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The Mainstream Patient: January 9


This week's edition of the Mainstream Patient features stories about PRP injections, sulfate-free shampoos for healthier hair, eczema creams for dry skin, and more.

In this week’s edition, New Beauty reviews a new procedure for cellulite dimples and InStyle explains what consumers need to know about PRP injections. Cosmopolitan reveals 15 sulfate-free shampoos and Self lists 27 of the best eczema creams. Elle considers the future of salons, spas, and beauty services and Allure highlights body acne treatments.

This Popular Skin-Tightener Just Got FDA-Approved for Cellulite Dimples

Sofwave, the skin-tightening facial treatment that has been touted by many doctors as solid solution for lines and wrinkles just got approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the temporary reduction of cellulite, making it another viable noninvasive option for reducing cellulite dimples.

“This is exciting news!,” shares New York dermatologist Doris Day, MD. “Cellulite is a complicated condition to treat and often takes a multi-modal approach. I am happy to have more options to help address the different aspects of cellulite—from the dimples to the overall surrounding laxity that often accompanies it.”

What You Need to Know About PRP Injections for Hair Loss

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment is a therapy that uses the small cell fragments found in our blood and spleen called platelets. You’ve probably already seen this used in facials (how can one ever forget the infamous vampire facial), but this method is also extremely popular — and much safer — when treating hair loss. Board-Certified Dermatologist Dr. Ruth Jobarteh-Williams, M.D., explains that platelets are rich in growth factors. With PRP hair treatments, those platelets are drawn out and then injected into the scalp in hopes of promoting hair growth.

15 Best Sulfate-Free Shampoos for Super-Healthy Hair, Tested and Reviewed

When it comes to hair products, we all want the absolute best, regardless of our hair texture or curl pattern. While we're always on the hunt for a new hydrating styling cream or moisturizing hair mask, it might be time to reconsider the core staple of haircare: shampoo—or, more specifically, sulfate-free shampoo. ICYMI, your go-to everyday shampoo might be formulated with sulfates, i.e., sudsy surfactants that help break down scalp oils and product build-up on your hair. So, why is that bad, you may ask?

The 27 Best Eczema Creams for Soothing Dry, Itchy Skin

If you’re constantly dealing with inflamed, itchy, dry patches of eczema, you’re probably familiar with the struggle to find the best eczema creams out there. It’s incredibly tough to find a product to help treat eczema, especially one that doesn’t irritate your skin further. Eczema creams are not one-size-fits-all, and it is way too easy to spend a ton of money on products that don’t provide relief. So how can you be sure you’re using the right one for you? We tapped board-certified dermatologists to give you the information you need about how to find the best eczema cream for you right here.

What Does the Future Hold for Salons, Spas, and Beauty Services?

The abrupt closure of businesses in March 2020 due to COVID-19 left many entrepreneurs questioning their company’s future. For the beauty industry, in particular, government-imposed mandates required a temporary end to cosmetic treatments such as facials, hair styling, and filler procedures. Ultimately, spas and salons around the globe were forced to shut down and restructure how they provide their clients with the luxurious beauty experience that they were used to.

The Best Body Acne Treatments to Fight Stubborn, Below-the-Neck Breakouts

While acne is typically considered a face-centric frustration, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn't experienced a pimple or two — or dozens — somewhere south of the neck. Fortunately, the best body acne treatments are only a few clicks or taps away. Clothing may make body breakouts easier to conceal, but they're no less frustrating than a chin or cheek zit, especially since anywhere we have pores and hair follicles on our bodies can be susceptible to sebum-clogged bumps, which means we can experience breakouts on our butts, chests, backs, and arms.

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