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4 posts tagged "Dr. Marsha Gordon"

Skin Prepping For Seasonal Change

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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail celia_ellenberg@condenast.com.

Is there anything I should be doing now to ready my skin for the warmer spring weather?

Many people find they need a lighter moisturizer as the weather warms and the ambient humidity rises. Hopefully, you’ve been using a sun-protection product all winter long. But if not, be sure to add one on a daily basis now. I like St. Ives’ new Elements Mineral Moisturizer with SPF 15. You’ll also want to be sure that you are adequately exfoliating your skin so that natural oils coupled with increased perspiration don’t lead to clogs and acne.

A nationally recognized expert on the issues of skincare, cosmetic dermatology, and the prevention and detection of skin cancer, Dr. Marsha Gordon has co-authored a book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Beautiful Skin, and frequently appears on New York magazine’s Best Doctors list. She serves as the vice chairman of Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Division of General Dermatology and as a consulting dermatologist to the St. Ives brand.

Photo: Courtesy of St. Ives

Dr. Marsha Gordon: “There’s No Use Crying Over Bad Eye Cream”

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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail celia_ ellenberg@condenast.com.

I’ve been using an eye cream pretty religiously, and while I like what it does for my skin, it always makes my eyes water when I go outside. Why is this happening and what can I do to prevent it?

If your eye cream made your eyes water every time you put in on, inside or outside, I’d say you were sensitive to the cream. But since your eyes only tear outdoors, your problem is probably not related to the cream at all. Ironically, it may be the first stage in the development of a dry-eye condition. The tear film of the eye is composed of several layers. If the oily component is diminished, there may be a compensatory increase in the watery component coming from the lachrymal, or tear, gland. At the early stage of dry eyes, people can lubricate their eyes effectively indoors but, when faced with the added stress of the outdoor environment, lubrication is not sufficient and the eye responds by tearing up. I recommend you see an ophthalmologist to check for this possibility and to provide treatment suggestions if appropriate.

A nationally recognized expert on the issues of skincare, cosmetic dermatology, and the prevention and detection of skin cancer, Dr. Marsha Gordon has co-authored a book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Beautiful Skin, and frequently appears on New York magazine’s Best Doctors list. She serves as the vice chairman of Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Division of General Dermatology and as a consulting dermatologist to the St. Ives brand.

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Dr. Marsha Gordon On The Never-Ending Chap

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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail celia_ellenberg@condenast.com.

I have perpetual dry lips right now. I apply Chapstick frequently but nothing seems to have any lasting effect. Any suggestions?

Try pure USP white petrolatum. Some people are sensitive to or irritated by various ingredients in the sticks. I keep a jar (not the squeeze tube, in which the product tends to separate) in my office, by my bed, and in the bathroom, and I apply often during the day. Less frequently, one may be allergic to an ingredient in dental care products, such as toothpaste or mouthwash. Allergy patch testing can help you learn if you have such an allergy. Or, discontinue all commercial products and brush with pure baking soda made into a paste for a week or two. If the chapping resolves, you may have such an allergy. Lastly, “chapping” may be a sign of a precancerous condition called actinic cheilitis, caused by a history of sun exposure. If your lips continue to feel chapped despite the first two suggestions, I recommend a visit to the dermatologist for an evaluation.

A nationally recognized expert on the issues of skincare, cosmetic dermatology, and the prevention and detection of skin cancer, Dr. Marsha Gordon has co-authored a book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Beautiful Skin, and frequently appears on New York magazine’s Best Doctors list. She serves as the vice chairman of Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Division of General Dermatology and as a consulting dermatologist to the St. Ives brand.

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Base Tanning: A Help Or A Hoax?

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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail celia_ellenberg@condenast.com.

I’m planning a trip south of the equator, and seeing as how I’m particularly prone to sunburn, a friend of mine suggested pre-tanning at a tanning salon. Does this really help nurture a natural tan?

Please do not expose yourself to unnecessary UV light at the tanning salon. For one, the tan induced by UVA in tanning salons will not provide adequate protection for future sun exposure. Secondly, any exposure to UV light damages the skin. As a matter of fact, the tan itself is the skin’s response to that damage. Instead, I recommend employing smart sun-protection precautions such as trying to avoid the mid-day sun, wearing protective clothing, and the frequent application of a high-SPF, broad-spectrum sunscreen.

A nationally recognized expert on the issues of skincare, cosmetic dermatology, and the prevention and detection of skin cancer, Dr. Marsha Gordon has co-authored a book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Beautiful Skin, and frequently appears on New York magazine’s Best Doctors list. She serves as the vice chairman of Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Division of General Dermatology as well as a consulting dermatologist to the St. Ives brand.

Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images