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Innovative New Treatments Available in Aesthetic Dermatology Right Now

When you’re invited to sit in a lovely room for an hour to listen to five top dermatologists discuss treatment trends, you know you’re going to hear a thing or two about innovation. Or in the case of the Women’s Dermatologic Society media lunch, held at the Gansevoort Meatpacking Hotel last Thursday, nine things.

Dermatologists Mona Gohara, MD, Erin Gilbert, MD (who shared her opinion on topical probiotics with Charlotte’s Book just last week), Neil Sadick, MD, Doris Day, MD, and Karen Burke, MD took turns discussing common dermatologic concerns for every decade. But the advice and exciting new products and treatments in the pipeline that these five doctors spoke about are applicable to any age. Here’s everything you need to know about what’s new in aesthetic dermatology:

1. A new undereye bag treatment is on the way: According to Dr. Gohara, a new compound called XAF5 is currently in Phase III clinical trials as a prescription topical treatment for undereye bags. It was originally used as a glaucoma medication, but patients noticed improvement in undereye bags as well. Dr. Gohara calls this type of drug discovery an “accidental success.”

2. UV light is not your skin’s only enemy: Dr. Gohara noted that visible light has also been identified as a culprit in aging your skin and causing dark spots. Interestingly, a study showed that using makeup containing iron oxides—usually found in so-called “mineral makeup” formulations—help to absorb visible light, preventing dark spots from forming.


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Innovative New Treatments Available in Aesthetic Dermatology Right Now



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