Posts Tagged ‘Hair Removal’

Lasers in Ethnic Skin

The use of lasers in ethnic skin can pose a therapeutic challenge due to significant risks of post-inflammatory pigment alteration in this patient population. The greatest risk occurs in lasers with wavelengths in the range of the absorption spectrum on melanin due to the epidermal melanin absorption and resultant thermal injury in richly pigmented skin. In this article we will review lasers that have been studied in ethnic skin and will offer a practical approach to the safe use of lasers in ethnic skin.

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Getting to the Root of Pseudofolliculitis Barbae

First reported in 1908, pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB) is a common inflammatory condition caused by ingrown hairs in the beard area of African-American and Hispanic men who have tightly coiled hair. Fox first noted the condition, and it was later described as pseudofolliculitis of the beard by Strauss and Kligman in 1956.1,2 Present in up to 83% of African-American men, this condition is characterized by inflamed papules and occasional pustules in the beard after close shaving.

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Using Lasers on Ethnic Skin: A Review on Four Cases

Lasers can be used effectively on ethnic skin to treat conditions such as pseudofolliculitis barbae, hirsutism and acne keloidalis nuchae. Read on for a review of four cases of patients whose conditions were successfully treated with lasers.

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Burn Therapy

A few nights ago I was flipping through the channels and had to stop on the new show Khloe & Kourtney Take Miami.  If you didn’t see the episode, one of the sisters, Khloe, gets burned from a bikini wax.  Their solution was to apply butter while the Kourtney’s boyfriend Scott suggested ice.  So who was right?  Well, the answer is neither was right, but Scott was close.  Khloe suffered a thermal burn from the hot wax.  Other common causes of thermal burns are curling irons, hot oil from cooking, and even steam.  Immediately after a burn you should cool the area with cold water.  You can also use towels moistened with cold water to cool and soothe the burned skin.  Ice and ice water should be avoided because this can sometimes make the injury worse.   Thermal burns often develop blisters.  If blistering is significant, you should go to the ER so that a doctor can drain the blisters, clean the area, and cover the area with a clean dressing.  Usually topical antibiotics such as Bacitracin (over the counter) or silver sulfadiazine (prescription) are applied daily with a nonstick dressing until the wound is healed.  Once healed, I always tell my patients to apply sunscreen to the area because, unfortunately, burns tend to heal with dark scars on people with darker skin.  Although sunscreen won’t stop this completely, it will definitely help.  So remember for minor burns, butter and ice are not the best treatment.  Instead cool the area with cold water and then apply an antibiotic until it’s healed.  Of course, once healed, don’t forget sunscreen to help prevent a dark scar!

What’s New-Something Completely Unexpected!!!!

If you have been following my blog , you know that I have been keeping you up to date with some new products on the market that I saw at a meeting last week.
I definitely saved the most intriguing one for last.   You may have to sit down for this one.  There is now a new product to protect your privates during laser, waxing and other hair removal processes.  It is called the Va-J-J Visor!  You’ve got to love the name, right?  Anyway, it is this little, soft, pastel colored plastic shield that covers the sensitive skin of the inner labia so that you can laser, wax or use depilatories without any irritation of this sensitive skin.  The Va-J-J Visor previously was used mainly in spas, but now it is available directly to consumers for at-home use.  It is especially useful for those of you who want to take it all off. Without going into too much detail, once it is placed correctly, it stays in place and completely covers the sensitive areas like a shield allowing for easy hair removal.  And you thought you had seen it all!!  What will they come up with next? I will keep you posted☺