By Z Dermatology
October 22, 2018
Category: Beauty
Tags: Products  

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Celebrities often rely on their own personal glam squads to create their red carpet–ready looks, but most of us don't have that luxury. Instead, we stock our vanities with a carefully curated arsenal of makeup and try our best. These winners make that process much easier.

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Get Budge-Proof Makeup

We’re hooked on the fine-yet-never-sticky mist of Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray ($32) that locks makeup in and let’s your face pull an all-nighter


Beauty On the Go

A convenient and mess-free way to achieve flawless skin in seconds, the makeup-loaded stamp-pad in AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ ($60) delivers serious coverage without skimping on protection or moisture. 


Cut the Creasing Out

You can forget about shadow that flakes, creases, smudges or disappears when you prep your lids with NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ($26), a creamy primer that maximizes the intensity and staying power of your favorite eye shadows. 


Precision Eyeliner for a Perfect Look

Can’t decide between a thick flick and a thin line? That’s where MAC Cosmetics Brushstroke Liner ($21) comes in. With a precision-tip, tapered brush applicator that glides onto lids, this liquid eyeliner pen makes it easier than ever to get a perfectly lined eye. 


For Nails On Point

When it comes to the best assortment of colors (more than 240 to be exact) that give your nails shine, OPI Nail Lacquer ($11) is the way to go. 


Contour Queen

Some cream-based contour palettes are tricky to use and can make skin look streaky and “done.” Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit ($40) seamlessly blends into skin, leaving everyone thinking, “How are her cheeks that defined?” 


Foundation That Won't Slip Off Your Skin

Unlike many matte foundations, Maybelline New York Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation ($8) covers everything you want to hide while letting your skin show through. Never cakey or flat, this formula makes pores do a disappearing act. 


Sweat in Style

Now that gym-approved makeup is a “thing,” you can bat perfect lashes courtesy of Tarte Cosmetics Lifted Sweatproof Mascara ($23). Not only will your lashes look impeccable before you take the saddle in your favorite spin class, but they’ll also stay intact through the entire workout without any smearing, bleeding or feathering. 


The Day in and Day Out Eye Shadow Palette

Of course, Drew Barrymore nailed it with her Flower Beauty Shimmer & Shade Eyeshadow Palette ($16), a foolproof mélange of 10 shades that easily take you from day to night and everywhere in between. 


The Hardest-Working Eye Makeup Remover

Tugging and scrubbing your eyes to get every last trace of makeup off is never fun, and with Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover ($30), you don’t have to. It takes off the most stubborn liners, shadows and mascaras sans any red, irritated lids. 


Smoky Eye Staple

If the name itself, Clarins 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette in Smoky ($44), isn’t enough to sell you on the fact that these mineral shadows are a requirement for a smoldering eye, then the finishes—satin, matte and iridescent—ranging in color from light to dark will have you hooked. 


Eyes Wide Open

A celebrity makeup artist staple, the cult-classicShiseido Eyelash Curler ($20) is a must-have for the sheer fact that it instantly morphs limp, straight lashes into perfectly curled ones with just the right amount of “lash flip.” 

By Z Dermatology
October 15, 2018
Category: Beauty
Tags: Skin Care  

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Regardless of which products take center stage in your beauty regimen, we all have those essentials we just can't be without. These go-tos are the cult-classics that have become beauty obsessions.

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Mascara That Works Miracles

When you want the falsie look—thicker, darker, clump-free lashes—without actually splurging on extensions, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara($23) never disappoints. 


Primer That Perfectly Preps Your Skin

For those who love multitasking products, look no further than Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer($42), a primer-meets-moisturizer that floods skin with hydration while also locking in makeup so there’s no midday fading or budging.


Blush That Looks Good on Everyone

Finding that just-right shade of blush can be quite a task, but jane iredale PurePressed Blush in Clearly Pink ($30), a naturally rosy hue in a mineral powder formula, eliminates the need for trial and error


SPF You'll Actually Want to Reapply

Free of the hotly debated ingredient oxybenzone, as well as parabens, sulfates, phthalates, dyes and oils, Australian Gold Botanical SPF 30 Mineral Lotion ($16) defends skin against UV rays with a nongreasy, matte finish you and your skin will love. 


Sunscreen That Doesn't Leave You Greasy

If you can’t stand the feel of traditional sunscreen, Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50 ($65) is a must-try. Serious sun protection in a light-as-air mineral powder makes what usually feels like a chore, actually enjoyable. 


Skin-Perfecting Powder

Top makeup artists keep their kits stocked withLaura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder ($38) because it not only perfectly sets makeup, but also blurs skin imperfections. Expect nothing less than a gorgeous, matte finish. 


Most Powerful Whitening Toothpaste

An everyday smile staple that continues to outperform other whitening toothpastes year after year, Supersmile Professional Teeth Whitening Toothpaste ($23) easily removes stubborn plaque and stains for noticeably brighter teeth.


Concealer That Covers Everything

Whether it’s dark circles or a pesky zit you’re trying to hide, Milk Makeup Flex Concealer ($28) acts like a second skin to give you full coverage anywhere you need it. Plus, marshmallow root makes it flexible, so it’s beyond easy to blend in. 


Gentle Cleanser for Easily Irritated Skin

Milky, creamy and completely soapfree, La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser ($15) washes away all traces of daily grime—even eye makeup—without stripping your skin of essential moisture. 


Stay-All-Day Hairspray

Cult-classic L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray ($15) reigns supreme because it really delivers on its promises: You get serious hold on all of your favorite styles without any stiff, crunchy feeling. 


Dry Shampoo That Transforms Dirty Hair

From its addictive signature scent to its ability to make second-day hair look better than first (without any white residue), amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo ($25) has quickly risen to the top of the dry shampoo charts. 


Eye Cream That Destroys Dark Circles

You deserve to look well-rested even if you aren’t, and RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream ($18) makes it possible. Apply the lightweight, nongreasy cream each night for visibly minimized dark circles and a more even skin tone you can feel confident about. 

By Z Dermatology
October 08, 2018
Category: Beauty
Tags: Skin  

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We’ve all heard the phrase “age is just a number,” but when it comes to suffering from skin issues, the expression couldn’t be truer. From baby diaper rash, to hormonal teenage acne, to possibly cancerous adult moles, battling some sort of skin condition is expected, no matter how many candles you’re blowing out that year.

With age comes new types of skin conditions, and some of these unfamiliar spots can look weird, or even unsightly. We’ve asked Houston, TX board-certified dermatologist Suneel Chilukuri, MD, to give us the down low on three common age spots, how to spot them, and how they can be removed.

1. Skin tags

Acrochordons, or “skin tags,” are overgrowths of skin that are most frequently found in areas of friction, “like the neck, underarms, waistline, and groin,” says Dr. Chilukuri. “Typically flesh-colored, soft, and painless, skin tags can grow between 1 to 2 millimeters in size.” Unfortunately, there is no known cause for these small growths, but Dr. Chilukuri believes there is a hereditary pre-disposition to developing skin tags.

Skin tags are harmless, but there are a couple of options when it comes to removing them. The first option involves liquid nitrogen, where the skin tags are frozen off.The second option includes electrodessication, which uses electrical currents to target each skin tag causing them to burn off. “The last option is to have a dermatologist physically cut off the skin tags with sterile scissors” says Dr. Chilukuri. He warns against cutting them off on your own, as the area may bleed and become infected.

2. Seborrheic keratoses

Seborrheic keratoses (or SKs, as the docs call them), are one of the most common noncancerous skin growths in older adults. “SKs look like waxy or wart-like growths and are tan, brown, or black in color,” says Dr. Chilukuri. They can be flat or raised, and are usually found on the face, neck, chest, and back.“Just like skin tags, there is a hereditary pre-disposition to developing SKs, and most people will see these growths starting in their early 40s (and potentially developing more as they age),” he explains.

“Similar to skin tags, SKs can be treated using liquid nitrogen, electrodessication, shave removal or lasers. An in-office treatment, called ESKATA® (hydrogen peroxide) topical solution, 40% (w/w), removes raised SKs. After a dermatologist makes the diagnosis of a raised SK on the face or neck, ESKATA can be applied to the raised growth, where a patient may feel a tingling sensation or itching during the application,” explains Dr. Chilukuri. “The lesion resolves over time after one or two treatments. ESKATA is safe for all skin types and skin tones.”

3. Cherry angiomas

Also known as senile angiomas or Campbell de Morgan spots, cherry angiomas are red “moles” that appear on the skin in many people starting in their 30s. Cherry angiomas can range from 1 to 8 millimeters in size and can develop on any part of the body. “No one really knows the exact cause of angiomas, but it’s believed that there is a hereditary pre-disposition to developing these little red spots,” says Dr. Chilukuri.

Dr. Chilukuri explains that 75% of people over the age of 75 have at least one cherry angioma “somewhere on their body.” Similar to skin tags and seborrheic keratoses, cherry angiomas can also be removed using electrodessication, shaving, or pulse dye laser, where a concentrated beam of light targets blood vessels in the skin.

While these three age spots are harmless, Dr. Chilukuri strongly encourages to always get any spots of concern checked out by a board-certified dermatologist. “Unfortunately, there are many self-proclaimed “skin care experts” that are not properly qualified to make these diagnoses,” says Dr. Chilukuri. “As a result, my colleagues and I have seen patients come in with lesions they were told are ‘SKs,’ but they’re actually melanomas, ‘skin tags’ which end up being basal cell carcinomas, and ‘cherry angiomas’ that are actually amelanotic melanomas.”

By Z Dermatology
October 02, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Z-Wave   Cellulite  

Smooth Tight SkinWould you like more flattering skin? Do you want to get rid of unwanted cellulite?

At Z Aesthetic Dermatology, Dr. Ann Zedlitz, in Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA, provides her patients with Z-wave, a machine designed to temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite.

More About Z-Wave

Z-Wave reduces cellulite on the legs and buttocks with the use of powerful sound waves that are transmitted into the tissue. It's basically a high radial pulse technology that was adapted to treat cellulite.

Although the impact of the procedure is temporary, it is very effective, quick, and gentle on your skin. Patients describe the treatment as feeling similar to a relaxing massage, so you don't need to worry about pain.

How Long Does It Take to See Visible Changes?

Since everyone has different amounts of cellulite, you'll need to speak with your Baton Rouge and Prairieville doctor about how many sessions you will need to undergo. Although everyone is unique, it generally takes 6 to 14 sessions to complete the treatment. You may see changes after 2-3 sessions, however, with your skin becoming smoother and firmer.

Again, make sure you consult with your doctor to ensure that you're a good candidate for the procedure and to find out how many sessions your body will need.

How Long Do Results Last?

The result-lasting duration varies from one person to another, but there are things you can do to ensure you make the most out of the time and money you spent on Z-Wave:

  • Regular refresher sessions
  • Exercise
  • Balanced diet

What Are Some Other Advantages of Z-Wave?

Advantages include painless treatment, no downtime after treatment, easy to operate, non-invasive treatment, visible results, and smooth skin.

Need a Consultation?

It's understandable if you have questions and/or concerns about this procedure. It's best to call Dr. Ann Zedlitz at her Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA, offices at (225) 778-7540 to make an appointment today!

By Z Dermatology
October 01, 2018
Category: Beauty
Tags: Skin  

Photo Credits: Getty Images


Going under the knife in the name of youth requires time, money and potentially some pain. But a facelift isn’t the only option when it comes to shaving five (or even ten) years off an aging appearance. The last decade has brought major advances in topical lotions and potions for younger looking skin. But with so many choices out there, it's hard to figure out which treatment is most appropriate. To narrow down the options, we asked Charleston, SC dermatologist Todd Schlesinger, MD, for his advice on what to look for when you’re on the hunt for the fountain of youth. 


1.  Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid (or HA) is a sugar-based molecule that’s a basic component of the skin. When you add more HA to your skin, “it serves to hydrate the skin because it draws water to itself,” says Dr. Schlesinger. After applying HA to your face, you’ll see “skin that appears more plump, radiant and smooth,” he explains. HA is most effective in hydrating the skin, but “certain forms of it have also been shown to alter the inflammatory pathways within the skin, increasing certain wound-healing activities while not affecting those pathways that might lead to harm,” he says.


HA is available in various forms such as gels, creams and lotions, where these cosmeceuticals serve to hydrate the skin while improving the texture and tone of the skin, too. “Aging skin is, by nature, drier skin because of the loss of the skin’s ability to retain moisture,” says Dr. Schlesinger. When your skin is hydrated, "it is better able to recover and respond to other agents designed to improve its function and appearance," he says.

There typically aren’t any side effects when using HA. “Depending on the vehicle (or base) that the product comes in, there could be a reaction to an ingredient now and then, but since HAs are a natural component of the skin, true allergic reactions would be rare,” explains Dr. Schlesinger. “Most reactions to skin care products can be classified as allergic or irritant, and these are more often related to preservatives, fragrances or antioxidants, rather than HAs,” he says.


When it comes to aging skin, sometimes a loss of elasticity, a drier dermis, and more fine lines and wrinkles aren’t the only obstacles your face may face. There are many types of spots that may appear as you hit your 30s and beyond, where a topical treatment may assist in fading, or destroying, the unsightly spot. One of these types of lesions, called a raised seborrheic keratosis (or SK), can now be treated topically, thanks to a FDA-approved topical solution called ESKATA® (hydrogen peroxide) topical solution, 40% (w/w).


ESKATA is a topical treatment for raised SKs, which can appear as “stuck-on brown or tan lesions that may show up on the face or neck,” says Dr. Schlesinger. This treatment “is a concentrated hydrogen peroxide solution that is supplied in a unique applicator designed to soak raised SKs thoroughly with solution,” he explains. “The hydrogen peroxide forms bubbles within and around the lesions, which essentially dissolves them,” he says.


“The most common adverse reactions in the studies leading to its approval were redness, stinging, swelling, scaling, crusting and itching. When applied, ESKATA can cause the treated SK to turn white temporarily” says Dr. Schlesinger. 


3.  Retinol

A tried-and-true anti-ager, retinol “is a form of vitamin A and is essential for the correct functioning of the top layer of skin cells,” says Dr. Schlesinger. Retinol improves smoothness, texture, and evens coloration of the skin, “and its related compounds are quite effective at reversing the sign and symptoms associated with aged or sun-damaged skin,” he says.


You can find the vitamin A-derived ingredient in “prescriptions (like Retin-A), office-dispense skincare products, or over-the-counter regimens,” he says. Some of the most common side effects of using a retinol are irritation, dryness, stinging, redness, burning and itching, but “retinol, and its closely related cousin, retinaldehyde, are considered the less irritating versions of vitamin A compounds used on the skin,” says Dr. Schlesinger.


While Dr. Schlesinger sings his praises for each of these anti-aging ingredients and topicals, he always stresses the importance of sunscreen in preventing signs of aging on all his clients. “Sunscreen is vital in protecting the skin from the known harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation,” he says.

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