Black Americans Are Getting Botox More Than Ever

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Ruth Samuel Black Americans are letting go of the stigma behind getting work done from past generations and smoothing, filling, and fading with abandon. This story is a part of The Melanin Edit, a platform in which Allure will explore every facet of a melanin-rich life — from the most innovative treatments for hyperpigmentation to the social and emotional realities — all while spreading Black pride. Dermatologist Corey L. Hartman, 46, receives Botox every three to four months and has been doing so since his residency 15 years ago. “If I have heartburn, and I know that there is a fix for heartburn, I’m going to go and get the fix… read more

What I Wish I’d Known Before I Got My First Cortisone Shot

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And what you should know, too. written by Deven Hopp updated Jul 17, 2021 Reviewed by Dr. Rachel Nazarian Board-Certified Dermatologist I grew up having nearly perfect skin. Don’t get me wrong, I got occasional pimples but they were nothing my trusty Mario Badescu Drying Lotion couldn’t handle. When I was around 20, my skin turned on me and erupted with cystic acne—I’m talking big, deep, painful, recurring cysts. As someone who has always been diligent about skincare, I freaked out, naturally. Then I called my dermatologist, who recommended I get cortisone shots for my acne. Cortisone shots are like the dermatological nuclear option for acne. Injected into the right kind of pimple—there… read more

Laser Treatments for Acne & Acne Scars

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By Dr. Corey Hartman Everybody knows its name and what it means for the condition of their skin. Acne can be a recurring, difficult to treat, painful condition that can affect our confidence as powerfully as it affects our comfort and complexion. The battle against acne is ever ongoing. Creams, extreme treatments, oral medication, and intense topical therapies abound for handling both outbreaks and the scars they leave behind. For some acne sufferers, however, relief can sometimes seem like a distant dream. But there is, thankfully, one technological advancement making waves in the world of acne and acne scar treatment: lasers. Already widely trusted for a host of applications from… read more

How Fillers Eliminate Dark Under Eye Circles

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By: Dr. Corey Hartman, Skin Wellness Dermatology In the 21st century, our relationship with good sleeping habits is (shall we say?) tenuous at best. These days, it can feel nearly impossible to enjoy 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep without the digital distractions and anxiety of modern life. We’re expected to handle our hectic routines with grace and style, and all while looking good enough to snap the necessary daily selfie. Try though we might to have it all, the bags beneath our eyes tell a different story. Fatigue and lack of sleep combined with the natural effects of aging to make us look downright exhausted—even when we’re full of pep.… read more

Say “Goodbye” to Stretch Marks with the Fraxel Dual Laser Treatment

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By: Dr. Corey Hartman, Skin Wellness Dermatology We demand a lot from our skin. It needs to be tough but soft. It should be smooth and protective. But between what we need our skin to do and how we’d like it to feel, we may be demanding too much of our largest organ without providing it with the support it needs. Sometimes our skin can’t keep up. When we grow or slim down faster than our skin, stretch marks often develop. In periods of rapid change such as pregnancy, drastic weight gain/loss, or even growth spurts in adolescence, the skin compensates as best it can. Stretch marks, though harmless, can… read more

The Botox Lip Flip – The Latest Trend in Lush Lips

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By: Dr. Corey Hartman, Skin Wellness Dermatology For years now, “volume” has been the name of the game in the ever-escalating pursuit of bigger, fuller lips. In cosmetic dermatology clinics around the world, patients are seeking every advantage they can find in achieving the sexiest, poutiest lips possible. But volume, as it turns out, may not be everything. In exploring every avenue for lip fulfillment, a new option has risen in popularity alongside traditional fillers. This new trend—appropriately dubbed the Botox Lip Flip—is flipping the lip world upside down! What is the Botox Lip Flip? Traditionally, those seeking fuller lips have turned to hyaluronic acid-based fillers such as Juvéderm Volbella,… read more

Huda Kattan Shares Her Hair Loss Story

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The Huda Beauty founder has tried treatments, supplements, and tools to tackle her hair loss, which she started experiencing a few years ago. Here, she breaks down her full journey. By Dianna Mazzone May 16, 2021 OCTOBER 2019 I started noticing hair loss in my early 20s, at the front. I was constantly trying to cover it up. I can’t tell you how many times I put eye shadow on my scalp. It was scary to admit that I was losing hair. I got it under control by adjusting my hair-care routine to be super-gentle — using hydrating skin-care serums on my scalp, even rinsing with bottled water when I… read more

The Best Sunscreens for Deep Skin Tones

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The must-have SPF for your daily skincare routine—all the protection with none of the dreaded white cast. By Lauren Tappan May 11, 2021 The season of warm weather is swiftly approaching, which inevitably means that many of us will find ourselves basking in the hot sun, enjoying long walks outdoors, and daydreaming by the pool. Since we’ve had to remain indoors for the majority of this past year, taking some time to stop and smell the roses seems more appealing than ever. While we indulge in the joy of these summertime activities, we should also remember to incorporate sunscreen into our daily skincare routines— and this fundamental rule applies to… read more

The Ultimate Guide To Understanding The Hierarchy of Retinoids

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Because retinol is just the tip of the iceberg… By Jenna Igneri 5.12.2021 Not many skin care ingredients are as highly regarded by dermatologists and estheticians as retinol, or more specifically, retinoids. Most skin care professionals will tell you to start using these vitamin A derivatives by the time you hit your mid-twenties, as they address a range of skin concerns and can be beneficial for most people, whether you’re fighting persistent acne or looking to delay the tell-tale signs of aging like dark spots, fine lines, crepey skin and more. Available in many forms, retinoids range from potent prescription medications to over-the-counter skin care products you can snag at… read more

Rejuvenate Your Face with These Skin Tightening Options

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By: Dr. Corey Hartman, Skin Wellness Dermatology The human face is the most human thing about us. Humans have been designed to recognize countless facial features and to associate those features with the person in question. But time plays tricks on us all. Sun exposure and the consequences of natural aging create fine wrinkles, loose skin along the chin and jaw, bags beneath our eyes, and a host of other issues. There is good news, however. For nearly every wrinkle and pinch of loose skin, an option exists for rejuvenating your face and achieving a more robust, youthful appearance! You can find each of these magnificent procedures available at Skin… read more