This week's edition of the Mainstream Patient features stories about understanding scalp psoriasis, biotin shampoos for healthier hair, azelaic acid for acne and rosacea treatment, and more.
New this week: Allure takes an in-depth look at scalp psoriasis and ELLE reviews 8 biotin shampoos for healthier hair. NewBeauty lists the best antioxidant-packed face cleansers and InStyle talks about the best hair towels of 2023 for less damage. Women's Health discusses azelaic acid for acne and rosacea treatment and Self asks dermatologists about the best eye creams for every skin type.
"Before I saw Dr. Samolitis, I had sort of self-diagnosed my scalp psoriasis. My flaky scalp looked like the scalp psoriasis images I had seen on Google and wasn't responding to typical dandruff treatments. But, I thought, it could also be a bad case of seborrheic dermatitis, another scalp condition with similar scaly patches. When I see Dr. Samolitis, she notes that it doesn't really matter which one it is because the treatment is generally the same. She can send me for a biopsy to find out for sure, but cutting into the scalp is really only warranted in extreme cases."
“'Biotin is a water-soluble B-complex vitamin (vitamin B7) that has important roles in cellular metabolism and signaling,' New York-based board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Tiffany Libby, tells ELLE.com. Simply put, biotin has long been touted for its hair-strengthening properties. 'It is used in biotin shampoos as it is believed to strengthen hair follicles and increase scalp circulation and hair density. While there is limited clinical data that points to the use of oral or topical biotin for promoting hair and nail growth in healthy patients, some patients find it helpful in helping to thicken and strengthen hair,' she explains.
"When there are antioxidants on the ingredient list of any skin-care product, it bumps up a level from all the others. Antioxidants help protect skin from free radicals and other environmental aggressors like UV and pollution that can cause oxidative damage. Not to mention, antioxidants can have powerful anti-aging and brightening benefits, among other skin benefits. Your routine should start and end with antioxidants. These are the best antioxidant cleansers."
"Hair towels aren’t just your regular-old bath towels. They’re lightweight and deliver less friction, so they’ll spare your hair from damage. Plus, they’re comfortable to wear while doing other parts of your routine, like brushing your teeth. Sure, terry-cloth bath towels might be tempting to toss up on your head, but they’re rough and heavy, tugging on the hair when it’s wet and most vulnerable. But tamp down on frizzy flyaways or tangles? Your terry cloth could never."
"'Azelaic acid is a naturally-occurring acid found in grains such as wheat, barley, and rye,' says board-certified dermatologist Dr. Stacy Chimento, MD of Riverchase Dermatology in Bay Harbor Islands, Florida. It can also be produced by the yeast on your skin. 'It’s usually found in creams, gels, or foam to soothe inflammation, boost skin cell renewal, and calm acne.'"
"Taking care of the skin around your eyes doesn’t need to be complicated. When looking for the best eye cream to address your specific skin concerns, you just need to take a few things into account, such as your skin care needs and hero ingredients. To make things easier for you, SELF spoke to dermatologists for their recommendations on finding the best eye or undereye cream."