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A Thanksgiving Story

November 26th, 2014

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: “I am blind, please help.” There were only a few coins in the hat. A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words. Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. 

The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?” The man said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way.” I wrote: “Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it.” 

Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people that they were so lucky that they were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective? 

Moral of the Story: Be thankful for what you have. Be creative. Be innovative. Think differently and positively. When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile. Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear. Keep the faith and drop the fear. 

The most beautiful thing is to see a person smiling. And even more beautiful, is knowing that you are the reason behind it!

Author: Unknown, story from goodtimestories.com 

As we observe Thanksgiving Day this year, let us take stock and consider the sheer magnificence of our blessings. Stop and reflect on why we have so much. Remember our rich national history, and those who fought to preserve this great land. 
 
Thank you for sharing this time with us.  We appreciate all of you!  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
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What makes Emu Oil so special?

November 14th, 2014

E2 Serum

  • Reduces inflammation of the skin.
  • Superb for patients with Eczema, Psoriasis or Rosacea.
  • Burns – promotes faster healing.
  • Minimizes pain and possible scarring. Wonderful for kitchen and curling iron burns.
  • Joints – reduces pain, swelling and stiffness. Arthritis patients love it!
  • Wounds – when applied to recent wounds it accelerates healing and reduces scar tissue formation.
  • Anti-inflammatory – quickly dissipates redness.
  • Insect bites crave this! Stinging and itching are quickly stopped when applied. 

E2 Lipid Crème

  • Highly effective moisturizer – greaseless, mild to the skin and rapidly absorbed by the skin.
  • Loaded with Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids
  • Fragrance-free – Use day or night. Fabulous under makeup
  • Skin remains moist 3-4 times longer than traditional moisturizers.
  • Great after shaving!
  • Improves the body’s normal healing process.

Try one or both of these amazing products.  You will love it, too!

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Keeping Your Summer Skin Radiant This Fall

November 7th, 2014
As fall weather approaches cooler, drier air will play havoc with our skin. Just like the summer clothes that fill your closet, it is time to put a few pieces away that simply do not work with the change in weather. It is no different with your skin care products and even your regimen. Here are tips for fall to keep your skin looking beautiful and healthy.
  • Reassess your body cleanser:  you want moisture laden ingredients like ahas (lactic acid), vitamin B…Give our Smooth As Silk Cleanser a try.
  • Use a body polish:  you want to exfoliate more often due to the more drying effects of fall.  Do not use scrubs as they scratch the skin.  Our Exfoliating Cleanser is loaded with jojoba spheres in a moisturizing base.
  • Moisturize daily: Hydrate your skin as cooler, drier air saps your skin of water and oils.  Serums are perfect.  Try Grape Seed Serum and E2 Lipid Hand and Body Lotion.
  • Mask weekly: Hydrating Masks will deliver nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins to your face. Try Hydrofusion™  Strawberries & Crème or Pro-C® Moisturizing Masks.
  • Sunscreen: Your #1 nemesis for healthy skin never stops. In fact UVA radiation is always at 100% potency from sunrise to sunset, rain or shine. Use Pro-Tect® SPF20 or SPF30+.
  • Remember Your Feet: sandals, open toe shoes or simply going barefoot are replaced with closed toe shoes and boots. Take care of them so you can pop back in your sandals when the time comes.  Power Beads Body Polish is perfect.
  • Nail care needs help too: One tell-tale sign of cold weather is dry cuticles. Use our N2S Cuticle and Nail Conditioner 10 seconds three times a week can quickly take care of the cracked skin and nails and will keep a painful issue at bay.
  • Treat your hair: Hair becomes drier and more brittle. Use hair dryers less often or shorten your usage time as they dry out the scalp. A great trick is to add 1 drop of our Grape Seed Serum to your shampoo when you wash your hair.
  • Lips need help, too: Do not lick your lips as they will chap faster. Keep our Pro-Tect® SPF20 Lip Balm in your pocket or purse.
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What Is Salicylic Acid?

October 31st, 2014

Salicylic Acid (SA) is a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) derived from willow tree bark, used to help clear and prevent acne pimples and blemishes. SA is in a class of medications called keratolytic agents, which are exfoliating ingredients. It actually penetrates into pores, dissolves dead skin build-up and sheds the top layer of skin and prevents pores from becoming trapped.

SA also treats acne by reducing swelling and redness and is effective at clearing mild acne without drying the skin. However, it has no effect on Propioni bacteria found in acne.

You can expect to see full results within a few weeks of using topical SA to treat acne or certain other skin conditions, Your condition may worsen during the first few days as the cleanser begins to open and cleanse the pores. It should be applied even after the acne has cleared to continue its exfoliating and cleansing benefits.

To prevent dryness or irritation, apply less often at first, and then gradually increase the application process after your skin has adjusted to treatment. Carefully follow the directions on the package label as it will tell you how to prepare your skin before you apply the cleanser.

Since salicylic acid can be slightly drying to the surface of the skin, it is advised not to use it with topical acne prescriptions, aggressive cleansers or astringents. For the best results, a balanced acne regimen with moisturizing and soothing products is recommended. Pregnant and nursing women should check with their physician about using salicylic acid since some advise against it.
B-Kleer™ Salcid™ Acne Face & Body Wash is a light, uplifting and refreshing cleanser that helps control and possibly eliminate mild to moderate breakouts. This gentle yet powerful formula utilizes a long-proven acne fighting ingredient that can prevent breakouts without over-drying or irritating your skin. This wash will rinse clean while leaving your skin feeling fresher, softer and smoother. is a light, uplifting and refreshing cleanser that helps control and possibly eliminate mild to moderate breakouts. This gentle yet powerful formula utilizes a long-proven acne fighting ingredient that can prevent breakouts without over-drying or irritating your skin. This wash will rinse clean while leaving your skin feeling fresher, softer and smoother.

 

 

 

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Hair Regrowth That Works

October 24th, 2014
Hair Regrowth That Works

There are many forms of hair loss with treatments galore that claim to restore a full head of hair and we should not underestimate the stigma associated with hair loss. The good news is that as long as you have some hair, or if dealing with radiation and cancer, once your treatments end, regrowth can occur.

Most programs today are expensive and range from topical products, specialized lasers that stimulate the scalp to oral prescription medication. Our policy has always been to offer high quality and high efficacy at moderate pricing.

Within the first two weeks you will begin to have a much cleaner scalp from the build-up of waxes [created by shampoos and other hair care products] and  there will be a significant drop-off of hair fallout. Over the next three to six month you will see real hairs, not just peach fuzz, as your hair will grow in fuller and thicker.

For our cancer patients, due to skin sensitivity which often accompanies chemotherapy, we recommend using these products two weeks following your last round of chemotherapy. Our products will help your hair come back faster and in the healthiest condition possible, though it will often return in a different color due to the damage to the hair cells by the chemo.

Our Professional Hair Growth System Kit is simple to use. We have 4 essential products that need to be used daily and will require 4 – 6 minutes during and following your bath or shower.

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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.

 

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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