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Five Steps of a Breast Self-Exam

October 16th, 2014

Step 1

Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your  shoulders straight and your arms on your hips.  Here’s  what you  should look for:

*Breasts that are their usual size, shape, and color
*Breasts that are evenly shaped without visible distortion  or swelling.

If you see any of the following changes,    bring them to your doctor’s attention:

* Dimpling, puckering, or bulging of the skin
* A nipple that has changed position or an inverted nipple  (pushed inward instead of sticking out)
* Redness, soreness, rash, or swelling

Step 2

Now, raise your arms and look for the same changes.

Step 3

While you’re at the mirror, look for any signs of fluid coming out of one or both nipples (this could be a watery, milky,  yellow fluid or blood).

Step 4

Next, feel your breasts while lying down, using your right hand to feel your left breast and then your left hand to feel your right breast. Use a firm, smooth touch with the first few finger pads of your hand, keeping the fingers flat and together. Use a circular motion, about the size of a quarter.

Cover the entire breast from top to bottom, side to side – from your collarbone to the top of your abdomen, and from your armpit to your cleavage. Follow a pattern to be sure that you cover the whole breast. You can begin at the nipple, moving in larger and larger circles until you reach the outer edge of the breast. You can also move your fingers up and down vertically, in rows, as if you were mowing a lawn. This up-and-down approach seems to work best for most women. Be sure to feel all the tissue from the front to the back of your breasts: for the skin and tissue just beneath, use light pressure; use medium pressure for tissue in the middle of your breasts; use firm pressure for the deep tissue in the back. When you’ve reached the deep tissue, you should be able to feel down to your rib cage.


Kill bacteria on contact

February 21st, 2014

Antisepation™ Antimicrobial Cleansing Gel

Think that most antiseptic and/or antimicrobial cleansers KILL all or most bacteria? Better think again.

  • FACT: Most antibacterial agents and cleansers take 30 seconds to work.
  • FACT: Most do not kill anywhere near 99% of harmful bacteria
  • FACT: Most contain drying alcohols, which leaves skin vulnerable.
  • FACT: Most people only cleanse up to 5 seconds.
  • FACT: This all results in increased harmful bacteria.

Worried about H1N1, MRSA, or the seasonal flu? Anticipate it and fight it! Antisepation™ gel now comes in a new size, a 2.0 oz. travel bottle, as well as a 1.7 oz. foamer, both perfect for your purse, backpack, pocket or carry–on at the airport. Antiseption also kills 99.6 percent of MRSA within 2 minutes!

Should We Be Scared of Every Ingredient?

February 21st, 2014

worriedPresent-day alarmists who utilize scare tactics by telling you how bad every ingredient is for you may be doing so purely for personal gain. We receive calls daily from medical patients to our professional accounts asking why we use ingredients that are ‘bad for you’. But, are they really bad for you?

First, are they legitimate questions? The proper answer is typically an emphatic ‘no’. Are they good questions? Yes, so let me explain as briefly as possible.

In the vast majority of ingredient questions, we tend to find individuals asking about ingredients based on something heard, read, or seen. My first question is where did the information come from and was there a legitimate, double-blind study to support it. Then, who or what is the source of the information. That being said, I can honestly state that most (70%) information on the internet and what we see in the media from tabloids to newspapers to talk-shows is not accurate.

Now, as an FDA registered firm, we must abide by the FDA regulations from packaging to text to what we use and can say about those ingredients. Are you aware that more than 80 percent of the skin care and make up industry is not regulated by the FDA! Companies can say whatever they want when they want until they hurt someone, or someone within the industry turns them in to the FDA for inaccurate ads or comments, at which time the FDA will being to investigate.

  • We are very concerned and critical of raw materials that we can and do use.
  • We do not use ingredients that are toxic.
  • We are very critical of using the least amount of anything that can cause contact dermatitis. Remember, everything we do starts with Dermatology and Oncology patients in a professional medical setting.
  • We utilize pharmaceutical-grade (99.9% pure) in most instances. We prefer not to use ‘cosmetic-grade’ ingredients as most firms do simply to save money. These already, by law, many contain up to 70 percent contaminants (bacteria) when they are made.
  • I can go on-and-on but it will be easier to address ingredients each and every month to give you the truth about what an ingredient is, does along with the medical and scientific studies or lack of them offer.

Should you have any question on a skin care  ingredient, whether we use it or not, please email me directly at bill@a-cutederm.com and I will try to answer your question.

Special skin care needs of Cancer Patients and Survivors:

February 7th, 2014
Reprev™ Cancer Skincare Line

Reprev™ Cancer Skincare Line

Chemotherapy and radiation can create severe skincare problems including tissue burns, cracking tissue, chafing skin, severe nail changes and infection. Therefore, it is important to use gentle products on your skin, minimize the use of ingredients, especially fragrance and drying alcohols (ethyl, isopropyl), and find items that offer significant improvement in moisture levels both short and long term.

The basic program should be a simple regimen that includes cleansing, moisturizing, and most importantly protecting your skin to minimize embattled issues:

Cleansing: Use a mild, gentle cleanser that is as close to pH neutral (‘balanced’ or pH 7.0) as possible. You should also have an antiseptic cleanser, also alcohol-free and preferably with maximum strength benzathonium chloride to kill virtually all bacteria on instant contact. Gentle cleansing 2 – 3 times daily; do not scrub to help hold the oils in your skin.

Moisturize: Add moisturizer to affected areas numerous times daily. It should be light in feel and fragrance-free. Consider a crème for the face, a lotion for the body, and oil or serum for more difficult areas.

Protect: Radiation, chemotherapy and oral medicines contribute to increased photo-sensitivity on the skin. It is critical that all cancer patients and survivors wear a significantly high broad spectrum sunscreen (UVA and UVB) that is grease-less, fragrance-free, high broad-spectrum protection, does not break down when you perspire or go into water, should last all day without having to reapply, and contains moisturizing elements like Aloe Vera, which also calms your skin, and Vitamin E, which is also a potent antioxidant. High broad-spectrum does not mean a high SPF value. Call us for details.

FabSkin247 by A-Cute Derm offers a complete line of skin care products, under our Reprev™ skincare line.  These products  are specifically designed for individuals who are being treated for cancer and post-care needs.

Did You Know?

January 30th, 2014

Anti–Aging Skincare is based on four major components. You need all four to offer the greatest efficacy and to improve your skin long term.

1. AHA / Glycolic Acid should be your treatment of choice. Non–buffered Glycolic at 8% or higher does more for the skin than any other ingredient ever known.  Over 98 percent of the glycolic sold is buffered so the overall efficacy is reduced. The Non-Buffered ingredient is offered by FabSkin247 for A-Cute Derm.

2. Antioxidants like A-Cute Derm’s Tri-Complex 5 and our Grape Seed Serum are the little fighters that gobble up the free radical damage mainly caused by sunlight and tanning beds that accelerate the aging aging of the skin.

3. Vitamins help build or rebuild tissue bringing it back to a healthier state or what we classify as skin normalization. Your skin needs vitamins and too many times you do not eat enough fresh food to get themTry our Pro-C Antioxidant Serum to give your skin a fresh glow.

4. Protection is the best defense against ultra violet damage. Your sunscreen will help you weather the storm. A great sunscreen will protect you from receiving much, if any, further damage.  There is no better sunscreen on the market than A-Cute Derm’s Pro-Tect 20.  It outperforms much higher SPF’s, and it lasts for 24 hours!

When Summer Skin Sizzles

June 15th, 2012

From beach adventures to cook-outs, biking, hiking, taking a walk or just relaxing outside while reading a good book, our skin is exposed to the sun during the summer more than any other time of the year.  Having fun in the sun is one thing, but what happens if you get too much sun? Here is what we recommend:

  • Keep it cool. Take a vinegar bath. Run a tub as cool as you possibly can. Add 1-2 gallons (yes, gallons!) of vinegar and soak. The acetic acid in vinegar soothes the pain  and moisturizes sunburned skin – just what you need to feel better fast while minimizing unsightly peeling later. Not practical to bathe right away? Fill a spray bottle with vinegar and use it to apply to sunburned areas of your body. Use a cotton ball to apply vinegar to your face.  Reapply every few hours as needed.
  • Take an aspirin. Aspirin is an excellent anti-inflammatory. Take it according to the label instructions until redness and soreness subside.
  • Apply grapes!  Grape seed, that is. Grape seed extract is an antioxidant superstar. Studies published on the PubMed.com website have shown that skin treated with grape seed extract (GSE) and other plant polyphenols can inhibit, reverse or retard the harmful effects of UV-damaged skin.  A-Cute Derm offers pharmaceutical-grade (99.9% pure) grade Grape Seed Serum which is 96% grape seed concentration serum that will moisturize and begin healing your skin on contact. The additional 4% of ingredients are all antioxidants! We also offer a Grape Seed Lotion in a 27% concentration of pharmaceutical-grade grape seed extract. This will also have a cooling and calming effect on your skin.
  • Another effective healing agent is our E2 Serum. Emu oil has long been used for treating burns as it greatly accelerates the healing process. Guaranteed to keep your skin moist as it is loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids, something the skin absolutely craves!
  • Leave Blisters intact.  If blisters form, don’t break them. Not only will that slow the healing process but it also increases your risk of infection.
  • Treat peeling skin gently. Let your body exfoliate the damaged skin unassisted. It is especially important to use good moisturizers like grape seed and Emu oil to keep peeling skin moist.
  • Last, consult a doctor for treatment if  you have a severe sunburn that covers a large portion of your body with blisters,  if sunburn is accompanied by a high fever or severe pain, or if severe sunburn doesn’t begin to improve within a few days.

Most importantly, do everything you can to prevent future episodes of sunburn.  And if you did not wear a great, high quality sunscreen to start, better try our Pro-Tect Sunscreen before it happens again. You need to minimize your increased risk of skin cancer, which is cumulative over your lifetime.

In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb

March 12th, 2012

What is March? This represents the time for Spring. It means that new growth begins, baseball is just around the corner, St. Patrick’s Day, March Madness is in full swing, and most of all we tend to think about being outdoors more.

But what most people don’t realize is that March is a crucial time for your skin. It’s that in-between time when the weather starts to change from the blistery cold to warming up for spring. You still need to cleanse, treat and protect your skin.

Remember, home maintnenace is the key. Just like getting your hair and nails done, your skin takes a beating so you need to treat it wisely, smartly and with care every single day. For those of you who do not get peels or microdermabrasion, it is a great time for a freshen-up treatment, just like spring cleaning.

As the weather changes, your skincare needs changes as well. In the winter, you moisturize. As spring approaches, consider cutting back on moisturizers from your cleanser to face and body moisturizers, eye crèmes and even masks. Call us if you need help with daily protocols. Keep things simple as it will make a world of difference to patients and clients.

Remember while March may come in like a lamb, and leave a like lion, it’s cleanse, treat, and protect. Our program is simple and extremely effective.

Skin for the holidays

December 21st, 2011

Are you traveling this holiday season? When you’re not at home, following your daily regimen can be difficult, especially your skin care.  Allow us to offer some ideas and suggestions to keep that gorgeous face of yours looking healthy and shinyduring the holiday season.

1) With all the holiday excitement and fuss, keeping your good and healthy skin care habits is essential, more so now than ever. Enjoy the parties, the food and the activities, but don’t forget to balance your foods to get the vitamins you need, or take vitamin supplements.

2) Even if you are keeping later hours, you still need to try to get plenty of sleep. Sleep is your skin’s best friend and without it, it will become dull and

3) Also, don’t forget to drink plenty of water.  Drinking wine or hard alcohol is dehydrating and your skin will show the effects.

4) Whether you are traveling or just taking a break and enjoying the holiday, remember your skin is not on vacation! Keep cleansing, exfoliating, and a moisturizing routine in place.

5) Last, but not least! Also remember your sunscreen! Regardless whether hot or cold, the sun is your skin’s worst enemy. The ultra violet aging (UVA) waves are at 100% potency, rain or shine, from sunrise to sunset.

If you are on the road this holiday season, remember we have travel kits to makeit easier to take good care of your skin.

Whatever you do, have a safe and happy holiday season, and take time to remember your skin!

“Paddles Up” for a Cure

October 31st, 2011

FabSkin247® represented the Reprev™ cancer skin care line from A-Cute Derm at the 8th Annual Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta held October 22-23, 2011 at the Flour Daniel corporate center in Sugar Land , Texas.  This was sponsored by the Texas Dragon Boat Association (www.texasdragonboat.com) to increase awareness of Asian and Asian-American culture, and enhance cross cultural

Although dragon boat teams are comprised of corporate, youth and community teams, a special emphasis was placed on Breast Cancer survivors &
friends teams.  Pink Phurree, a team comprised of breast cancer survivors said, “We are here to demonstrate that there is lots of life after breast cancer
diagnosis and/or treatment”.

They are one of hundreds of breast cancer dragon teams worldwide who promote awareness, inspire others, and support each other by encouraging a
healthy lifestyle through dragon boating, providing a caring support system, encouraging team spirit, and demonstrating courage, and strength.

The weekend culminated in a moving and deeply spirited event Sunday afternoon when six boats of cancer survivors came together to remember those who lost their lives to cancer by each crew member throwing a carnation into the water, and also to celebrate their lives and hope for the future by raising their paddles.

The Reprev™ skin care line was developed specifically for the unique skin care needs of cancer patients, especially those undergoing chemotherapy and / or radiation. We were honored to be a part of this exciting, upbeat, and FUN weekend!  Perhaps “All Hands Abreast” another Breast Cancer team for survivors and patients said it best, “We race to raise awareness and inspire others that through laughter and tears, we are strong, we are courageous and we will endure!”

Thank you to everyone for being such an inspiration to all of us!

To learn more about dragon boating, go to:  http://www.texasdragonboat.com/links.asp

If you are aware of an event that you would like FabSkin247™ to
participate in, please let us know! We want to be a part of the community and
make others aware of the special line of skin care products that A-Cute Derm®