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How to Manage Sensitive Skin

✅ This article was reviewed by Cecile Levy, MD, member of our MedShadow Medical Advisory Board. Seventy percent of adults say they have sensitive skin, according to a 2019 study. Erum Ilyas, MD, a dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology, explains that sensitive skin is not a medical condition in and of…

Chlorophyll: TikTok Fad Offers Questionable Benefits

The new, old superfood chlorophyll  has reemerged after decades of dormancy and is making the rounds on TikTok.  To take it, these enthusiasts add a dropper full of the emerald green liquid to their water, mix and drink it. They claim that after a period of days or weeks, it…

Proactiv Acne Treatment: Be Aware of Rare but Serious Side Effects

Skin does so much — it protects us from germs, ultraviolet radiation, viruses and infections. It helps regulate body temperature and acts as an immune warning against infections.. It’s no wonder we often assume that products applied to the skin can’t hurt it. Some, including Proactiv, have serious side effects. …

Food for Acne: What to Eat to Prevent Pimples

As far back as the late 1800s, experts believed that diet could play a role in acne development. An 1885 study reported that chocolate, sugar and fat were the main culprits, so treatment routinely restricted those foods. But the thinking changed with a couple of late 1960s studies that refuted…

5 Worst Drugs that Cause Dry Eye Disease

Dry eye disease is irritating and painful. As an optometrist, I know there are many possible causes, but the medicines you take might be the culprit.  Drugs are a common part of American life, 36% of people between the ages of 18-44 take between one and four medicines daily and…

Acne Med May Make You Blue…Literally

The frequently prescribed acne medication minocycline may turn your skin and eyes blue. In a recent case study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers examined the effects of minocycline and whether it was responsible for turning the white outer layer of the eyeball a light shade of blue….

The Price of Beauty

The FDA has approved an over-the-counter version of a gel for acne. But Differin is an a class of drugs, retinoids, that has a history of many side effects. Acne is the scourge of teenage years, causing angst and self-consciousness. Even though most outgrow acne in their 20s, teens don’t…

Controversial Acne Treatment Available Without Prescription

The recent over-the-counter (OTC) approval of Differin Gel 0.1% (adapalene) marks the first time since the 1980s that a new active ingredient for acne treatment has been available to consumers without a prescription. The approval of Differin is also significant since it the first retinoid acne product to be approved…

Slideshow: 5 Must-Reads from 2014

Before we say goodbye to 2014, we’d like to ring in the new year with 5 important stories in case you missed them. These articles go to the heart of our mission to change the conversation about side effects. [metaslider id=5816] In the past year, we looked at long- and…

Kids and Zits

If your 7-year old had signs of acne, how do you respond? Would you get her overthe-counter skin cleansers that “stop acne?” Would you take her to her pediatrician and ask why acne is starting so early? Would you take her to a dermatologist and ask for medicine? All are…

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