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Why first-time tretinoin use is on the rise

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The first week he started tretinoin, Jordyn Alexander-Johnson ended up with a chemical burn. “I wasn’t using any moisturizer,” he says. Big mistake. Using tretinoin — a form of vitamin A that’s known for its effectiveness in treating acne and reducing signs of aging — is drying and requires that you almost bathe in moisturizer after. And then roll around in sunscreen.


If you have to do it, here’s how to do it right

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There are plenty of very good reasons to be wearing a mask. As we slowly emerge from pandemic lockdowns, face masks, even simple fabric ones, can drastically reduce the spread of Covid-19.


Why your face looks tired when you’re tired

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Everyone knows what a tired face looks like. Hanging eyelids, dark circles under the eyes, pale skin, droopy mouth corners, wrinkles, and fine lines—these were some of the cues a group of volunteers interviewed during a study associated with tiredness. The participants were shown photos of 10 individuals, each photographed while well-rested and while sleep-deprived, and were able to judge with a fair amount of precision the level of fatigue of the people in the headshots.


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The Nuance

How skin ages and what you can do about it

It happens to everyone sooner or later. A casual glance in a mirror turns into a lengthy self-examination. Is that a new mole? Old photographs and the internet are consulted. Visions of skin biopsies dance in one’s head.


The exhausted person’s guide to skin care

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Makeup wipes are high on the list of bestselling beauty and personal care products on Amazon — that’s before lip balm, makeup brushes, and teeth-whitening kits. Made from materials such as cotton, wood pulp, and polyester, these disposable cleaning cloths usually contain ingredients similar to those found in face cleansers. Similar to cleansers, makeup wipes contain ingredients like surfactants, which are compounds that help remove excessive oil, dirt, and makeup. The wipes may also contain humectants — compounds that help draw water to the surface of the skin — as well as emollients, which form a protective film to trap…


The long history of hair transplants, and why they’re suddenly so popular

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Kirk Peffer, 39, started noticeably losing his hair in his late twenties.


Researchers are trying to find out if moisturizing your skin could have systemic health benefits

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To prevent chronic disease, eat well, sleep seven to nine hours a night, exercise… and perhaps you should also moisturize your skin. Yes, moisturize. According to ongoing research at the University of California, San Francisco, certain moisturizers could be unexpected allies in the prevention of chronic disease after middle age.


One of the most popular skin care products also contains one of the most controversial ingredients

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In theory, an eight-and-a-half ounce beauty product that retails for over $100 should encapsulate the epitome of luxury skincare. Instead, Biologique Recherche’s Lotion P50 has been said to smell like everything from expired milk to formaldehyde to straight-up trash. Writer Jill Kargman even once described the product’s stench as similar to “something you’d pour in your car engine.”


New science underlines how to find one that actually soothes

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Certain moisturizers might be doing more harm than good for people with sensitive skin, according to new research by dermatology professor Dr. Peter Elias and his team at the University of California, San Francisco.


The Nuance

The traditional Chinese therapy may not be a beauty elixir, but it is promising for overall health

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Every week, the Nuance will go beyond the basics, offering a deep and researched look at the latest science and expert insights on a buzzed-about health topic.

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