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Just when you thought you had all of your skin’s bases covered by shielding it against the damaging UV rays and free radicals generated by the sun, there’s another environmental factor that could be leading to premature aging, irritation and other less-than-desirable side effects: Pollution.
From car exhaust and toxic chemicals to ozone and super-fine particles suspended in the air, research has begun to shed light on the damaging effects the indoor and outdoor worlds around us can have on our skin (especially if you live in an urban environment). The skin’s barrier seems to bear the biggest brunt from exposure to pollution, which can, in turn, lead to dehydration and increased sens
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Unless you live on top of a mountain, you are going to have some encounter with pollution of one form or another on a daily basis. It’s kind of unavoidable. Whether it’s the exhaust from a BMW, cigar smoke, city smog and dirt, fumes from mechanical equipment, it’s all around you. Couple pollution with the incredible shrinking ozone layer, and your skin is in danger. Pollutants increase the levels of free radicals produced by the body, that in turn, cause damage to your DNA. This attack can lead to premature aging, tissue damage, skin cancer, and other diseases. Pollution has been linked to a host of health ills including asthma and other respiratory diseases, and now a growing body of eviden
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When it comes to lasers, dermatologic laser surgeon Eric F. Bernstein, MD, MSE, certainly knows his stuff. As the Director of Laser Surgery and Cosmetic Dermatology Center and a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania, he is often first in line to adapt a new laser technology. He is also widely published and even more widely quoted on the latest and greatest laser trends. Dr Bernstein, the director Main Line Center for Laser Surgery in in Ardmore, has more than 15 issued patents for laser and anti-aging technologies, both within the U.S. and worldwide. He sits as the Chairman of the Candela Laser Corporation Medical Advisory Board and was integral in developing ma