA has to date tested 1,000 of the 80,0000 chemicals produced worldwide.

“It is amazing that there are about 80,000 chemicals in production worldwide,” said Blumenfeld. “We have very little information on them, so in an effort to move away from animal testing as the main way of determining the response of chemicals and what they will likely be on humans, we created a computer prediction model called ToxCast.”

The EPA launched the computer model and chemical toxicity forecaster in 2007 to test the impact of chemicals on the human body, Blumenfeld said in a phone interview.

So far, the federal government has spent more than $30 million to develop the computer model and test the safety of chemicals, he said.

One of the objectives in partnering with L’Oréal is to determine whether the ToxCast can be used in systemic toxicity tests. L’Oréal is also providing “robust safety data” from a set of chemicals in the cosmetics sector that will expand the types of chemicals assessed by the system.

Laurent Attal, executive vice president at L’Oréal research and innovation, said the company has invested in animal-free toxicology research for more than 30 years.

“Our new L’Oréal Predictive Evaluation Center’s activity is based on new-generation tests, using reconstructed human tissues and automated platforms and will help us to predict earlier the safety of substances for our products,” Attal said.

Patricia Pineau, scientific communications director at L’Oréal, said at the news conference that L’Oréal has invested roughly $800 million in finding new science and technology to replace animal testing over the decades.

“The ToxCast program is really something powerful for what we are requiring” to fully replace animal testing, Pineau said. “The factual data [it provides] we hope will validate the fact that ToxCast will be really one of the tools we need to have in order to end animal testing for chemical toxicology in particular for the cosmetics industry.”

The European Union instituted an animal-testing ban on finished cosmetics products in 2004, followed by a ban on animal testing on ingredients in 2009 and a final ban on marketing animal-tested cosmetics and ingredients in those cosmetics by March 2013. Pineau stressed that L’Oréal committed to moving away from animal testing on finished cosmetics in 1989. “There is a reason large companies still do animal testing, because up until this point, computer models haven’t been sophisticated enough to replace it,” Blumenfeld said. “We hope that ToxCast can finally be that model.”

Blumenfeld said once the testing is done on the computer model, the findings will be made public and will not have to be analyzed again by other companies.

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Did She Gain Weight or Just Get Overinjected?

Did She Gain Weight or Just Get Overinjected?

Posted Wednesday, March 14, 2012 by Anna Jimenez, Senior Interactive Editor

Unfortunately, we see this happen too often in Hollywood. Most recently, we've noticed it on Ashley Judd, who, though not having noticeably gained weight in any other part of her body, inexplicably has a puffy, swollen-looking face. She has a case of the "fat" face. While we don't know for fact whether Judd has had injections of fat or filler into her face, her puffed-up cheeks and chin would imply she's had too much of something.

Fat and fillers are a good way to add volume to the face in anti-aging efforts, but if either is used over aggressively in too large amounts, you end up with an unnatural look. Also, if filler is injected into the apples of the cheeks, not above the cheekbones, or filler is injected over and over in a short amount of time, the result can be "chipmunky" or leave you with a pillowy and doughy face.

So how can the side effects be avoided? "The physician must be judicious in the volume injected and meticulous in technique. Patients should stay at a steady weight too, as if you take in more calories than you burn, any transplanted fat may grow," says New York plastic surgeon Sherrell J. Aston, MD.

How to get Red Carpet Ready Skin

The Oscars are one of Hollywood’s biggest nights. Celebrities spend countless hours preparing for the long walk down the red carpet of the Kodak Theater with the hope of achieving glowing skin, flawless make-up, and rave reviews for their look.   To the average person it may seem like a lot of work but getting that red carpet ready skin (think Gwyneth) is easier than you think. The key is to implement a few things into your normal skincare routine that will enhance your skin's radiance and youthful appearance, and also look healthy, smooth and blemish free. Here are a few tips:  

To get a gorgeous glow: Start by hydrating – lots of water. If you can’t make it to the salon or spa for a facial, look for a facial mask with moisturizing properties. It will minimize the appearance of pores, and give you a glowing complexion. Masks with saffron, aloe vera, and kaolin clay are popular among top celebrities.  

Next exfoliate. A great product to gently exfoliate and keep your skin clean is Clarisonic (Faith Hill is a fan). You can also try a series of chemical peels, we recommend a series of 4-6 treatments to really give your skin that overall glow & refreshed look and feel.

To smooth fine lines: There are several good anti-aging products on the market today to smooth fine lines.  We are big fans of Retin-A, and also carry the Obagi, Skinceuticals & Skin Medica lines, all have won many awards and deliver excellent results. Look for a product that contains glycolic acid, which works not only on the surface of the skin, but also in the layers you can’t see.  Glycolic acid is a rapid exfoliate and will leave your skin feeling smooth and soft. Over time these products can also lighten sun spots and stimulate collagen production giving you a more youthful appearance. Ask your physician at Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center what product is best for your skin type.  

To diminish wrinkles: A topical treatment may not be enough to remove those wrinkles. Botox and Xeomin or dermal fillers such as Radiesse, Juvederm or Restylane can help with little to no downtime. To calm redness: We have two amazing lasers that can help with your redness, the Vbeam Perfecta and our Photofacial or Intense Pulse Light (IPL).  To take away the puffiness: Take wheat and dairy out of your diet and you can remove some of the puffiness and breakouts that may occur the week leading up to an event. Lots of water and fresh juices can also make your skin look more vibrant.   Simple steps every day and regular visits to your skin care professional can help you, and your skin, shine like the star that you really are.

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Top Cosmetic Trends for 2012

Top Cosmetic Trends for 2012

Which injectables are in demand? Are fewer people seeking surgery thanks to a weak economy? Will you have to battle your beau for space at the cosmetic surgeon's office? These topics and more are creating buzz in the aesthetic treatment arena. Here's what we're hearing:

Injectables and fillers are hot
Here at Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center, we keep you informed on the latest news on injectables and fillers, and if you've been reading, you know that several new options have landed in your doctor's office or have received FDA approval for expanded use. We're talking: The approval of the botulinum toxin injectable Xeomin, Restylane approval for lips, Radiesse for wrinkles and more. With more weapons to fight aging at your doctor's disposal, you can bet we'll hear more about the effects and success stories as the year progresses.

Bro-tox is in demand
More guys are getting hooked on Botox injections to smooth away their facial wrinkles, reports ABC's Good Morning America. In fact, it was a hot gift item over the holidays. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 300,000 men got Botox in 2011, a 10 percent increase from the year before. Laser hair removal, eyelid surgery, filler injections, nose jobs and facelifts are also popular among men in recent years.

Turning up the volume on warnings
While the economy is still floundering, we're starting to see group coupon "deals" on aesthetic treatments and other advertisements for reduced-rate procedures...even surgery. But with all of the botched procedure horror stories and questionable products, you'll be hearing a lot more from those who are warning you to read deals carefully and research your doctor diligently. Seek out a board-certified physician who specializes in the procedure you're interested in. 

Our board-certified physicians are here to answer all of your cosmetic questions, call Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center, 206.859.5777, and schedule your cosmetic consultation and kick-off your 2012 looking and feeling fabulous!

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Thank you for choosing Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center, we look forward to providing you with the very best skin care.