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Posts for: February, 2017

February 22, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: brown spots   SkinMedica   Lytera 2.0  

Article about Lytera 2.0 in the Marie Claire magazine 

By Emily Gottstein, PA
February 22, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: SkinMedica  

    Lytera is a skin brightening agent that is a part of the Skin Medica Family of skin care products. It can help with brown spots and discoloration of the skin. It has been newly formulated without retinal but it just as patent to reduce hyperpigmentation. Lytera 2.0 now contains a blend of antioxidants, peptides and plant acids. In a study, compared to hydroquinone (a skin bleaching agent) the new Lytera 2.0 demonstrated results comparable to hydroquinone in reducing pigmentation. Any skin type and tone can use Lytera because there is no retinal, no hydroquinone, no parabens, and is fragrance free. Also, it is great to add to any current regimen or treatment to help boost results.


By Dr. Peter Accetta, M.D.
February 21, 2017
Category: Sun Protection


    A patient brought to my attention that a frequently recommended sunscreen now comes with a warning label.

           Warning: This product contains a chemical know to the State of California to cause cancer.

     The state of California bases their decision on a study performed on mice that were fed Zinc Oxide over a period of time. The mice experienced anemia, renal and liver damage.

    Zinc is however, an essential metal needed by all mammals and commonly found in nutritional supplements. There is no evidence that micro or nanoparticle zinc oxide reaches the blood stream when applied to skin. Studies with electron microscope shows zinc particles confined to the stratum corneum which is the outermost layer of skin.

    Unprotected exposure to the sun or indoor tanning booths is the major risk factor for skin cancer. The American Academy of Dermatology continues to recommend titanium and zinc oxide products as safe and effective sun protection. 


By Dr. Peter Accetta, M.D.
February 14, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Microneedling   Silicone   Scar   Vbeam  

    This month the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) Journal was devoted to the treatment of scars. The journal covered many high tech treatments like laser but what surprised me most was the excellent improvement noted by many patients with over the counter silicone products.

    It seems a silicone covering traps moisture and provides occlusion which helps prevent new scars but is also effective on older thick scars. The silicone comes in many forms; sheets, gel liquids and ointments with names such as “scar guard” or similar. Products are readily available at CVS, Rite-aid and Amazon. 

    Silicone must be used for several months to achieve optional improvement.

    Thick scars and small Keloids that don’t respond completely to silicone can be treated at our office with intralesional corticosteroid injections, microneedling or pulse dye laser (Vbeam).

    I would suggest that patients try a silicone product for three months and if further improvement is desired schedule a consultation with our office. 

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