Posts for: February, 2017

February 16, 2017
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134 Doctors in 36 Specialties


We know the key to health is to eat well, exercise and get plenty of rest. We aren't however always good at following this simple advice. In Acadiana for example, diabetes is one of the top health issues facing the population, as we reported in the August/September 2016 issue. The good news is, the human body has a remarkable ability to heal and repair itself, especially when under the care of an adept doctor.

As part of this issue's fitness and nutrition coverage, we're offering up our first ever Top Doctors list. The doctors in this list are at the top of their fields and have passed a rigorous screening process to be included. Read about the toughest cases of three of the doctors and save this list for when you need to call in a professional.

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. is a healthcare research and information company founded in 1991 by a former medical college board chairman and president to help guide consumers to America's top doctors and top hospitals. Castle Connolly's established nomination survey, research, screening and selection process, under the direction of an MD, involves many hundreds of thousands of physicians as well as academic medical centers, specialty hospitals and regional and community hospitals all across the nation. Castle Connolly's physician-led team of researchers follows a rigorous screening process to select top doctors on both the national and regional levels. Its online nominations process – located at - is open to all licensed physicians in America who are able to nominate physicians in any medical specialty and in any part of the country, as well as indicate whether the nominated physicians is, in their opinion, among the best in their region in their medical specialty or among the best in the nation in their medical specialty. Careful screening of doctors' educational and professional experience is essential before final selection is made among those physicians most highly regarded by their peers. The result - we identify the top doctors in America and provide you, the consumer, with detailed information about their education, training and special expertise in our paperback guides, national and regional magazine “Top Doctors” features and online directories.

Doctors do not and cannot pay to be selected and profiled as Castle Connolly Top Doctors Physicians selected for inclusion in this magazine's "Top Doctors" feature may also appear online at, or in in conjunction with other Castle Connolly Top Doctors databases online and/or in print.



Mary C. Dickerson
Louisiana Dermatology Associates
    10154 Jefferson Hwy.
    Baton Rouge
    (225) 927-5663

Laurie H. Harrington
Advanced Dermatology
    20474 Old Scenic Hwy.
    (225) 654-1124

W. Trent Massengale
Atlas Dermatology
    17503 Old Jefferson Hwy.
    (225) 313-4560

Elizabeth A. Mcburney
Dermasurgery Center
    1245 Camellia Blvd., Ste. 300
    (337) 839-2773

Ann C. Zedlitz
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
Z Aesthetic Dermatology
    5305 Flanders Drive
    Baton Rouge
    (225) 778-7540

For the complete list of the 134 Doctors, please click HERE.


February 16, 2017
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GMA's Ginger Zee Shares Her Battle With Melasma and How She Got Rid of It


ABC News chief meteorologist Ginger Zee (you also know her from season 22 of Dancing with the Stars) has been open with her fans about her pregnancy journey and everything that came after it since she revealed her baby bump on Good Morning America (GMA) back in 2015. One of the struggles she's experienced postpartum? Melasma, a stubborn type of skin discoloration that affects more than 5 million women in the U.S. alone. 

The most common causes of the blotchy-skin condition include hormonal fluctuations due to pregnancy (it's often referred to by doctors and experts as the "pregnancy mask" and can affect up to 70 percent of pregnant women) and birth control. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it causes brown to gray-brown patches on the face, and most people get it on their cheeks, bridge of their nose, forehead, chin, and above their upper lip. It also can appear on other parts of the body that get a lot of sun exposure, such as the forearms and neck.

Today, Zee was featured in a skin care segment on GMA, where she discussed her battle with melasma, how it affected her self-confidence and how she treated it with the help of New York dermatologist Whitney Bowe, MD. 

"My son, Adrian, just turned 1. He's the best thing that has ever happened to me. That said, this kid changed my body, mind and skin forever," said Zee. "The day I looked in the mirror and saw a mask over my face, that was the day I said, enough is enough. My skin was brown in patches and bright white in others. It looked much different than it had before I had the baby. One day I saw that Dr. Whitney Bowe was on our show and I got her contact from producers and made an appointment. In doing research about the skin disorder I thought I had, I found many links leading me to laser treatment. But that scared me. Dr. Bowe took me in and was so gentle with her description. I have melasma. A discoloration of the skin thanks to a shift in hormones. Many times women get it during or after pregnancy, but any hormonal shift, including birth control pills, can bring it on."

The treatment Zee was recommended was not a laser like she was expecting, but rather a series of four chemical peels that were gently applied to her skin by Dr. Bowe. "I was so nervous that my skin would fall off in sheets and it would burn. Instead, the peel took 30 seconds to apply and barely tingled," she said. And surprisingly (despite what web searches may advise), according to Dr. Bowe, the heat and light from lasers can actually make melasma worse. Another melasma no-no: using lemon juice on your face (another common "remedy" for melasma on web searches). "Citrus fruits can irritate the skin and make melasma much worse," says Dr. Bowe.

Dr. Bowe also sent Zee home with "strict instructions to wear SPF always" and a SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic serum that she could mix into her sunscreen (SPF 60+) and wear on a daily basis. "She also made me a special melasma emulsion to use every other night," said Zee.

One of the most important things to note when treating melasma is that it takes time to see results and nothing happens overnight—it took Zee roughly six months to see a more even skin tone. If you can't afford or don't have time to visit a dermatologist for in-office treatments, look for at-home creams, lotions and serums that contain skin-brightening ingredients like kojic acid, vitamin C, licorice and soy. Also, remember to wear a hat when you're going to be in the sun and reapply SPF every two hours when you're outside (even if it's cloudy). 

"I kept dreaming of a day I could go makeup-less like Alicia Keys, and while I'll never have her flawless complexion and gorgeous skin color, I think I look pretty darn good after Dr. Bowe's help," said Zee.


For more information on these products and procedures, call for your appointment or consultation with Dr. Z and let the skin boss help you!

February 13, 2017
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Study Reveals Ducking Under Your Beach Umbrella Is Damaging Your Skin
By Danielle Fontana , Editorial Assistant | 

For as long as I can remember, bringing an umbrella to lay under at the beach was the responsible thing to do in order to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays and to avoid burning. In fact, as far as I was concerned, seeking shade under these colorful sunshades or slathering yourself with SPF without one were one in the same. But, according to a new study published in JAMA Dermatology, I—and probably thousands of others who thought that these umbrellas could provide adequate sun protection—have been wrong all along.  

The randomized clinical study looked at how well the typical shade from a beach umbrella protects against sunburn when compared to the protection offered by a sunscreen with a high SPF (the trial used SPF 100). The 81 participants from Texas were split up into two groups: Members of the umbrella group had their positioning monitored under the shade and adjusted as the sun’s angle changed throughout the day—the trial lasted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.—in order to minimize any direct exposure of UV rays to evaluated areas (the face, upper chest, back of the neck, both arms and both legs), while those in the sunscreen group were instructed to reapply sunscreen every two hours (more often if they were sweating) with the knowledge that their sunscreen usage would be recorded at the end of the trial. 

The results were shocking. During three and a half hours of sun exposure, 78 percent of participants under the umbrella with no SPF developed a sunburn while only 25 percent of participants who used the sunscreen without any shade had burned.  

It is important to note, however, that neither of these approaches completely prevented a sunburn, which the study suggests may indicate that a combination approach—using a high SPF sunscreen while also ducking under an umbrella—may be needed for peak protection from these harmful rays, which is precisely what the Skin Cancer Foundation and the vast majority of dermatologists already advise. Montclair, NJ, dermatologist Jeanine B. Downie, MD, says that she only recommends beach umbrellas that are SPF 50 or above in terms of their protection. "In addition to an umbrella, a sunscreen of SPF 30 or above should also be applied to the skin and reapplied every two hours if you are in New York or surrounding states—every hour if you are in a state closer to the equator," she says, adding that it is critical that we're serious about doing both, not just one, because people don't put on enough sunscreen and only one of these practices isn't enough to stand on its own. 

February 06, 2017
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Scientists Uncover New Belly-Busting Hormone That Speeds Up Weight Loss

February 06, 2017
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The At-Home Treatment Supermodel Miranda Kerr Does Every Morning for Tighter Skin

Supermodels are always in the know regarding the best skin care practices the beauty industry has to offer (seriously, they've tried everything), which is why we're so tuned in to what their skin, body and makeup tricks currently are. Our latest discovery? Miranda Kerr's drugstore hack for tighter skin. 

The supermodel, who's currently prepping for her wedding to Snapchat CEO, Evan Spiegal, recently opened up to InStyle about the morning skin care ritual she never skips. "I’m such a big fan of body brushing, like dry body brushing. I love it,” she said in the interview. “I do it every morning religiously. It stimulates the lymphatic system. It detoxifies your body."

Dry brushing is a technique in which one runs a brush against the skin in order to stimulate the lymphatic system and eliminate toxins from the body. It's been shown to lower inflammation, firm skin and even reduce cellulite. The practice is also well-known for having quite the celebrity following, with iconic supermodels like Cindy Crawford and Christie Brinkley also swearing by it.

Additionally, Kerr, 33, mentioned her preferred spa treatment in the interview: “I really love going in the infrared sauna, just to detox,” she said, adding that she enjoys drinking cold-pressed green juice and coconut water to boost skin health from the inside out. While these extra tips are great advice on their own, it’s the dry brushing that’s caught our attention. You can snag one for yourself at Target for only $6.