Posts Tagged ‘Skincare’

What Is A BB Cream?

If you haven’t noticed, there has been a recent increase in a new skin care “must have” called the BB cream. Although new to us here in the US, BB creams have existed for decades in Europe and Asia. So what exactly what is a BB cream? BB cream stands for a variety of things.

Blemish Balm, Beauty Balm, and Blemish Base are some of the more common terms. The BB cream was actually developed over 50 years ago by German dermatologist, Dr. Christine Schrammek. The cream was used to protect the skin after procedures while at the same time providing light makeup coverage. So basically a BB cream is an all in one type cosmetic-with moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sun block all in one cream.

In the 1980’s BB creams gained popularity in Asia for their multitasking properties. In South Korea, many BB creams were endorsed by celebrities as the “secret of Korean actresses”. The term BB cream came out of Asia likely due to a copyright on the word “blemish” in Korea. In Asia, skin whitening and lightening properties are a common selling point of BB creams. However, in the US, BB creams are known for their nourishing and soothing properties.

BB creams in Asia usually come in just two shades which make them limited for the wide range of hues we have in the United States, but manufacturers in the US have taken that into account and have added more shades to cover darker skin types. I do think that BB creams are here to stay. As our days get busier and busier, it is not surprising that this all in one product has gained popularity. Just be careful with sunscreen because the pea sized amount recommended to cover the entire face will not provide any significant sun protection. So definitely add a sunscreen to your BB cream to make sure you are getting the protection you need.

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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Pigmented Lesions In Darker Skin Types

Treating pigmented lesions in patients with darker skin types can be clinically challenging due to the relatively lower incidence of pigmented lesions in this patient population. This article will review the biology of pigmentation and offer further clinical insight into pigmented lesions in darker skin types.

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Hot Off the Press: Newest FDA Sunscreen Regulations

A few months ago I wrote about changes that the FDA had proposed to help consumers understand what type of coverage a sunscreen had. I summarized it in my sunscreen blog here.

A quick summary is that UVB causes sunburn and UVA is more associated with early aging. Both cause skin cancer. In 2007, they proposed that sunscreens should display two parameters SPF (which refers to UVB protection) and a 4 star system (to refer to UVA protection). Well, this year, they decided not to use the 4 star system because they thought it would be too complicated for consumers. I didn’t think it was that complicated but I guess they wanted an easier label.

So now sunscreens have 3 new rules:

1) They can no longer claim an SPF higher than 50. This is because the FDA reports that there is no evidence that a sunscreen higher than 50 provides any significant increase in coverage from UVB rays.

2) The term “Broad Spectrum” must be added to indicate that there is also UVA coverage. (No stars are required so we won’t know how much UVA coverage there is.)

3) “Broad Spectrum” sunscreen with an SPF between 15 and 50 can make the following claim on the label: “reduces the risk of skin cancer and premature aging”. Other sunscreens that have an SPF of 2-14 or are not Broad Spectrum can only claim that they help prevent sunburn.

These rules were announced last week and companies that make sunscreens will have until next summer to change the labels. I think this is a good change but I would have loved the 4 star system. Regardless, I think it will make sunscreen labels more clear which is always a good thing.

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